Briar Augustin, a bounty hunter, returns to his hometown on the trail of a killer. There he becomes once more entangled with his first love, Quinn Lawrence, who is as integral to Briar's hunt as he is to the mythology of Lastings. Can Briar find his bounty and return to the city, resisting the call of the sea? Or will he be drawn back into Lastings' secrets—and the arms of Quinn Lawrence?
Lastings: Where some things can only be mined out.
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Nine Years of Silver is the first story from Love Has Claws, a speculative fiction trilogy linked by the town of Lastings. It is not necessary to read the series in order.
Content Warnings: mentions of abusive childhood; bloody violence; off-screen murder; drowning (real/dream); claustrophobic scenes.
Foye (Mage of Inconvenience) reunites former lovers amid the search for a killer in the eerie, opaque paranormal romance that kicks off the Love Has Claws series. Bounty Hunter Briar Augustin's pursuit of killer Dupont leads him to return to his hometown of Lastings after 10 years away. He visits the local witch for guidance, and she tells him he will only find Dupont with the help of Quinn Lawrence, Briar's literally monstrous first love. Briar tracks down the reclusive Quinn, a shadowy figure with pointed teeth and webbed hands and feet who was "born with salt in his heart." He initially refuses to cooperate with Briar, but eventually icy exteriors give way to renewed tenderness between the couple, and Quinn reveals that he has a treasure that Dupont wants, though he won't say what it is. Concrete details of time and place are glossed over to give the tale a mythic feel as Foye's strange, evocative prose builds atmosphere. This complex, ethereal love story will keep readers on their toes. (Self-published)