Walking corpses and black-market liquor; the quiet life.
Teltö Phuul, Necromancer and Library Clerk, likes his days safe and predictable. Not for him the intrigues of the Viiminian Empire, a gothic monstrosity held together by sheer force of will.
Until the Empire’s dreaded secret police come knocking. Caught in a web of schemes in the diseased heart of Kuolinako, the underground Imperial capital, Teltö can trust no-one. Not the Northern theocrats who abhor Necromancy, and certainly not the Grand Chancellor, whose iron-fisted rule has kept the old order alive that little bit longer.
When one false step means torture and disappearance, this journey will change our Necromancer forever.
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Author: Daniel Stride
Category: Fantasy / Steampunk
Release Date: November 2016
Format: eBook (MOBI & ePUB)
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Far and away the strongest aspect of Wise Phuul, for me, was the world. The cultures, histories, traditions, and taboos all have an authentic and multi-layered feel that lends credibility and nuance to the story. The political machinations and interplay of the various powers and forces within the world are a major driving point for the plot. The characters are believable and compelling, with a wide and diverse range of personalities, and the writing is clever and insightful. […] It’s an excellent introduction to a world that I hope to explore again in the future.
– Mark McCabe, author of The Heart of Night Saga
A fun story that throws the reader right into the midst of things, with no introduction, info-dumps, or hand-holding offered. It gets right to the story, and lets the characters lead us on our way. Magic, faith, and politics all play a part in a book that’s far more complex than I expected. The story itself is a bit different from the usual epic fantasy narrative, with Phuul providing an intimate view of a conflict he’s neither destined nor equipped to shape. I liked the characters here, the word-building, and (perhaps most importantly) the necromantic aspects. Not just window dressing, the dead are an integral part of the world and its story. It’s a gritty world and a gritty story, with some genuine drama and tension, but there’s also ample humor to keep it from getting too bogged down in gloom.
– Beauty in Ruins, Top Fantasy Amazon Reviewer
I’m not usually much of a fantasy reader, but I enjoyed Wise Phuul , not least for it’s excellent and evocative writing. The characters are well drawn – especially the title character – and suitably likeable or unlikeable. This not a book for fans of non-stop action, but readers who enjoy a more reflective read will enjoy it for the adventure, and for its very well realised and interesting world and characters.
– Lila Richards, Amazon Verified Purchase