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Brian Barr’s Epic World of Naga

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Serpent King: Shadow and Light follows the origins of Zian Ur, a Reptilian born into a noble military family in the Nagan Empire.

While he proves to be a natural warrior, strong and crafty in combat, Zian intimidates and terrifies other Reptilians for reasons neither they nor he can understand. As the novel continues, we learn what makes Zian different from his own people.

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Alien Stars by David Hambling

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Alien Stars is a thrilling adventure in the spirit of HP Lovecraft: 1920s science collides with cosmic horror as ex-boxer Harry Stubbs encounters an insidious alien force.

A gruesome discovery in a ladies’ boarding house is just the start. What is the secret worth killing for in the Horniman Museum? What drove the under-gardener insane? When is a beetle not a beetle? Mysteries and bodies pile up, and Harry will need his brains as well as his formidable fists to crack the case. Skinner, his cheerfully reckless partner is not to be trusted, and the alluring Miss De Vere is knowledgeable but dangerous…time is running out as the stars wheel towards a cataclysm that only Harry can prevent.

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The Epic Unmasqued World by C.T. Phipps

 

Tell us about your novel.

I WAS A TEENAGE WEREDEER is a comedic urban fantasy novel about Jane Doe, an eighteen-year-old shapechanger who has the psychic ability to read objects. She lives a pretty normal life until her high school rival is found dead in the woods with her brother as the primary suspect. Teaming up with the victim’s sister, an eccentric FBI agent, and the local crime lord–Jane has to solve a case which seems closed before it even began. Jane is an irreverent and wonderful character which people seem to love. It’s very much in the style of my SUPERVILLAINY SAGA books and I hope fans of them will check her out.

I was originally inspired by the classic Twin Peaks story of the murder of Laura Palmer and how everyone in the town was affected. I decided to swerve my own way, though, by creating a town of supernaturals as well as modernizing the characters. Also, unlike David Lynch, I’m perfectly capable of creating a story where the metaphysics makes sense and the plot has a conclusion. Hehe. Just kidding. I love you, David. There’s a bit of Life is Strange and the Dresden Files plus Mercy Thompson too.

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Review of I Was a Teenage Weredeer by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

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I Was a Teenage Weredeer is a fantastic first installment of The Bright Falls Mysteries Series that I found positively deerlightful! I’m not usually a fan of Young Adult or Urban Fantasy, but this novel is truly a departure from the norm.

This is a story that transcends genre and plays on tropes, offering a rather cynical side of YA that I found to be refreshing.

Written in the same world as Phipps’ Straight Outta Fangton, Weredeer introduces a new protagonist in the form of Jane Doe (yes, you read that correctly). Jane seemed to be a lot like Bella from Twilight, only capable and likeable. She finds herself wrapped up in a murder mystery after her brother becomes a suspect, and finds herself teamed up with a mysterious FBI agent. Pop culture references fly like fouls at a AA ballgame.

I found Jane very easy to identify with due to her vast capacity for cynicism,  sarcasm, and a never-ending supply of teenage angst. The plot moves forward at a steady pace, keeping the pages turning.

Not only is the story very well-told, a variety of societal issues are addressed, making this a weightier read than your average YA novel. There is something for everyone between these pages.

In conclusion, I heartily recommend I Was a Teenage Weredeer to a Young Adult-Adult readership. My only suggestion is to make sure you block out a good amount of time for yourself before you begin this read, as you probably won’t be going anywhere until the last page is turned.

 

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The Epic World of Ardhi Anasa by Michael Robinson

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King O’Saka is soon to be the richest man in the world. He has been put in charge of the Dark Grimoires,(The most extensive book of evil spells and documents). His infant son and a baby gorilla, named Saka & Thundar will be known as the Twin Souls and they will become the most powerful beings on the planet. Icya Assasen, a beautiful enchantress will be their guide through a dangerous world of dark magic, legendary monsters, treachery, and death, that will lead to a great ancient power.

Loved ones will be lost, and true love will be found,in this ultimately original Coming-of-Age Young Adult Naturalistic SciFi/Dark Fantasy Journey.

Background of Twin Souls

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My Review of Scars of the Sand: A Tale of the Blackshield Dogs

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I have been looking forward to this novella since I finished To Brave the End, and I was not disappointed; Scars of the Sand was even better! I have become an avid fan of Frank Dorrian. His work is dark, gritty, and gruesomely beautiful.

Dorrian is a master at dragging steaming entrails through the mud to produce art of the highest caliber.

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Damien Black’s Epic Devil’s Night Dawning

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Devil’s Night Dawning is essentially a supernatural whodunnit that takes place against a backdrop of war, in a high fantasy world of epic proportions with some very dark undertones.

Adelko and Horskram stumble on to something big when they learn a fragment of an ancient artefact has been stolen by a demon from their monastery. They don’t know who is behind it, but Horskram realises that if their mystery warlock succeeds in recovering the other pieces some serious One Ring shit is gonna go down… As they set off to warn the head of their Order in a distant kingdom they are pursued by agents human and supernatural, presumably sent to eliminate them by the very mastermind they are trying to uncover. To make matters more complicated, civil war breaks out in their native kingdom of Northalde, and the two monks become embroiled in this and a series of other misadventures. So there’s a lot going on: war, politics, high adventure, supernatural horror, human ambition, magic, and characters that struggle internally with their own identities and decision-making.

How does your main character fit into this world?

Adelko is a novice monk, indentured the Order of St Argo, a sacred body of monks tasked with apprehending warlocks and fighting demons and other malign spirits that cross over from the Other Side. He has been seconded to Horskram, one of the Order’s foremost exorcists, for on-the-job training in fighting demonkind and sorcerers. But there’s a lot of politics that goes with being an Argolian, as he gets to find out!

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The Epic City of Egretia by Assaph Mehr

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Murder In Absentia is the story I always wanted to read. It combines my love of Ancient Rome and detective stories, with all the fantasy books I’ve read over the years.

Here’s what it’s about:

A young man is found dead in his bed, with a look of extreme agony on his face and strange tattoos all over his body. His distraught senator father suspects foul play, and knows who to call on.

Enter Felix the Fox, a professional investigator. In the business of ferreting out dark information for his clients, Felix is neither a traditional detective nor a traditional magician – but something in between. Drawing on his experience of dealing with the shady elements of society and his aborted education in the magical arts, Felix dons his toga and sets out to discover the young man’s killers.

Murder in Absentia is set in a fantasy world. The city of Egretia borrows elements from a thousand years of ancient Roman culture, from the founding of Rome to the late empire, mixed with a judicious amount of magic. This is a story of a cynical, hardboiled detective dealing with anything from daily life to the old forces roaming the world.

This is a story of Togas, Daggers and Magic – for lovers of Murder Mysteries, Ancient Rome and Urban Fantasy.

What makes your world special or different?

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Micheal Eye’s Vision of Planet Earth

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In a dying world not unlike our own, two elemental forces are controlling two avatar demigods who seek to perpetuate the planet’s existence by reshaping a new world in a certain way after it has finally fallen to a post-apocalyptic state.

On one side we have Mother Magdalena, a strong and fierce pregnant Hankerhawk woman of the Earthen Bry Dellows who will be faced with the challenge of reviving humanity in a changed, desolate, dark world with no living creature in sight. On the other side we have Al Rodnam, a wise, old Sirian guru mystic who has much love for the dying world of Earth and is the last of his kind, the Godheds, who had helped Mother Magdalena restart civilization one age prior. Both personas will cross paths and have to help each other meet the commands of their elemental forces. Continue reading “Micheal Eye’s Vision of Planet Earth”

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