Napier's Bones

Napier's Bones

Derryl Murphy

Language: English

Pages: 161

ISBN: B00UWCXRD8

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Napier's Bones

Derryl Murphy

Language: English

Pages: 161

ISBN: B00UWCXRD8

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


What if, in a world where mathematics could be magic, the thing you desired most was also trying to kill you?

Dom is a numerate, someone able to see and control numbers and use them as a form of magic. While seeking a mathematical item of immense power that has only been whispered about, it all goes south for Dom, and he finds himself on the run across three countries on two continents, with two unlikely companions in tow and a numerate of unfathomable strength hot on his tail. Along the way are giant creatures of stone and earth, statues come alive, numerical wonders cast over hundreds of years, and the very real possibility that he won't make it out of this alive. And both of his companions have secrets so deep that even they aren't aware of them, and one of those secrets could make for a seismic shift in how Dom and all other numerates see and interact with the world.

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distant, high-pitched squeal coming from behind, and he and Jenna turned their heads in time to see a sequence of numbers, rock-solid and built like a meteorite followed by a scorching-hot tail, plummet from the sky to the south and plough into the red Volvo three back from the truck now at the border station. The Volvo flipped violently into the air, its trunk buckled under the weight of the numbers’ punch, and landed on its side, but already the numbers had bounced to the next car, a white

than the serendipity of numbers.” The line went down quite quickly, and soon Jenna and Dom had their baggage checked in and were standing in the security line. Here, Father Thomas shook both their hands and stepped back. “I wish the two of you God’s blessings,” he said, “but I won’t perform the sign of the cross, in case that gets unwanted attention. What you’ll find over there is as much an unknown to me as it is to you. I hope that you are successful, and that your actions make life easier for

finally easing down, and sensed the entire forest do the same. Sunlight returned to dapple the leaves and ground, and the branches of the trees no longer seemed bent into unnatural positions. The badger shuffled across fallen leaves and dropped the item from its jaws to the ground in front of Dom, and with one last glance back, turned and disappeared into the forest. With a look up at Jenna and Arithmos, Dom reached down and, thumb and one finger only, delicately picked up the item. Whatever it

finally easing down, and sensed the entire forest do the same. Sunlight returned to dapple the leaves and ground, and the branches of the trees no longer seemed bent into unnatural positions. The badger shuffled across fallen leaves and dropped the item from its jaws to the ground in front of Dom, and with one last glance back, turned and disappeared into the forest. With a look up at Jenna and Arithmos, Dom reached down and, thumb and one finger only, delicately picked up the item. Whatever it

few moments the sun shone through like a spotlight. Dom smiled. “It is pretty country, isn’t it?” “A harsh land,” said Billy. “Harsher than the seaside I once . . .” A pause, and then, “Another memory! I once lived near the ocean.” Dom felt Billy frown. “Or I did for awhile, at least.” Jenna grinned. “Can you remember anything else?” Billy shook Dom’s head. “Not yet. But that’s something. Maybe just being back here is shaking some things loose, first the poem and now this small thing, like a

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