The Astreya ‘Verse is a name for the setting in which three stories in six books all take place. The word, “‘Verse” indicates an alternate and necessarily incomplete universe in which my characters live. There are six books (so far).
What started out in the 1970’s as a novel called Astreya ended with a cliff-hanger, on which I and my characters balanced unpublished for nigh on 40 years until I retired from work work and had time to write what I wanted. The first book took the title Astreya: The Voyage South. The story continued into the second book, Astreya: The Men of the Sea, and on to the third book Astreya: The Wanderer’s Curse. In 2011, all three were published as a single, continuous trilogy in three books.
The Astreya Trilogy chronicles the adventures of Astreya, the son of a mysterious father he never knew. In search of his strange inheritance, Astreya is deceived, betrayed and cheated, but he also finds love and makes loyal friends who help him achieve his destiny. Astreya is a tale of the sea, a mystery and a love story.
River of Stones, published in 2020, continues the saga, beginning 20 years after the end of The Wanderer’s Curse.
Ellie, published in 2022, continues with an adventure featuring the eponymous Ellie, who first appeared in River of Stones.
Angel’s Share, written and published in 2020, is a novella that is prequel to The Astreya Trilogy. The story is as told to Astreya and Lindey by a very old man who appears briefly in The Wanderer’s Curse.
Astreya, Book 1, The Voyage South
Astreya, Book 2, The Men of the Sea
Astreya, Book 3, The Wanderer’s Curse
River of Stones
A sequel to The Astreya Trilogy, 20 years later.
Only three stones of power remain, and only the eight descendants of Zubin can wield them. A ruthless and power-hungry man is intent on stealing the stones, murdering the three leaders of the fleet, and torturing the secrets of navigation from their children. Grand master Astreya gives his daughter Mairi command of a ship with instructions to keep the younger members of his family far from danger. However, safety is elusive. Mairi must face political turmoil ashore, resolve conflicts with her twin brother Trogen, and lead her young crew through storms, dangerous passages, and battles at sea before she can discover the secret that will lead to the river of stones. This story can be read “stand alone”.
River of Stones is available from Amazon
Ellie is a story about losing your way and finding it again.
“… an excellent series that effortlessly blends fantasy and fact and carries the reader perfectly. Highly addictive reading: I recommend them all. 5/5 Amazon Reviewer ‘WR’, UK
Ellie, the youngest navigator in the fleet, challenges the authority of her uncle Astreya, the Grand Commander. Only hours later, cannon shots cripple her boat, she falls overboard and is lost ashore. Ellie tries to return home to Matris, but unexpected friends and threatening foes intervene. As her uncle, sister, and cousins search for her, Ellie is forced to travel by foot, horseback, and land crawler to the Castle, where the Governor is fomenting war.
This novel will be of most interest to people who have read The Astreya Trilogy and River of Stones, but it can be read on its own. The illustrations are by Shirley MacKenzie
A prequel to The Astreya Trilogy
Angel’s Share is a story as told to Astreya and Lindey when they returned from the Village about how Able Angel helped establish Matris. This novella will be of most interest to people who have read The Astreya Trilogy and River of Stones, but as a prequel to the Trilogy, it can be read on its own. The illustrations are by Shirley MacKenzie
Available at Amazon or through Ingram Spark