Epic slipstream fantasy series!

The Darbas Cycle fantasy series explores the limits of magic, power and principle through the eyes of characters across diverse cultures and continents within a re-emerging civilization.  The series’ first trilogy, The Goddess Daughter (Series-opener Chene, second book Llyr, and concluding book Gwynyr), is available in both eBook and paperback.  .

The Darbas Cycle continues with a second trilogy,  Season of Spies, which begins with Ta Nupa.

Trilogy I: Book 1

Seven years after her extravagant public funeral, 20-year-old aristocrat Chene Viqar turns up at a highland border crossing dressed as a humble nomad. It’s an instant headache for her ambitious Goddess Mother — Rowene, the ruling Lady of Gwynyr — and to further complicate matters, Chene carries no memory of her horrific abduction by revolutionaries from rich and rebellious Llyr Province.

Despite these setbacks, Chene follows her famous mother’s footsteps into a promising legal career. But when she’s assigned to defend one of Lady Rowene’s warrior monks in a Llyrian murder trial, the unsolved mystery of Chene’s teenage abduction makes her mere presence in the provincial capital a dangerous provocation. On the bright side, at least it’s an open-and-shut case… if Chene can just overlook the mounting evidence that her doomed client’s entire confession is a carefully constructed lie.

Trilogy I: Book 2

After narrowly escaping a public assassination attempt, controversial defense attorney Chene Viqar will need help from unexpected sources to save her client, Valand swordsman Thamas Dannan. Learning that her beloved Goddess Mother — Rowene, the ruling Lady of Gwynyr — controls the political conspiracy that threatens him only makes it worse.

But with wealthy and rebellious Llyr Province teetering on the brink of bloody civil war, the stakes are now higher than the fate of a single warrior monk, no matter his significance to Chene’s mysterious past. Neutral Gwynyr faces existential threats in this new era of rival global empires, and the nation’s future hinges upon difficult decisions in resource-rich Llyr. Each new discovery pushes Chene closer to her inevitable choice: Will she risk everything and openly challenge her Goddess Mother, or will she trust that Rowene is acting in Gwynyr’s best interests and back The Lady’s daring intrigues?

In Llyr, the second book in D.C. McElroy’s The Goddess Daughter Trilogy (and his larger epic fantasy series, The Darbas Cycle), the ever-evolving conflict between power and principle sprawls across both The Waking World and the psychic Touwaithe Realm. Love and loyalty will be tested as Chene and her compatriots confront the first teaching of the now-banned Order of Morkwa: The Important Things Are Always Hidden.

Trilogy I: Book 3

As the consequences of Lady Rowene’s shocking defeat in Llyr radically reshape Gwynyrian politics, her daughter, Lady Ascendant Rona, picks Chene Viqar and Thamas Dannan for a critical off-the-books mission: Travel down the mountain to the seedy port city of Jolucan and investigate Rowene’s smuggling operation there.

An unusual meeting with the city-state’s enigmatic crime boss proves Gwynyr is on the brink of financial ruin — and exposes Rowene’s plot to provoke an all-out war with the powerful Gheraldic Empire before her scheduled transfer of power.

With her Goddess Mother’s spies, soldiers and warrior monks arrayed against Chene’s return to the capital, delivering that proof back up the mountain to her old friend Rona will be no easy feat. Things only get more complicated when a strong-willed beauty from Chene’s past not only joins them on their journey, but turns her budding romance with Thamas into a seductive triangle.

Once again, the fate of the Old Path and all its traditions and promises rests upon Chene Viqar’s shoulders and Thamas Dannan’s siobeth. In an age of dueling global empires and hidden psychic intrigues, the conflict between love and duty leaves little margin for error.

Season of Spies

New trilogy, Book 1 NOW AVAILABLE!

Backcountry aristocrat Antin Hrabar’s entire life is a well-meaning lie: He isn’t the bastard son of the ranch boss at Hasada Hrabar, plucked from a Sidon brothel to enjoy power and prestige on the western plains. He’s the boy the madam sent in the actual son’s place — a teenage prodigy with a puncher’s chance at cracking DuQaddic society’s repressive shell.

Groomed to serve as a traditional Third Son in an old Blessed Family, Captain Hrabar keeps the peace in southern Tanu County. But when two great opportunities arrive simultaneously, Antin must choose: Seize an unlikely chance at inheriting the Hrabars’ sprawling cattle operation? Or lead a risky military mission in pursuit of a noble goal?

Running Hasada Hrabar would mean immediate improvements to the lives of everyone who depends on the ranch — including hundreds of lower-caste workers facing starvation in a worsening famine. Accepting the secret mission would mean a chance at breaking the oppressive colonial system that keeps the DuQaddic at the bottom of the heap on Darbas.

