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If the first book was "...a riveting tale about personal strength and hidden magic" (Foreword Reviews), this next one is about working together to defeat a great enemy in the magical Riven Isles.

Following Tinderbox, the acclaimed first title in the The Tales of the Riven Isles, the story of magic and revenge continues with Tarotmancer. Harper holds the Gift of Divination. Red is the infamous Reynard the Fox, fugitive shapeshifter. When his past finds him Red is taken to the Kingdom of Vale within Underneath so he can pay for his crimes and Harper is taken as hostage. With the Rot drawing on the hatred of the citizens, including Harper she realizes she must put her feelings aside and save Red from the punishment of the Cesspit. As the Rot continues to grow, all must take control of their emotions and join to protect Vale.

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About The Author

Wendy has been writing since the age of five and finished her first novel at fourteen. Tinderbox is her debut novel. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, working in her garden, or gaming and streaming on Twitch. Visit her blog at to learn more!

Product Details

  • Publisher: Flame Tree Press (June 13, 2023)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781787587878

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Raves and Reviews

On the first book of the series, Tinderbox: "Simpson sticks the landing with an epic conclusion. Fans of Andrea Hairston’s Master of Poisons and other secondary world fantasy will enjoy this expansive magical adventure."

– Publishers Weekly

On the first book of the series, Tinderbox: "This promising debut features strong world building and well-developed systems of magic. It will appeal to readers of Kacen Callender’s Queen of the Conquered (2019), N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (2010), and L. Penelope’s Song of Blood and Stone (2018)."

– Booklist

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