A wizard’s failed apprentice and a self-doubting medium embark on a race against time in Eben Mishkin’s fantastical debut, The Hidden and the Maiden.
The unsociable James Rathbone, once student to the last wizard, is forced into action when his dead master's secret elixir is stolen.
Con artist Kenton Dean has used the elixir to release the fallen god of death. He needs just one more thing for his plans to work: Helena Lawson, an heiress who holds unfathomable magical potential.
James sets off on a dangerous mission to rescue Helena and stop Kenton, but he cannot do it alone. Much to his chagrin, James must team up with Zephyr Wayne, a neurotic medium who’s convinced his powers are nothing more than the manifestation of his own psychosis.
As the only humans capable of seeing the threat, James and Zephyr must band together to save the world as they know it. But can James finally get his magic to work? And will Zephyr’s self-doubt ever allow him to unleash his full potential?
An absorbing blend of horror, fantasy, and real-world drama, The Hidden and the Maiden will leave readers guessing until the very last page.
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About the Author
Eben Mishkin studied at the University of California’s College of Creative Studies and the University of Wales at Cardiff. He earned his Masters in the teaching and practice of Creative Writing but has studied subjects as diverse as the conjugation of sigils and the propitiation of Sumerian Demons. He’s been the youngest attendee of the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference and the oldest person to believe in S. Morgenstern. He’s studied writing under Orson Scott Card and occult under everyone’s favorite grandmother. He knows the keys and locks of three gods that must not be named but has never had tequila. He’s married to a dragon keeper who is also a very talented artist. They live together in a McMansion in Southern California with a sweet natured hell hound and more dragons than he is comfortable cohabiting with. The Hidden and the Maiden is Mishkin’s debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Whilst the first few chapters set the scene for this story, once you get through them you’ll find a highly original story, well written with complex, well developed characters and decidedly different scenarios and events. There is a complete blend of genres mixed in appropriate proportions to create an enthralling, delectable and unforgettable tale. It will appeal to lovers of thrillers, fantasy, magical, mystery and intrigue. Read it to enter a world where magic exists and is accepted but lies hidden, just below the surface waiting to be used and exposed. The heroes aren’t typical heroes, they’re just every day folk forced to show their bravery, gallantry and overcome their fears to help others. James Rathbone was the student of the murdered last wizard, now he’s determined to recover his master’s secret elixir. He is helped by Zephyr Wayne, a neurotic medium who doesn’t believe his gifts are real. Together they seek to rescue the elixir and Helena Lawson to stop Kenton Dean in his tracks! Humour also appears to alleviate the suspense and engage the reader as they use their intelligence, wit and resilience to overcome threats much greater than they’d ever imagined! An intriguing and entertaining read to the very end. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
Author Eben Mishkin has carefully woven a universe where magic is accepted yet lies just below the surface. The characters come across as the everyday Joe, not would-be heroes or even underdogs thrust into greatness. That subtlety is what grabbed hold of me as a reader and pulled me in. I became invested in them not because of the story but because of their flaws and weaknesses. The story revolves around Zephyr and James as they attempt to rescue heiress Helena Lawson and stop Kenton Dean. James, a former sorcerer's apprentice must not only fight through a magical world of horror and fantasy but against his only failings as a magician. James teams up with Zephyr, an unlikely partner full of self-doubt as a psychic medium. There is fantasy, horror, comedy and urgency as the two navigate a world just beyond our grasp. Can't wait to read more from this author. A copy of this book was supplied by the author in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.