Set in the universe of Rory Thorne, the second book in this sci-fi series follows unlikely allies who must discover the secrets of ancient ruins.
Iari is good at killing monsters. As a templar in the Aedis, a multi-species religious organization committed to protecting the Confederation, eliminating extra-dimensional horrors is her job. But after she helped stop separatists from sabotaging the entire Confederation, she discovered a new sort of monster: the rogue-arithmancer, political kind.
Promoted and sent north to the tundra of Windscar, Iari leads a team of templars to investigate ancient, subterranean ruins, which local legend claims are haunted, and which have mysterious connections to the dangerous arithmancy used by the wichu separatists. Iari isn’t worried about ghosts. She’s worried about surviving separatists and a fresh attempt to upend the Confederation.
Included in Iari’s team are Char, a decommissioned battle-mecha and newly-joined templar, and Gaer, ostensible ambassador and talented arithmancer. As they delve into the ruins, they find remnants of long-ago battles, bits of broken armor and mechas—which unexpectedly reanimate and attack. It seems there is still dangerous arithmancy in Windscar—but the source isn’t who Iari expected, and they’re far worse than the separatists....
About the Author
K. Eason lives with her husband and a trio of disreputable cats in Southern California, where she teaches first-year college students about zombies and food (not at the same time!). Her short fiction has appeared in Cabinet des Fées, Postcards from Hell: The First Thirteen, Jabberwocky 4, Crossed Genres, Kaleidotrope, Ink: Queer Sci Fi Anthology, and Shapers of Worlds: Volume III. She has written the On the Bones of Gods trilogy, the Thorne Chronicles, and The Weep duology.
Praise for The Weep
“Nightwatch is a book that, in less capable hands, might collapse under its own inventive worldbuilding. But Eason pulls it off, thanks to perfect pacing and the delightfully colorful duo at its core. Splendid stuff!” —Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author
“Eason rips open the barrier between science fiction and fantasy to create an action-packed mystery with a distinctive voice, intriguing characters, and incredible worldbuilding.” —Jim C. Hines, author of Terminal Alliance
“Interstellar intrigue, nightmares from the void, killer robots, and the magic of arithmancy. Nightwatch on the Hinterlands is a perfect blending of sci-fi and fantasy with a pair of the most unlikely and enjoyable detectives you'll ever meet.” —Stephen Blackmoore, author of the Eric Carter novels
“Science fiction with flair and menace, battles and monsters.” —Mary Soon Lee, award-winning author of The Sign of the Dragon
“Eason excels at action sequences, and the new villain is wonderfully frightening....A nice balance of political complications and SF action sequences.” —Kirkus
“Readers seeking a genre-blending tale will enjoy Eason’s no-nonsense tone as she sets the plot of a thriller within her established world of science fiction and fantasy.” —Booklist
“Eason has a real talent for building engrossing and intricate worlds that feel both whimsical and real at the same time.” —The Quill to Live