The country of Alcabast is not ravaged by war, all of its neighbors get along rather well. Magic is neither deep nor mysterious, in fact it’s quite useful for daily life. Fierce creatures do roam the forests, but a sharp blade and a well-aimed musket will keep them at bay. Steam-powered conveyances transport people and goods, as long as they’ve been maintained well enough. People live in harmony with the Seasons and with each other. Well, mostly…
Ahlden Creiori is employed by the Stellaire Library to uphold the ideals of truth and knowledge, wisdom and beauty. He enjoys a fulfilling career, a high degree of prestige, and looks forward to marrying the lady he’s courted for many Seasons now. His comfortable routine is disrupted when he’s sent away from the city to a bucolic little town, to authenticate a mysterious book that no one will tell him anything about. The journey there takes him to the brink of an entirely new outlook on life, and a chance encounter on the way home pushes him off the edge entirely. He gains a new perspective, but what must he lose to maintain the balance?
“[The main character] was spectacular, the world was beautiful, and the themes were deep and touching…The writing style is comforting and lovely.” -ZM
“First and foremost, it is very unique. The world…especially with its various peoples, is unlike anything I’ve read.” -AF
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Paper & Feathers is the first book in Euphony of Seasons, a series of low-stakes, slice-of-life casual fantasy stories.
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We have plenty of epic tales about the struggle between good and evil, light and darkness, and those are all fine. These books aim to describe a different part of the fantasy world altogether: normal, everyday life. You won’t find epic tales of war and chaos, death and valor. You’ll see how people live in a world where technology and nature are integrated, benevolent spirits walk among mortals, and all life is sacred.
If magical realism is a story in the normal world with some fantastic elements, then the opposite would be a story in a fantasy world with some normal elements. We call this everyday fantasy.
Estimated book length: 56,000 words
Release Date: November 2023
Cover art and interior illustrations by Michelle Thomas
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