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The Wood Bee Queen

Edward Cox

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Fantasy

In another world, on the other side of the sky and the sea, a queen has been killed. And the only people who can stop her murderer are a small time thief with a magic sword, and a librarian from England who doesn't believe in magic. A stand alone fable for fans of Joanne Harris or Diana Wynne Jones.

The librarian of Strange Ground Beside the Skea, a small coastal town somewhere in England, would make an unlikely hero. Estranged from his parents, about to lose his job, unable to make connections with anyone except the strange old homeless lady who lives next to the library, Ebbie isn't quite clear what to do next. His interest in local folk lore is all that is keeping him going, but the world is stranger than he could have dreamed.

On the other side of the sky and the sea, the Queen of House Wood Bee has been murdered. One of her daughters has taken the first move in her long game, one which will lead her to power and risk destruction for the entire Realm. All she needs are the two stones Foresight and Hindsight, and her magic will be complete. But no one knows where the two stones are. Although the sword recently stolen by Bek Rana, small time thief and not very good at it, might hold a clue to stopping the chaos. But All Bek wants to do is sell the sword - she's not a hero.

As the Oldun gods rise and play for the heart of the Realm, Ebbie and Bek must come together to fulfil their destinies, stop the destruction of House Wood Bee, save the Realm, and just maybe save themselves as well. But all victories have a cost...

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Edward Cox

Edward Cox began writing stories at school as a way to pass time in boring lessons. It was a hobby he dabbled with until the late 80's when he discovered the works of David Gemmell, which not only cemented his love of fantasy but also encouraged a hobby to become something much more serious.

With his first short story published in 2000, Edward spent much of the next decade earning a BA 1st class with honours in creative writing, and a Master degree in the same subject. He then went on to teach creative writing at the University of Bedfordshire. During the 2000's he published a host of short stories with the smaller presses of America, where he also worked as a reviewer.

Currently living in Essex with his wife and daughter, Edward is mostly surrounded by fine greenery and spiders the size of his hand. His first full novel was The Relic Guild, which was the result of more than ten years of obsessive writing.

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