Each choice demands lethal risks, but Antin holds a secret wildcard: His recent travels include a surreal descent into the holy subterranean ruins at Ta Nupa, where he sat upon the world’s most dangerous chair and peered into a void as vast as time. As the priests say, “After that, everything else feels trite.”

Season of Spies

New trilogy, Book 1 NOW AVAILABLE!

Backcountry aristocrat Antin Hrabar’s entire life is a well-meaning lie: He isn’t the bastard son of the ranch boss at Hasada Hrabar, plucked from a Sidon brothel to enjoy power and prestige on the western plains. He’s the boy the madam sent in the actual son’s place — a teenage prodigy with a puncher’s chance at cracking DuQaddic society’s repressive shell.

Groomed to serve as a traditional Third Son in an old Blessed Family, Captain Hrabar keeps the peace in southern Tanu County. But when two great opportunities arrive simultaneously, Antin must choose: Seize an unlikely chance at inheriting the Hrabars’ sprawling cattle operation? Or lead a risky military mission in pursuit of a noble goal?

Running Hasada Hrabar would mean immediate improvements to the lives of everyone who depends on the ranch — including hundreds of lower-caste workers facing starvation in a worsening famine. Accepting the secret mission would mean a chance at breaking the oppressive colonial system that keeps the DuQaddic at the bottom of the heap on Darbas.

Each choice demands lethal risks, but Antin holds a secret wildcard: His recent travels include a surreal descent into the holy subterranean ruins at Ta Nupa, where he sat upon the world’s most dangerous chair and peered into a void as vast as time. As the priests say, “After that, everything else feels trite.”

Trilogy I: Book 1

Seven years after her extravagant public funeral, 20-year-old aristocrat Chene Viqar turns up at a highland border crossing dressed as a humble nomad. It’s an instant headache for her ambitious Goddess Mother — Rowene, the ruling Lady of Gwynyr — and to further complicate matters, Chene carries no memory of her horrific abduction by revolutionaries from rich and rebellious Llyr Province.

Despite these setbacks, Chene follows her famous mother’s footsteps into a promising legal career. But when she’s assigned to defend one of Lady Rowene’s warrior monks in a Llyrian murder trial, the unsolved mystery of Chene’s teenage abduction makes her mere presence in the provincial capital a dangerous provocation. On the bright side, at least it’s an open-and-shut case… if Chene can just overlook the mounting evidence that her doomed client’s entire confession is a carefully constructed lie.

Trilogy I: Book 2

After narrowly escaping a public assassination attempt, controversial defense attorney Chene Viqar will need help from unexpected sources to save her client, Valand swordsman Thamas Dannan. Learning that her beloved Goddess Mother — Rowene, the ruling Lady of Gwynyr — controls the political conspiracy that threatens him only makes it worse.

But with wealthy and rebellious Llyr Province teetering on the brink of bloody civil war, the stakes are now higher than the fate of a single warrior monk, no matter his significance to Chene’s mysterious past. Neutral Gwynyr faces existential threats in this new era of rival global empires, and the nation’s future hinges upon difficult decisions in resource-rich Llyr. Each new discovery pushes Chene closer to her inevitable choice: Will she risk everything and openly challenge her Goddess Mother, or will she trust that Rowene is acting in Gwynyr’s best interests and back The Lady’s daring intrigues?

In Llyr, the second book in D.C. McElroy’s The Goddess Daughter Trilogy (and his larger epic fantasy series, The Darbas Cycle), the ever-evolving conflict between power and principle sprawls across both The Waking World and the psychic Touwaithe Realm. Love and loyalty will be tested as Chene and her compatriots confront the first teaching of the now-banned Order of Morkwa: The Important Things Are Always Hidden.

Trilogy I: Book 3

As the consequences of Lady Rowene’s shocking defeat in Llyr radically reshape Gwynyrian politics, her daughter, Lady Ascendant Rona, picks Chene Viqar and Thamas Dannan for a critical off-the-books mission: Travel down the mountain to the seedy port city of Jolucan and investigate Rowene’s smuggling operation there.

An unusual meeting with the city-state’s enigmatic crime boss proves Gwynyr is on the brink of financial ruin — and exposes Rowene’s plot to provoke an all-out war with the powerful Gheraldic Empire before her scheduled transfer of power.

With her Goddess Mother’s spies, soldiers and warrior monks arrayed against Chene’s return to the capital, delivering that proof back up the mountain to her old friend Rona will be no easy feat. Things only get more complicated when a strong-willed beauty from Chene’s past not only joins them on their journey, but turns her budding romance with Thamas into a seductive triangle.

Once again, the fate of the Old Path and all its traditions and promises rests upon Chene Viqar’s shoulders and Thamas Dannan’s siobeth. In an age of dueling global empires and hidden psychic intrigues, the conflict between love and duty leaves little margin for error.

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