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The Doctrines of Fire (#1) [out 17 February 2023] Preorder eBook from Amazon (paperback coming soon)

The Doctrines of Fire by CL Jarvis (2023)

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Edinburgh, 1779. An academic rivalry turns deadly.

George Stephens is a lousy medical student. Lacking the social and financial resources to succeed in Edinburgh’s elite medical school, his dream of becoming a physician may be over before it begins.

Then George comes to the attention of two famous professors, William Cullen and Joseph Black. Medical students are dying mysteriously—the professors suspect a disgraced rival is to blame—and they need George’s help uncovering the truth. Believing the partnership will bolster his academic standing, George agrees.

The investigation pulls them into the murkiest, most dangerous corners of Enlightenment Edinburgh. The professors are secret wielders of fire magic, but their rival is courting even darker forces. With violence threatening to erupt, and George struggling to navigate this confusing city, getting justice for the dead will be harder than he imagined.

NINTH HOUSE meets A DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF MAGICIANS in this thrilling adult fantasy debut from CL Jarvis.

🎓 Academics behaving badly
😎 A dark and mysterious mentor
⚔️ A chaotic princess with a sword
👊 Street fights
🫀 Freaky historical medicine
🌃 Night-time shenanigans

The Doctrines of Air (#2) – Coming late 2023

The Doctrines of Earth (#3) – Coming 2024

Dark City Rising (Edinburgh Doctrines series prequel) – Coming soon