THE THORN OF DENTONHILL  
A Novel of Maradaine

The_Thorn_of_Dentonhill“Maresca’s debut is smart, fast and engaging fantasy crime in the mold of Brent Weeks and Harry Harrison. Just Perfect.”   – Kat Richardson, national bestselling author of Revenant

Veranix Calbert leads a double life. By day, he’s a struggling magic student at the University of Maradaine. At night, he spoils the drug trade of Willem Fenmere, crime boss of Dentonhill and murderer of Veranix’s father. He’s determined to shut Fenmere down.

With that goal in mind, Veranix disrupts the delivery of two magical artifacts meant for Fenmere’s clients, the mages of the Blue Hand Circle.  Using these power-filled objects in his fight, he quickly becomes a real thorn in Fenmere’s side.

Nominated for the Compton Crook Award!

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A MURDER OF MAGES
A Novel of the Maradaine Constabulary
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A Murder of Mages was another hit for me, a fantastic read from a new talent whose star continues to be on the rise.”  – Bibliosanctum

Satrine Rainey: Former street rat. Ex-spy. Wife and mother who needs to make twenty crowns a week to support her daughters and infirm husband.  To earn that, she forges credentials and fakes her way into a posting as a constabulary Inspector.

Minox Welling: Brilliant Inspector. Uncircled Mage. Outcast of the stationhouse.  Partnered with Satrine because no one else will work with “the jinx”.

Their first case together—the ritualized murder of a Circled mage—brings Satrine back to the streets she grew up on, and forces Minox to confront the politics of mage circles he’s avoided.  As more mages are found dead, Satrine must solve the crime before her secrets catch up with her, and before her partner ends up a target.

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THE ALCHEMY OF CHAOS 
A Novel of Maradaine
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The sequel to The Thorn of Dentonhill!

“It takes a fun addictive book that I just outright enjoy for me to read it that fast, and this is that type of book.”  – The Speculative Herald

“Fantasy adventure readers, especially fans of spell-wielding students, will enjoy these lively characters and their high-energy story.” – Publisher’s Weekly

The saga of the streets of Maradaine that began in The Thorn of Dentonhill continues….

Veranix Calbert is The Thorn—the street vigilante who became a legend to the people of Maradaine, especially the gangs that run the neighborhood of Aventil. The Thorn continues to harass Willem Fenmere, the drug kingpin of the Dentonhill neighborhood. Veranix is still determined to stop Fenmere and the effitte drug trade, especially when he discovers that Fenmere is planning on using the Red Rabbits gang to bring the drug into Aventil.

But it’s also Exam Week at the University of Maradaine, where Veranix is a magic student. With his academic career—and future as a mage—riding on his performance, Veranix needs to devote himself entirely to studying and participating in a fellow student’s thesis experiments. There’s no time to go after Fenmere or the Red Rabbits.

Then a series of strange pranks begin to plague the campus, using a form of magic that Veranix doesn’t recognize. As the pranks grow increasingly deadly, it becomes clear that there’s someone with a vendetta against the university, and The Thorn may be the only one capable of stopping them. Between the prankster, the war brewing between the Aventil gangs, and the flamboyant assassins Fenmere has hired to kill him, Veranix may end up dead before the week is out. Which just might be preferable to taking his exams….

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AN IMPORT OF INTRIGUE
A Novel of the Maradaine Constabulary

Maresca - An Import of IntriqueThe sequel to A Murder of Mages!

“Maresca offers something beyond the usual high fantasy fare, with a wealth of unique and well-rounded characters, a vivid setting, and complicatedly intertwined social issues that feel especially timely.”  – Publishers Weekly

The neighborhood of the Little East is a collision of cultures, languages, and traditions, hidden away in the city of Maradaine. A set of streets to be avoided or ignored. When a foreign dignitary is murdered, solving the crime falls to the most unpopular inspectors in the Maradaine Constabulary: exposed fraud Satrine Rainey, and uncircled mage Minox Welling.

With a murder scene deliberately constructed to point blame toward the Little East, Rainey is forced to confront her former life, while Welling’s ignorance of his own power threatens to consume him. And these few city blocks threaten to erupt into citywide war unless the constabulary solves the case.

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THE HOLVER ALLEY CREW
A Novel of The Streets of Maradaine
Forthcoming March 2017

maresca-the-holver-alley-crewLaunching the new STREETS OF MARADAINE series!

Mixing high fantasy and urban fantasy, The Holver Alley Crew is the first novel of Maresca’s third interconnected series set in the fantasy city of Maradaine.

The Rynax brothers had gone legit after Asti Rynax’s service in Druth Intelligence had shattered his nerves, and marriage and fatherhood convinced Verci Rynax to leave his life of thievery.  They settled back in their old neighborhood in West Maradaine and bought themselves a shop, eager for a simple, honest life. Then the Holver Alley Fire incinerated their plans. With no home, no shop, and no honest income—and saddled with a looming debt—they fall back on their old skills and old friends.

With a crew of other fire victims, Asti and Verci plan a simple carriage heist, but the job spirals out of control as they learn that the fire was no accident. Lives in Holver Alley were destroyed out of a sadistic scheme to buy the land.  Smoldering for revenge, burdened with Asti’s crumbling sanity, the brothers lead their crew of amateurs and washouts to take down those responsible for the fire, no matter the cost.

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THE IMPOSTERS OF AVENTIL
A Novel of Maradaine
FORTHCOMING October 2017

The third book in the Thorn saga!

Summer and the Grand Tournament of High Colleges have come to the University of Maradaine.  If the heat and the crowds weren’t enough to bring the campus and the neighborhood of Aventil to a boiling point, rumors that The Thorn is on the warpath— killing the last of the Red Rabbits— is enough to tip all of Maradaine into the fire.  

Except Veranix Calbert, magic student at the University, is the Thorn, and he’s not the one viciously hunting the Red Rabbits.  Veranix has hands full with his share of responsibilities for the Tournament, and as the Thorn he’s been trying to find the source of the effitte being sold on campus. He’s as confused as anyone about the rumors. 

When the Thorn imposter publicly attacks the local Aventil constables, the constabulary bring in special investigators: two dedicated and determined inspectors from the Maradaine Grand Inspectors Unit, who specialize in the strangest cases. Veranix must find out who the imposter is and stop him before the inspectors arrest him for the imposter’s crimes.

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LADY HENTERMAN’S WARDROBE
A Novel of The Streets of Maradaine
Forthcoming 2018
Continuing the STREETS OF MARADAINE series!

The neighborhood of North Seleth has suffered– not just the fires, but poverty and disenfranchisement, and only the Holver Alley Crew are fighting for the common man.  But nobility and moneyed interest are trying to force out the people who haven’t been ruined or killed.  The search for answers leads the crew to infiltrate a noble house, and all the secrets, including some from the Rynax brothers’ pasts, might be found in…

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