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1882, Boston.

Silas, a young, absent-minded Latin professor who sometimes even forgets he’s married.

Faye, a wild-haired writer, floundering to conform to the high-class society she married into.

 

George, a flamboyant gentleman with excellent taste and abysmal money problems.

Skander, a second-generation Turkish immigrant and struggling inventor.

Silas’ habit of collecting oddities (which he intends to sell, but never does) is well-known by all his friends, and most of the community, so it doesn’t strike him as odd when a stranger gives him a book at the symphony. In fact, it would have been like any other book – destined to sit on his over-full bookshelf, likely on top of a rare book of Yiddish poetry or an ancient German epic, until it disintegrated to dust at the end of time – if it weren’t for the words. Specifically, the fact that they do not stay the same. Propelled by curiosity, he begins to investigate, only to find that not only is there no author credited, but neither the publisher nor the holding library even exist.

When he disappears without warning, his wife, Faye, and George and Skander go looking for him. When ghostly figures begin to haunt their steps, looking for the book, they realize it could be more important than they had ever imagined. It isn’t long before all four of them become entangled in the middle of a war between two secret organizations, one of which hides in the shadows and the other of which, apparently, controls the world. 

What is Serialized Fiction?

Serialized fiction is any story that releases in installments, rather than all at once. It's like a TV show instead of a movie. Most serialized fiction is an already (or mostly) complete story, vs. serial fiction which is a story the author is writing as they release, often integrating reader's suggestions. The terms tend to be used interchangeably, but technically, this is a serialized novel. While I love hearing reader's ideas, it may be hard to incorporate them into an already-planned novel. Still, if you have an idea, I'd love to hear it. It might be just what the story needs.

A Gilded Age Experience

In the 1800's, you could find the latest installment of Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo in the Journal des Débats, and the most recent chapter of Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days in Le Temps. All the big authors were publishing serialized fiction: Thackery, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Stevenson, Conan Doyle, and many more.

Imagine coming home from a long day of work at the shoe polish factory (or perhaps you work as a clerk or a seamstress). You climb the two flights of stairs in your tenement: you live in one that overlooks the river and it's small, but clean and homey. The rest of the family is home already, and a pot of hearty soup is boiling on the stove in the corner. You collapse onto the seat by the window and watch the smoke billowing from the factory a half a mile away while the youngest sets the table. You tap your foot, impatient for dinner. Not for food itself, though.

After a quick blessing, the oldest opens a tattered paper with measured reverence. A hush settles on the room. No one touches their dinner. They've been waiting all week to know what happens. The next installment has just released...

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The Author

KC Grace is the author of Willow Wood, An Impractical Guide to Making Home and The League of Scholars, a serialized novel. She lives on the Florida Space Coast, where rockets are more common than government holidays and checking under your car for alligators is a thing. You can learn more at kc-grace.com.

The Illustrator

Brian Carlson's first set of illustrations was a group of Ink drawings based off the biblical scenes of Zechariah. Now, he illustrates The League of Scholars, while serving as a Military Intelligence Systems Maintainer and Non-Commissioned Officer stationed in Washington State, where he lives with his lovely wife.

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The League of Scholars is an adult historical fiction online novel, with elements of science fiction and fantasy. It is currently releasing as a serialized novel with one chapter releasing in installments each Saturday, beginning August 1, 2022. You can access it through subscription to this website, where you can read online books by KC Grace, or on Amazon Vella.

The League of Scholars is a work of fiction and names, characters, religions, businesses, places, events, and incidents are either products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. 

All rights reserved. No part of this novel may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, including printing, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the author. 

Text Copyright © 2022 by KC Grace

Illustrations Copyright © by Brian Carlson

Cover design by Elissa Grace 

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