Steven J Pemberton's Books

The Barefoot Healer Series (fantasy)

The Schemes of Raltarn & Tomaz (fantasy)

The Accidental Dragonrider (fantasy)

Escape Velocity (science fiction)

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The Barefoot Healer Series

The Barefoot Healer is a series of four young adult fantasy novels. When apprentice wizard Adramal leaves home, her plan is to complete her training at a new school. But she soon finds herself caught up in bigger and more dangerous events than she could have imagined. She'll have to catch a murderer, rescue a village from plague, and find her way into a secret magical well - while staying ahead of a God who wants her dead and keeping her ever-more complicated love life on track. Meanwhile, Lelsarin, the immortal being who lives in Adramal's head, has her own ideas about how to solve these problems, and they might not involve keeping Adramal safe and sane...

The novels of The Barefoot Healer are Death & Magic, Plague & Poison, Dust & Water, and Stone & Silence. The series is available as four individual books (ebook and paperback) and an omnibus (ebook only). The omnibus includes background material, a glossary, and a bonus short story, The Shortest Distance between Two Points.

Reviews

"The world and atmosphere that Steven has created is beyond words. Languages, races, villages, cities and characters all created into a world that is like no other." - 5 stars - Katie Turner, Turner's Antics.

"A great read, and I'm looking forwards to more." - 5 stars - Rachel Cotterill.

"Don't expect magical or cute... definitely a cut above the usual offerings in the ebook world." - Gordon A Long.

"The subtle foreshadows and detail are what makes this story. Every other chapter I was second guessing myself and accusing a different character based on the evidence in front of me." - Callie Maher.

Where to Buy

Find The Barefoot Healer on Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, CreateSpace (paperback only), Google Play, iTunes, Kobo Books, Lulu (paperback only) and Smashwords. Or keep reading for more information about the individual books.

The ISBN for the ePub version of the omnibus is 978 131 052 6534, which may help you to find it on retailers I haven't listed above. The Kindle (mobi) version of the omnibus doesn't have an ISBN.

Death & Magic (The Barefoot Healer, Volume I)

Death & Magic is a murder mystery set in a school for wizards. It's the first volume of The Barefoot Healer series, but is largely self-contained.

When apprentice wizard Adramal moves to a new school to complete her training, she discovers that several ritual murders have been committed by magic, threatening the fabric of the world. The evidence points to the killer being one of Adramal's teachers, and the City Watch recruit her to go undercover to unmask the murderer. Can she find what she needs before the killer strikes again or - worse - without blowing her cover and putting her own life in danger?

ISBNs: ePub 978 146 586 8039, paperback (6" x 9") 978 149 034 5840. The Kindle (mobi) and A5 paperback editions don't have ISBNs.

You can read a sample of the Kindle edition in your browser and buy it from the same window. Or you can read the first eight chapters on this page on my site.

Take this quiz on Goodreads for a chance to win a copy of the ebook. The answers are all in the first chapter of the free sample.

Here you'll find bonus material for Death & Magic, including a map of the school and Adramal's timetable.

Plague & Poison (The Barefoot Healer, Volume II)

Adramal is now a detective with the City Watch. But someone wants her dead - during a routine investigation, she is poisoned, and only her magic and quick thinking save her life. Her father suspects followers of the evil god Zorian are to blame. He insists Adramal leave for the island kingdom of Salmar, beyond Zorian's influence, while the Watch investigates. The Salmarian priests trick her into revealing herself as a wizard, and sentence her to death for practising magic. Desperate, she chooses to assist a plague-stricken village rather than be executed. But not all the villagers welcome her help, and Zorian's reach may well be longer than she thought...

ISBNs: ePub 978 146 587 7659, paperback (6" x 9") 978 149 446 2994. The Kindle (mobi) and A5 paperback editions don't have ISBNs.

You can read a sample of the Kindle edition in your browser, or read the first ten chapters on this page on my site.

Take this quiz on Goodreads for a chance to win a copy of the ebook. The answers are all in the first chapter.

Here is the bonus material for volume II, including maps and behind-the-scenes photos.

Dust & Water (The Barefoot Healer, Volume III)

Somewhere beneath the teeming streets of the city of Molkolin lies a legendary well that reveals the true purpose of anyone who drinks from it. Adramal and her father believe it holds a secret that will help them defeat the evil God, Zorian.

