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1 Small Town Lazarus i "come back grim man", Ashley Capes , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , May no. 91 2019;
1 Fingers i "the spider-woman has a script", Ashley Capes , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Wild 2018; (p. 119)
1 y separately published work icon The Last Sea God Ashley Capes , Melbourne : Close-Up Books , 2018 14910516 2018 single work novel fantasy

'A dark sorceress sinks her talons into the land...

'War-hero Notch has abandoned his king and city to wage a war against his own guilt. With the giant Alosus at his side, Notch must search the Land of the Sun for ancient magic to bring a loved one back from the dead. But when he arrives in the city of vipers, Notch quickly finds himself entangled in a web of conspiracy and hidden motives as ruthless Houses vie for the soon to be vacant throne.

'Far across the glittering sea, Notch's home of Anaskar is still reeling after repelling a mighty invasion. King Oseto is forced to scatter his heroes across the world in a desperate quest for the last sea beast and its bones. With them, he will be able to forge new Greatmasks to protect his people and the fragile state of peace between nations.

'Yet evil stirs in every corner of the lands. Reports of new, foul creatures and old foes alike are growing; and worse, the King fears that through his own weakness, he himself has unleashed the architect behind it all.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Bone War Trilogy Ashley Capes , Melbourne : Close-Up Books , 2018- 14910477 2018 series - author novel
1 y separately published work icon The Phoenix of Kiymako Ashley Capes , Melbourne : Close-Up Books , 2018 14909913 2018 single work novel fantasy

'Rejoin Never as he searches for his father's legacy and the sister he hadn't known existed.

'In The Phoenix of Kiymako Never must navigate a secretive new culture ruled by warrior monks. Distrusted and hunted for his blood, he must forge new alliances while following the dark trail his father has left. If Never can survive, it will lead to both his long lost sister and - finally - the truth about his mysterious name.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon The Ruby Heart Ashley Capes , Melbourne : Close-Up Books , 2018 14909248 2018 single work novel fantasy

'Thomas, Mia and Ethan have finally discovered the long-lost rebellion airship Clara - only to learn that it cannot grant them their freedom, since none know how to fly the mighty ship.

'A desperate search for a pilot follows but disaster strikes when Thomas falls into the clutches of their old tormentor, Lady Elisabeth; master of the Sand-Hog and lieutenant to the King. Yet Elisabeth has her own plans for Thomas and they do not involve simply handing him over to her liege.

'Mia and Ethan find themselves torn between chasing Thomas and following clues to the Clara's pilot but hounding Mia every step of the way is her own doubts and fears, her confusion over her feelings for Ethan and worse, dark dreams that hide an even greater threat than King Williams could ever pose.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 Steelhand Ashley Capes , 2017 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Steampunk Fairy Tales Volume III 2017; (p. 41-52)

'When a man with a mechanical hand hears a woman's voice echoing in his head, calling for help, he must brave the steel forest and a grim castle to rescue her from the clutches of a foul Alchemist.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon The Book of Never : Volumes 1-5 Ashley Capes , Melbourne : Close-Up Books , 2017 14910218 2017 selected work novel fantasy
1 y separately published work icon Imperial Towers Ashley Capes , Melbourne : Close-Up Books , 2017 14909821 2017 single work novel fantasy

'Only one thing stands between Never and answers – his brother.

'Driven toward the enemy-occupied Imperial City, Never’s doubts grow. Even with new knowledge about his powers, can he truly keep his friends safe in a warzone? Or, like too many times before, will he end up responsible for the deaths of those he should have protected?

'Never faces a bitter choice between finally winning the answers he has searched for all his life and stopping his brother once and for all. Worse, he knows that if he hesitates, Snow’s sinister vision for the world will come to pass.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon 2006 : 2016 : Selected Poems Ashley Capes , Melbourne : Close-Up Books , 2017 14909618 2017 selected work poetry

'Selected works from Australian poet Ashley Capes, 2006:2016 draws on material from previous volumes and also includes previously uncollected pieces.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon The Red Hourglass Ashley Capes , Melbourne : Close-Up Books , 2017 14909089 2017 single work novel fantasy

'Escape isn't the hardest challenge for a slave - it's staying free afterwards.

'Siblings Thomas and Mia find themselves fleeing across a desolate land, hounded by the monstrous sand-hog, a steam-powered war machine bent on recapturing them at all costs.

