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 . . .

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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

One of my favourite books of 2019 was Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze Dyslexic Reader

Rich and satisfying . . . Teintze has concocted a fascinating world, with clever twists and loops to her plotting as well as a range of believable (and deeply likeable) characters – SFX

Deftly plotted and great fun – The Guardian

A thoroughly refreshing and light-hearted romp of a novel . . . If you want an exuberant and upbeat fantasy, then this is definitely recommended – Birmingham SF Group

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

After reading this, I felt refreshed and almost like a “faith restored” feeling for fantasy – Moon Kestrel

Brilliantly witty and at times had me laughing out loud. I will definitely be reading the next in the series . . . This is an amazing debut and because of that I am giving it 5/5 stars. Perfect for fans of Sebatien De Castell’s Greatcoats series – Crooks Books

5 out of 5 – Dyslexic Reader

cleverinteresting fantasy with complex characters and I would recommend this as a good read – Storgy

unique and magical book that had me hooked from the first line. I loved everything about this book and I highly recommend! – A Novel Purpose

A good old fashioned fantasy quest for a magical object and very enjoyable it was too – Mug Full of Books

A straight forward but brilliant story with fantastic characters and a protagonist that I loved – Laura Patricia Rose

I am thoroughly recommending this book! If you like queer representation, grumpy badass wizards who make clever friends despite themselves, puzzles and traps and riddles and necromancy all tangled up together into a big old ball of deadly fun, then give Lord of Secrets a try – Dear Geek Place

An inventive empathetic fantasy novel filled by a host of great characters. The interplay between characters marks the novel as something special. This is a quest novel, where the quest isn’t the imperative, lending truth to the idea that it’s not the destination but the journey. An absorbing novel from start to finish, I can’t wait to see what Teintze does next – GeekDad

I greatly enjoyed this book and would recommend it – Blue Book Balloon

A special kind of magic – a potion of revenge and redemption, a cocktail of sweet and sour and spicy, a spell of understanding, forgiveness and love, a curse of beginnings and ends – Cover to Cover

There’s so much fun to be had here, honestly. There’s a spooky dungeon crawl through a ruined temple filled with reanimated bone creatures and fiendish puzzles! There’s sarcasm up the wazoo! There’s languid putdowns and crazed zealots and fights where everyone thinks it’s going to be super cool but then they remember they aren’t any good at fighting and it turns out getting punched hurts quite a lot! It’s a rollicking fantasy romp, and I ADORED it. And writing this, I just want to read it again. Five out of five cats, of course, and can I have book 2 soon? – A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea

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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