Carolyn Kephart
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"Carolyn Kephart may not be a great name in fantasy, but she should be!"  ~Dark Moon Rising Magazine
Early life as a military brat gave Carolyn Kephart an appreciation of nomadic lifestyles, a fascination with world cultures, and close-up insights into the warrior mentality and its manifestations, all of which influence her work. She has been a guest author at  Norwescon, Worldcon, and Mythcon, taking part in panels, readings, and writers' workshops. She loves things that nourish the spirit and widen the mind.
Critically acclaimed as richly envisioned, unconventional, emotive epic fantasy when it first appeared, the Ryel Saga duology has been republished in a revised and expanded second edition that has enjoyed bestseller status at
Read the First Chapters of WYSARD and LORD BROTHER

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 "Intricately layered and exotic" ~ Robin Hobb

Born to the unlikely union of a rough warrior and a refined noblewoman, Ryel Mirai grows up among a tribe of horse-tamers on the steppes bordering the great empire of Destimar. At fourteen he is summoned to study the Art in a bleak citadel on a barren plain, where years of grueling study form him into a skilled adept. Goaded by overreaching pride he attempts perilous magic that goes appalling awry, exiling his beloved mentor to the wraithworld of the Void. Ryel returns to the World in search of the long-lost spell of rescue, but a malignant and vengeful warlock likewise Void-imprisoned has commanded Ryel's strongest rival to find it first. Amid dangers, joys, and temptations the wysard Ryel encounters unlikely allies and unforeseen enemies, and learns that he may well gain all that he wishes...although perhaps not as he wished it.

"The Ryel Saga is a poignant, touching, somber, and exhilarating read, all in one ... To run your eyes over each word is a grand event by every definition of the word grand. Let it capture you, let it overwhelm you. Once you reach the end, you'll understand that you've undergone something rare, something beautiful, something you might only see two or three times in your life."  ~The Journal of Always Reviews

"Masterful fantasy by an extremely talented author" ~In The Library Reviews

queenoftimeQUEEN OF TIME
Contemporary Magic Realism

Read the first three chapters of QUEEN OF TIME
Classics professor Lucasta Hilary's lackluster routine in Midwest academia changes forever thanks to seeming quirks of fate that bring her unexpected fame and inexplicable beauty, but her good fortune soon proves to be very far from heaven sent. Two eternal adversaries seek to alter Lucasta's destiny, in a struggle that spans eons and ranges from the bleak remains of Hadrian’s Wall to the lush jungles of the Yucatan highlands to the very edge of existence, where temptation, damnation, and redemption inextricably entwine.

Short fiction previously published in online magazines, plus a bonus story.

The Kind Gods: Did the old gods really die?  A warrior seeks answers at the burial-mound of his greatest enemy.
Regenerated: Cela always hoped she'd find Jorgen someday, but was this really Jorgen? A tenderly bitter tale of love and giant lizards.
The Heart's Desire: A government scryer's life is a prison until she discovers the ultimate secret language.
Last Laughter: A cautionary tale about a wicked court jester and his comeuppance.
Everafter Acres: Happily Ever After isn't always perfect, but dark knights can be illuminating.

©  Carolyn Kephart, 2016

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