Obilly Smallhat is in jail, suspected of the murder of Rolland Gorp–but Cyrus doesn’t believe he did it. However, Cyrus’s own grip on sanity is starting to slip, as echoes of his encounter in the old church beneath Roosterfoot haunt his waking and sleeping thoughts. Can Cyrus work out where to go next–or is this a dead end?
Did you know that Part 1 of The Bright Path is now available as a stand-alone paperback, complete with new cover art and the briefest of forewords? You did not? Dear friend, let me enlighten you.
Cyrus Stoat, Tenured Professor of Applied History at Triad University, leads an advanced practicum in dungeon crawling. Freddie Greensmith finds something in the dark. Cyrus meets an old friend with sad news.
Jonathan and Merrily live the consequences of one moment of choice. Cyrus Stoat wakes up in a strange bed, and Hobb finds a remedy to two of his most irritating problems. Sir Richard signs off, ending his tale with a guest writer. Grygory, too, meets a most unexpected ending. King Simon is exposed. Ghost stories are told, and seen, and lived.
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Ladies and gentlemen, this reading of THE BRIGHT PATH is now complete. Thank you, thank you, thank you — you lovely people, who have come along for this ride. This has been a journey I will never forget, and one that has given even me some surprises. For one thing, I plan to incorporate much more music into the second and third parts of this series–and the illustrations will continue, if I can afford to continue production. I hope you’ll become a patron of The Bright Path to support further artwork and music in the podcast as well.
I will also never forget the last year of reading with you because it’s written down in a book. If you like giant door-stoppers, then the full edition of The Bright Path is just right for you. But if you’d like a little more limber edition, stay tuned (and join the mailing list <—– ) for a three-part edition of The Bright Path, comfortably sized for reading in a hammock. Here’s a quick preview of the first book, QUANTA OF NONSENSE:
And finally, beautiful people, here is the complete choral number that appears in part 2.
Jonathan attempts the most outrageous chandelier swing in recorded history–but something is missing from his landing. Cyrus writes a letter that will cause him some trouble later; Daisy goes straight for true love; and Rolly saves the day with the awesome power of mathematics. Vicod Rayth is entirely naked.
Captain Howe makes the best of a bad situation. Jonathan discovers just how fast he can go from elated to crushed. Queen Anne receives an ultimatum, but discovers unexpected allies in her confrontation with the Crown. Jonathan sets out on a new journey.
Deep in the frontier forest, King Simon’s subjects behold the power of the backbeat. Jonathan learns how to lie just in time to save his life. Simon, The Gizzard, and Sheria link up with the human resistance in Hog Hurst, only to find that they’re not the only ones with an interest in events in the outcome. Grygory the Pious discovers that his new allies have some rough edges, but struggles to carry on the fight for hearts and minds. The Council of Longbean’s Farm doesn’t come off quite the way anyone imagined.
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Bonus track: Your narrator performing “Sin and Death” from Paradise Lost: The Musical.
We learn the identity of the Bloody Fingers’ former “big man.” Alice and Brutus discover a common interest in sales. The Gizzard finds a new kind of treasure, and Simon wrestles with the economics of sandwichery. Alice’s porch receives entirely too many visitors, and we discover the objectively correct price of a ton of coal.
Cyrus bids a fond farewell to Sheria. Johnathan and Merrily go to meet some demons, but find an entirely different mystery. Daven and Devi make a bad deal to get their new friends out of trouble, and both of them suffer the consequences.