Good news for fans of swashbuckling adventure: Before Tony Cliff's Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling is released in print next year, the first 90 pages are going to be serialized online to give readers a free sample of all the action and adventure that comes from a world-traveling soldier of fortune and her Janissary sidekick.

The story marks Miss Dirk's second adventure, following up on 2013's Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, and while readers will have to pick up the book for the complete 160-page story, the online version will feature four pages per week through March of 2016, starting tomorrow, Wednesday October 14, at

If you missed that first volume when it came out, it's well worth checking out for Cliff's lavish, beautiful art and the thrilling all-ages adventure story that goes along with it. The character relationship between Delilah and Selim, the aforementioned member of the Janissary Corps, is really fantastic, and when it's all thrown into a plot to rob Constantinople --- a plot that starts in prison --- it's pretty great.

As for The King's Shilling, here's the official description from the publisher:


Globetrotting troublemaker Delilah Dirk and her loyal friend Selim are just minding their own business, peacefully raiding castles and and traipsing across enemy lines, when they attract the unwanted attention of the English Army. Before they know it, Delilah and Selim have gotten themselves accused of espionage against the British crown!

Delilah will do whatever it takes to clear her good name, be it sneaking, skirmishing, or even sword fighting... But can she bring herself to wear a pretty dress and have a nice cup of tea with her mother? Delilah Dirk may be defeated at last. 


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