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smoke and fearsMarsden cannot remember his real name, nor how he came to be a valet for the schoolboy son of a powerful magician. Phantom wisps of incense and narrow glimpses of memory are all he has, until he chances upon a family secret which only compounds intrigue. What might his young master Abel know of his amnesia? What binds him to the Wensleys? And why does he, a simple valet, know fragments of magic?

“From the moment we meet Marsden, reeling from a lungful of smoke and unable to remember his own name, I found myself entranced.”

“Engaging characters moving about in a world that is surprisingly vivid for a short story.”

Author note: I’d had in mind for years a sort of Victorian mage-punk story in which an amnesiac was trapped among magic-users. (I actually dreamed it at first.) When I finally wrote the story, though, it came out quite differently.