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Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of the Maradaine Saga: Four parallel series, tales of murder and magic, secrets and lies, policemen and vigilantes, misfits and criminals, scholars and sidekicks, conspiracies and deadly danger, set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. This includes: The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Holver Alley Crew, The Way of the Shield. His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced. He lives in Austin with his family.
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Veranix Calbert leads a double life: Struggling magic student by day, street vigilante by night, fighting a personal vendetta against the drug cartel of Willem Fenmere. He’s determined to shut Fenmere down. With professors and prefects on the verge of discovering his secrets, Veranix’s double life might just fall apart. Unless, of course, Fenmere puts an end to it first.
Veranix Calbert is the Thorn—the street vigilante who became a legend to the people of Maradaine, especially the gangs that run the neighborhood of Aventil. The Thorn continues to harass Willem Fenmere, the drug kingpin of the Dentonhill neighborhood. Veranix is still determined to stop Fenmere and the effitte drug trade, especially when he discovers that Fenmere is planning on using the Red Rabbits gang to bring the drug into Aventil.
Summer has come to the University of Maradaine. If the heat wasn't enough to bring the campus to a boiling point, rumors that The Thorn is on the warpath is enough to tip all of Maradaine into the fire. Except Veranix Calbert, magic student at the University, is The Thorn, and he’s as confused as anyone about the rumors. When The Thorn imposter publicly attacks the local Aventil constables, the Constabulary bring in their own special investigators: Inspectors Minox Welling and Satrine Rainey.
Inspector Satrine Rainey—former street rat, ex-spy. Inspecot Minox Welling-- brilliant, unorthodox and an Uncircled mage. Their first case together—the ritual murder of a Circled mage— forces them to confront their past, and as the body count rises, they race to catch the killer before their own secrets are exposed and they become targets.
The neighborhood of the Little East is a collision of cultures, languages, and traditions, hidden away in the city of Maradaine. A set of streets to be avoided or ignored. When a foreign dignitary is murdered, solving the crime falls to the most unpopular inspectors in the Maradaine Constabulary: exposed fraud Satrine Rainey, and Uncircled mage Minox Welling.
The city of Maradaine is vexed by the Gearbox Murders: a series of gruesome deaths orchestrated by a twisted mechanical genius. With no motive and no pattern, Inspectors Satrine Rainey and Minox Welling--the retired spy and untrained mage--are at a loss to find a meaningful lead in the case. At least, until the killer makes his most audacious exhibit yet: over a dozen victims in a clockwork deathtrap on the floor of the Druth Parliament.
The Rynax brothers had gone legit after Asti Rynax's service in Druth Intelligence had shattered his nerves, and marriage and fatherhood convinced Verci Rynax to leave his life of thievery. They settled back in their old neighborhood in West Maradaine and bought themselves a shop, eager for a simple, honest life. Then the Holver Alley Fire incinerated their plans. With no home, no shop, and no honest income--and saddled with a looming debt--they fall back on their old skills and old friends.
North Seleth has suffered: the Holver Alley Fire, people forced out of the neighborhood, and violence on the streets is getting worse. Only the Rynax brothers--Asti and Verci--and their Holver Alley Crew are fighting for the common people. They've taken care of the people who burned down Holver Alley, and they're still looking for the money behind the fire. The trail leads the crew to Lord Henterman, and they plan to infiltrate the noble's house on the other side of the city.
Asti and Verci Rynax learn of plans to smuggle drugs through North Seleth, and they wait for the right moment to strike, to destroy the drugs and stop the Fenmere cartel from getting a toehold on the neighborhood. One more problem: The Thorn. The vigilante has come to North Seleth, looking to burn whole cartel down to ashes. When the Thorn’s strike collides with the crew’s operation, the delicate peace in the neighborhood crumbles, and an all-out war might fill the streets of Maradaine.
In centuries past, the Elite Orders of Druthal were warriors that stood for order, justice, and the common people. But now, with constables, King’s Marshals, and a standing army, there is little need for such organizations, and the Tarian Order is one of the last remnants of this ancient legacy. Dayne Heldrin trained his body and mind, learned the arts of defense and fighting, to become a candidate for the Tarian Order...