OUT NOW – The Family Name (The Zero Enigma IX)

26 Feb

House Rubén and House Aguirre had been rivals for centuries even before the discovery of the Zero Talent and a plot to take control of Shallot plunged them – and the entire city – into war.  In a desperate attempt to end the fighting, Akin of House Rubén was betrothed to the only known Zero, Caitlyn of House Aguirre.  Since then, the two houses have been locked in an uneasy alliance, painfully aware that they will hang separately if they do not hang together.

But, as the marriage starts to loom over the city, Akin Rubén discovers a deadly secret.  His twin sister Isabella, sent into exile for her role in the House War, has discovered Callam, the second known Zero.  And Isabella’s desire to carve a position for herself within the family, a role denied to her through no fault of her own, will shake House Rubén to its core. 

As shadowy figures step into the light, ready to stake everything on a desperate bid to save or damn the family, Akin and Isabella find themselves in the middle of a deadly storm that may destroy everything they love …

… And plunge the city back into war.

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8 Responses to “OUT NOW – The Family Name (The Zero Enigma IX)”

  1. David Land February 27, 2021 at 12:26 pm #

    Chris, I just downloaded my copy… $3.99 US is way too little for your work. Just my early morning comment from sunny Florida this winters morning. Thanks for your prolific writing!

  2. Nick Fury February 27, 2021 at 5:12 pm #

    Bought it. Read it. Please continue this series.

  3. Fleeced February 28, 2021 at 12:08 am #

    Enjoyed this book – though not as much as Lady Heiress – and am really enjoying this series. As much as I love SiM series, I think the Zero series has a lot more potential because of the way it focuses on various characters. (Like Pratchett’s Discworld series, it need never end).

    I also liked that this book itself had two character viewpoints instead of just one, though my preference is for third-person subjective when multiple PoV’s are used. I occasionally found myself using the wrong voice when reading, especially late at night when I was a bit tired (but had to keep reading).

    I don’t have a prob with first person when it’s one viewpoint – and I suspect first person works better for audiobooks (which I don’t use, as I prefer to read) – but again, that’s just a personal preference.

    Looking forward to the next in the series, and seeing how this universe unfolds.

    • chrishanger March 2, 2021 at 11:31 am #

      Cool! Please review


      • abcd March 6, 2021 at 2:56 pm #

        Are there going to be multiple POVs in the next books as well?

      • chrishanger April 8, 2021 at 12:44 pm #

        I’m leaning towards majority one-POV with interludes


  4. AC Young March 9, 2021 at 2:04 pm #

    Comments on Multiple POVs:
    The way that the chapters were headed made it fairly straightforward to note who was “I” in any given chapter.
    The multiple POV element of the story worked best when the storyline operated in parallel – i.e. important elements of the story were being simultaneously observed by both Akin and Isabella in separate locations.
    However, the fact that most of the book operated in series, with one POV mainly following directly on from the end of the other section (with some small overlaps in places), meant that when the storyline did switch to parallel it wasn’t always smooth – there was one place where the overlap was much more than I was expecting, so I was slightly confused for a few paragraphs before my brain kicked in.

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