Local Author Among Amazon’s Best Seller List

March 30, 2015 7:59am

Photo via Stephen Merlino

Local author Stephen Merlino’s novel just topped the fantasy section of Amazon’s Best Seller List. Released in December, the fantasy novel, The Jack of Souls, hit #1 on Amazon’s Children’s Science Fiction/Fantasy Coming of Age Best Seller list.

The Jack of Souls is the story of an outcast who must break a curse laid on his fate, or die on his nineteenth birthday; it’s a story of magic, mischief, and the triumph of tricksters. Along with the roguish protagonist, the novel features strong female characters and a subplot from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Last summer, The Jack of Souls won the Fantasy category of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Annual International Literary Competition.

A former Greenlaker, Merlino is an English teacher at Mountlake Terrace High school. Merlino plans to release books two and three in the series in August and December.

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