Tales from Ysthar

Stories set in a world mostly our own, with magic behind the corners. Some of them are contemporary with us, others in the far past. Although not in a strict reading order, the stories tend to circle around the central figure of the Lord of Ysthar, a reclusive mage responsible — more or less — for the magic of the world.


HV Thumbnail 15.vi.2014 Behind the corners of our world, there is magic …

As the Lord of Ysthar, Raphael is responsible for it.

An honest man, his lies are legion. An infamous recluse, his social circle includes Scheherezade, Shakespeare, and the Crown Prince of Faerie. He is a great mage to his enemies, a movie star to strangers, and a hundred pseudonymous half-lives to history. He is dutifully trying to prevent the end of the world when his long-lost twin brother Kasian gate-crashes his life.

Raphael is prepared to sacrifice his soul, his reputation, and his crown to save his beloved Ysthar. Saving himself is another matter entirely.

There is magic. It’s not enough.



Short Stories:

RookThe Prince of the Fairies is out looking for mischief. That’s not quite what he finds.

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InkebarrowWilliam Shakespeare takes a wrong turn going beyond the fields he knows — and in the Black Bull of Inkebarrow, he finds a turn from history to magic.

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Scheherezade Thumbnail On the thousand and first night of Scheherezade the Storyteller’s marriage, things do not go at all as she had hoped — nor do they end as she had expected.

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