Have you forgiven me for delaying The Mirror of Rorrim release date from Halloween to November 17th?
No? I didn’t think so. Here, would a new story help?
The Last Days of Lady Cordelia is a 14,000 word short story…novelette…thing. Not sure what word is best. Anyway, here’s the synopsis:
Lady Cordelia Beaumont is dying.
That’s what her mysterious nurse tells her, at least. Even worse, her magic powers have abandoned her, her friends are missing, and her whole world has completely changed. Everyone around her is insisting that magic and fairy tales aren’t real. Even the name of her city is different. She’s not in Talesend any more—she’s in a place called London.
Cordelia is determined to return to her own reality, but dark forces are working against her. An old friend may be able to help—but he doesn’t remember who she is.
Who are the Neverwolves? What is the secret of the Shadow Parallel? And how can Cordelia use magic to escape from a world where magic doesn’t exist?
GASP. Would I really be so horrible as to kill off Cordelia??
Possibly not…but just in case, you should read the story to make sure. BTW, there are no spoilers in it for anything past the end of The Beast of Talesend, so if you haven’t read The Tomb of the Sea Witch yet, you can still enjoy this one.
Last Days is the first of a series of shorts called “Beaumont and Beasley Case Files.” It’s available for $0.99 on Amazon, and it’s been released as a reward to my Patreon supporters as well. It centers around Cordelia and is quite dark in tone, in keeping with the Halloween theme, though the underlying fun of Beaumont and Beasley is still there. The story delves into the subject of Neverwolves, which were briefly mentioned in The Tomb of the Sea Witch. It’s also a fairy-tale retelling, in part—though you’ll have to read it to find out which one. (The answer may surprise you.)