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The Epic World of Tamyrh by J.I. Rogers

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“As if being born Diasporan wasn’t enough, Technician Nash Korpes had the bad luck to resemble his Tyran ancestors almost identically in both form, and manner. These traits, though highly prized by the special projects division at the shadowy Korlune Military Research and Development, mark him as a specter from their warlike past.

With only his intellect holding his sanity in place, he wages a private war against the entire socioeconomic status quo, and begins to uncover the truth that threatens them all.”

Is there a system of magic?

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Clarkes Third Law

Using the above qualifier, there are several ‘magical/paranormal/preternatural’ elements in my series, but book one doesn’t delve into them beyond leaving a trail of breadcrumbs. Continue reading “The Epic World of Tamyrh by J.I. Rogers”

The Epic Known World by D.N. Frost

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Centuries ago, the prophetic Golden Age ended in war, and history spiraled into darkness. Now, only scholars retain the last portent of the mythic city A’lara, concealed in a distant glade for the advent of the dragon mage.

At the edge of the Known World, the slave Larin escapes her new lord before she meets his dark masters. Deep in the mountains, the legendary elf Kingard awaits his call to battle. When young Darek flees imperial mages tasked to exterminate shape-shifters, he launches them all on a voyage to redeem their unsought destiny.

United by fate and guided by prophesy, their growing band of fugitives journey for A’lara to fight the ancient evil infiltrating the capital.

But looming over the gears of fate, their enemies follow the same prophesies. With the unknown close upon them, Kingard and his allies face a mortal quest to restore their infected empire.

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Dulled Mind by Jared J. Fleming

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Dulled Mind is a novel, simply put, about Naomi’s life. And Naomi’s life isn’t exactly easy.

She goes from port to port, trying to hide her true nature as a psion from an intolerant and fearful world. She makes her living by being hired by governments to destroy targets, to complete missions that those in power don’t want their names attached to. One wrong move, and a planet turns against her. One misstep, and people around her die. She’s been doing this for fifteen years, and every day, she knows she comes closer to making enemies with the wrong people, displaying her powers at the wrong time. How long until the balancing act falls apart?

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The Epic World of Hell Bent, PA by Kayla Matt

WelcomeToHellBentThe Hell Bent series follows a family of genetic experiments, cyborgs, and magic users as they try to live their normal lives. However, their peace is disrupted by the various enemies they’ve made over time.

Arc 1: Travis Malone and Dr. Spencer Abbot never expected their lives to devolve into a sheer nightmare until they encountered Jesse Lynn Belle.

Visions- A quest that began with a hunt for an anniversary gift turns into a struggle to stay alive.

Retribution- Five months after the Visions Incident, Travis and Spencer learn that they still aren’t safe. RetributionPaperbackArc1.png

Destruction- Another four months pass. And Travis is taken from his home and loved ones and thrust into his own personal hell.DestructionPaperbackFrontCover

Arc 2: After the various encounters with Jesse, Dr. Abbot feels it is time he learns to defend himself. But then his life goes downhill when he chooses the wrong teacher…

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Quinlan Reis (of The Rhenwars Saga by ML Spencer)

The Protagonist Speaks

ml-spencer-darkstormDear readers, tonight with me is a man facing imminent cataclysm. A conspiracy of darkmages have resorted to harnessing the powers of Hell to save their legacy, and Quin and his brother Braden are determined to stop them.

A mage himself, but with with a turbulent past and terrible and tragic secrets, he’s part of a band trying to prevent the forces of chaos from boring the Well of Tears into the netherworld, right under their city.


Tell us a little about where you grew up. What was it like there?

I grew up in Caladorn. What you probably know of as the Black Lands. Of course, back in my day, they weren’t so very black. All that came about later…but that’s a story for another day. I was raised among the horseclans of the Khasahar until it was discovered that my brother and I could sense the magic field. There…

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Review of Lucifer’s Star by CT Phipps and Michael Suttkus

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An Enthralling and Unpredictable Dark Space Opera

Cassius Mass had everything…until the moment he had nothing. Former hero-starfighter-pilot, nobleman of the Crius Archduchy, Cassius Mass lost the war, his family, saw his home world destroyed, and lost the capacity to appreciate the cause that drove him to such heroic and barbaric efforts in the first place. Now a broken man and dysfunctional navigator, Cassius survives on alcohol and memory drugs, living under an assumed identity and an assumed face… until his true identity is discovered.

