Avon Van Hassel

Building Worlds and Filling Them With Magic

Think you know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk? You’ve only heard Jack’s side, and there’s so much more.

My debut novel, published on September 22, 2018, is a retelling of that old tale from the perspective of the beanseller, a veteran-turned-thief named Alois. When he and his partner, Sulat, are hired by their usual employer to steal a magic ladder from a couple of giants who live on top of a cloud, they assume it’s the weirdest and most impossible thing they’ve ever had to do in a career full of pretty weird stuff.  But very quickly, the quest gets out of hand, even threatening the woman Alois loves, before they decide to see who their boss works for. From then on, no one involved will ever be the same.

The sequel, Golden, is the story of the magic golden harp that Jack finds in the giants’ treasure room. Who is she? How did she come to be there? And what happens to her once they get her down? It’s a story of big personalities, royal intrigue, hardly a single person who is what they seem, and not one–but two weddings!

The Beanseller Saga has more twists and turns than the beanstalk, and features a diverse and colorful cast of fairy tale characters, as well as magic items, fantasy creatures, and historical details galore. If you love history, adventure, sarcasm, strong female leads, fantasy magic, and more, keep an eye on this space.

Book Three, Siren Song, is currently in the works, and there is also a series of inter-novel novellas to be published on this website, exclusively for mailing list subscribers. So be sure to get on the mailing list! 

To get a free copy of Chapter One, please follow this link!

Please remember that you can still read my books, even if you don’t have a Kindle device. The Kindle app is absolutely free and compatible with Windows, Android, and Mac, so you can enjoy ebooks anywhere!

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