Strange Fortune [NOOK Book]

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Two very different men. One magical world. An adventure that could cost everything.

Dashing soldier of fortune Valentine Strange needs a fortune—he owes just about everybody, including his betrothed. Happily, the wealthy Holy Orders of Harappu are desperate to retrieve the diadem of the Goddess Purya from an ancient temple deep in the White Mountains.

It’s to be a dangerous journey, but the pay is too good to refuse. Though the addition of a ...

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Strange Fortune

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Overview

Two very different men. One magical world. An adventure that could cost everything.

Dashing soldier of fortune Valentine Strange needs a fortune—he owes just about everybody, including his betrothed. Happily, the wealthy Holy Orders of Harappu are desperate to retrieve the diadem of the Goddess Purya from an ancient temple deep in the White Mountains.

It’s to be a dangerous journey, but the pay is too good to refuse. Though the addition of a reputedly mad—and strangely attractive—witch makes Val suspect there’s more at stake than the retrieval of a mere religious relic.

Aleister Grimshaw is a reluctant companion on Val’s quest. The same evil that surrounds the diadem once hunted him—and still threatens his sanity in terrible dreams. Cruel experience has taught him to keep to himself, but Val fearlessly defends him against all manner of curses, bandits and unnatural creatures. Grimshaw dares to hope that here is someone worthy of his deepest secrets…if the brash, beautiful Val will only listen to his warnings.

But he doesn’t, and both men find themselves imprisoned by the masked priests of an unholy order. Grimshaw succumbs to a demonic power that will force both men to face the destruction of the only lives they have ever known.

This book is previously published, and is available for the first time in digital.

Warning: This book contains one dashing cad, one half-mad witch, two vengeful ghosts, various assorted demons and enchanted creatures, a pinch of revolution—and the illicit use of pith helmets.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Mystery author Lanyon (the Adrien English series) makes his first foray into fantasy with a taut, energetic and romantic tale." -- Publishers Weekly

"Lanyon has created a wonderful world of magic and spirits and spells and romance. It is a winner." -- Alan Chin, SF GLBT Literary Examiner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609281137
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 343
  • Sales rank: 340,875
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

A distinct voice in GLBT fiction, multi-award winning author Josh Lanyon has written numerous novels, novellas, and short stories. He is the author of the critically-praised Adrien English mystery series. Strange Fortune is his first foray into the realm of speculative fiction. Josh is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.
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Chapter One

The bite of spade on stone rang hollowly in the excavation site. This was followed by an equally ringing silence-and then shouts of dismay. From what Major Valentine Strange, late of the Emperor of Alba's 21st Regiment of Benhali Lancers,
discerned, a nest of baby cobras had been discovered in the bowels of the ancient temple. Just one of any number of unpleasant surprises that had been laid bare as the bones of the old building were picked clean.

The Great Temple was less than an hour's ride from the noise and bustle of the great capital city of Harappu to the eerie green silence of the jungle where the ruins of the ancient tombs had lain buried for centuries. Unsettling really, were Strange a fanciful man, to note how fast the jungle moved in to reclaim its own once life had departed. Sometimes before life had departed.

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  • Posted July 30, 2014

    I found myself resisting this book because I'm not really a fant

    I found myself resisting this book because I'm not really a fantasy fan, but it was Josh Lanyon, after all.
    I don't know why I waited.
    Mr. Lanyon paints the world of the White Mountains with an exquisite brush of language. And the characters--masterful. Valentine Strange puts Indy to shame. His quest to recover a sacred diadem with the help of Aleister, a half mad witch, makes you hold your breath and talk back to the pages. Their relationship evolves slowly, and the love scenes are extremely erotic without being graphic. This is what the atmosphere of the world seems to call for. I was sorry to see the book end, and I was half tempted to start it all over again. 

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