Book Of The Day – The Sable City

by Rachelle on February 1, 2012

Today’s Book of the Day is a highly rated Fantasy by M. Edward McNally. The Sable City (The Norothian Cycle) has an impressive 4.7 star rating and is only $2.99! If you enjoy a great fantasy/adventure make sure to check out this first volume in The Norothian Cycle series.

“I read THE SABLE CITY because I’ve read other stories from this author and really enjoyed them. Highly recommended for those lovers of epics and new worlds. And this was only book one–wow!” Alan N. – Amazon reviewer

The Sable City (The Norothian Cycle)
by M. Edward McNally
Rating: 4.7 Stars
Category: Fantasy
Price: $2.99


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Volume One of the Norothian Cycle. Muskets, Magic, and Matilda Lanai.

Tilda Lanai has trained for years to take her place among the Guilders of the Miilark Islands, but now the Trade House she is to serve is imperiled by the absence of a legitimate Deskata heir. Scenting blood in the water, rival Houses begin to circle. The desperate search for an exiled heir takes Tilda across a war-torn continent and to the gates of the Sable City, where centuries ago dark magic almost destroyed the world. Along with a sinister sorceress, a broken-hearted samurai, and a miscreant mercenary long on charm but lousy with a crossbow, Tilda must brave the demon-infested ruins. Only then can she find John Deskata, who may not want to be found at all.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

McNally has set high standards in this, the first book of the Norothian Cycle. The story-telling is neatly paced, with a good balance bewteen action and narration and the back story needed to give the world of Noroth both depth and breadth. Equally, there’s no mono-dimensional sketching to his characters, but fully-rounded human beings, whether they are bit players or the stars of the show. The clarity of writing is spot on, both precise and concise, without ever losing any sense of substance and style. The editing and formating is nearly perfect — a high standard indeed for other indie authors to emulate.


This book reminded me of the epic saga Lord of the Rings. The characters are colorful and unique, with human qualities – even those without human characteristics. The author paints a word picture with details that will convince you these places truly do exist. I felt as if I was actually there watching the various creatures in action, thankfully from behind an impenetrable screen. I grew fond of the main characters and even wanted to see more of those that were despicable and downright evil. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, as did my husband – he taped his favorite TV shows in favor of reading The Sable City. We are both hoping someone will make it into a movie – or two or three … If Tolkien and C S Lewis were around today, they’d be reading The Sable City and giving it at least 5 stars.


This story is a mixture of fantasy, adventure, with a little magic thrown in. It has many characters, and I honestly cannot pick a favorite, as I loved them all – even the ones that weren’t so honorable. By the end of the book, I felt like I knew them. Being able to connect with the characters is very important to me and McNally had no problem bringing us together in this epic tale. The author is not above throwing in some twists and turns and thrusting his readers into the unexpected. He kept me hanging to the edge of my seat!

Get The Sable City here: The Sable City (The Norothian Cycle)

About The Author

M. Edward McNally is a North Carolinian of Irish/Mexican extraction. Grew up mostly in the Midwest along the I35 corridor (Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota), and now resides in the scrub brush surrounding Phoenix, AZ, where the scorpions and the javelinas play. Masters in English Lit from ISU and Russian/East European History from ASU, though both date from an earlier era when there was a lot of Grunge on the radio and Eddie wore entirely too much flannel, even in the summer.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – M. Edward McNally and ENT appreciate it.

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1 M. Edward McNally February 1, 2012 at 4:13 am

Thanks very much, ENT, and I’ll also mention that the next two volumes in the Cycle (Death of a Kingdom, The Wind from Miilark) are presently available, with Volume IV (Devil Town)forthcoming. 🙂

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