The Spiral Labyrinth

A tale of Henghis Hapthorn

Henghis Hapthorn is the foremost penetrator of mysteries and uncoverer of secrets in a decadent, far-future Old Earth, one age before Jack Vance's Dying Earth. A superb rationalist, he has long disdained the notion that the universe has an alternative organizing principle: magic. But now a new age is dawning, overturning the very foundations of Hapthorn's existence, and he must struggle to survive in a world where all the rules are changing.

With Old Earth on the cusp of the transition to a universe that operates on the principles of sympathetic association (or, to be vulgar, magic), Hapthorn is thrust forward through time into the first centuries of the new order. He becomes a pawn in a contest among five wizards, while an unknown entity with the power to frighten demons keeps bellowing through all the nine planes of existence: "Bring me Apthorn!"

Cover Art: Tom Kidd

This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First published by Nightshade Books in November 2008. Published as an ebook by Jabberwocky Literary Agency, in conjunction with the Zeno Agency, in November 2011.

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eISBN: 978-1-93653-552-1

Copyright 2007 by Matthew Hughes

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Electronic version by Baen Books