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A Winter of Fish and Favor (Paperback)

A Heroine’s Luck #1

Format: Paperback



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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.

But when her quest to find the truth unravels a family secret that puts her own life on the line, Tinsa will have to accept her unlikely ally if she wants to survive the winter.

Because ambition means nothing if you’re dead…or alone.


A Winter of Fish and Favor” is the first half of an adult fantasy duology set in a lush ancient world inspired by East Asia and the Iroquois Confederacy.

What Readers are Saying


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, reviewer



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



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



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



"The novel at its core focuses on existential and very human matters like what makes a person a villain and if villains are meant to be truly bad people. [...] Definitely recommend the book to everyone!"

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