The Trial of the Century
Famine, genocide, nuclear war. The craziest and most reckless of all North Korean leaders - known by the moniker Kim Il-Caligula – has plunged Asia into crisis it hasn't seen in generations. Now he stands trial before Teragai Noyan, a man hand-picked by Harujin himself.
Taking place nearly a century before the events of The Hounds of Harujin, The Trial of the Century is the earliest yet of all stories in The Mongolian Book of the Sky, the story of how Harujin first ripped whole swaths of Asia away from the modern world, and began creating the epoch that would come to bear his name....
The Conquest of Qongqor Caine
Insurrectionist. That’s what they would call her – and the punishment for it was the most obscene she could even think of. It terrified her to her core, but that’s what she was: an insurrectionist. She waged war against the state in secret, she assassinated state officials.
With a prince in the other room, she’ll go after her most ambitious target yet: Dzuku, divisional tax overseer for Waikato, New Zealand. This will be the first time she’s left the mainland, the first time she’s done the deed surrounded by imperial security. And she’ll do it without her sword or her bow, dressed to the nines in stilettos and a backless dress.
Dzuku deserves to die; of that, she is certain. As to whether she’s the one that should be endowed with such a power – the grand arbiter – this is the question, above all others, that will eat at her....
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One Night in Ikh Khulan
The opium fields of northern New South Wales are the most prosperous on the continent, so even though he’s governor of a town of less than 3,000, he has a powerful background, and is the natural frontrunner in the race to become the new prefectural oversight chair. His name is Dzöndzüükii, bastard son of the late prince and prefect for whom the territory is named: Bolad, one of the most notorious womanizers in the khanate’s history. He barely knew his father, and the fact that his uncle is the khan of Australia will mean nothing when it comes to climbing the ranks.
He’s had to earn everything for himself. He has a handful of loyal riders, his darling wife, and only a single concubine. His record is impeccable; he doesn’t deal in corruption or bribery with the opium families, and has cracked down on banditry. But before the prefect can hand him the job, he has to be vetted by the powers that be in the imperial capital. They’re tigers in Ikh Khulan, each minister, prince and Council member vying for their own slightly larger piece of the pie – and he’ll be caught in the middle of it, a pawn in the games of the imperial stable master and the most venerated, beautiful, delicious empress-concubine.
Assassins, warrior women, bandits and imperial courtesans collide in this standalone novella of The Mongolian Book of the Sky.
THE PIRATE'S LASS
Her greatest literary hero is a kickass, take-no-prisoners, seaborne scallywag who binds her breasts and slays devious figures while her bird parrots back lusty things the assassin has said during carnal pursuits. But for Penelope Humberton, while the idea of gunning down monstrous figures gets her heart pumping, her own ambitions are much safer: getting her bookshop and printing press off the ground, expanding her market, introducing more readers to the titillating world of Moxie Breastbind comic books.
Safer, that is, only in theory. To move past small-time book sellers in Leinster, she needs to premiere her artist’s newest MB series at the convention in Geraldton, which means a three and a half week trek from her comfortable home in Leinster, travelling by camel train, through harsh desert, with company that’s ten-to-one men, and who’ve never heard of polite company.
And bandits. Pedro Kimbers, the bandit king of the western Outback, the ‘Duke of the Desert’, as he’s known in Moxie’s world, is by now largely believed to be dead – the only reason she’s agreed to leave the town’s boundary. But when a ravaged and traumatized young woman comes wandering out of the desert halfway between Leinster and Geraldton, with gruesome tales of her bandit overlords, Penelope must decide how – and if – to help this woman, and face the reality of what these overlords might do to get her back....
Sex slaves, military agents, security contractors and bandit emperors collide in this standalone novella of The Mongolian Book of the Sky.