Carolyn Kephart
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Carolyn Kephart may not be a great name in fantasy, but she should be!"  ~Dark Moon Rising Magazine

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 "Intricately layered and exotic" ~ Robin Hobb

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.

WYSARD and LORD BROTHER: The Ryel Saga Duology  wysard  lord_brother
Read the First Chapters of
Wysard and Lord Brother

For almost half of his twenty-six years Ryel Mirai has studied the Art in a bleak citadel on a barren plain. He returns to the World to rediscover the long-lost spell that will release his mentor  from the wraithworld of the Void, but a malignant sorcerer likewise imprisoned has enlisted the aid of Ryel's strongest rival to find the spell first. Amid dangers, joys and temptations, 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.

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

WYSARD and LORD BROTHER complete in one volume
"I fell in love with this book. 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

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 ezines, 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, 2015

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