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Linguistic subterfuge in a city under siege!

“Wonderful world building with a top-notch mystery to boot.”
– Michael Mammay, author of Planetside


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Available on December 14, 2021.
SKU: AR9780857669612

Enslaved by a mute-race of cruel dictators, Razvan learns their touch-language and works as a translator in order to survive. But war is on the horizon and his quiet life is about to get noisy…

When he was a boy, Razvan trained as a translator for the hated Keda, the mute enslavers of his city, Val Kedić. They are a cruel race who are quick to anger. They keep a tight hold on the citizens of Val Kedić by forcing their children to be sent to work in the dangerous mines of the city from the age of eleven until they turn eighteen.

By learning fingerspeak – the Keda’s touch language – Razvan was able to avoid such a punishment for himself and live a life outside the harsh climate of the slums. Now a man, Razvan has etched out a quiet life for himself as an interpreter for the Keda court. He does not enjoy his work, but keeps his head down to protect his son, held hostage in the Keda’s mines. The Keda reward any parental misdemeanors with extra lashings for their children.

But now the city is under siege by a new army – the Dagmari – perhaps even more cruel than their current enslavers. At the same time, a mysterious rebellion force has reached out to Razvan with a plan to utilize the incoming attack to defeat the Keda once and for all. Razvan must decide which side to fight on, who can be trusted, and what truly deserves to be saved.

Release Date



14th December 2021 | 9780857669612 | epub & mobi | £4.99/$6.99/$7.99

US Print

14th December 2021 | 9780857669605 | Trade Paperback | $14.99/$16.99

UK Print

14th December 2021 | 9780857669605 | Paperback | £9.99

Alex Thomson is the author of Death of a Clone, published in 2018. He lives in Letchworth Garden City – home of the UK’s first roundabout – and his day job is a French and Spanish teacher in Luton

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