Lord of Secrets

Outlaw wizard Corcoran Gray has enough problems. He’s friendless, penniless and on the run from the tyrannical Mages’ Guild – and with the search for his imprisoned grandfather looking hopeless, his situation can’t get much worse.

So when a fugitive drops into his lap – literally – and gets them both arrested, it’s the last straw – until Gray realises that runaway slave Brix could be the key to his grandfather’s release. All he has to do is break out of prison, break into an ancient underground temple and avoid killing himself with his own magic in the process.

In theory, it’s simple enough. But as secrets unfold and loyalties shift, Gray discovers something with the power to change the nature of life and death itself.

Now Gray must find a way to protect the people he loves, but it could cost him everything, even his soul . . .

Out now! You can order Lord of Secrets on Amazon here. Other options here.

Wondering if it’s for you? Get your content warnings for Lord of Secrets here. (Warning: some spoilers.)

I loved it
! It surprised me many times . . . Gray is relatable, sympathetic, and wholly likeable, and the rest of the cast was endearing. And the magic! It was a perfect mix of traditional and new. A fascinating take, really. – Charlie N. Holmberg, author of The Paper Magician

Lord of Secrets is a fast-paced necromantic adventure. The characters are sharp, the dialogue is funny – and wow, Teintze can really write a monster! From the sadistic priest to the power-crazed wizard, from the delicate horrifying brilliance of her undead creations to the lurking, dreadful, beautiful monster at the heart of an ancient buried temple, I was alarmed and delighted at every turn – Emily Tesh, author of Silver in the Wood

Lord of Secrets is a delightful necromantic romp through a dark and complex world with magic as boundless as it is painful, terrifying undead monstrosities, and secrets layered upon secrets which are so craftfully peeled away just in time for a bone-rattling, conclusion that all I want is the next book, NOW – K. A. Doore, author of The Perfect Assassin

In a word: great! . . . A dazzling debut! – Life Has a Funny Way

German Edition:

Zaubern ist einfach. Sterben ist … kompliziert. Ein außergewöhnlicher High-Fantasy-Roman mit einer besonderen Note Humor.

Magie ist nicht jedermanns Sache. Schon gar nicht, wenn es um Todesmagie geht: Wer sie nicht durch und durch beherrscht, lässt sich auf ein selbstmörderisches Spiel ein. Corcoran Gray ist ein leider nur mäßig begabter Zauberer. Und doch will er mithilfe seiner unterdurchschnittlichen Kräfte seinen eingekerkerten Großvater aus einem Magiergefängnis befreien. Kein Wunder, dass der Coup schiefgeht – denn Gray entfesselt Kräfte, welche das Gleichgewicht zwischen Leben und Tod gefährlich ins Wanken bringen. Jetzt muss Gray die Menschen, die er liebt, schützen – im Idealfall ohne dabei die Welt zu zerstören …

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