J.C. Merrill

Biography

J.C. Merrill is the author of the Songs of Esoka, a series of fantasy novelettes and novellas set in a world with African roots.

J.C. Merrill is a pen name for Jonathan Olfert, whose short fiction and non-fiction have been published in various markets and under various names. He has an M.A. in political science, an enduring fascination with Africa, and possibly too much interest in necromancy.

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Books

Lands of No Return
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,750. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Alma, once God-Queen of Maseko, lives in the Kao-Riyah Delta to take shelter from her enemies - and to learn to be human again. But even with her spear, her newfound cartomancy, and the man she loves, Alma may not be able to keep the life she's built. The price of her peace is due, and the bones won't stay buried forever. 'Lands of No Return' is a fantasy novella, part four of the Songs of Esoka.
Never Reach the Sea
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,590. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
An outcast hunts for vengeance and the life she lost. A wanderer hides from an unsettling truth. A necromancer puts himself on a collision course with an unexpected destiny. An ancient intelligence is on the verge of waking up. 'Never Reach the Sea' is a 21,000-word novella, volume three of the Songs of Esoka, a fantasy series about a world with African roots.
Gate of Thorns
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 13,090. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Deep in the Plains of Thirst, an uneasy alliance of shapeshifters pursues two refugees, one a fallen god, the other a man caught halfway between scholar and monster. Trapped and facing overwhelming odds, each fugitive must decide whether their changing relationship can survive desperation, bloodshed, and twisted magic. 'Gate of Thorns' is a novelette, the second volume of the Songs of Esoka.
Bone Dancer's War
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 14,100. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
In a mountaintop city, a God-Queen's consort must track down a necromancer bent on killing immortals. Armed with half-forgotten magic and not much else, Junior Consort Elosha must navigate treason and insurrection as he tries to save his family, his culture, and his home. 'Bone Dancer's War' is a novelette of necromancy, polyandry, gods and monsters, and the first volume of the Songs of Esoka.

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