Friday, August 5, 2022

Read an exclusive excerpt from Within by Peter Gribble


Today we're excited to have Peter Gribble at Andi's Book Reviews with an exclusive excerpt to his new fantasy Within. Let him know what you think and then download your own copy. Follow the tour for even more. Best of luck entering the giveaway!

Purdu, the barbarian invader, has arrived! How can the pacifist, nonviolent City of the Magicians contain him when one faction appeals to his heart, the other to his ambitions?

Sas and Lalya are envoys of opposing camps, but Purdu throws them together to isolate them from their enclaves and assert his own authority. Yet two others decide to oppose him their way. Hyur, foremost metallurgist, secretly forges a magical weapon to tempt and subvert him. Gleswea, an astronomer, flees south to view skies she has never seen, but is swept into a culture that judges women of ability as necromancing witches deserving death.

Shoan, City strategist, reconstructing his wrecked plans, is unaware these four have slipped his calculations. Sas, Lalya, Hyur and Gleswea are unknowingly inching the City toward an unseen, perilous fate. Will anyone catch it in time?

Within, the second book in The City of the Magicians series, exposes how even as the City's old dream of a rebirth in Magic seems to be happening, traditional institutions are failing. With Purdu spearheading the revival, some Citizens fear the purposes their Magic may soon be turned to.

Praise for Threat, the first book in The City of the Magicians series.
"An exquisitely crafted, richly textured world of magic and mystery, with settings and mood so exceptionally well visualized that fans of science fiction and fantasy should not pass up the chance to walk inside." – IndieReader

"Apart from the beautiful writing, the robustly written characters, and the strong setting, Peter Gribble has the ability to immerse readers in a world that is well-imagined and sculpted. Having enjoyed Threat immensely, I am looking forward to the next installment in the series." - Readers' Favorite

 Read an exclusive excerpt:
He had been in terrible condition when first brought here but knew where he was.

Any Citizen would.

There were no other rooms like this in the City. High, unreachable, shuttered windows if you were lucky; if not, no windows at all, and a door bolted from the outside. A small, bare room, stark in its rectangularity with the only furnishings—aside from a small, lidded jar for necessities—a high, inaccessible lamp-niche and an ever-present odor of decay. Warm by mid-morning, cooling and darkening by late afternoon—a place shaded by the eastern edge of Upper Ridge.

An unknown cell in the House of Quarantine, a large, rambling building with two extensive wings where pilgrims or Citizens were held if suspected of being infected with the water-lung plague or the fatal sweating fevers sweeping through the past few years. Many had died here . . . likely in this very room.

If he perished here from some lingering miasma, he hoped for a quick, painless end. Life was over anyway. The withdrawal from the smoke had been a nightmare introduction to dying. At its height, a horrible ripping asunder by tidal waves of desperate, insane craving, coupled with uncontrollable spasms akin to seizures. Periods of profuse sweating had made him look as if he had been caught in a downpour, always followed by raging thirst.

The episodes diminished in their intensity, but bruises from the last of the violent shakes were only just beginning to yellow.

At last, mercifully, there was exhausted calm.

Death would be anticlimactic.

PURCHASE LINKS Book Two - Within

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PURCHASE LINKS Book One - Threat

Peter Gribble has written for NUVO and other magazines in British Columbia.

For over ten years he wrote a monthly gardening column for a local Vancouver paper.

The City of the Magicians is his first published series.

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  1. Good morning, book lovers. A big, warm thank you goes to Andi's Book Reviews and Goddess Fish Promotions for hosting. Enjoy the excerpt, good luck on the giveaway (only a few hours left!) and happy reading! Peter G

  2. I enjoyed the excerpt the book sounds very intriguing.


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