Welcome to Tales of the Left Hand, a continuing fantasy series written and narrated by John Meagher! As the slogan says, TotLH is “swashbuckling, intrigue, and a dash of magic,” set in the tropical island region known as the Frees. Cliffhangers, mystery, heroes and villains abound (as well a few pirates, of course).
All three books are available in print, eBook and audio formats; click on each title for links to the format you're interested in.
On the other pages, you can learn more about the Frees, help yourself to a bit ’o swag (as any good pirate would), leave feedback on the chapters or even send John a message letting him know what you think of the series. He’d be glad to hear from you!
In the tropical island region known as the Frees, magic is growing stronger, and gunpowder is becoming less reliable. Amid this world of "swashbuckling, intrigue, and a dash of magic," two adventurers literally run into each other and are forced to fight together against pirates, sinister assassins and powerful merchant families, in the process developing a most unlikely friendship.
Tesca is the Left Hand, a spy and assassin serving the Duke of Kohaya, ruler of one of the independent realms within the Frees. Kayrla is a sailor and sometime pirate with a few magical tricks up her sleeve. While fleeing the wrath of her former captain, Kayrla collides with Tesca, who’s on a mission of his own, and her captain, assuming them to be partners, sics his crew on both of them. Cutting their way free of the pirates' wrath, the pair come to realize that they make a very effective team, but will their combined talents be enough to stop an assassin seeking the Duke’s life, and who appears to be more than a match for either Tesca’s blades or Kayrla’s magic?
Audio: podiobooks.com (approx. running time 9 hours)
The “swashbuckling, intrigue, and a dash of magic” continues in Book Two of Tales of the Left Hand, as the Duke of Kohaya gives Tesca and Kayrla a new mission, one that takes them outside the Quad: A search for the secret haven of the most legendary pirate to ever sail the Frees. But time is precious, for the Duke’s enemies are hot on their heels.
When Duke Stephen arranges for our heroes to escort the enigmatic Captain Grivus on his expedition to find the haven (and treasure) of the notorious pirate Praeditorus Rex, Kayrla is thrilled at the prospect of going to sea once more. But unbeknownst to her, the Duke has given Tesca a second mission of greater priority than the first, one that may propel the Quad into war if it is revealed. This extra wrinkle further complicates matters as their journey proceeds. As their ship is attacked by a wily foe, the pair devises a desperate plan to survive that pushes both Tesca’s swordsmanship and Kayrla’s spellcraft to their limits, but will it be enough to save them?
Audio: podiobooks.com (approx running time 10 hours)
Following the events of Book Two, the Cutlass limps into the port of Mypor in desperate need of repair, and Kayrla, wracked with grief, must now attempt to complete the mission left to her. Taking up the title of Left Hand, she must lead her company out of Mypor to the Abbey of St. Ravino and its legendary Preservatorium, a library dedicated to collecting all the world’s knowledge. There Captain Grivus seeks fresh clues into the mysteries surrounding the legendary pirate Praeditorus Rex.
But the travelers quickly discover that they are not the only visitors to the Abbey. Beyond fellow scholars, the Abbey has also become the site of a holy pilgrimage, bringing a very different sort of devotee to its grounds. And as Kayrla navigates through this web of faith and politics, she learns that the Abbey holds many secrets, young and old, not all of which are hidden in the shelves and galleries of the Preservatorium. And some of those secrets protect themselves.
Audio: http://feeds.feedburner.com/totlh-book3 (approx running time 24 hours)
©2017 by John M. Meagher