Discover the wonderfully written novels of author Patty Jansen. Her books never cease to bring the reader right into the world of characters and time period with vivid detail and exciting adventures. Enjoy!

Innocence Lost (For Queen And Country)
Patty Jansen
5.0 Stars (3 Reviews)
Genre: Fantasy

Johanna is the daughter of a rich merchant in Saardam. As only child and without a mother, she has grown up with notions, such as that she wants to take over her father’s river trade business in her own name. Courtesy of her eastern mother, she has an unusual ability. She sees things in willow wood: whenever she touches wood, it shows her what has happened around the tree or wooden object. Any kind of magic is not common in Saardam, and the Church of the Triune, which rapidly gains influence in the city, forbids it.

While she goes to church, Johanna also maintains a loose network of magic-enabled people. One of those people is Loesie, a farmer’s daughter from out of town.

One day, Loesie comes to town after having been struck mute by magic. She carries a basket made from willow twigs that tells Johanna that a group of bandits with demons is about to attack the city.

But there is no non-magical proof, so she can’t tell anyone or she’d be branded a witch. The time of witch-burnings was not that long ago.

Never mind that the army is still approaching, and there are increasing signs that Saardam’s embattled royal family might have done something that has angered magical forces in the east. Add to this that the royal family seems to have fallen out with the city’s nobility, and that the recent death of the crown princess has left the family with only one heir: the mysterious prince whom no one has seen for years and who has suddenly returned home.

At the annual ball, Johanna’s father has brokered a dance for her with the prince. Johanna just wants to warn people of the impending attack.

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Willow Witch (For Queen And Country)
Patty Jansen
5.0 Stars (1 Review)
Genre: Fantasy

Continued from book 1

After fleeing from the burning ruins of Saardam, Johanna, Prince Roald, Loesie and Nellie have been captured by a group of bandits and are being taken to a place unknown through a forest rife with magic. Loesie, struck mute by an unknown but powerful sorcerer, is behaving increasingly strange. The friends try to escape, but is Loesie helping them or is she a danger to them?

Every step they take through the ghost-ridden forest brings them closer to the duke who is rumoured to be the source of the evil magic, the necromancer whose anger against Saarland’s royal family has lain the world to waste.

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Ambassador: Seeing Red
Patty Jansen
4.8 Stars (4 Reviews)
Genre: Science Fiction

In 1961, a small space ship crash-landed on the shore of a Greek island, its two occupants refugees from the oppressive regime of Asto. As cousins of humans, the Coldi are similar enough to remain undetected, and the group expanded and had a hand in the development of human digital technology. The ever-growing group managed to stay hidden until 2094, when the news that Homo sapiens is but a small branch in the galaxy-wide human family tree sent shockwaves through Earth.

Fast forward twenty years, and upstart diplomat Cory Wilson sees it as his mission to foster understanding between the democratic governments of Earth and the overbearing Coldi culture, a society with a rigid hierarchical structure that is dictated by instinct and pheromones.

Amidst the strained relations, a high-profile Earth politician is killed. There is no doubt that it was a non-terrestrial attack, but its nature goes against everything Cory knows about the Coldi. However, when he speaks out defending their innocence, he finds himself out of a job, alone, penniless and unable to return to Earth.

Meanwhile people are detained unlawfully, hundreds of thousands of citizens become stuck on a hostile world, and Earth authorities stumble from blunder to blunder in dealing with the Coldi outrage.

Only the truth will prevent the conflict escalating, but to find it, Cory has to challenge the very top of the Coldi hierarchy, in a society where the simple act of looking someone in the eye or using the wrong pronouns can mean the difference between life and death.

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Ambassador 2: Raising Hell
Patty Jansen
4.5 Stars (2 Reviews)
Genre: Science Fiction

THE SECOND-QUICKEST way to get yourself killed when dealing with Coldi people of the planet Asto is to look a superior in the eye. The Coldi people possess an instinct that demands the formation of hierarchical networks in which every person has a prescribed place. These networks provide stability. They also place one person at the top.

Ezhya Palayi is that person.

After having been released by his previous employers, Cory Wilson not only depends on Ezhya Palayi for his income, but he has developed an unusually friendly relationship with this man whom people on Earth would call an absolute dictator, but whose reign is benign.

The third-quickest way to get yourself killed when dealing with Coldi people is when the leader you depended on for support is suddenly no longer there, as when he goes missing because the system society relies on for interstellar travel goes down.

In a highly-strung hierarchical society, it won’t be long before someone else tries to claim the top spot, someone less benign, someone aggressive who is likely to destabilise peace between Asto and other worlds.

But by far the quickest way to get yourself killed is, as a non-Coldi outsider, to visit Asto and try to interfere in their hierarchical system, to mess with instincts you don’t feel yourself, and people who are much stronger than you.

Oh, and did you know that the average daytime temperature is well over 50 degrees C?

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Icefire Trilogy Omnibus
Patty Jansen
Genre: Fantasy

Deep under the City of Glass in the frozen southern land, an age-old machine called the Heart of the City radiates a power which locals call icefire. Most citizens are immune to it, but a few, always born with physical disabilities, can bend it to their will. For fifty years, the ruling Eagle Knights, who fly on the back of giant birds, have killed these Imperfects, fearing the return of the old royal family, who used icefire to cut out people’s hearts, turning them into ghostly servitors.

Across the border in steam-age, science-focused Chevakia, people have built barriers against the radiation, against which they have no resistance.

Chevakia also harbours the old southern royal family’s only surviving members, and they are planning revenge and their return to power, taking both countries to the first war in fifty years.

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