Certain Eldritch Artefacts

Cover image of “Certain Eldritch Artefacts” by K. A. Cook. Cover image shows a cartoony, stylised vector image scene of a market scene with hanging peppers and fabric above the text and rows of corked potion bottles sitting on a wooden counter display surrounded by vegetables and sacks. Title and author name are written in a dark brown handdrawn type.The first Efe and Darius story. Certain Eldritch Artefacts takes place fourteen years before Tes arrives at the College in The Unnatural Philosophy of Kit March.

Newly-graduated, divergent magician Darius Liviu has scoured half the world in search of the rarest of rare magical artefacts: a tolerable talking sword. After a year of failure, one last rumour sees him risk Rajad’s chaotic, cluttered, terrifying Great Souk. The noise, the smells, the people and his inability to move without provoking disaster make everything difficult, but Darius dares the nightmare of chaos and conversations in hope of an item will draw the eye of the man he thinks he loves.

The sword he finds isn’t elegant. It isn’t tolerable. It has no intention of being gifted as a lover’s token. It is, however, set on destroying Darius’s acceptance that awkwardness and a life of misunderstandings is the best he can hope for.

Certain Eldritch Artefacts is a story about autism, adulthood and the reasons why one should never enchant inanimate objects…

Contains: a trans, pansexual, autistic magician’s misadventures in a cluttered hell; a verbose eldritch entity; a too-helpful weapons dealer; a good amount of casual queerness; and a decision Darius will surely live to regret.

The original version of the story, where Darius isn’t intentionally autistic, can be found in Crooked Words. The original web redraft can be found here. The new, edited version can be found at the links below:

Links: Smashwords | Gumroad | PDF | EPUB | MOBI

(Also available through Barnes and Noble, Apple/iBooks and Kobo.)

Sequel Works: One Strange Man, The Adventurer King, The Unnatural Philosophy of Kit March

Series Master Page: Efe and Darius

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