The Glimnodd Cycle

Epic Fantasy in a World of
Ice and High Magic

On the world of Glimnodd, magic winds blow over the sea, changing the water to ice and the ice to water. Human and non-human species love and hate, quest and battle, and practice arcane arts of magic.

Book 1: Cloak of the Two Winds

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Pirates, sorcerers, and witches battle
for an ancient magical treasure

To the Iruk people of the South Polar Sea, the crew of a hunting boat is sacred—a band of men and women warriors bound by oath and a group soul. But when Lonn leads his crew away from the hunt to pursue his dream of a treasure ship, they find more than an easy bit of piracy.

The ship belongs to the witch Amlina, and after the Iruks carry off her possessions, they are robbed in turn. Worse, one of their band is also taken—Glyssa, the woman Lonn loves.

To rescue her, the Iruks must join forces with Amlina on a perilous voyage far from the seas they know. To Lonn and his mates, nothing matters but saving Glyssa. But Amlina knows much more is at stake. Among her possessions is an object of ancient power. In the wrong hands, the Cloak of the Two Winds can unravel the age-old magic that keeps the world from chaos.

Book 2: A Mirror Against All Mishap

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The Mirror casts back all harm 
— But only so long as it lasts

Amlina the witch and her Iruk warriors have found refuge in the north. But with winter’s end, Amlina must choose: retreat to her homeland, or arm herself with forbidden sorcery and face her great enemy Beryl one last time.

The Iruk Glyssa also must decide. Will she risk the dangers of magical initiation for a chance to heal her wounded soul?

On the far side of the world, Beryl is recovering from wounds of her own—by consuming more and more human blood. Once healed, she plans a grisly revenge on Amlina and the Iruks.

“The tyrant’s witchcraft is mighty. She will rule for a thousand years, unless…”

About the World of Glimnodd

A map of Glimnodd is available here.

Read about the history of Glimnodd here.

What Readers are Saying

Piracy! Magic! Strange creatures! Sword fights! Love!
Masterful, original fantasy
– Kathryn Hinds, author of The Healer’s Choice.

If well-written sword & sorcery is your thing, you’ll love this novel. – Jeffrey J. Haas, author of Searching for Nada

A rich, detailed and complex world. Can’t wait to read the next book! – Amazon reviewer

Thoroughly enjoyed this spiritual odyssey, vision quest. I was enthralled at the story telling & visual imagery. – Amazon reviewer

The only problem I had with this book is that it ended before I was ready for it to. – Amazon reviewer

Loved it! In my opinion, this book is a rare find- a gem. It ticks all the boxes: beautiful descriptive prose (not at the expense of pace), great original story with plenty of action, interesting well-developed characters and unique world. Another strong point was the magic system: deep, extremely well-thought out – intriguing. This was a delightful, immersive reading experience. I really felt I was there in the ice-world of the likeable Iruk klarn (soul-bonded band of fisherman/pirates), meeting their allies, facing their enemies and the strange creatures that inhabit it; taken for a ride on their journeys and adventures. There was a perfect balance of darkness and light, no fairytale. Good writing made it an easy, fluid read which kept me hooked and turning the pages. The plot was satisfying in itself but cleverly led on to the next book. I can’t wait to read the next adventure! Massa is a consummate storyteller and he does it in great style. I highly recommend this to lovers of fantasy.  – Amazon Reviewer