Blowing My Own Horn #MondayRecommends #FantasyBooks #Nails

Per Bastet Publications has done two events this year (with one to come in October), and books of the SAGE Trilogy have done well for themselves.

Imma tell you about them, because I did my nails based on them for Imaginarium. The links lead to Amazon, but you can read excerpts on my SAGE page and order through other vendors using the titles or the ISBN or ASIN codes.

Book 1: The Fall of Onagros

In the first book of the SAGE trilogy, a legacy is lost, a woman vanishes into thin air, wisdom is found in unexpected places, and a man hopes to defeat a tyrant with tall tales and gossip.

All its ratings are 4 and 5 stars.

As you can guess from the five stars, I wound up enjoying the novel immensely. Marian Allen creates interesting worlds, filled with delightfully fleshed-out characters, settings and events. The book is easy to fall into and was hard to put down.

Amazon review by Ms. Dynamo

ISBN 1942166508

Book 2: Bargain With Fate

In the second book of the SAGE trilogy, memories, people, and items of power are recovered. The mighty are helpless, the weak are strong, and a little girl clutches creatures of terror to her ragged heart.

Also all 4 and 5 star reviews.

The rewards of this book by itself are many. The runaway Nerissa’s adventures are surprising, as well as superbly-crafted. The reader is left wondering just which of the many actors in this trio of stories will wind up where they want to be, which ones will get what they should’ve wanted, and which ones will just get what they deserve.

Amazon review by “Amazon Customer”

ISBN 1942166524

Book 3: Silver and Iron

In the final book of the SAGE trilogy, the contention over the throne of Layounna is fought on strange battlegrounds: an island, a henyard, a scrivenry, a pocket, and the heart of the chief claimant.

Again, 4 and 5 star ratings.

Silver and Iron, part 3 in Marian Allen’s trilogy Sage, is a feast of threads and plots coming together in a most graceful and exciting way. Marian Allen’s trilogy is a delightful read when you are looking for fantasy, enchanting characters, romance, riddles in words, humor and action. I loved these books and can recommend them with all my heart.

Amazon review by Marion Driessen

ISBN 1942166540

As if that weren’t enough, I also wrote a collection of short stories set in the same world, some featuring familiar characters and some not.

Cover by T. Lee Harris

SHIFTY: Tales From the World of Sage

Whether you’ve read Marian Allen’s SAGE trilogy (The Fall of Onagros, Bargain With Fate, Silver and Iron) or not, you can dive right into these stories set in the same world. Some feature settings and characters from the trilogy, some explore lands and people only hinted at in the novels, but all are filled with strong characters and fantasy. Per Bastet Publications invites you to savor this baker’s dozen of stories from the world of SAGE.

Only two ratings, so far. One’s a 4 and one’s a 5.

Shifty is a book of short stories set in the fantasy world of Sage. You don’t have to be familiar with the world to enjoy the stories, but if you have read the series, the short stories will be like a visit home during the holidays – familiar, nostalgic and warm.

I’m not a huge fan of short stories, but I did enjoy all of the stories of Shifty. I’d recommend it to all lovers of rich fantasy worlds.

Amazon review by ACFlory

ISBN 1942166206

And my nails:

Tortoise, Dragon, Phoenix, and Unicorn

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: If you’re a writer, write the review you’d like to see for your book. If you’re a reader, write — and post — a review of a book you loved.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Blowing My Own Horn #MondayRecommends #FantasyBooks #Nails

  1. Dan Antion

    July 12, 2021 at 7:54pm

    Thanks for blowing your own horn, Marian. I learned a lot today.

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  2. acflory

    July 12, 2021 at 11:07pm

    You should do this more often. I’ve read them all, I think, and more people should read them!

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