Title: A Map of Kex’s Face
Publication Date: December 30, 2014
Format: 215 pages, paperback
Author: Robin Wyatt Dunn
Publisher: John Ott, San Diego, Calif.
Kex is the administrator of the Eidon Academy, a college with an interdimensional porthole on campus, and the intellectual center of a recently seceded Southern California.
Roberto and his wife Sasha are busy acting out a bad campus novel, with infidelities and academic intrigues, when the known universe undergoes some fundamental changes.
Kex is more than a human being, it appears, but also an avatar around whom mandala-like emanations revolve, frequencies whose meaning Roberto must discern if he is to legitimize his new Department of Cartography . . .
Nothing holds more danger than the things you think you know.
Kallinesha, daughter of the High Commander, with glory on her mind and duty in her blood, knows many things. She knows that her father is the noblest man in the kingdom. She knows that hard work and study trump raw magical talent, even talent as strong as that of her cowardly commoner companion, Ista. She also knows that she can kill the ruthless Chaos Mage and prove herself worthy of her family name.
Ista, daughter of a city baker, knows a few things too. She knows that Kallinesha has no heart and that none of the protectors can be trusted. Most importantly, she knows that her beloved mage mistress is never wrong, and sending them out here alone to face the Chaos Mage must therefore be right, no matter how it terrifies her.
The man they pursue knows only that he won’t let two inexperienced girls ruin everything.
They’re all wrong.