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Berkley & NAL Mass Market August 2018

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Halls of Law
By (author): V. M. Escalada
9780756409357 Paperback, Mass market English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Epic Aug 07, 2018
$10.99 CAD
Active 4.13 x 6.75 x 1.13 in 432 pages DAW
Now in paperback, the first book in the Faraman Prophecy epic fantasy series introduces a world of military might and magical Talents on the brink of destruction—and two unlikely heroes may be its only saviors.

Seventeen-year-old Kerida Nast has always wanted a career in the military, just like the rest of her family. So when her Talent is discovered, and she knows she’ll have to spend the rest of her life as a psychic for the Halls of Law, Ker isn’t happy about it. Anyone entering the Halls must give up all personal connection with the outside world, losing their family and friends permanently.

But just as Kerida is beginning to reconcile herself to her new role, the Faraman Polity is invaded by strangers from Halia, who begin a systematic campaign of destruction against the Halls, killing every last Talent they can find.

Kerida manages to escape, falling in with Tel Cursar, a young soldier fleeing the battle, which saw the deaths of the royal family. Having no obvious heir to the throne, no new ruler to rally behind, the military leaders will be divided, unable to act quickly enough to save the empire. And with the Halls being burned to the ground, and the Talents slaughtered, the Rule of Law will be shattered.

Story Locale: Fantasy world

Series Overview: The Faraman Prophecy tells of an invasion from the sea, forcing ancient enemies to unite against their attackers in this epic military fantasy of magical Talents, overturned societies, and a mythic race of griffins.

MASS MARKET EDITION of an original hardcover

CROSS SELL with hardcover of second book in the series, Gift of Griffins

MILITARY EPIC FANTASY: Strong military backdrop and sudden war create action-packed pacing and high-stakes adventure

MAGIC AND PROPHECY: Psychic talents, paranormal outcasts, and mythical race of griffins give this universe a beloved and distinctive flair

COMPELLING HEROIC DUO: Leading characters Ker and Tel are a compelling pair whom readers will love

PLANNED TRILOGY: Halls of Law is the first in the Faraman Prophecy epic fantasy trilogy

V. M. Escalada’s cultural background is half Spanish and half Polish, which makes it interesting at meal times. Her most unusual job was translating letters between lovers, one of whom spoke only English, the other only Spanish. She is also the author of the Dhulyn and Parno novels under the name Violette Malan.

Author Residence: Ontario, Canada

Marketing: Online Publicity

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Author Social Media: Twitter @VioletteMalan

Praise for Halls of Law:

Halls of Law begins an fresh, engaging new fantasy series set in a world of marvellous texture and magic. Love this one and can’t wait for more!”—Julie E. Czerneda, author of A Turn of Light

“Kerida’s a great protagonist…. She’s practical and makes hard decisions about her own survival…. I really enjoyed this and eagerly await the sequel.”—Sci-Fi Fan Letter

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