The Novels of the Thelenic Curriculum
A single snowball in the wrong place can start an avalanche. The wrong word in the wrong ear can bring down an empire.
What, then, might be the consequences of a cybernetically-enhanced intelligence agent being plucked from her own reality and flung headlong into a world of magic and legends?
Operative Amanda Devereux and the people of the Empire of the Thelenic Curriculum are about to find out, and neither is prepared for the answer. All books also available through Kindle Unlimited.
The Wake of Manadar
Strive not for power, but for control. Power without control is nothing, control without power is a beginning. - First Book of Thelen, first stanza.
The civil war that has riven the Empire of the Thelenic Curriculum for five long years nears an end. Besieged in Manadar, their final fortress, the surviving twelve Royalist Magisters hatch a desperate plot- to break the walls of reality itself and turn the power of another universe against the Lily College.
Unknown to the Twelve, that universe is home to Operative Amanda Devereux, and the most highly-advanced dimensional research facility on Earth. When the Royalists’ magic touches the cutting-edge science of The Office, the results are apocalyptic. Of the Twelve and their bastion, there is no trace.
But in the crater that lies in the wake of Manadar, Amanda Devereux stirs, a cybernetic infiltration agent hurled into a world she could never have imagined- a world that has never seen anything like her.
Science-fiction and fantasy collide head-on in the first novel of the Thelenic Curriculum: The Wake of Manadar.
The Third Mirror
Magic and technology entwine and clash in the sequel to The Wake of Manadar.
The sole survivor of a magical catastrophe that flung her into a strange new world and annihilated two cities, Operative Amanda Devereux is gradually finding a place for herself in the Empire of the Thelenic Curriculum. Unknown to her, the repercussions of the Disaster of the Wake are still unfolding.
The vast empire of the Daxalai schemes to bring the eastern lands under their benevolent dominion, the Dragons of the Parliament brood and plot, and the enigmatic Whales of the Blue Council deliver a cryptic warning.
Meanwhile, her devious new employer has a grudge against one of her few real friends and her own relationship may be nothing more than a magical side-effect. And still, the warning of the Whales persists.
“There was a third mirror....”
The Flyblown Crusade
“My hand is open, as is my heart.”The traditional greeting of the people of the Dendaril Hegemony still holds true centuries after their realm was founded. But what was once a warm promise of friendship is now feared by those few who know the true nature of the Dendaril. To the Free Tribes, they are the Fly Lords, bearers of the affliction known only in ancient songs as The Woe. To the Magisters of the Lily College, they are the thralls of the Shrive-Ticks, symbiotic insects that bring health, strength and peace of mind to those they infest at the cost of their entire identity.
Now, after a millennium of silence, the Dendaril are moving. To face them in battle unprotected is to become them, and there is nowhere to run. To Magister Thalia Daran, who fears herself responsible, falls the task of enlisting the aid of the Royal Knights of Abelia, whose sealed battle-armour and Golem automata are immune to the parasites. But the Abelians killed her father, and he himself was responsible for the death of the previous king, a fact Queen Tondarin II has not forgotten. Thalia's ally, the dimensionally-shifted Operative Amanda Devereux, searches for hidden secrets that may hinder her as much as they help.
Meanwhile, the fiercely independent Free Tribes face a stark choice between allying with a hated enemy, or losing themselves to the Woe forever. And in the Empire of the Thelenic Curriculum, Arch-Chancellor Derelar Thane finds troubling questions about his spy-master that must be answered. Magic and technology, love and hate, the weight of history and the march of progress combine in the third novel of the Thelenic Curriculum, The Flyblown Crusade.
The Fire in the Wind
“And for many years the new star shone just like the old one, until one day it started to go yellow, but that is another story.” - Legends of Thelen and the Patrons
It should be victory. It should be the dawn of a new age of peace and reconciliation. The Dendaril have fled in full retreat, the Winnowing Ague that has plagued the Kingdom of Abelia for centuries has been brought to an end, and Magister, Mighty One and Royal Knight have exchanged cordial words and bled in common cause for the first time since the Foundation Wars.
It is none of those things.
In ending the Ague, Amanda Devereux may have destroyed the Kingdom of Abelia. In repelling the Dendaril, the Free Tribes have been ripped apart, fully half their number lured into the service of an ancient, inscrutable Master. And concealed by it all, lurking unnoticed in the aftermath of war, a woman long-since discarded as worthless by the powerful wrestles to control a power none of them could possibly imagine. Some call it the Wild Burn. The Daxalai call it the heiran. But it falls to Delys Amaranth, the mute Swordmaster, to give it the only name that truly describes it.
The fire in the wind.
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The world of the Thelenic Curriculum is extensive, but some stories simply don't fit in it, either because they require a different setting, or because they're just a tiny bit too silly..
The Zero of Destiny
There was a prophecy. There usually is, in these kinds of situations.
Invictus Kul is an invincible hero, destined to save the world. He even has a piece of paper that says so. But it turns out that knowing you’re invincible rather takes the shine off winning, and life in general.
Death Scream, a wandering barbarian warrior, would like to take rather more than the shine off Invictus’ life. In fact, she’d like to cut it abruptly short, but that can’t happen until he fulfils his destiny and saves the world. Of course, Vic (to his friends, which she isn’t) has no plans to do anything of the sort, so she’s going to have to help him. Or force him.
Along the way she’ll encounter Dark Lords, a nightmarish maid who gets a half-price discount at the opticians, ancient magics, gainfully-employed Orcs, and Union Regulations.
All this and more can be found in “The Zero of Destiny”, a fantasy-comedy that absolutely nobody should take seriously, but everybody should read. Unless you don’t like puns, and/or really like geraniums.
The Widow's Tithe
Sasha Michaels has it all.
She’s got the looks, some natural, some bought-and-paid for. She’s got the fame, with over one-hundred million Omniverse subscribers and a shot at breaking into the coveted Top 100. She’s got the wealth that comes with both.
And she has the ultimate accessory, an even more famous husband. Alex Michaels is a HotDropper, a cybernetic corporate mercenary whose missions are streamed worldwide.
But when Alex is killed on only his second mission, Sasha soon finds out that everything she thought she owned is now property of his paymasters, who invested hundreds of millions in him and intend to collect on the debt. Now she must serve as a rank-and-file trooper in the militia of the LifeWise corporation, until she pays off or she dies. Some people call it indentured service, but the troopers know it by a different name.
They call it the Widow’s Tithe.