Lore and Order

A book excerpt by Steve K. Peacock


Lore and Order

by Steve K. Peacock

 

Humberside City, nestled in the north of Britain, is on fire, and it has taken a few weeks for anyone to really notice. The fire brigade have been doing their best, as have the other emergency services, but whoever is behind the fires has been systematically running them ragged. Whitehall is worried. Something doesn’t add up, so they’ve dispatched a warlock – a former illegal mage, pressed into service of the government to deal with matters of the arcane – to look things over.

Jameson Parker is that warlock, and he’s pretty okay with that. His freedoms might be heavily restricted, and any unauthorized use of magic means he’ll be struck down dead instantly, but it could be worse. He gets more or less free rein to swan around Humberside like the big I am, and it gives him a way to atone for his less than stellar past. He’s better off without magic, and he knows it.

But is magic better off without him? The warlocks of Humberside don’t seem to think so, and there are rumblings that, as well as the fires, something big is about to go down. Jameson is not best pleased.

Contact info for Steve K. Peacock

* Website – https://stevekpeacock.com/

* Twitter – https://twitter.com/stevetheblack

Books by Steve K. Peacock

(Affiliate Links)

* Diplomancer – http://amzn.to/2y3uoCa

His debut novel. Assassins, magic, university lecturers, all that jazz.

* Lore and Order – http://amzn.to/2fOMNIG

(that’s this one) Warlocks, arson, revolution and Northern England.

* Red Peace – http://amzn.to/2y3vCgC

The Sequel to Lore and Order. Are you really on the run if you just never came back from your holiday? In your typical office job, probably not. If you work for a secret cadre of government-controlled magic users, maybe.

* Hair of the Dog – http://amzn.to/2y35sdK

An e-novella prequel to Lore and Order. Dragged out of a life of megalomania, rehabilitated and put to work on the mean streets of London to track down a mythological killer, this is Jameson Parker at his youngest and, some would say, his best.

* Ghosts on the Wind – http://amzn.to/2xlJv6h

Crime, heists, corrupt cops and secretive eldritch cults in Victorian London.

* Cold Dawn – http://amzn.to/2y4P4Kn

A Frozen wasteland. Stompy robot cities. Humanity struggling to survive. It’s one of those cute sorts of stories.

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