Jester (ca. 110K words, Sept. 24/09)
A "medieval" fantasy set in a post-diaspora world, in which humans have fled to a new continent after destroying their original homeland in a magical catastrophe. Now, more than two centuries later, they have successfully re-established their civilization and begun to spread through the new lands, despite conflicts among kingdoms and between humans and the land's original inhabitants. In this story, the protagonist is Morley, a human dwarf (that is, the achondroplastic kind, not the Tolkein kind) who has survived an abusive childhood and is now serving as a court jester. When he is offered the chance to become "normal", he accepts—but there is a high price, and one he may be unwilling to pay. Chronologically, the story follows that in Chords (in progress), but you don't need to have read Chords to understand or appreciate Jester.
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- Fantasy novel: Jester