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Secrets, Magic, and Bloody Sacrifice: Revealing A Power Unbound by Freya Marske

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Secrets, Magic, and Bloody Sacrifice: Revealing A Power Unbound by Freya Marske

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Published on February 13, 2023

Photo credit: Kris Arnold
Photo credit: Kris Arnold

Secrets! Magic! Enemies to… something more?

We’re thrilled to share the cover of A Power Unbound, the final entry in Freya Marske’s award-winning Last Binding trilogy, the queer historical fantasy series that began with A Marvellous Light. A Power Unbound will be available on November 7, 2023 from Tordotcom Publishing.

“A breathtaking romp of a plot, prose as sparkling and luxuriant as a diamond sautoir, and at the heart of it all a sense of wondrous possibility.” —The New York Times on A Restless Truth

Secrets! Magic! Enemies to… something more?

Jack Alston, Lord Hawthorn, would love a nice, safe, comfortable life. After the death of his twin sister, he thought he was done with magic for good. But with the threat of a dangerous ritual hanging over every magician in Britain, he’s drawn reluctantly back into that world.

Now Jack is living in a bizarre puzzle-box of a magical London townhouse, helping an unlikely group of friends track down the final piece of the Last Contract before their enemies can do the same. And to make matters worse, they need the help of writer and thief Alan Ross.

Cagey and argumentative, Alan is only in this for the money. The aristocratic Lord Hawthorn, with all his unearned power, is everything that Alan hates. And unfortunately, Alan happens to be everything that Jack wants in one gorgeous, infuriating package.

When a plot to seize unimaginable power comes to a head at Cheetham Hall—Jack’s ancestral family estate, a land so old and bound in oaths that it’s grown a personality as prickly as its owner—Jack, Alan and their allies will become entangled in a night of champagne, secrets, and bloody sacrifice… and the foundations of magic in Britain will be torn up by the roots before the end.

 

For a small taste of Alan’s early opinions on Lord Hawthorne, take a peek:

Alan took a seat and finally lost the battle he’d been having with himself since he walked through the door. He allowed himself to glance again at the Baron Hawthorn.

The man sat still as a predator and twice as keen-eyed in one of the gorgeously carved wooden seats at the table. Alan had known Lord Hawthorn would be here. He’d prepared himself, he thought.

He’d been wrong. He’d forgotten the speed with which this hatred rose simmering within him. He’d forgotten that the edges of it crossed boundaries where it stopped feeling like hatred and became something wilder and more dangerous.

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Cover art by Christine Foltzer, design by Will Staehle

Freya Marske is the author of A Restless Truth and A Marvellous Light, which was an international bestseller and won the Romantic Novel Award for Fantasy. Her work has appeared in Analog and has been shortlisted for three Aurealis Awards. She is also a Hugo-nominated podcaster, and won the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent. She lives in Australia.

 

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