Then it all goes downhill from there.

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The Epic World of Cedron by Richard Writhen

18175732_10155261580879138_1775785634_o“Two petty mercenaries are falsely accused of switching sides in a feud between two rich and powerful magnates; an ex-miner on the run from a murder charge becomes a reaver and embroiled in a romance; an industrial lieutenant is recruited to help capture a serial killer and an entire city is in danger of being ensorcelled by an ancient monk.”

What makes your world special or different?

Nothing, really. Most fantasy worlds are amalgams of stuff from IRL, popular culture, other fantasy worlds. The approach and execution are what may be different … how certain aspects are handled, their prominence, etcetera.

How does your main character fit into this world?

I don’t have any single protagonist. I use the Stephen King / H.P. Lovecraft / Joe Abercrombie style of integration where the characters all think that they are the “main” character of the story, much like IRL. It improves the flow of the narrative and each character sees a different part of the puzzle, as it were. A direct satire of our reality is what the best grimdark speculative fiction gives the reader, in my opinion.

Is there a system of magic?

I use a hybrid of David Eddings, “the will and the word” style of magic where it’s directed by psychological force yet specified by phonetic command. Different words in their languages do different things depending on context, though they can perform voiceless tasks as well as in Harry Potter Saga.

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Review of Gateway to the Past by Andy Peloquin

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Gateway to the Past is Book 3 in Andy Peloquin’s The Last Bucelarii series.

The Hunter is a driven, conflicted, cold-nerved killer.  That’s what I love about him. There’s never a dull moment around this guy.

He’s also rather sexy, if you’re into the bad-boy type.

This is actually my introduction to Peloquin’s series, so I’m a Book Three walk-in. Nevertheless, I never felt compelled to put the book down and start over from the beginning. There is enough background to feed new readers while keeping the pace for fans more familiar with the series. And now, having finished of Book Three, I have already snagged Book One to start this disaster over from the beginning.

When I say disaster, that’s a compliment. Bear with me.

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The Epic Space Opera of Lucifer’s Star by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

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LUCIFER’S STAR is a dark space opera set in the distant future where humanity has spread out along the galactic spiral but is a primitive, violent, war-torn society still.

After a huge war between the Interstellar Commonwealth and the Archduchy of Crius, starfighter pilot Cassius Mass witnesses his homeworld bombed to oblivion as revenge for the Commonwealth’s casualties.

He also discovers, as anyone who reads space opera should guess, the Archduchy was actually a brutal imperialist nation that probably deserved to be destroyed. Devastated by his lost friends and family, he ends up a drunk working on a space freighter. Unfortunately, he’s not able to leave behind his past since the Commonwealth’s agents want him to stop a resistance movement which will kill millions more if it’s allowed to gain traction.

It becomes a serious question of ethics, war, politics, and also stabbing people with a proton sword.

Lucifer’s Star is both the name of the series as well as the first book. It takes place in the Spiral, which is the area of the galaxy which humanity lives. It’s noted the rest of the galaxy is populated but humanity is considered a backward unimportant species. It’s a bit a ‘take that’ to those who assumes humanity would be super-special and badass should we enter into a larger universe—we’re more like Space Slovakia.

What makes your world special or different?

For me, I think it’s the fact the book takes a deconstructive look at a lot of the tropes which we normally associate with Space Opera. I’ve heard it called an “R-rated Star Wars” and that’s not a bad description. Characters are left traumatized by the conflicts they’ve fought in and suffering severe losses which haunt them. The aftermath of the war is arguably worse than the actual fighting and we see the idea of rising up against the people occupying the former Archduchy in a decidedly cynical light–just like we see the occupiers the same way. Even so, I love adding over-the-top action, starfighter fights, sword duels, and other classic tropes even as I play out the serious themes.

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