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Picture if you will a world not unlike our own, after an unknown Apocalypse. Relics of the old world remain, but steam and steel have replaced computers and internal combustion. Magic has returned to the world. It's a time when men are men, women are women, and elves are elves.
In the aftermath, a new society of city-states has arisen. Two Orders hold them together: the Courtesans, companions to the wealthy and powerful, assassins and spies; and the Gunslingers, holy warriors sworn to protect the innocent, killing so that others won't have to. They believe they are the reincarnations of the Gunslingers of old, reborn again and again to serve their penance, taking the weight of sin on their own souls so that others are free to Transcend.
The series follows the adventures of young half-elven Gunslingers Graeme and Piper Walsh and Chik-cha the Mantis; Courtesan Esme de Winter; tormented Gladiator and former slave Joshua Anders; Gnomish Engineer Wesson Smith; half-gnome and half-elf Mage Dani St. Vincent; and sleazy Alchemist and snake-oil salesman Reginald Woodhouse. These youths have a great destiny before them. All the signs suggest that Graeme is the reincarnation of Graeme Paramander, founder of the Gunslinger Order, and his companions are part of that shared fate.
A Gunslinger's road is paved with bullets and blood; but that's how the New West will be won.
Book 1: Pilgrimage - Apprentice Gunslinger Graeme Walsh has taken the life of a desperado to save Queenstown. Now he must take his Oath and become a gunslinger, a knight errant and hanging judge who protects the New West from marauders, desperados and monsters. By tradition, he will make his pilgrimage to the Sacred Armoury in Fort Whistler from his home on the outskirts of Queenstown. He is accompanied by his headstrong fourteen-year-old sister Piper; young Courtesan Esme Winters; tribal hunter Chik-cha of the Mantis People; gnome inventor and steam engineer Wesson Smith; barkeeper turned snake oil salesman, the Alchemist Reginald Woodhouse; slave gladiator turned bodyguard Joshua; and Artificer Dani St. Vincent. Their way is barred by raiders and "Black Hats" which is what the gunslingers call those of their number who have turned to darkness. and Graeme learns that a gunslinger's road is paved with bullets and blood.
My name is Diane Morrison, and I am known in some circles as Sable Aradia I am a professional writer and blogger, singer/songwriter, artist, and professional Witch. I'm a sci-fi, fantasy, historical adventure and war novel fan from early childhood and an RPG geek. I have many other websites if you want to check them out; see the links above or in the sidebar.