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Black Brillion

By Matthew Hughes
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“Hughes serves up equal measures of wit, intrigue, and seat-of-the-pants action and even dabbles a little in Jungian psychology . . . Irresistibly good.” —Booklist

Boro Harkless has devoted his life to the service of the Archonite Bureau of Security, the force tasked with keeping the peace among and within the city-states of Old Earth. An idealist driven by the memory of his heroic father, he comes to the city of Sherit, seeking the notorious Luff Imbry.

Luff Imbry has devoted his life to the enjoyment of wealth. Not, mind you, his own, for Luff is a mountebank, swindler, and forger of the first water.

Tossed together by circumstance, they form an uneasy truce when they discover a common goal: capturing the grandest con-man of them all, Horselan Gebbling. Gebbling is posing as Father Olwyn, Sacerdotal Eminence of the Assembly of Tangible Unity, and has chosen as his prey the victims of the first new disease in millennia, the invariably fatal ailment known as the lassitude.

Dangled in front of the victims is the fabled relic of past glories, the gemstone called black brillion. Gebbling boasts of having it, and its effects on the lassitude are nothing short of magical.

Filled with dollops of drollery and an ancient evil, Black Brillion is a science fantasy caper that grows into a metaphysical exploration of the human psyche. Matt Hughes has crossed Jack Vance with Carl Jung to come up with a bold new novel of life on an Earth grown older by millions of years.

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About Matthew Hughes

Matthew Hughes is a writer of fantasy and crime fiction. His historical magical realism novel What the Wind Brings won the Endeavour Award and his short story “One More Kill” won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story. In 2020 he was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of fame. He lives in Canada in Courtenay, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island.

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