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Ignatius and the Swords of Nostaw

Ignatius and the Swords of Nostaw

By D. A. Mucci

“D.A. Mucci does such a great job of creating a universe that is entirely fantastical yet believable and relatable. Ignatius and the Swords of Nostaw has an almost Harry Potter-ness to it in that we are guided into this world through the eyes of a character who is learning of it the same as the reader and who is a character very similar to its target audience. But, it is also entirely different in a good way. I have honestly not taken to a fantasy novel as much as this one in quite a long time. The author is an excellent storyteller and writer.”

— Kate Leboff

Iggy, fifteen-years old, was good at three things…

 …science, witty retorts, and running from a fight.

…Is there anything worse than high school?

When his clever, peace-making verbal volley failed, and the guy pulled a switch blade, Iggy took off. The locket he wore warmed up. Suddenly, he wasn’t in Susquehanna, PA anymore. Before he could gather his wits…

 …someone had tackled him.

Pinned on the ground, his assailant bade him to be quiet. Something was going on just up ahead. A horrifying-looking knight in black armor and a strange looking creature were locked in battle.

 The knight won.

His foe, a large dog-bird beast, lay dying. Iggy sensed evil had won. When the man let him up, they eased forward to check if it was dead.

With its dying words…

 …the warrior gave Iggy his swords.

And thus, the adventure began.

You’ll love this YA fantasy that’s perfect for child or adult, because in the World of Skye they need a hero. And Iggy might be the one they’re looking for, even if he’s not so sure.

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Explore The World

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The Nostaws live in Cambria training their warriors, staying isolated from others since this land is surrounded by shoals and whirlpools making the shores unreachable.

Dinas Affaraon

Those with innate skills are trained in mastery of Runes magic in Dinas Affaraon. The warm Oceanic climate provides for a land of lush green regrowth on top of a bed of ancient lava rock.

Castle at Dinas Affaraon

The Adept Council with superior expertise in Runes magic rules Dinas Affaraon from this castle.


To live peacefully without invasion from outsiders, the people of Matreach use magic to protect the borders of their land, so they remain hidden from outsiders.


Fryscar is the town closest to the portal that permits a select few, like Nyreada, to pass back and forth to the Kingdom of Skye.

Training Ground

Large open area where Alistair trains Tipei in coordinated mass attack strategy

Tipei Arena

Large caged area where Tipei master is trained in commanding Tipei


Matreach is governed in the town of Cranncairn by the Council of Ministers, who meet in the Castle in the Tree.

Tipei Nesting Area

Tipei live together in the nesting area when not needed for defense purposes.

Kingdom of Skye

While all of the Kingdom of Skye was unified under the previous King, some rebellious counties are still not under the control of the latest ruler, Emperor Mallak.


Stagwell’s commerce and lifestyle has been stifled by fear and taxes imposed by Emperor Mallak. Ansel manages to keep his blacksmith shop running here.


Raraesa and Lecque live on a farm in the rural village of Nilewood, on the outskirts of Stagwell.

Castle Maol

The seat of power in the Kingdom of Skye is Castle Maol, where Emperor Mallak lives and rules, with the aid of his black magic and magical cape. The castle has fallen into disrepair and the surrounding landscape is dying off or dead.


Once a beautiful town with landscaped plazas, Ginside has fallen into disrepair, but Madam Trinity still resides here.

Port Havolee

Port Havolee is the closest fishing port to Stagwell and Nilewood, but accessible by land to only those who know the special entrance, so this port is not under the control of Emperor Mallak.


Within the County of Carfield, Brightenrid is home to the Bretheren Pub, where Ankter and Lecque meet to discuss their rebellion plans.


During their journey between Ginside and Nilewood, travelers stay in this bereft town that houses the Ghost Raven Tavern.


Still not under the control of Emperor Mallak, Whiencaster’s moors are the site of significant covert meetings.

Nostaw Death Site

Iggy appears in the Kingdom of Skye at the Nostaw Death Site, meeting Lecque here as well as a perishing Nostaw warrior.

Black Cairns

The Black Cairns are tall black sheer mountains that form the eastern border of the Kingdom of Skye.

Scathatch Makao

Isolated from the Kingdom of Skye behind the Black Cairns and Valley of the Fog, the warrior Scathatch makes her home here.

Valley of the Fog

A break in the long mountainous chain of Black Cairns holds the Valley of the Fog, a treacherous place that helps keep Scathatch Makao isolated.

Fairy Pools

The sparkling waters and minerals in the Fairy Pools typically do not attract horrific creatures.

Creatures and Castles





Castle in the Tree

Castle in the Tree

Castle in Dinas Afferoan

Castle in Dinas Afferoan



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