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The Cunning Man

D.J. Butler Aaron Ritchey



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29 September 2020
IT TAKES A CUNNING MAN TO SAVE A TOWN. "An amazing tale that grabs you by the throat and won't let go Butler & Ritchey are a literary force to be reckoned with Hit that download button and grab your copy now The Cunning Man will never let you go "--Sherrilyn Kenyon, #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author

It's the depths of the Depression, and a mining town in Utah is shut down. Something has awakened underground, and now a monster roams the tunnels. While contentious owners squabble, poor worker families go hungry. Along comes Hiram Woolley. Hiram is a man with mystical abilities derived from the commonsense application of Scots-Irish folk wisdom and German braucher magic. He possesses an arcane Bloodstone that allows him to see a lie the moment it is spoken.

Behind the played-out farms and failed businesses are demons, curses, sorcerers, and unatoned wrongs. Bags of groceries and carpentry won't be enough to save the day this time.This job will take a man who has known sorrow. A man who has known war. A man of wisdom. A man of magic.


About The Cunning Man:
'An attempt at charity during the Great Depression turns into a protracted fight against supernatural forces in this admirable paranormal mystery... the richly imagined magic system and glimpses of Mormon culture create a fully realized world. Historical fantasy fans will delight in the zigzagging plot of this mystery.' --Publishers Weekly

'An amazing tale that grabs you by the throat and won't let go! Butler & Ritchey are a literary force to be reckoned with! Hit that download button and grab your copy now! The Cunning Man will never let you go!' --Sherrilyn Kenyon, #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author

'...a brisk and engaging narrative...folk and religious based magic ... for fans of urban or historical fantasy ... a satisfying read.' --Booklist

Praise for D.J. Butler:
'Butler follows Witchy Eye with a satisfying second tale of a magic-filled early America... Deep and old magic influences both places and characters, and the story is tightly focused on the determined Sarah ... Fans of epic and alternate historical fantasy will savor this tale of witchery and intrigue.' --Publishers Weekly

'For readers who love history-based fantasy, steampunk, or urban fantasy ... this series that gives the genre a new twist.' --Booklist

' can't stop yourself from taking another bite... and another ... and another...I didn't want to stop reading... Kudos!' --R.A. Salvatore

'Excellent book. I am impressed by the creativity and the depth of the world building. Dave Butler is a great storyteller.' --Larry Correia

'Witchy Eye is an intricate and imaginative alternate history with a cast of characters and quirky situations that would make a Dickens novel proud.' --Kevin J. Anderson

'Butler's fantasy is by turns sardonic and lighthearted; ghoulish shadows claw into the most remote areas and heroism bursts out of the most unlikely people. Sarah is the epitome of the downtrodden hero who refuses to give up until she gets what she needs, and her story will appeal to fantasy readers of all stripes.' --Publishers Weekly

'David's a pro storyteller, and you're in for a great ride.' --Larry Dixon

'... a fascinating, grittily-flavored world of living legends. Hurry up and write the next one, Dave.' --Cat Rambo

 Praise for Aaron Michael Ritchey:
'...richly drawn, beautifully complex characters ...'--Kirkus on Long Live the Suicide King
By:   D.J. Butler, Aaron Ritchey
Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 171mm,  Width: 105mm, 
ISBN:   9781982124953
ISBN 10:   1982124954
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   29 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

D.J. ( Dave ) Butler grew up in swamps, deserts, and mountains. After messing around for years with the practice of law, he finally got serious and turned to his lifelong passion of storytelling. He now writes adventure stories for readers of all ages, plays guitar, and spends as much time as he can with his family. He is the author of City of the Saints, Rock Band Fights Evil, Space Eldritch, and Crecheling from Wordfire Press, and Witchy Eye, Witchy Winter, and Witchy Kingdom from Baen Books. Read more about Dave and his writing at and follow him on Twitter at @davidjohnbutler. Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of twenty-one novels and numerous pieces of short fiction. He was born on a cold and snowy September day in Denver, Colorado, and while he's lived and travelled all over the world, he's a child of the American West. Sagebrush makes him homesick. While he pines for the road, he still lives in Colorado with his cactus flower of a wife and two stormy daughters. Visit his website at or find him on Facebook.

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