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SCRIBES
The Scribe Cycle #1
by James Wolanyk
Genre: Dark Fantasy

Pawns in an endless
war, scribes are feared and worshipped, valued and exploited, prized
and hunted. But there is only one whose powers can determine the fate
of the world . . .
Born into the ruins of Rzolka’s
brutal civil unrest, Anna has never known peace. Here, in her remote
village—a wasteland smoldering in the shadows of outlying foreign
armies—being imbued with the magic of the scribes has made her
future all the more uncertain.
Through intricate carvings of the
flesh, scribes can grant temporary invulnerability against enemies to
those seeking protection. In an embattled world where child scribes
are sold and traded to corrupt leaders, Anna is invaluable. Her scars
never fade. The immunity she grants lasts forever.
Taken to a desert metropolis, Anna is
promised a life of reverence, wealth, and fame—in exchange for her
gifts. She believes she is helping to restore her homeland, creating
gods and kings for an immortal army—until she witnesses the hordes
slaughtering without reproach, sacking cities, and threatening
everything she holds dear. Now, with the help of an enigmatic
assassin, Anna must reclaim the power of her scars—before she
becomes the unwitting architect of an apocalyptic war.
James Wolanyk is the author of
the Scribe Cycle and a teacher from Boston. He holds a B.A. in
Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts, where his
writing has appeared in its quarterly publication and The Electric
Pulp. After studying fiction, he pursued educational work in the
Czech Republic, Taiwan, and Latvia. Outside of writing, he enjoys
history, philosophy, and boxing. His post-apocalyptic novel, Grid,
was released in 2015. He currently resides in Riga, Latvia as an
English teacher.
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