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by Tim Rayborn

Qwyrk - Tim Rayborn
Part of the Qwyrk Tales series:
  • Qwyrk
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 14.99
ISBN: 978-173629881
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 360
Kindle: $ 9.49
Pages: 296
ePub: $ 9.99
ISBN: 2940165414138

Qwyrk is having a bad day; several, in fact. One of the Shadow folk tasked with keeping an eye on humanity, she’s ready for a well-earned break in Yorkshire, but now she’s (literally) run into a girl, Jilly, who just saw something quite supernatural and truly awful happen in her town.

As Qwyrk tries to unravel the mystery, layers of villainy are exposed, and she’s stuck with an assortment of unlikely folk that she’d rather not have “helping” her. Together, they confront ancient magic, medieval conspiracies, and the possible end of the world (that again?). It’s not the holiday Qwyrk was hoping for!

Qwyrk is the first in a series of four novels about the adventures of a group of misfits at the edge of reality in modern northern England, a world of shadows, Nighttime Nasties, sorcery, intergalactic councils, tacky nightclub attire, an abundance of sarcasm, and even elves…

though they are a bit silly.

Reviews:Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn on Tim Rayborn wrote:

“I liked this book a great deal! Charming and funny, the characters are delightful, and it’s scary exactly where it should be. I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.”

Diana L. Paxson, author of Sword of Avalon on Tim Rayborn wrote:

“Qwyrk, by Tim Rayborn, is, for starters, delightfully… quirky. Rayborn’s ear for culture is as good as his ear for music, and his fantasy romp through a small British town has some of the same wacky flavor we find in the mythic send-ups written by Tom Holt/K.J. Parker.

"Rayborn’s elves may be updated, but human nature remains the same. As Qwyrk herself tells Jilly, her kind visit our world ‘To give children a little nudge when they need it… and sometimes remind adults of what they’ve been missing.’ In times when we all need distraction, here is a tale to take your mind off your troubles for a while.”

Donovan’s Literary Services/Midwest Book Review on Donovan's Literary Services wrote:

“It’s a quest, it’s a lark that romps through human and magical worlds alike, and it’s a whimsical and delightful story set in Northern England. Qwyrk is engaging, endearing, and unpredictable in its human and magical relationships and conundrums.

"Fans of fantasy who enjoy magical realism injected into the everyday milieu of Britain will relish the nature of Qwyrk, first in a projected series of stories about misfits and the sometimes-hilarious mishaps that evolve from seemingly good intentions.”

About the Author

Described as a “literary raconteur” and a “virtuoso,” Tim Rayborn admits to nothing, but it’s true that he’s a versatile writer, award-winning editor, and an acclaimed musician.

Tim lived in England for nearly seven years and has a PhD from the University of Leeds, which he likes to pretend means that he knows what he’s talking about. He’s written dozens of books, appeared on more than forty recordings, plays scores of unusual instruments, and visited five continents.

With interests ranging from British history to strange-but-true facts, from medieval and Middle Eastern music to Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Nerd culture, from dance and theatre to 20th-century English composers and dark ambient music, there’s probably something in his generous output for everyone.