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Interim Errantry

Interim Errantry: On Ordeal

A wizard's Ordeal is intensely personal, and sometimes (though not always) intensely dangerous. Each Ordeal is tailored to the wizard who may pass it, or fail to pass. Each induction is in some way diagnostic of the innermost nature of the wizard who embraces the challenge offered them by the Powers that Be.

Young Wizards: Lifeboats


When the renowned saurian Species Archivist to the Powers that Be summons young wizard Kit Rodriguez to participate in an urgent off-planet intervention intended to save many millions of lives, Kit’s hardly going to say “no.”

He soon discovers that not only he, but his wizardly partner Nita Callahan and her sister Dairine, his friend Ronan Nolan, and tens of thousands of other wizards from Earth have also been drafted in to intervene on the distant world called Tevaral. There the planet’s single huge moon Thesba has become tectonically unstable and will very soon break up, its massive fragments raining down onto the surface of Tevaral and completely destroying it. The wizards’ mission: to extract Tevaral’s hominid population and “raft” them off-planet to new homeworlds before the apocalyptic disaster begins.

There’s only one problem: millions of the people of Tevaral don’t want to go.

Kit, Nita and their thousands of fellow Earth wizards must now race against time to find a way to save the Tevaralti despite their near-symbiotic relationship with their beloved world and its unique life forms. As doomsday inexorably draws nearer, hope is fading fast, and it seems like it’s going to take a miracle to keep the people of Tevaral from being wiped out. True, wizardry is all about miracles. But will one turn up in time?…

Young Wizards: Lifeboats is a 90,000+ word canonical work in the Young Wizards universe, and is set in February 2011, shortly after the events of the YW novelette Not On My Patch and YW novella How Lovely Are Thy Branches. These three works together constitute a “transitional trilogy” following the events of A Wizard of Mars and preceding the events of the forthcoming Games Wizards Play.

Young Wizards: Lifeboats is now available as a standalone ebook at Ebooks Direct in all the major ebook formats, DRM-free, and also at Amazon in Kindle format.

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For those of you who’ve been (patiently!) waiting: Interim Errantry is now available in both ebook and paperback editions.

You can get the ebook here at Ebooks Direct, DRM-free, or here at in Kindle format. You can get the paperback edition here at Amazon.

Interim Errantry contains the whole “transitional trilogy” of canonical works bridging the gap between A Wizard of Mars and Games Wizards Play: that is to say, the novella Not On My Patch, the novelette How Lovely Are Thy Branches, and the full-length novel Lifeboats. (All of these are available separately from Ebooks Direct, of course, but you get a price break buying them in the omnibus edition of the ebook.)

On Ordeal: Mamvish fsh Wimsih

Once upon a time there was a lizard who wanted to be a wizard. (Eventually…)

Newborn child of a saurian species trapped by its own Choice on a world that the Lone Power has cruelly punished for rejecting It, Vish may just be a hatchling, but she knows that the world is badly broken and needs to be put right. To make this happen she begins a quest that will crisscross her huge, bleak planet and finally bring her face to face with the powers that rule her world.

On Ordeal: Roshaun ke Nelaid

Once upon a time there was a Prince who wanted just one thing: to be a wizard…

Only child of the union of two great wizardly lines of the planet Wellakh, heir to a position and lifestyle considered equivalent to royalty by the people of his half-ravaged world, Roshaun ke Nelaid lives what most Wellakhit would mistake for a life of unfettered pleasure and privilege, moving apparently casually through the corridors of power and instantly being given whatever he desires.