OUT NOW– The Zero Blessing (The Zero Enigma I)

18 Mar

The start of a new fantasy trilogy!

Zero Blessing Cover R2 FOR WEB

Caitlyn Aguirre should have been a magician. Her family certainly expected her to be a magician. But by the time she reached her twelfth birthday, Caitlyn hadn’t even managed to cast a single spell! In desperation, her parents send her – and her magical sisters – to Jude’s Sorcerous Academy, her last best chance to discover her powers.

But as she struggles to survive her classes without a single spell to her name, Caitlyn starts to uncover an ancient mystery that may prove the key to her true powers …

… If she lives long enough to find it.

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30 Responses to “OUT NOW– The Zero Blessing (The Zero Enigma I)”

  1. Muratcan Simsek March 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

    Just bought it, Amazon says Zero Engima.

  2. Daniel March 18, 2017 at 8:20 pm #

    Chris. Is this gonna come out as an audiobook?

  3. Catherine Howat March 18, 2017 at 11:29 pm #

    Thanks, Chris wishlisted for next fortnight purchase!

  4. William Ameling March 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

    An interesting story and idea, but a little shorter in length than usual. Perhaps because it is aimed at somewhat younger audience. Maybe it can help get you new readers for SIM from a younger audience that has missed it up until now.

    Unfortunately, we are continuing down the trend towards shorter attention spans and not reading anything very long, and slow reading speeds for anything that is very long. Plus a trend towards music and movies and social media over reading books, even in ebook form.

    • chrishanger March 24, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

      That’s odd – it’s pretty much the same size as a SIM-book.


  5. Elodie March 19, 2017 at 9:55 pm #

    Good book as usual but SIM series is wayyy more fun. I loved how she never gives up but still sad she’ll have spend her life always under threat and it’s such a waste someone so smart can’t use Magic. I don’t think I could ever forgive the eldest sister since she made her live her entire life in fear and showed zero remorse.

    • chrishanger March 24, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

      They have a lot of healing to do, yep.


  6. Robert Malloy March 20, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

    Thanks for update, great book, hope to see another in this series. Could not put it down till I finished it.

    • chrishanger March 24, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

      Thank you! Please say that on the review


  7. William Ameling March 20, 2017 at 11:55 pm #

    In a small way I am reminded about the old Randall Garrett Lord Darcy stories where most of the magicians could do magic, but there were a few theorectians who had no magic at all, but could do magical research at the highest levels by reason and math alone. Chris even made use of this idea also in his Royal Sorceress stories where some critical figures in discovering and proving the existence of magic and governing the Society had no magic of their own.

    If you have never read them, the Lord Darcy stories are well worth reading. There are sort of a Sherlock Holmes (Lord Darcy, who was not a magician) with a magical assistant solving criminal mysteries with a magical basis. The society was one where Richard the Lion Heart and England kept control of France and eventually developed a scientific theory of magic.They came out in print about 50 years ago (in the 1960s and 1970s) (I think they came out in Analog magazine, a Science Fiction magazine). Most of the stories were short, with only one novel length one. The time period of the stories was about mid 20th century, but the scientific magic made for a lot of differences in Society and Government. You may have a little trouble finding the stories, try libraries or used book stores. I do not think they have in print for over 30 years. I think the novel was “Too Many Magicians” where a murder took place at a major convention of magicians. There was at least one collection published of the short stories. They are quite good if you like detective mystery stories. His views of a society on Earth that had developed a scientific basis for magic are interesting to consider when we talk about Chris’s stories.

  8. Dennis Caro March 20, 2017 at 11:57 pm #

    Read at one sitting and enjoyed. I bought at Amazon US from the link on this page; however your author page at Amazon does not list the book? Did I miss it or does some code need to be added for it to show there?

    • chrishanger March 24, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

      It should be up now – it takes time to add a book to Author Central.


  9. ROK March 22, 2017 at 4:51 am #

    Is this going to be for sale for the Nook at Barnes and Noble?

    • chrishanger March 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

      No, but you can use Calibre to convert the file to any other format.


  10. Jensebaum March 22, 2017 at 8:47 pm #

    Read the book in one go and definitely enjoyed it, like all of Chris fantasy series. More, please!

    • chrishanger March 24, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

      Thank you! There will be a sequal


  11. Pyo March 23, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    God do I hate her parents …

  12. dan March 24, 2017 at 2:42 am #

    I hate you, Chris.

    I was so happy in my impatient anticipation of the next SIM book that I was distracted from my anticipation of the next Angel book which in turn pulled me away from counting the hours until the next Ark Royal release. And then we get this. I feel like Buridan’s Ass.

    All joking aside, well done sir! Another well realized alternate world with deep and engaging characters and backgrounds. Best book I have read since….the last Chris Nuttal book I read…

  13. Alexey March 24, 2017 at 6:48 am #

    Nice book!

    But I do have a question about a certain plot hole (? or how should I call it?).
    Cat has no magic and she doesn’t sense it.
    How can she use magic rings to cast spells – “In which direction spell is cast?”, “How is it triggered?” – in the books it was never properly explained, it just felt that she used them via some sort of telepathy.

    • chrishanger March 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

      She can design the rings to direct the magic – and does . Rather like building a gun to shoot a bullet in a particular direction.


      • Alexey March 25, 2017 at 5:43 am #

        Gun can shoot in particular direction but still one needs to pull the trigger. What kind of trigger a ring has? (another ring?) If she a lot of rings to use wouldn’t she be confused and used a wrong one by mistake? Or even several at the same time? Could she make a wrong move and unintentionally trigger one of the rings? People get confused when they have too many buttons to press.

        I understand that minor points like this one have little to do with writing a story and also by keeping it vague it’s easier to maneuver in the future. Yet if done properly it could contribute to the world building and be used to advance the plot (say, first create a situation when her multiple ring system got her confused and cost her a match or something; and then she manages to come up with an idea how to minimalize the number of rings she needs to use).

      • chrishanger March 31, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

        That’s something i will have to go into later on, i think


  14. ESB April 23, 2017 at 3:12 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I just got done reading the book Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe and I can’t help but see a little similarity between that book and The Zero Blessing. I don’t know if you take reading recommendations, but if you ever have time I think it may be a book you should check out. Honestly, after following your blog, it amazes me how quickly you can get stories out there, especially when they aren’t all tied to the same universe. Besides that I look forward to hearing more about Fist of Justice and the next Zero Enigma book, Schooled in Magic is probably one of the best series I have ever read.

    • chrishanger April 24, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

      I haven’t read it. But I’ll look it up.


  15. Aiden August 12, 2017 at 3:19 am #

    The cover art does not seem to match the character description, or am I overlooking something?

    • chrishanger August 18, 2017 at 6:17 pm #

      It’s fairly close. I wanted her to be darker, but that wouldn’t stand out well against the background.


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