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Shadow in the Empire of Light

“Routley’s whimsical tone lends a dark comic quality to this intricate fantasy, and the outlandish characters and captivating worldbuilding.” –Publishers Weekly

A magical novel of intrigue, mystery and family drama from the award-winning author of Aramaya and Fire Angels

MAGIC. MURDER. MAYHEM. But keep it in the family.

Shine’s life is usually dull: an orphan without magic in a family of powerful mages, she’s left to run the family estate with only an eccentric aunt and telepathic cat for company.

But when the family descend on the house for the annual Fertility Festival, Shine is plunged into dark intrigue; stolen letters, a fugitive spy, and family drama mix with murder, sex and secrets, and Shine is forced to decide both her loyalties and future...

Fantasy and Science Fiction writer Jane Routley has had a variety of careers, including fruit picker and occult librarian and she lived in Germany and Denmark for a decade. Now she works at a railway station and is a keen climate activist.   Jane has published 6 books and won two Aurealis awards for Best Australian Fantasy Novel.  Her short stories have been widely anthologized and read on the ABC.  Her current ambition is to visit an active volcano. 

“Routley’s whimsical tone lends a dark comic quality to this intricate fantasy, and the outlandish characters and captivating worldbuilding.”

– Publishers Weekly