A Star-Reckoner's Lot

by Darrell Drake
Release date: September 2017
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasyhistorical fantasy

Ashtadukht is a star-reckoner. The worst there's ever been.

She commands the might of the constellations... though her magic is as unpredictable as the die rolls that decide its fate. But star-reckoners are humanity's first defense against divs, so if Ashtadukht is to fulfill her duty, she must use every trick at her disposal — risks be damned.

An excuse. A lie she tells herself. All that remains of a life she should have had. She travels the empire to hunt down the div that brought her world to ruin. The longer her pursuit, the more her memories threaten to consume her. The darker her obsession becomes.

Every spell is a catastrophe waiting to happen, every div a tale of its own, every tale a thread in her tapestry of vengeance. This is the story of her path... a warning to those who would follow in her footsteps.

Ashtadukht is a star-reckoner. The worst there's ever been. Hers is no hero's journey.

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A tale of loss and misadventure in a fantasy setting inspired by the history and culture of 6th-century Sasanian Iran.

(updated 2017-12-21)

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