Praise for Seaborn: "From the first page of Seaborn, you are immersed. Chris Howard navigates a wild ride through a brilliantly edgy and richly atmospheric alter-world. Here is a fresh, formidable spin on fantasy, and Howard is a talent to watch out for. Seaborn will leave...
Praise for Seaborn:
"From the first page of Seaborn, you are immersed. Chris Howard navigates a wild ride through a brilliantly edgy and richly atmospheric alter-world. Here is a fresh, formidable spin on fantasy, and Howard is a talent to watch out for. Seaborn will leave you spellbound."
-Adele Griffin, author of where I want to be
"Dark and atmospheric, Seaborn is an imaginative new entry in the world of paranormal fiction."
-Liz Maverick, author of Wired, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2007
"...a fresh and entertaining read and I fully expect we will be hearing more from Chris Howard in the future."
"Fascinating read..." -Romantic Times 4 star review
The Complete Seaborn is the omnibus edition, including the three books in the Seaborn Trilogy, along with all new transitional material, new stories, family tree, and a complete character list for all three books.
Kassandra comes from the sea, but she has no memory of saltwater, seagulls, or an incoming tide. She's never seen an ocean, never heard the thunder of surf. She's an exile, betrayed by her own family, sent as far from the sea as they could arrange--somewhere in the middle of Nebraska.
Everything changes the day she drowns in Red Bear Lake, and discovers she can't really drown. Not in the way everyone else can. Then a two-thousand year old king wakes inside her head and turns out to be a prodigy with mathematics. Kassandra cries for the first time in her life, and learns that her tears are doorways for calling things from the sea. With clues from summoned sea-demons and the voices in her head, Kassandra sets out to find out what the hell is going on...and discovers she's a prisoner, trapped between a murderous grandfather who controls an army of the drowned dead, river witches who spy on her through the plumbing, and Ms. Matrothy, the Girl's Department Director, who's been trying to kill her since she was four.
Corina Lairsey has just clawed her way free from one controlling relationship when she finds herself in another-only this guy, Aleximor, has really gotten under her skin. Literally. A 400-year-old sorcerer who gathers the drowned dead off the ocean's floor for the King of the Seaborn, he's inside her head and is wearing her body like a wetsuit. Corina desperately schemes to regain control of her self, fighting against time as Aleximor trades pieces of her life away in exchange for power over the path between the worlds of the living and the dead . . . Kassandra is the King of the Seaborn's granddaughter. She comes from the sea, but has spent her whole life in exile on the surface, struggling to control frightening powers she barely understands. She declares war on her murderous grandfather and manipulates her family, friends, oceanic royalty, and the US Navy to aid her- but Aleximor intends to use Kass to carry out his revenge against the entire Seaborn royal line. And she's also fallen in love-one more struggle for an already troubled soul.
Kassandra prepares for war against her grandfather, and is confronted on all sides. Nikasia, the daughter of the king's war-bard--who claims descent from Circe--seeks revenge for the murder of her father. A group of immortals bands together to take everything away, and Kassandra must take them on while holding her family together.
Chris Howard writes science fiction, fantasy novels and short stories. Seaborn (Juno Books) was his first novel, and it's the middle book in "The Seaborn Trilogy", which begins with Saltwater Witch, and ends with Sea Throne. His collection of fantasy and SF stories, Always Becoming (Lykeion) was published early in 2011. His short stories have appeared in Fantasy Magazine, The Harrow, Another Realm and elsewhere. His short story "Hammers and Snails" was a Heinlein Centennial Short Fiction Contest winner.
Chris is also an illustrator, working in watercolors, ink, charcoals, and digital formats, with a bunch of commissions and illustrations, including a 9x12 foot "Steampunk Map of New York" for a cafe in Brooklyn and ink work in issue 10 of Shimmer Magazine. He is working on a graphic novel of Saltwater Witch (www.SaltwaterWitch.com)