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Crosspointe Chronicles

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The Cipher

The Cipher - 600x900x300The Crosspointe Chronicles, Book One
Roc (November 6, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0451461797
ISBN-13: 978-0451461797
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“Francis has crafted an original world, real people, and high-stakes intrigue and adventure. Great fun.”
New York Times Bestselling Author Patricia Briggs

THE CIPHER a transcendent story reminiscent of Joshua Palmatier’s “Skewed Throne,” is a new fantasy that doesn’t rely on overused themes. Original, engrossing, filled with witty banter and lively characters, “Cipher” is an intellectual treat as well as a gripping drama. Hardcore and casual fantasy fans will both enjoy this series opener.”
Press & Sun-Bulletin, Greater Binghamton, NY

I was gripped by the world & characters from the start – and then the plot was equally awesome. Lucy’s being blackmailed and you just know shit’s going to hit the fan. Except your really hope it won’t. And the beautiful agony of waiting to see what would happen and never being able to know just how far Diana Pharaoh Francis is going to torture these poor people just kept me glued to The Cipher.Fantasy is More Fun

A member of the royal Rampling family, Lucy Trenton possesses a most unique talent: the ability to detect majick and those who wield it. She has kept her ability a secret all her life to avoid bringing scandal to her family, but lately Lucy has grown careless. When she recklessly uses her gift to locate a valuable and treacherous majickal artifact, she finds herself embroiled in a dangerous intrigue that threatens her life—and the life of every person in Crosspointe.

Making her troubles worse, she’s being pursued by the dashing and mysterious ship captain Marten Thorpe—a man with an unsavory history. But now she desperately needs his help. The problem is, she doesn’t know if she can trust him…

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The Black Ship

The Black ShipThe Crosspointe Chronicles, Book Two
Roc (November 2008)
ISBN-10: 0451462424
ISBN-13: 978-0451462428

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“It’s a high-seas adventure with descriptions so vivid you may feel seasick while reading the second book in the Crosspointe series, which also works as a stand-alone. The worldbuilding is detailed and gives you a feeling of being there. The characters are multi-layered, with flaws and weaknesses and the plot is well-crafted.”
Romantic Times, 4 Stars

“In this second novel, the author takes us on a terrific high seas adventure the equal of any C.S. Forester swashbuckler….THE BLACK SHIP offers rich world-building, a highly original system of magic, and a rousing storyline. I liked Thorn and the crew of the Eidolon a lot and hope to see their return. THE BLACK SHIP is easily read and enjoyed as a standalone novel, but I encourage readers to start with THE CIPHER for the full picture and enjoyment of the Crosspointe universe.”
Sci Fi Guy review

Thorn is a member of the Pilot’s Guild—those who possess the magical ability to navigate Crosspointe’s deadly seas. When a malevolent master within the Guild bans him from the sea, it seems his life is over. Then he is kidnapped and forced to serve aboard the rogue ship Eidolon—pitch black from bow to stern—and Thorn finds himself battling a mad captain, a mutinous crew, and the terrifying magic of the sea.

But there is a saboteur on board, trying to make sure the Eidolon never arrives safely in port. Thorn begins to realize his kidnapping may have been no mere chance—and that the cargo the black ship carries may seal his doom…

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The Turning Tide

The Turning TideThe Crosspointe Chronicles, Book Three
Roc (May 2009)
ISBN-10: 0451462688
ISBN-13: 978-0451462688
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“With THE TURNING TIDE, as with the other Crosspointe books, you’re getting a deftly-woven mixture of adventure, intrigue, magic and romance, and it’s hard to ask for much more. Don’t let the tide go out on this one.”
Green Man Review

They were the best of friends: Ryland, the son of the king, is bound by loyalty. Shaye is both a majicar and a Weverton, both rebellious factions. Fairlie, a fiery metal-smith, is the iron bond that held them all together. Until now.

Crosspointe’s greatest advantage at sea is its ship’s compasses—but the compass makers are dying. Without them, Crosspointe will fall. To save his country and repel the coming Jutras invasion, the king orders Ryland to commit an unforgivable act. And soon Ryland, Shaye, and Fairlie find themselves at war…with each other.

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The Hollow Crown

The Hollow CrownThe Crosspointe Chronicles, Book Four
Roc (June 2010)
ISBN-10: 0451463390
ISBN-13: 978-0451463395

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“Francis has crafted an original world, real people, and high-stakes intrigue and adventure. Great fun.”
New York Times Bestselling Author Patricia Briggs

After the murders of the king and queen, the island empire of Crosspointe is on the verge of chaos. The ruthless Lord Chancellor has taken the throne and made slaves of most of the royal family. Now, in order to save the country they love, the king’s heirs are determined to rally whatever allies they have left and overthrow the Lord Chancellor- before the Jutras invade.

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