Rough Magic: Gnomesaga Book I

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Niksabella the gnome has tinkered in the shadows for years, developing an invention that might change the world, even if she doesn't know it yet. She has few friends and even fewer allies in the city of Hightower, where social and academic status is quite important.

Her brother, Nikselpik, is a cantankerous wizard who drinks too much, sings dirty songs, and makes rude passes at gnomestresses. A dark addiction consumes him, a habit called ...

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Overview

Niksabella the gnome has tinkered in the shadows for years, developing an invention that might change the world, even if she doesn't know it yet. She has few friends and even fewer allies in the city of Hightower, where social and academic status is quite important.

Her brother, Nikselpik, is a cantankerous wizard who drinks too much, sings dirty songs, and makes rude passes at gnomestresses. A dark addiction consumes him, a habit called bugging, which gives him increased power and feelings of euphoria while pushing him closer to death.

Dark creatures from the ultraworlds have come calling. Niksabella must fight to protect her life and her invention, while Nikselpik engages the enemy as an unlikely guest of Hightower's military elite.

Niksabella and Nikselpik must find their true powers together, or perish apart. Will they heal the wounds of their childhood before it's too late?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482370027
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 3/16/2013
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenny Soward grew up in Crescent Park, Kentucky, a small suburb just south of Cincinnati, Ohio, listening to AC/DC, Quiet Riot, and Iron Maiden. In those quiet 1970's streets, he jumped bikes, played Nerf football, and acquired many a childhood scar.

At the age of sixteen, he learned to play drums, and did so with a passion. Kenny bashed skins for many groups over the next twenty years, and his musical tastes grew to include folk, alternative, bluegrass, and new age.

By day, Kenny works as a Unix professional, and at night he writes and sips bourbon.

ROUGH MAGIC is Kenny's first high fantasy novel, Book I of the GnomeSaga.

Kenny lives in Independence, Kentucky, with three cats and a gal who thinks she's a cat.

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

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    An amazing new fantasy world of Gnomes blended with magic and stam works along with clockworks

    Jontuk is of Stonekin and one of many under the service of the Cruel barren. Jontuk has a way to help his people, through the mirror gate to another world, to find a trinket. A venture none other his kind will make. Jontuk has to trust his kind are faring well while on his mission.

    Niksabella, a female tinker who's not accepted of her creations in gnomish tinkering community or any where in gnome community. Nika has created a device of never-ending power with her recursive mirror. A device that could be deadly dangerous as a weapon, if in the wrong hands, or a great help to their way of life if used properly. But with this forbidden creation, if the High Council finds she continued working on and finished it...she could be imprisoned - for life. Niksabella doesn't realize until her unknown guardian, Jancy, saves her that Nika's design has caught the attention of many, who will do anything for the tin doll or even her mind. Nika doesn't feel at home in Hightower where she's spent her life - near death experiences and meeting a man from the mountains, helps her realize it.

    Niksabella's brother, Nikseltuk, is asked (more told) to accompany troops out to a mysterious murder of a simple farming family. Nikseltuk's ability to interpret the dead could help. What Nikseltuk comes across as the murderer, is not of this world. And Nikseltuk will have to choose which battle to fight - these things or return to help his sister.

    Magic. Tinkering. Aerostats. Gnomes. Humans and more. Interesting world built here. A blend of fantasy magic and Industrial and steam with clockworks. The way of delivering drinks at Bombuck's tavern. COOL! They come from the air. I'd love to have a place to go to with this.

    Prelude's and I don't always get along. They confuse me to what's happening in a new world which I don't know yet. This one wasn't a strong one for me. I wasn't sure of what was to happen as things of a wold I don't know are mentioned. It kinda felt out of sink with the story. And I didn't see much of Jontuk again afterward. I would have liked to have seen him more in the world we are in with Nika. Jontuk does show up briefly for us, but felt the story was nothing to do with him and all to do with Niksabella. Once past the Prelude, you are good with Nika and her brother - Nikseltuk. But in the end, I understood the Prelude and what it was setting for the world.

    There are different magical Disciplines and many gnomes of this world feel they should not be blended. Me, I liked that they are blended, and every world needs rules to be followed - or broken. Nika has been looked down on as she is one who has mixed these magics, a Polymagician and maybe even a touch of sorcery added too.

    The world opens to a greater one slowly with an easy read through different characters. Even though the first Wizard has warned Nika away from this project and will reprimand her for meddling in areas she should not, he wants to profit from her creation as well. A greedy man of power and money, never good. But there are others, unexpected others, that are here in this world that don't belong. And they are after something as well...

    This feels like a light fantasy read. Not all of the story is about the fight, although we do have some battles Nikseltuk has to fight. Interesting battles. As you know there are different styles and draws to a story. I didn't feel part of the crowd in this world, but more someone standing ba

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