Galdrakh, the well's owner, has closed it to all visitors. Galdrakh's aunts believe the well really belongs to them, and hire Adramal to prove it. The city authorities suspect Galdrakh is smuggling a magical dust used in the coloured glass that is the foundation of the city's fortune, and recruit Adramal's father to help. But nobody seems to know what to do about the pilgrims who've come back from the well with an important message that they won't - or can't - deliver to anyone...

Click here to read the prologue and chapters 1 to 9.

ISBNs: ePub 978 130 107 7274, paperback (6" x 9") 978 149 470 4971. The Kindle (mobi) and A5 paperback editions don't have ISBNs.

You can read the sample of the Kindle edition in your browser, or read the prologue and chapters 1 to 9 on my site.

Take this quiz on Goodreads for a chance to win an electronic copy of the book. The answers are all in the prologue.

Here is the bonus material for volume III, including maps, a deleted scene, and behind-the-scenes photos.

Stone & Silence (The Barefoot Healer, Volume IV)

The epic finale to the series.

Captain Tagahra of the Kyer Altamar Watch has a lot of missing people to find. He doesn't expect one of them to be a wizard who's escaped from the city's prison, leaving a dead priest in his place. He learns the disappearances might be part of a plan by the evil God Zorian to take control of the city, and his orders are to help with the defences. But how do you defend against something you don't believe in?

The wizard Adramal is racing home to Kyer Altamar to fight Zorian. She drank from a magical well and received a vision that claims to reveal her purpose in life. Clues in the vision suggest it may contain knowledge that will help in the battle... if she can crack its code in time.

Meanwhile, Lelsarin, the immortal being who lives in Adramal's head, has her own ideas about how to deal with Zorian, and keeping those around her alive doesn't seem to be a priority. How far is she willing to go to rid the world of one God?

Click here to read the first ten chapters.

ISBNs: ePub 978 131 135 4785, paperback (6" x 9") 978 153 096 4994, paperback (A5) 978 132 662 3234. The Kindle (mobi) edition doesn't have an ISBN.

You can read the first ten chapters on my site.

Take this quiz on Goodreads for a chance to win an electronic copy of the book. The answers are all in the first chapter.

Here is the bonus material for volume IV, including maps and deleted scenes.

The Mirrors of Elangir (The Schemes of Raltarn & Tomaz, Volume I)

The Mirrors of Elangir, the first volume of The Schemes of Raltarn & Tomaz, is a hunt for a magical treasure that could pay a dowry - or win a war.

Raltarn and his uncle are entrepreneurs, struggling to make an honest living - or failing that, any sort of living - as Raltarn scrapes together a dowry for his fiancée Shanu. Shanu's father, tired of waiting, gives Raltarn an ultimatum - double your fortune in three months or the wedding is off.

While clearing junk from a dead man's house, Raltarn finds a magic mirror that can communicate instantaneously with an identical mirror over great distances. The pair could provide him with a dowry - and might give his country the edge it needs in the long war with its neighbour. When the other mirror proves to be thousands of miles away, across dangerous seas and unexplored lands, Raltarn and his uncle decide the risks are worth it, but they soon discover they are not the only ones who see the opportunity for power and profit...

Click here to read the first ten chapters.

Where to Buy

The Mirrors of Elangir is on sale from:

- Amazon, for your Kindle or in 6" x 9" paperback, in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

- The paperback is also available from CreateSpace.

- Barnes & Noble (for the nook)

- Google Play

- Scribd (monthly subscription required)

- iTunes for Apple devices.

- Smashwords (formats for most ebook readers)

ISBN 978 131 177 686 0 (ePub edition), 978 150 034 334 7 (paperback).

Free Samples and Giveaways

Click here to read the sample of the Kindle edition in your browser. If you enjoy it, you can buy the book from the same window.

Click here to read the first ten chapters on my site.

Take this quiz on Goodreads for a chance to win an electronic copy of the book. The answers are all in the first chapter.

Bonus Material

Here is the bonus material for The Mirrors of Elangir, including maps and deleted scenes.

Future instalments of The Schemes of Raltarn & Tomaz

I've got ideas for at least one sequel to The Mirrors of Elangir. Join my mailing list to be the first to know when it's released. I don't know whether there will be any more; it depends how that one pans out. I've also got ideas for a couple of other books set in the same world, but occurring in different periods of its history. See below for the first of these.

