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Author of novels of ill repute and voracious consumer of fantasy and sci-fi books and movies.
Sterling Shade is a drunk. You wouldn’t know it to see him now, but he was once a prodigy enchanter, and a powerful and respected wizard. He was partnered with the most talented tinker in the empire, he had a beautiful and talented fiancé and a promising life ahead of him until his father and fiancé were murdered by his best friend, who disappeared without a trace. Unable to cope with the betrayal and loss, Sterling crawled into a bottle and burned his life down around him.
Now, ten years later, Sterling lives a life of debauchery and excess, living and working at a brothel named Ruby’s Place and contracting as a mage for hire on the side. When one of Ruby’s girls is brutally murdered, Sterling goes in search of clues, but discovers something that will change his life forever instead!
Come along as Sterling tells his story and immerse yourself in the city of New Port Praxle, the gem of the Farlaxian Empire. A place where magic and science are the same. Where airships and steam trains transport passengers to the far reaches of the world, and all the high races can be found! A place where you can find anything you want, for the right price.
A Witty, Wizardly Romp!
Sterling Shade is a down-on-his-luck wizard haunting the seedy back alleys of New Port Praxle. At home among the castaways and criminals, Sterling feels he’s right where he belongs, just another lost soul looking to get by. And then redemption rears its head.
The past resurfaces, and Sterling finds himself wholly unprepared to confront the world he’d left for dead so long ago. He struggles to crawl out of the bottle and reconnect as he looks to resurrect his previous life, but fate has other plans.
In a witty, well-told tale, Scott Estrella plunges us deep into the broken mind of Sterling Shade, a wizard brought to his knees but desperate to escape the mire his life has become. Filled with action and adventure, TARNISHED is dark fantasy done right.
- Tim Marquitz - Author of the Demon Squad Series