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The Revognase - Lucy Sussex

Ever since I came across the concept of a pass-the-parcel story, where the plot revolves around a mysterious artefact passing between a group of characters, I’ve wanted to do one of my own. Quentaris provided me with the perfect opportunity, with the added fun that because the series is fantasy, the artefact could be anything I liked. Or what my subsconscious liked – some of the properties of the Revognase were a surprise even to me. I had a lot of fun passing the Revognase between my characters, seeing it get lost, stolen, even straying at times. In the process I learnt a lot about crime writing, and how to keep a multi-stranded narrative moving.
Life in the city of Quentaris is never dull. The city's two feuding families, the Blues and the Greens, have just held a battle in the market. There has been a duel between wizards and a burglary at the Villains' Guild. And the Chief Soothsayer has just prophesied another
disaster: 'I see a disc of changing colours, passing from hand to hand. I see murder, misery and mayhem. I see the disc destroying everyone who touches it!'
Junko sent the boat across the black lake. They reached the centre of the flooded cave, the rock roof arching low overhead. The water was ink-dark, and it rippled with the movement of creatures underneath.

Back on the shore, the lift hit the cave floor. Figures poured out.

‘That’s Watch uniform,’ said his boss Dunor. ‘Lad, you haven’t done anything I should know about?’

‘No,’ said Junko. The Watch commandeered the largest rowboats, pushed them into the water and rowed rapidly across the lake.

‘Aren’t you worried?’ asked Junko. ‘They’re almost upon us.’

‘Ah, but I am lad. Just not about the Watch. More ‘bout certain things that live in these caves. Watch won’t try and bite my head off, see…’

From behind him Junko heard a faint but disturbing splash. Dunor’s face went blank. He was looking over Junko’s shoulder. Junko slowly turned, and gazed into the lamp-like eyes of the Bhugwash. The great head loomed out of the water and the monster opened its jaws.

‘Quick lad, throw it a bribe-sweet,’ whispered Dunor.

His hands trembling, Junko felt for the sweets.

‘Hurry, I can’t hold its gaze forever …’

His pouch was empty, no wonder, since he hadn’t got around to re-filling it. The Bhugwash’s great spiked teeth grated against the thin wood of the hull.

We’re doomed, Junko thought.

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Equen Queen
Battle for Quentaris
The Spell of Undoing
Vampires of Quentaris
The Skyflower
The Prisoner of Quentaris
Pirates of Quentaris
The Forgotten Prince
Stars of Quentaris
Stolen Children of Quentaris
Nightmare in Quentaris
The Murderers’ Apprentice
The Cat Dreamer
Princess of Shadows
Rifts Through Quentaris
The Plague of Quentaris
The Mind Master
Treasure Hunters of Q.
The Ancient Hero
Angel Fever
Stones of Quentaris
Dragonlords of Quentaris
Quentaris in Flames
Swords of Quentaris
The Revognase
The Perfect Princess
Slaves of Quentaris
Beneath Quentaris

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