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Oddly she knows quite a bit about cannibalism for someone who claims to have never eaten people.
"Both stories [The Cannibal’s Handbook and Spider Spun] feature protagonists who have some sympathetic aspects, just enough to keep the reader interested — the old lady is trying to rescue two kids! Izzy is actually the wronged party she thinks she is; she is not simply paranoid! — but both stories are also rather, ah, disturbing. —James Nicoll, reviewer, excerpt from ‘Eat Me Like a Sacrament’
"I wanted to let you know that I just read The Cannibal’s Handbook. WOW!! It is awesome. Your words paint such a clear vision of the bleak world they’re in." —Steve McGinnis, author and illustrator of RISE OF THE HARVESTER
Ule is Xiinisi, a race of trans-dimensional world builders. Shunned by her peers and spurned by a love interest, she retreats into Elish, a model 24-60-60 planet she built during her youth to provide escape and entertainment while being incarcerated.
Dismayed by the ill turn in Elish’s evolution since her youth, Ule attempts to return home and is blocked by a mysterious force. In search of another way back to her realm, she discovers an unusual phenomenon never before expressed in worldbuilding:
Demons walk the Root Dimension.
After an encounter with Istok, a cactus demon determined to spread his brand of fear, Ule is bound by his magic. Transformed into a gemstone, she succumbs to a dream state. Upon awaking, she is thrust back into Elish where merchants and farmers struggle to recover from a one hundred year war, and even worse…
Ule cannot remember who or what she is.
Join Ule as she searches for clues to her true nature and identity in a world she originally designed to make her forget.
"Although I must admit to being one of those unempathetic readers (I found Ule to be a passion-addled nitwit), I did appreciate the novel’s focus on the responsibilities of creators towards their creations. Although the details are vague, the Xiinisi as a whole mandate considerate treatment of the beings they call into existence. Granted, this is a theme that goes back to Frankenstein, the very roots of the genre, but there is a tendency in F&SF towards autocracy. Ule might expect to be revered by her creation, but the novel makes it clear that Ule has made a misstep—both in the eyes of her own people and in the eyes of author and readers." —James Nicoll, James Nicoll Review
"There is a true shimmer of shapeshifting in the essence of the narrative: just as Ule can change her form at will (and has it changed for her), so Daven keeps the story morphing so subtly that it is only in retrospect that you can see that there was a plan and purpose all along." —Jen Frankel, author of Undead Redhead
True nature is impossible to escape.
In the conclusion to The Forgotten Gemstone & The Other Castle...
Ule’s current male form, Ulmaen, is on the verge of deathmorphing when he realizes what he truly must be—a monster. It explains why his kind, the Xiinisi, keep him imprisoned in the world of Elish. Accepting his fate, Ul decides to become a tree demon, only to discover that being a demon has its consequences. After deathmorphing back into a female-looking Elishian, Ul is captured by two bounty hunters and learns that, due to a prison break at Sondshor Castle,
Mithreel, the deadliest of demons, walks free.
During Ul’s pursuit of Mithreel, she gains unexpected allies along the way, learns to push beyond the limits of her abilities, but strangest of all, discovers a way out of her own prison. Upon returning to her home world, the realm of Xii is still and quiet, and
the Xiinisi are no where to be seen.
As Ul struggles to restore her realm, she is forced to let go of what she thinks she knows about herself and embrace a part of her nature that will assure her place among her kind once and for all.
Join Ul as she pursues a demon and learns she can’t escape the call of her true nature, and undergoes her most authentic transformation of all.
“Kit Daven’s trilogy is unique, inspiring and excellently written. Her vision is the most unique I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. If you’re looking for a completely original and well crafted story, then this is the one to read." —Karen Dales, author of The Chosen series
In the sequel to The Forgotten Gemstone…
As Xiinisi, Ule is a Sentinel-in-training, assigned to protect the world of Elish and keep watch over the demons that roam there. She settles into a comfortable covert existence at Sondshor Castle. where life couldn’t be better. As an Elishian, she’s happily married and has just been promoted to Adept Scribe. When a rare form of election is called by the people of Sondshor, promising to usher in an historic and exciting era,
Ule is poisoned.
Instructed by her Master to leave behind her established life and begin another, she resolves to figure out who murdered her and why, even when she is unexpectedly challenged by the next phase of her training.
Ule must deathmorph into a form she’s never taken before.
Uncomfortable in her new body, she re-immerses herself in the politically charged everyday life within Sondshor Castle and discovers that everyone she knows keeps some part of themselves hidden. Even more surprising, the castle grounds extend much farther than she ever realized, hiding a long forgotten treasure, and clues to the identity of a murderer.
Join Ule as she investigates her own murder, and learns how true nature, no matter how well hidden, reveals itself eventually.
No matter how often she kills the spider, it keeps coming back.
And every time, it’s bigger than before.