When Crown Prince Valamon is impossibly taken from the heart of Algaris Castle, the only clue as to motive or culprit is the use of unknown sorcery. Reclusive cleric Seris is happily tending to his book-infested temple until he finds himself drafted--for political reasons--to the rescue mission. His sole companion on the journey is Elhan, a cheerfully disturbed vagrant girl with terrifying combat skills and her own enigmatic reasons for seeking the prince.
Venturing into the wild, unconquered lands, Seris has no fighting prowess, no survival skills, and no charisma, as Elhan keeps pointing out. Armed only with a stubborn streak and creative diplomacy, he must find a way to survive outlaw towns and incendiary masquerades, all without breaking his vow to do no harm. Chasing rumours of rebel camps and rising warlords, dangerous curses and the return of the vanished sorcerers, Seris and Elhan soon discover a web of treachery and long-buried secrets that go far beyond a kidnapped prince.
About the Author
DK Mok is a fantasy and science fiction author whose novels include Hunt for Valamon and The Other Tree, published by Spence City. DK's short story Morning Star was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award and a Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award.
DK grew up in libraries, immersed in lost cities and fantastic worlds, populated by quirky bandits and giant squid. She graduated from UNSW with a degree in Psychology, pursuing her interest in both social justice and scientist humour.
She’s fond of cephalopods, androids, global politics, rugged horizons, science and technology podcasts, and she wishes someone would build a labyrinthine library garden so she could hang out there. She lives in Sydney, Australia, and her favourite fossil deposit is the Burgess Shale.
"A fast paced epic fantasy tale that manages to portray a number of genre tropes in a fresh and exciting way. The story delivers a tale of adventure and mayhem, played out by characters that are dynamic and varied, ensuring that the reader never gets bored. A good read whether you're a fantasy fan or not." -- SFBook Reviews "An original, fast paced and fascinating tale that kept me riveted from start to finish." -- Smash Dragons "A hilarious and endearing fantasy to read. Mok blends humor and gravity together magnificently." -- Fantasy Book Review "A fun read that offered quite a few surprises.Hunt for Valamonis refreshing and unique, highly recommended for fantasy readers looking for an adventurous journey." -- The Biblio Sanctum "In every aspect of this book, Mok brings something new. Highly recommended to anyone who loves fantasy." -- Between Once Upon a Time and Ever After