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As part of Self-Published Fantasy Month 2021, we at the Uncharted Library are hosting a series of spotlights to showcase the incredible talent of self-published fantasy authors! Today we’re here with By the Pact by Joanna Maciejewska, the first in the Parts Arcane and Otherwise series of fantasy with corrupted mages, plotting demons, and plenty of witty banter.

Self-Published Fantasy Month is a month-long celebration highlighting the best of what the self-published fantasy community has to offer. To find out more and get involved, visit their official website at https://www.selfpublishedfantasymonth.com/, check them out on Twitter @SelfPubFanMonth, or join The Guild, their Discord Server.

High mages lied: Veranesh, the demon who destroyed the continent is still alive. And it’s up to their former student to expose the truth—even if it means another Cataclysm.

When Kamira, a once high mage student turned arcanist, discovers an imprisoned demon in underground ruins, she is forced into a pact that grants her powerful magic, but also ties her to the very demon that once devastated the continent… and Veranesh wants his freedom.

With one friend by her side, Veelk, a mage killer bound on protecting her, Kamira will have to outwit the archmages, other demons, and possibly her own demonic benefactor to survive. Her chances are slim, but with Veelk’s ever-present sarcastic repartee, Kamira might just pull through.

Plots and schemes, power and means—sometimes the price for victory is choosing which friend will die, but when you only have one friend, the choice is… easy?

By the Pact was published on 10th January 2021 at 350 pages.

About the Author

A Polish national who spent a little less than a decade in Ireland, and now resides in United States.

As a little girl she dreamed of becoming a ninja warrior or a witch, but since she was never collected for training she studied hard and became a witch all on her own. So far no one has been brave enough to object, and she has curses prepared should anyone try.

Joanna writes fiction in both Polish and English and been published in both languages although she is still working towards seeing a book with just her name on the cover.

When not writing, Joanna reads, plays video games or does arts & crafts. She is also in the process of discretely growing her tea collection when her partner is not looking. She plans to have entirely claimed the kitchen before he catches on.

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