The Sorceress Transcendent by Casey Blair ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

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The Sorceress Transcendent

by Casey Blair
Publication date: June 6th 2023
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance


Once mortal enemies on the battlefield, what can they become supporting each other instead?
When Varius, the greatest general of the Aurelian Empire, is forced to flee his homeland, there’s only one person he can turn to.

A powerful sorceress and once his most deadly enemy, Theira is the only combatant who’s ever escaped the war between their peoples. But with the memories of how they kept each other going from opposite sides of a battlefield, when a bleeding Varius knocks on her door, she lets him in, even knowing what will follow.

Theira may have gotten away, but as long as the war goes on, she’ll never really be free. Now with both their peoples actively hunting them, the two most dangerous fighters in a never-ending war will have to join forces to do the impossible: end it once and for all, on their terms.

And if they can dare to dream boldly enough, maybe find happiness for themselves, too.

The Sorceress Transcendent is a stand-alone enemies-to-lovers epic fantasy romance novella about badasses who enjoy a cozy cup of tea after a long day wreaking epic destruction, because why choose? This story is for everyone who knows what’s coming when your former mortal enemy and best rival knocks on the door in the middle of the night and says, “I had nowhere else to go.”



His plate was piled high with an omelet full of vegetables, sausage, fruit, toast.

“I was hardly going to let you starve after inviting you in.”

Varius took a sip of tea first before saying, “And what an easy way to dose me with a potion, too.”

Theira smiled. “Too easy, no challenge. It’s not as if I want you to decide you need to forage for yourself in my garden.”

Varius snorted. “I’d probably kill myself trying.”

“It’s not all poisonous,” she said primly.

He grinned. “In the interest of inspiring you to greater challenge, I admit I probably couldn’t tell.”

She rolled her eyes. “Soldiers. If you can’t stab with it, it’s not worth learning about.”

He wasn’t a soldier anymore. But rather than dwell on that he said, “You’re not going to sit there and tell me you can’t grow a perfectly normal looking plant that would actually kill me.”

Theira smiled like a blow to his chest. “No, I’m not.”

Varius felt unreasonably pleased with himself for getting that smile out of her.

She should smile that wickedly all the time, and maybe that was one thing he could do for her.

“I didn’t get a good look last night, but it looks like your gardens are expansive and flourishing,” Varius said. “Do you grow your own food, along with everything else?”


“Is that so you’ll always know what’s poisonous?”

Theira rolled her eyes again, but, he thought, fondly. “As if I couldn’t tell if someone else tried to poison me? Please. No, it’s mostly convenience.”

“Ah. You are pretty far from anything out here.” Sausage would keep, but she must use sorcery for the eggs. Had she broken out a few from a precious stash so he could eat something familiar?

Then again, for all he knew he was eating eggs of something other than a chicken that she kept in her basement.

Another thought struck him. “Has the Sorcerer Ascendant pressured people to not sell you food?”

Theira shook her head. “No need. I’m not going to put people in any more danger to help me. The people who built my house are protected, but if I started doing that commonly Tychon would make a point of… challenging that protection.”

And the Sorcerer Ascendant was the one person alive who could definitely break it.

Varius frowned, wondering anew about that guest room. But he said, “You said ‘mostly’. What else is it?”

Theira considered him for a moment, then shrugged as if it didn’t matter. “I like growing things.”

The simple statement hit him like a punch in the gut.

Gods. He knew how much she reveled in sorcerous destruction, and he’d be lying if he said he himself didn’t take satisfaction in knowing he’d hit an opponent just right to take them out.

But there was another side of her, too, that she was trying to give space to in this house.

She liked growing things.

If he didn’t have to kill for the empire, what would he do?

He’d barely considered the question before; it was an impossibility.

Theira had a garden, though, and it was flourishing.

But her house was empty.

Casey Blair writes adventurous fantasy novels for all ages, and her serial fantasy Tea Princess Chronicles is available online for free. After graduating from Vassar College, her own adventures have included teaching English in rural Japan, attending the Viable Paradise residential science fiction and fantasy writing workshop, and working as an indie bookseller. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest and can be found dancing spontaneously, exploring forests around the world, or trapped under a cat. For more information visit her website or follow her on Twitter @CaseyLBlair.

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

8 comments on “The Sorceress Transcendent by Casey Blair ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

  1. It looks like a good read.

  2. looks like a fun one

  3. Sounds interesting!

  4. The Sorceress Transcendent sounds fascinating. Great cover and excerpt. I’d love to read more.

  5. The book sounds fantastic. Love the cover.

  6. Great cover! I enjoyed reading the synopsis and excerpt. Varius is a great character name.

  7. Adult, Fantasy, Romance – what a magical interesting genre!
    Thank you for sharing this.

  8. This looks like a very intriguing novel. Thanks for sharing!