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From Unseen Fire

(2018)
(The first book in the Aven Cycle series)
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From Unseen Fire is the first novel in the Aven Cycle, a historical fantasy set in an alternate Rome, by debut author Cass Morris

The Dictator is dead; long live the Republic.

But whose Republic will it be? Senators, generals, and elemental mages vie for the power to shape the future of the city of Aven. Latona of the Vitelliae, a mage of Spirit and Fire, has suppressed her phenomenal talents for fear they would draw unwanted attention from unscrupulous men. Now that the Dictator who threatened her family is gone, she may have an opportunity to seize a greater destiny as a protector of the people - if only she can find the courage to try.

Her siblings - a widow who conceals a canny political mind in the guise of a frivolous socialite, a young prophetess learning to navigate a treacherous world, and a military tribune leading a dangerous expedition in the province of Iberia - will be her allies as she builds a place for herself in this new world, against the objections of their father, her husband, and the strictures of Aventan society.

Latona's path intersects with that of Sempronius Tarren, an ambitious senator harboring a dangerous secret. Sacred law dictates that no mage may hold high office, but Sempronius, a Shadow mage who has kept his abilities a lifelong secret, intends to do just that. As rebellion brews in the provinces, Sempronius must outwit the ruthless leader of the opposing Senate faction to claim the political and military power he needs to secure a glorious future for Aven and his own place in history.

As politics draw them together and romance blossoms between them, Latona and Sempronius will use wit, charm, and magic to shape Aven's fate. But when their foes resort to brutal violence and foul sorcery, will their efforts be enough to save the Republic they love?

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Cass Morris brings ancient Rome to life with all its particular details, passions, and political intrigue, and populates it with captivating characters. Then she sprinkles it with magic. Yeah, that’s the stuff." - Kristen Britain

"A unique and well-studied fantasy take on the Roman world—an alternate world of another name, where ambition is a driving force and magic is real." - C J Cherryh

"Rome with magic' turns out to be exactly the novel I wanted to read. The magic cleverly intertwines with religion, politics, and daily life. The characters appeal, especially the loving portrait of three loyal sisters. There are battles (of course), a budding love story of the illicit kind, some remarkably topical political maneuvering, an awareness of diverse layers of class and ethnicity, and a love of place that shines on the page." - Kate Elliott


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Used availability for Cass Morris's From Unseen Fire

Hardback Editions

April 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: From Unseen Fire (Aven Cycle)
Author(s): Cass Morris
ISBN: 0-7564-1224-2 / 978-0-7564-1224-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: DAW
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Paperback Editions

April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: From Unseen Fire (Aven Cycle)
Author(s): Cass Morris
ISBN: 0-7564-1517-9 / 978-0-7564-1517-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: DAW
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

July 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: From Unseen Fire (Aven Cycle)
Author(s): Cass Morris
ISBN: 1-978649-89-4 / 978-1-978649-89-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: From Unseen Fire
Author(s): Cass Morris
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


April 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: From Unseen Fire
Author(s): Cass Morris
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: From Unseen Fire
Author(s): Cass Morris
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: From Unseen Fire (Aven Cycle)
Author(s): Cass Morris
Publisher: DAW
Availability: Amazon CA