The Accidental Dragonrider

The Accidental Dragonrider is a standalone fantasy novella. It's set in the same world as The Schemes of Raltarn & Tomaz, but takes place about a thousand years later.

Teacher Iko has a problem with pirates: they keep raiding his village, taking whatever they want. Dusty documents in the archives suggest a last-chance solution: summon a dragon to destroy them. Of course everyone knows dragons don't exist, so Iko is as surprised as anyone else when the summoning works.

The dragon refuses to help - his race were once slaves to humans, and he has no desire to become one himself. But in answering the summons, he created a magical bond between himself and Iko, which will have consequences neither of them can foresee...

Where to Buy

The Accidental Dragonrider is available as an ebook, a 6"x9" paperback (94 pages) and as an audiobook. The audiobook is read by yours truly and runs for about 2 hours and 45 minutes.

You can buy the ebook, paperback and audiobook from Amazon in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy or Spain. Currently the ebook is available only from Amazon. If you have a Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime subscription, you can read it for free.

The audiobook is also available from Audible in the USA, Audible in the UK and iTunes.

The paperback is also available from CreateSpace.

Free Samples

Click here to read the start of the Kindle edition - no need to sign in or install any software. If you like it, you can buy the whole book from the same window.

You can also read the first chapter in this post on my blog or watch and listen to me reading the same in this YouTube video.

Bonus Material

Here is the bonus material for The Accidental Dragonrider.

Escape Velocity

Escape Velocity is a standalone science fiction novel.

Sam Grainger, rocket scientist, gets a phone call from his wife Jennie one evening. Which would be perfectly normal if she hadn't been dead for over a year.

Sam's convinced the call is a hoax, but before he can find out anything more, a much larger mystery presents itself - parts of the world have started to vanish, and Sam is asked to join a team to investigate.

Once he's reunited with Jennie, Sam learns that the world isn't what he thought it was - and neither are he and she. Worse, some very ruthless people are determined to make sure the secret doesn't go any further.

Racing to stay one step ahead of their enemies, Sam and Jennie learn that the key to mending the holes in the world may be the spaceship they worked on before Jennie died. Which wouldn't be so bad if they didn't have to steal it...

Escape Velocity is available from:

- Amazon, for your Kindle and in print (6" x 9" paperback, 286 pages) in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. At the moment, the ebook is available only from Amazon. If you have a Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime subscription, you can read it for free.

- The 6" x 9" paperback is also available from CreateSpace.

- Lulu (A5 paperback, 339 pages).

The ISBN for the 6"x9" paperback is 978 147 758 890 1. The A5 paperback doesn't have an ISBN.

Free Samples and Giveaways

The above links to retailers will let you read the start of the book for free. You can read the sample of the Kindle edition in your browser. You can also listen to me reading a couple of chapters from the middle - see the links under Bonus Material, below.

For a chance to win an electronic copy of the book, take this quiz on Goodreads. The answers are all in the first chapter.

Reviews

"[F]ull of interesting ideas about reality, physics, and AI, but more important, the characters are engaging and the action keeps up a good pace." - 4 stars - Rachel Cotterill

Bonus Material

Short video trailer for the book (1 minute 21 seconds).

Full trailer (3 minutes 16 seconds). If you have a fast connection, I recommend watching it in high definition and full screen - use this link instead and click the little "four corners" icon on the right-hand end of the play bar. If you're interested in what went on behind the scenes, here's a blog post I wrote about the making of it.

Screenplay for the full trailer.

Degrees of Impossibility - a video of me reading chapter 7, Sam's reunion with Jennie (11 minutes 21 seconds).

Casing the Joint - a video of me reading chapter 29, the start of the "steal the spaceship" section (7 minutes 2 seconds).

Review Copies

If you're interested in reviewing any of my books, please email me (webmaster (at) pembers (dot) net) with a link to where I can read some of your reviews (so I know you're serious about reviewing). Please state which book(s) you're interested in and which format you want. I can supply .mobi (for the Kindle), .epub (for most other ereaders) and PDF. I don't normally give out print copies, but I occasionally have spares lying around, so if you want one it's probably worth asking just in case.

Last update: 2/7/2016 22:26