'Thomas fears the worst. He knows the tyrannical King Williams seeks Mia and her mysterious powers of foresight, but it seems even her gift cannot save the day when the sand-hog corners them. It isn't until they cross paths with a group of rebels and stumble across rumours of a lost airship that Thomas begins to wonder if there isn't hope of escape after all...

'A steampunk adventure set in a slowly dying land where magic clashes with steam and alchemy.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Slaves of the New World Ashley Capes , Melbourne : Close-Up Books , 2017- 14909060 2017 series - author novel
1 y separately published work icon Somnus and the March Hare Ashley Capes , Melbourne : Close-Up Books , 2016 14909549 2016 single work short story fantasy

'Michael cannot sleep and it's ruining his life - but when the March Hare pops out of a picture book and offers to help him cut a deal with Somnus, the Roman God of Sleep, Michael has no choice but to accept.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 Esmeralda Ashley Capes , 2016 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Steampunk Fairy Tales Volume II 2016; (p. 247-271)

'When escaped slaves Thomas and Mia stumble across an ancient train in the desert it seems a perfect place to hide from pursuit - yet the wreck of the Esmeralda holds the key to a forgotten magic that might be more than they can handle - or it might just win them their freedom.

Inspired by The Bird of Truth. Spain.'

Source: Publisher's Blurb

1 The Yellow Butterfly Ashley Capes , 2016 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Steampunk Fairy Tales 2016; (p. 77-92)
A steampunk retelling of the Japanese folktale The Dream of Akinosuke.
1 y separately published work icon Never Ashley Capes , Melbourne : Close-Up Books , 2016 10479116 2016 single work novella fantasy

'Adventure? Check. Magic? Check. Sarcasm? You bet.

'Roguish Never is sure he has hunted down every relic and every clue possible on his quest to finally lift the curse on his blood and hopefully learn his true name. However, convincing the wealthy Lord Firmita to part with a map to the sunken city proves to be far more dangerous than he first imagined.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon The Peaks of Autumn Ashley Capes , Melbourne : Close-Up Books , 2016 10479048 2016 single work novella fantasy

'At Snow's urging, Never climbs into the Folhan Mountains to search for the Altar of Stars, which he must reach by the new moon. Yet he cannot shake off his doubts; will the answers he seeks even reside with the altar? Or is Snow manipulating him once more?

'Never soon finds that the mountains harbour their own threats, from avalanches and enemy troops to ancient creatures deep within abandoned mines and worse - pursuit from a vengeance-obsessed King.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Greatmask Ashley Capes , Melbourne : Close-Up Books , 2016 10478926 2016 single work novel fantasy

'The Ecsoli have taken Anaskar, raiding the city for bones of the Sea God and holding King Oseto captive in his own palace. Yet there he discovers an even greater threat in the form of his own Greatmask, who grows impatient for the Sacrifice.

'Hiding in the blackened streets, Flir must deal with her uncertainty regarding Kanis while gathering a resistance force, where she discovers even her vast strength seems useless before the blue-cloaked Ecsoli.

'Beyond the Wards, Ain heads home, ready to face the shame of failing at the Sea Shrine. Instead, he finds mysterious and deadly Darklings hunting his loved ones. In his desperation he makes a startling discovery about his Pathfinder heritage.

'Meanwhile, miles distant, Sofia and her father struggle for mastery of Argeon and Osani as they race toward the city. A battered Notch finds himself making a similar journey, just as unsure if he will return in time to help the city in its darkest hour, as enemies pour through its broken walls.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon River God Ashley Capes , Melbourne : Close-Up Books , 2016 10478972 2016 single work novella fantasy

'Armed with disturbing news about Snow, his unpredictable brother, Never picks up a cold trail on the rivers of Hanik. There he must face both new dangers and demons from his past, all the while doing his best to avoid becoming entangled in a brewing civil war.' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon A Forest of Eyes Ashley Capes , Melbourne : Close-Up Books , 2016 10478995 2016 single work novella fantasy

'Poisoned and furious, Never must add a desperate quest for a cure to his existing search for truth. His path takes him deep into the White Wood where he faces vengeful spirits, giant leeches and Commander Harstas himself, whose lust for revenge is an ever-present threat.' (Publication summary)

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