Sesskia’s Diary, part 181

28 Nevrine, dawn I didn’t realize, when Nessan said he’d be putting the spies through the training course, that he was including me in the group. I hadn’t even thought about it, hadn’t really thought about what I’d be doing when it comes time for combat, because so much of my efforts have been directed…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 181

Sesskia’s Diary, part 180

27 Nevrine Forty-two mages with the fire pouvra, minimum range 155 yards, maximum 600. Thirty-nine mages with the mind-moving pouvra, range 729 yards (way to go, Saemon!), minimum weight 65 lbs. “maximum” 425 lbs. (This number increases every day.) Eight mages being trained as spies, minimum time insubstantial 1 min. 48 sec., maximum 3 min.…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 180

Sesskia’s Diary, part 179

26 Nevrine Mattiak—Tarallan offered me his praenoma tonight at dinner and asked the honor from me, and I do feel like we’re friends—is worried about the advance of the God-Empress’s army and the fact that we’re still stuck here in Venetry. He won’t come out and criticize the King, even behind his back, even privately…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 179

Sesskia’s Diary, part 178

25 Nevrine More practicing. Hasseka and Saemon still fighting it out for greatest distance with the mind-moving pouvra. My spies are getting better at navigating the rope course. Last night was funny. The see-in-dark pouvra makes moving around at night easier, but they don’t have any experience with moving quietly, and were all caught completely…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 178


It’s here! The next book in my Extraordinaries series, WONDERING SIGHT, is released today. How am I going to celebrate? With a visit to the dentist, you know, like you do… WONDERING SIGHT is the story of Sophia Westlake, the Extraordinary Seer who discovered the secret of how the pirates were tracking the Royal Navy…Continue reading Release Day: WONDERING SIGHT

Sesskia’s Diary, part 177

24 Nevrine, continued Anyway. I let them talk quietly among themselves for a while, maybe ten minutes, and then I went back and said, “Well? What do you think?” Relania stepped forward. “You make a good point, Sesskia,” she said. “We’re not just opposed to violence because we think it’s inherently wrong, though most of…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 177

Sesskia’s Diary, part 176

24 Nevrine Unbelievable. Once we got access to a nearly unlimited space to practice, it became clear a lot of these mages had power nobody dreamed of. We went north of the city today, where there isn’t anything but fallow land stretching all the way to the northern forests a hundred miles away, and spent…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 176

Sesskia’s Diary, part 175

23 Nevrine The good news: everyone with fire or mind-moving pouvrin can work their magic at a distance of 100 feet, which is from one side of the ballroom to the other. The bad news: we’re pretty sure everyone’s actual range is a good deal farther than that, and we can’t practice finding the real…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 175

Sesskia’s Diary, part 174

22 Nevrine, half an hour later I’m confident I can reproduce twelve of the th’an Cederic used. Damn it, if I had that hypothetical memory pouvra…I would still not have any idea how to turn the th’an into a pouvra. I guess that’s not entirely true; I remember how the binding th’an came together into…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 174

Sesskia’s Diary, part 173

22 Nevrine, continued Crossar stayed behind to talk to Tarallan. It didn’t seem like a private discussion, but I didn’t think it had anything to do with me, so I was about to excuse myself when Tarallan said, “Nessan tells me all mages have the same eye color. Is that true?” It took me a…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 173