“The King in the Cathedral” by Rich Larson

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Fawkes has been hidden away deep within the desert for years, his only companion an automaton that he calls Otto. The two spend their days engaged in endless battle—a battle of games. Otto loves a good wager, and Fawkes has nothing better to do during his permanent imprisonment. When the Illusionist who has trapped him sends a prostitute to taunt Fawkes, everything may change. The girl came to help free the Crowned Exile or King in the Cathedral, but she discovers that Fawkes is a bit different than the legends describe. Can make him the hero her people need?

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About the Author
Rich Larson was born in West Africa, has studied in Rhode Island and worked in Spain, and currently writes from Edmonton, Alberta. His speculative fiction has been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Prize, featured on io9, and appears in numerous Year’s Best anthologies. He received the Dell Award and Rannu Prize for Writers of Speculative Fiction. His literary short work has been nominated for both the Pushcart and Journey Prize, and he was a semifinalist for the Norman Mailer Poetry Prize. In 2011 his novel Devolution was a finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Alongside writing, he enjoys soccer, basketball, foreign languages, travel, sketching, and pool.
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