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Delver Magic Book V

Chain of Bargains is the fifth novel in a fantasy series written by Jeff Inlo and follows Nightmare's Shadow. A portion of the book is available for download for free on this site. These files are all DRM-Free. The full book can be purchased from Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Apple,  Kobo and Amazon for only $.99.

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Chain of Bargains

The western cites of Uton are overwhelmed by a massive exodus from the Great Valleys. Pressed from their homes by a growing distress, humans flee across the central plains in hopes of finding refuge from the suffocating fear that swells with each passing day. As the wizard, Enin, tries to maintain control in Connel, he works with dwarves and humans to quell the growing crisis. He sends Ryson Acumen along with Holli Brances to investigate the strange occurrences as reported by the displaced farmers and merchants.

While exploring the eastern valleys, the delver and the elf uncover bizarre circumstances that contradict their understanding of rational behavior. Each mysterious revelation adds to an ever expanding puzzle. Goblins have infested the cities and the farmlands, but not by force. With the consent of local authorities, dark creatures inundate the eastern lands, taking ownership of farms and claiming residence within human towns without outward conflict or apparent treachery. 

As humans and goblins are forced to coexist throughout the region, order is enforced by half-demons, but a tense apprehension grips the citizens of nearly every village and city. Many decide to escape the valleys. Farmers abandon their fields and merchants leave their shops. The flow of refugees grows, putting a greater strain on the western towns of Connel and Burbon.

Ryson and Holli continue their search for answers only to meet with opposition from local councils, town guards, and a powerful regional steward. They struggle against goblins and half-demons and even attempt to enlist the aid of dwarves from the underground city of Sterling. Throughout their efforts, goblins continue to pour into the valleys just as more humans abandon their homes. A twisted plan of deceit gradually takes shape as Ryson and Holli follow a chain of bargains meant not only to remove all the people from the valleys, but to destroy the entire human race.

Other Novels by
Jeff Inlo

Delver Magic
Book I

Sanctum's Breach


Delver Magic
Book II

Throne of Vengeance


Delver Magic
Book III

Balance of Fate

Delver Magic
Book IV

Nightmare's Shadow


Delver Magic
Book VI

Pure Choice


Delver Magic
Book VII

Altered Messages


Delver Magic

Spirit Past

Delver Magic
Book IX

Joint Intentions


Delver Magic
Book X

Search and Discover


Delver Magic
Book XI

Emptiness Filled


Delver Magic
Book XII

Essence of the Chase


Delver Magic

Concealed by Deceit


Delver Magic
Book XIV

Conflict of Purpose


Delver Magic
Book XV

Broken Existence

Slow Fall


Soul View

Soul Chase

Detached Lives

When Do I See God?

Alien Cradle

Counterproductive Man

Author's Note:

Chain of Bargains is the fifth book in the Delver Magic series. The first book of the series, Sanctum's Breach, is available for free here. I would recommend reading the series in order. While all the Delver Magic Books are complete novels with clear topics and no cliffhangers, the books draw on common events and characters throughout the series.

While the first three Delver Magic Books are free, Chain of Bargains is the second book of the series that I'm going to sell through third party retailers such as Barnes and Noble, the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play and Smashwords. The slight charge of $.99 should continue to give me an idea regarding the true popularity of the series

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