A. Whilst signing some of my self published fantasy books in a local store, a lady who attended a charismatic Christian church who was very anti all things magical complained to me:
"Why do you fantasy authors always have to use magic in your stories?"
I thought this a very valid question. So I set about writing a fantasy novel without any magic in it. Imperial Spy mentions magic, but you never see it. The main character, Femke, was one of my favourite minor characters from my previous series - a sort of medieval Lara Croft style spy girl (but not so irritatingly perfect). It was intended to be a stand alone novel, but I was contracted to write a sequel. Fantasy authors rarely think in twos, so I planned three despite the contract!