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In this high fantasy of intrigue, fast wit, and forbidden attraction, an ambitious lady warrior aims to clean up her corrupt family—but first she must solve a murder with the help of a casino owner who may, or may not, be a villain.

In a city that runs on traded favors, precisely-applied violence, flirtation, and large amounts of tea, House Gaurjo is in charge. Professional heroine Tinsa Gaurjo’s only hope of cleaning up her family’s corruption lies in becoming the next Housemaster. That means currying favor with her elders, and keeping her nose clean. But now the current Housemaster Gaurjo has asked her to investigate a double murder, and the odds that nothing fishy is going on seem slim to none.

Sure enough, the city’s rumor mill is quick to provide a convenient main suspect: Biaili Erdai, owner of a local casino and an ex-courtesan. Guilty or not, he’s annoyingly entertaining, and his interest in Tinsa obviously goes beyond clearing his name. He could be serious—or he could be trying to distract her. Either way, he’s the last man a would-be Housemaster should have anything to do with. [read more]

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When I finished the novel I closed the book, sat in silence a moment, turned it back over to look at the front cover, and said "Holy s#$%" in admiration of the author's work. It breaks genre rules with finesse. It gets you into an unfamiliar but believable world impressively quickly. This is a delightful book.

Kent, Amazon reviewer

about THE INTERPRETER'S TALE

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A brilliant, richly layered adventure [...] The mixture of carefully considered language and customs (that feel “authentic”) with personal conversation (that seems very contemporary), invites the reader to slip into this world like an inhabitant rather than a voyeur. For me, it was seamless. [...] This is a long book, and every moment of it was a joy to read.

Ulysses Grant Dietz, QueerSciFi.com reviewer

about COMPLETE WITH SHIPWRECK

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This is a book I will read again. Some morning, when perhaps it is dark, or I just want to feel a bit of magic in my life, I will pick this little book up and read it again. Any author who can create a new world and cause me to want to live and breathe within it, is worthy of my admiration and time. E.M. Epps has done this for me in this wonderful book.

Tracy, Amazon reviewer

about YOU MADE MY HEART A HUNTER

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It's hard to say what I loved most about the book: The elegant style? The dry wit? Or the slow deepening of the characters (not only Lhennuen's)? The fact that nothing is painted just black or white? The wonderful minor characters? Or that, like in real life, not every secret is solved? Or, or, or...?
Who cares? Go ahead, read it!! You'll find your own reason to adore this book!

Arrowboy, Amazon reviewer

about YOU MADE MY HEART A HUNTER

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...what really makes this story stand out is the quality of the writing. Epps has a clear, lyrical style that presents simple scenes with deep power. More importantly, she does an excellent job at drawing, clear, flawed, but sympathetic characters.

J. S., Amazon reviewer

about YOU MADE MY HEART A HUNTER

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The Interpreter's Tale is a crackling good story, with crisp, clean, relatable characters, who struggle with issues both quotidian and fantastical, a plot that keeps you moving, and enough adventure + a sloooowly evolving romance to satisfy.

Jeffrey, Amazon reviewer

about THE INTERPRETER'S TALE

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It's a complex, many layered work of fiction that deals with everything from politics, family relationships, and cultural expectations. [...] This fantasy is for readers who enjoy the journey as much as the destination and I highly recommend it.

Joyfully Jay - LGBTQ Book Reviews and More

about COMPLETE WITH SHIPWRECK

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It has been a long time since I have felt so engaged with the characters in a fantasy and so concerned with their welfare. This world building is excellent from costumes to social mores and encompasses alliance and betrayal and a fair dose of sword and sorcery.

Charles, Amazon reviewer

about COMPLETE WITH SHIPWRECK

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A friend gave me this book, and it languished for weeks on the 'to be read' pile. Don't do that. Read it as soon as you can, clear an afternoon so that you can wallow in that most unusual of readers joys, a story that gently and steadily reels you in.

Amazon reviewer

about THE INTERPRETER'S TALE

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Yes, there are bandits, betrayals, and, yes, actual and metaphorical shipwreck, but this book is also about the connections of the heart. [...] I love these people--even the villains--and found myself moved countless times to smiles, laughter, worry, and tears. They are people I want to spend more time with.

Morakot, Amazon reviewer

about COMPLETE WITH SHIPWRECK

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Magic alone cannot mend all the world’s flaws. Ordinary heroes and heroines must also rely on wit, swordplay, craft, faith, and friendship…and, sometimes, the beauty of a well-placed lie.

The stories of Direnayu span a thousand years and the rise and fall of two Empires.

The color of the banner on the cover shows which subseries the book belongs to, but since most of the books are interconnected standalones, there are a variety of places to start reading. This page has all your options.

Start with Complete With Shipwreck if you’d like an everything-and-the-kitchen sink fantasy, with swordfights, magic, politics, family drama, a low-key love story, and complicated friendships. It’s a big, fun epic in one volume. Read more.

Start with The Interpreter’s Tale if you’d like a fast-paced novel about court intrigue and communicating across cultural divides. Read more.

Start with The Umbrella Battle if you just want a fun taste of the world. It’s a prequel short story to Complete With Shipwreck and is available free to newsletter subscribers. Subscribe here to read it.

Read A Teapot for House Kadza after Complete With Shipwreck, because it’s a fluffy short story that isn’t intended to stand alone. Read more.

Start with The Goddess Heist if you’d like a fun adventure novella that can stand alone or be read after Complete With Shipwreck. Read more.

Start with The Quarrelsome Sapphists if you’d like a romance novella about some very quarrelsome young ladies (who appeared in Complete With Shipwreck as minor characters). Read more.

Start with A Winter of Fish and Favor if you’d like a romantic fantasy with an ambitious, kickass heroine. Read more.

Start with You Made My Heart a Hunter if you’d like a sword-and-sorcery novella set on an intimate scale. Read more.

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From the Condensed Encyclopædia Atlantidica, 1982 ed.:

ATLANTIDE. A nation of North America extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, bordered by Canada and México. In prehistory, the land was populated by a variety of human cultures, who by the time of first European contact in the 16th century had been largely driven north or south by the Fée people (themselves immigrants, see Tudhedhan). The territory had no name as a whole until given the name “Atlantide” by an anonymous Frenchman, after the mythical island discussed in dialogues of Plato. The nation itself declared sovereignty in 1663 under the leadership of Alexandre Phyestaiou (qv), the first Modern King….

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