ETA: Due to late-stage production problems (trouble with the Calibre ebook-preparation and -conversion software we use), Young Wizards: Lifeboats will not be ready for purchase until the end of July.

Our apologies for the delay. Nonetheless, the preparatory 60% off sale here in the Ebooks Direct store is still running and will continue until Lifeboats goes on sale. Thanks for your patience!)



When the renowned saurian Species Archivist to the Powers that Be summons young wizard Kit Rodriguez to participate in an urgent off-planet intervention intended to save many millions of lives, Kit’s hardly going to say “no."
He soon discovers that not only he, but his wizardly partner Nita Callahan and her sister Dairine, his friend Ronan Nolan, and tens of thousands of other wizards from Earth have also been drafted in to intervene on the distant world called Tevaral. There the planet’s single huge moon Thesba has become tectonically unstable and will very soon break up, its massive fragments raining down onto the surface of Tevaral and completely destroying it. The wizards’ mission: to extract Tevaral’s hominid population and “raft” them off-planet to new homeworlds before the apocalyptic disaster begins.
There’s only one problem: the people of Tevaral don’t want to go.
Kit, Nita and their thousands of fellow Earth wizards must now race against time to find a way to save the Tevaralti despite their near-symbiotic relationship with their beloved world and its unique life forms. As doomsday inexorably draws nearer, hope is fading fast, and it seems like it’s going to take a miracle to keep the people of Tevaral from being wiped out. True, wizardry is all about miracles. But will one turn up in time?...

Young Wizards: Lifeboats is a 40,000 word canonical work in the Young Wizards universe, and is set in February 2011, shortly after the events of the two preceding YW short novels, Not On My Patch and How Lovely Are Thy Branches. These three works together constitute a “transitional trilogy” preceding the events of the forthcoming Games Wizards Play.

The ebook version of Young Wizards: Lifeboats will be available in all the major e-reader formats at the Ebooks Direct store at the end of July.

The day the ebook becomes available, an announcement with links to the order page will be posted here on Tumblr, at, on the main DD blog, “Out of Ambit,” and on DD’s Twitter and Facebook pages. 

However, until the ebook becomes available, as a warm-up event, all ebooks in our store are 60% off (so you can pick up the two previous short novels for a truly absurd price). The sale will end as soon as Young Wizards: Lifeboats becomes available for purchase. Spread the word, as we will not be offering this deep a discount again until Black Friday in November!

Meawhile, watch this space for further developments! (And you might want to bookmark this post, as we’ll also update it when YW: Lifeboats is released.)

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