Chasing Sorcery by L. J. Hutton
(The Islands Quartet)

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The unofficial truce between the Islands and their would-be conquerors, the DeÁine, has been broken. For the Islanders the scale of the threat only emerges as they struggle with enemies closer to home. Yet time is running short if the Islanders are to prevent the DeÁine’s plans from becoming reality. Only together will they be in with a fighting chance of winning and keeping their freedom.

The DeÁine are on the move, and that means trouble for the five Islands! For thirty years an unofficial and tense truce has existed between the Islanders and their would-be conquerors, the DeÁine, but that’s changed.
In easternmost Rheged, Ruari MacBeth thinks all he has to worry about is the bad news he’s bringing back home from abroad – he couldn’t be more wrong. Before he knows it he finds himself a hunted man, his world in turmoil and his friends in danger.
On the southern Island of Prydein what should have been a simple diplomatic visit for young Queen Alaiz, swiftly turns into a nightmare as she and her companion are kidnapped. Who betrayed them and why?
On northern Celidon, former Knight Maelbrigt finds himself battling with bands of killers he thought he’d never need to face again, as he desperately tries to save the life of Taise, the woman he loves.
For Cwen and her new friend, Swein, in Brychan the bigger danger seems to come from the mad and dangerous King Edward for whom murder is a sport and power a drug. Yet they are only ordinary folk – do the Knights know something different?
For all of them, rumours abound and the DeÁine are never far from any of their minds. Are the DeÁine war-mages already in the Islands? Time is running short if the Islanders are to prevent the DeÁine’s plans from becoming reality. Only together will they be in with a fighting chance of winning and keeping their freedom.
 

About L. J. Hutton

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L. J. Hutton was born and brought up in Birmingham (UK). In her mid teens she suffered from exposure to Tolkien from which she has never fully recovered! After leaving school she did a variety of jobs until redundancy threatened, at which point she escaped to university to do the degree she'd always wanted to do and discovered Tolkien's academic work as well. As a (very) mature student she first acquired a BA in Medieval Studies, then followed it with an MPhil in Anglo-Saxon History. Old English remains a fascination and one day - when and if she ever gets the time - she'd really love to learn Old Welsh. By this time anything and everything medieval had become a bit of an addiction, as proven by the ever expanding bookcases of reference works, (one day they might just take over the house!) and innumerable trips to old castles and ruins. All this, coupled with a life of avid reading of fantasy, spurred her into writing about a fictional world as a way of exploring the ideas about the bits of history which remain obscure, or how things might have turned out differently. She currently lives in Worcester with one husband and several recued lurchers, but would like to relocate to the Islands if a) someone would find a way to get her there, and b) provide the computer up-link so she can carry on writing!
 
Published May 27, 2013 557 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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