A. L. Butcher is the British author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles fantasy series, and several short stories in the fantasy and fantasy romance genres. She is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet and a dreamer. When she is grounded in the real world she likes science, natural history, history and monkeys. Her work has been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as evocative.
Sultry and sensual adventures to warm your cold winter nights or steam up your long summer days. Set in a fantasy world where nothing is quite what it appears, an old book and a strange golden mask bring power and pleasure.
The first instalment in the Tales of the Golden Mask
The Watcher: A Jack the Ripper Story
The year is 1888, and the place is Whitechapel, the heart of London. And that heart is bleeding. A killer is stalking women of the streets – his true name is unknown but his legend will go down in history. A tale of Jack the Ripper.
Contains graphic violence.
A short story
Coel, the bard, thinks his life has taken a turn for the worst, but he hasn't met the Thiefmaster yet. An ill-conceived notion of earning more money to pay off his debt and escape a dark past leaves the minstrel in a situation he can't escape and with a deadly bargain. Will he survive his mistake? Who is this mysterious patron?
Adult rated for sex and themes.
What stalks the land cannot be, but is.
Where magic is outlawed a troll Shaman calls from her deathbed to her heiress, Mirandra Var, daughter of the storm. Mirandra vows to find her missing kin, sort friend from foe, and claim the dangerous secrets guarded by unthinkable creatures. If she succeeds, she will become the leader of her tribe. If she fails, there will be no tribe to lead.
He who bargains with monsters beware! A hero forges an unholy bargain with a witch and learns magic never forgets.
A short fantasy stand alone tale of greed and revenge set in Erana - the world of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles. Monsters, myth and magic in a dark fantasy world.
Who rules in this game of intrigue where magic is forbidden and elves enslaved? Journey where beliefs shatter like glass, truth is unwelcome, and monsters from ancient times abound: share the romance and revenge, magic and passion, and the wages of greed in a world of darkest fantasy.
18+ rating - contains scenes of both sex and violence.
Marlowe and the Spacewoman
on Sep. 07, 2013
This witty dark comedy sci-fi it follows Marlowe, a Private Investigator, in his search, not only for his own murderer but proof the woman in his custody is from outer space and both their lives depend on the answer.
The world is Earth, sometime in the future, when the USA is now a collection of bickering warlord-led City-states, the Internet is illegal, Brussels sprouts are the staple diet, even the soap is out to get you and genetically modified parrots are Public Enemy Number One, a dark world indeed! There are subtle nods to a collection of other sci-fi books, if you can spot them, cleverly woven into the main story and the pace of the story keeps up throughout.
Marlowe is likeable character with an unpleasant past, but resourceful, brave, if cynical, and quite complex. His array of gadgets and AI style sidekicks, including House who is the sarcastic supercomputer who runs the house and many of his other gadgets, and brilliantly done. He was definitely my favourite character.
Nina is amusing, finding her way in the world of the future and realising the stupidity of some of the laws. She is a feisty, no-nonsense character out to prove her story, certainly NOT a girl in need of rescue.
The twist at the end is unexpected, witty and left open enough to be a cliff-hanger with a few other delicious hooks for later books scattered within.
All in all a good and enjoyable read with great characters and a darkly amusing world, which leave the reader hungry for more. I will certainly look out for other books by this author.