Linda Nagata: the blog at Hahví.net

Hepen the Watcher: the ebook is out!

March 13th, 2012


It’s been longer than I’d hoped, but the ebook edition of Hepen the Watcher: Stories of the Puzzle Lands – Book 2 is now out and available at (USA), Amazon UK, and Barnes & Noble. It’ll be out at Book View Café next Tuesday, March 20.

Stories of the Puzzle Lands began with The Dread Hammer and continues with Hepen the Watcher. Here’s the back cover description:

The demon Dismay’s murderous nature has earned him the ire of his beloved wife, who has sent him away in a fit of temper. In his exile he ventures south into the land of Lutawa, drawn there by the prayers of abused and desperate women who beg him to grant them vengeance against the men who cruelly rule their lives–and Dismay is pleased to do it.

Still, murder is hard and dirty work.

When an avid desire for a bath brings him to a fine Lutawan estate, he meets two beautiful young women. Ui and Eleanor are well-acquainted with the whispered tales of the demon Dismay, who slays men but never women, and they’re delighted to entertain their fearsome guest, but they warn him to beware.

Lutawa is ruled by an immortal king, who punishes treason with the terrible weapon of infernal fire. Believing this king to be the same cruel deity known in the north as Hepen the Watcher, Dismay resolves to kill him–and accidentally draws Ui and Eleanor into his schemes.

Those who help Dismay risk a fiery death, those who hinder him risk the demon’s bloody retribution, while Dismay, still yearning for his wife’s forgiveness, discovers that love can be as hazardous as the wrath of Hepen the Watcher.

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Digital painting by Sarah Adams
Cover art ©2012 Mythic Island Press LLC

Posted on: Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 at 3:15 pm
Categories: My E-books, Publishing.
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4 Responses to “Hepen the Watcher: the ebook is out!”

  1. Toby Neal Says:

    Congrats Linda it’s gorgeous!!!

  2. Linda Says:

    Thank you! I’m looking forward to seeing how it comes out in the print version.

  3. Eddie Says:

    Nice cover. Already bought it. It seems to be longer than THE DREAD HAMMER, which is fine since I didn’t want that one to end.

    I have a few books I need to read first, plus I need to finish up that short story collection with only “Goddesses” left (should be interesting since birth control is a topic, or so I’ve heard). “In the Tide” was up there with THE BOHR MAKER in excellence.

    I’ll probably run out of material to read by you sometime this year, so I’ll be at your creative output mercy. Here’s to wishing you the best, most successful time in publishing!

  4. Linda Says:

    Thanks so much, Eddie. And yes, HtW is maybe 20% longer. Hope you like it!

    I’ve got some stories coming out in Lightspeed and Analog later this year, but it’ll probably be a while before my next novel. Thanks for the good wishes!