Wolf Dasher’s mission is simple: find out who murdered his friend and colleague in Urland’s Shadow Service while she was on assignment in the elf nation of Alfar. But Wolf soon learns that, in the magical land of elves, nothing is easy. The once-lush country is now decaying, torn apart by a religious schism that spawned a civil war and daily acts of terrorism. A simple murder investigation leads Wolf into an intricate web of assassination, betrayal, and zealotry. He’ll need all of his skill and Shadow magic to defeat a psychotic killer, a bloodthirsty general, and an arrogant ambassador with visions of grandeur. Failure means a devastating act of terrorism that will kill thousands of elves, topple Alfar’s government, and change the balance of power in the world forever.
State of Grace is the first book in a series of fantasy-thriller mash-up novels that blends magic, super spies, and politics in an electrifying brew of action and adventure. From the chilling opening scene to the pulse-pounding conclusion State of Grace takes the best elements of an espionage thriller and a court intrigue and weaves them into a world that is both familiar and fantastic.
John R. Phythyon, Jr. wishes he'd been bitten by a radioactive spider, so he could have lots of thrilling super-adventures. In the absence of that miracle, he contents himself with writing about such people. He is an author, playwright, and award-winning game designer. His commentary has been heard on Kansas Public Radio; his comedic play, Isabelle, has been commercially produced; and he won Origins Awards for his work on Celtic Age from Avalanche Press, Gamemastering Secrets from Grey Ghost Press, and Sailor Moon Collectible Card Game from Dart Flipcards.
He lives in Lawrence KS with his girlfriend, her kids and dog, and his cat. He is currently working on the next book in the Wolf Dasher series and desperately wishing the Cincinnati Bengals would win a Super Bowl some time soon.
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