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CHAPTER SNEAK PEEK: The Rarkyn's Familiar by Nikky Lee

Updated: Apr 8, 2022

Thou shalt not deal in foreign magic...

It's the Empire's first law of magic. Lyss has seen it, breathed it, smelled it first hand. But knowing won’t keep her safe in the mountains. Knowing won't undo a blood-pact with a rarkyn—an avian chimera from the Otherworld—or stop its magic from eating her mind.

Knowing won’t save her.

Join us today for this exclusive sneak peek into author Nikky Lee's thrilling world of magic and mayhem in The Rarkyn's Familiar! And stay tuned below for a special pre-order opportunity!


Which rarkyn would be bound to you?

Rarkyns, the mystical avian-humanoid creatures, are profoundly magical with personalities and a culture of their own. In The Rarkyn's Familiar, our heroine, Lyss, binds herself to a rarkyn to enact revenge for the murder of her father and, ultimately, to flee a terrible horror she could not have anticipated.

We all have paths that we must follow, and a rarkyn could be a potential ally in our quest for power, revenge, justice, or even glory. Now, you can find out which of the rarkyns that appear in the book would bind themselves to you and your cause—and which might have use for you. Be sure to click through and take the quiz and find out because we have a special pre-order campaign for those brave enough to seek out a chimera...

The Rarkyn's Familiar is a spectacular, new epic fantasy by Nikky Lee that will release in all formats on April 19, 2022! Physical books are now available for pre-order directly from The Parliament House Press!

ALL pre-order copies will be accompanied by exclusive sticker prints! Don't forget to take the QUIZ to find out which Rakryn you are assigned before pre-ordering! Monsters of a feather flock together!


An orphan bent on revenge. A monster searching for freedom. A forbidden pact that binds their fates together.

Lyss has heard her father’s screams; smelled the iron-tang of his blood. She’s witnessed his execution.

And plotted her revenge.

Then a violent encounter traps Lyss in a blood-pact with a rarkyn from the otherworld and imbues her with the monster’s forbidden magic. A magic that will erode her sanity. To break the pact, she and the rarkyn must journey to the heart of the Empire. All that stands in their way are the mountains and the Empire’s soldiers—and each other.

But horrors await them on the road, horrors even rarkyns fear. The most terrifying monster isn’t the one Lyss travels with...

It’s the one that’s awoken inside her.


Nikky Lee is an award-winning author who grew up as a barefoot 90s kid in Perth, Western Australia on Whadjuk Noongar Country. She now lives in Aotearoa New Zealand with a husband, a dog and a couch potato cat. In her free time she writes speculative fiction, often burning the candle at both ends to explore fantastic worlds, mine asteroids and meet wizards. She's had over two dozen stories published in magazines, anthologies and on radio. Her debut novel, THE RARKYN'S FAMILIAR—an epic tale of a girl bonded to a monster—will be published by Parliament House Press in 2022.

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