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Joyce Hertzoff’s Epic Portal Worlds

 

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Anabet Haines dreamed about traveling from the family farm to the exotic places her Aunt Gillian described, so when her aunt recruited her as the next portal traveler, Bet jumped at the chance.

In the capital of Nokar, Bet and Gill were tasked with traveling through a portal to locate a thief, Rolf Peters, and the portal key he stole.

After one lesson in hand-to-hand combat and the use of a knife from weapons instructor Morgan, a visit to Cass the magician to obtain a substitute key for the portal, and a dressmaker for appropriate clothing for the journey the situation escalated. A rebel group threatened the High Council and abducted Morgan, forcing Gill to remain behind while Bet had to travel alone.

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The Epic World of Perilisc by Jesse Teller

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Meredith Mestlven was abused and betrayed by her nobleman husband. After a desperate fit of retaliation, she fled for her life and lost her sanity. Now nearly 20 years later, she returns to her home at Sorrow Watch to destroy her enemies and reclaim her jewels.

Is there a system of magic?

There was a great god war. The skies opened up. The gods formed ranks and charged into each other. It lasted tens of thousands of years, and during that time, gods were falling dead from the sky like meteors. As they died, their blood stained the world with magic. That magic haunts that ground. So when wizards cast, they summon that power up from the ground into their aura, form it with incantations, and fire it out of their bodies, or cause it to affect the world around them.

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Review of Devil’s Night Dawning by Damien Black

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Devil’s Night Dawning is an immersive venture into a meticulously-crafted fantasy world.

How else to describe this novel, other than a juxtaposition of The Exorcist, Kingdom of Heaven and Game of Thrones? If that sounds like a stretch, rest assured—this author took on quite a challenge! And he delivered.

Devil’s Night Dawning begins with an exorcism that foretells the gathering of dark forces threatening to spill into the world from the Other Side. Adelko, a novice of the Order of St. Argo, along with his master, Brother Horskram, find themselves embroiled in this perilous clash of powers when a fragment of a potent relic is stolen from their monastery by a powerful warlock.

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Ty Arthur’s Epic Light Dawning

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Light Dawning was a labor of pain that gestated for a year and a half, born of circumstances as grim and dark as the story itself.

Once known as the City on the Hill and revered far and wide for its independence and boundless opportunity, Cestia has become home only to the damned. Surviving under the brutal occupation of a southern empire for three long years, the oppressed populace has lost hope of liberation, turning instead towards an increasingly desperate rebellion willing to commit any atrocity for a chance at freedom.

As total war approaches, four lost souls trapped behind Cestia’s walls are on a collision course with fate, destined to either save the city or see it utterly destroyed while calling on forces beyond mankind’s comprehension. For good or ill, the light of a new day is about to dawn.

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Veronica Scott’s Danger in the Stars

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DANGER IN THE STARS

She’s an alien empath. He’s an interstellar mob enforcer.

Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped from her own primitive planet along with a number of her people, and sold to the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors. When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination, she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance. Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others.

Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath learns that he has secrets of his own–secrets that could get them both killed.

The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who threaten the Sectors. Can she save herself and the Mawreg’s next victims? And will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses?

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Review of Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists

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Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists was a captivating read from start to finish. Don’t get me wrong; some stories hooked me more than others – as can be expected in any anthology.

Overall, I found this a tantalizing read that delivered wholesale on the mysterious and melancholy promise of the cover.

The stories within, written by a cornucopia of names easily recognizable by anyone familiar with the genre were, without exception, well-written and well-edited. Each had a gritty, soiled feel that left me thirsting for more. And yet, strangely, the piece that I found most stirring was not fiction at all, but rather the Foreword by R. Scott Bakker.

In “On the Goodness of Evil,” Bakker sumptuously defines grimdark in striking terms that give context and meaning to the genre in today’s world of moral turbidity. Bakker paints the grimdark genre in terms of perspective, grounding it firmly within cultural and historical contexts. According to Bakker, grimdark’s pillars run contrary to our cultural norms of good and evil, bringing the nature of evil itself into question as a construct of historical and religious stereotypes.

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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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