Alex heard the reports on the nightly news his father always had playing in the background. Threats of nuclear Armageddon were becoming ominously commonplace. Still, he never thought he’d live to see the day that the rhetoric became reality.
He thought wrong.
He and his father raced for the military Cryo-Facility as reports poured in from England and the US of nuclear missile launches from both sides. He kept checking the rear-view mirror, hoping to glimpse his mother’s car.
Alex’s father tried to reassure him that his mother would make it to safety. There was still time. Alex closed his eyes in his cryopod and said a silent prayer for his mother.
He awoke to blaring klaxons and flashing lights. The people in the pods beside him were dead. He was completely alone. Fifty-two years had passed.
Now Alex ventures into a world he does not know. He will try to find his father, who might yet live, and his mother, who surely couldn’t have survived, in the After.
The New Reign (Of Lite and Darke Book 1)
Three days after my birth I lost it all. My mother, My father, and all hope for all that they had dreamed for. Now on the eve of my eighteenth birthday I must make it right. I must Take my kingdom back from a man who claimed to be my proxy. I have to stop a civil war that is looming in the darkness. And I must learn about all these wonderful powers that have been dimmed until now.
I was born into a high-born family. A powerful mother and a gifted father. How gifted or how powerful I never knew. I never knew of what their powers had been nor what mine may be. That was all taken from me just over a year from my birth.
Now I am called dog. My name forgotten. My parents never spoken of. Anyone who knew them are long dead or too weak to speak. I am a ward of my uncle. The sole proxy to the Princess of Darke. The princess of the last Queen. I pray every night that she comes and uses her powers to kill my uncle and his followers. I pray that I will be alive long enough to see her just once.
I doubt that I ever will. I am set to be killed on the day she is crowned queen. My life will be sacrificed for her pleasure. Or so I am told.
Hidden Dawn: Path of the Fates Walker (Guardians of the Fates Book 1)
In a world of tainted sorcery and magitech, an ingenious fusing of magic and machine, Arix Vaden must unravel the mystery of his Fates Walker status and try to protect the Starr of the Shining Suns; an ancient and sentient sword which grants the user the abilities of its slain foes. All while battling a nigh-invulnerable ice elf despot, deadly assassins, powerful monsters, and trying to earn his place in the country’s most successful monster hunter’s guild, Hidden Dawn.
Eighteen-year-old Arix Vaden leads a sheltered life in the sleepy town of Tyrus. Unbeknownst to him, Thai’sis-Roth, a powerful ice elf from the forbidden mainland of Sontaran, with the help of the lethal Black Lotus assassins and a legion of unknown monstrosities, are invading his home continent of Lyventhia, starting with the capital city of New Ryja.
Tragedy strikes in the form of the Twelve Hells most powerful Gnarl demon as it decimates his town. Narrowly saved by the monster hunter’s guild, Hidden Dawn, Arix is confronted with the dark secrets of his father’s past, his enigmatic station as a Fates Walker, and the telepathic calling of the Starr of the Shining Suns; a sword that helped the invincible Hidden Dawn guild leader, Sir Naramis Keth, become one of the greatest heroes of all time.
Arix meets new allies in his travels. Tugev, a massive and stoic four-armed warrior who must overcome his past failures, Prince Oren, a cocky and fun-loving winged telarian with unparalleled skill in the art of ‘weaving’ spells, and Wick, a diminutive drae with a brilliant mind for tinkering and a heart of gold. Will they be enough to help battle the forces of Thai’sis-Roth and become true Guardians of the Fates?
EMPYRYON: Book 1 The Golem of Wacza
A fast moving epic fantasy novel set in mythic time. A time of warfare, intrigue, oppression and a journey of survival.
The Emperor, a bloody usurper of the Archaki Kingdom, rules the land with an iron fist. His winged Hussars swoop on the villages every five years and steal the boy-children for his armies. A group of conspirators from the village of Wacza enlist the aid of a mysterious hermit to combat the tyranny. Together they create a golem, a soulless killer, to slaughter and beat back the Hussars. Everything changes.
Colonel Kuntz, leader of the Hussars, falls in love with Natasha Archaki and, with a price on his head, they flee to join the northern alliance that is at war with the Emperor. Together with a small group of other fugitives they face the perils of the journey through the fearsome Wood of the Suicides, the territory of the fierce isolationist Hadre and must outrun the murderous White Wolves who pursue them in their quest for freedom.
Secrets and Guardians
When warlord Kerdred brutally murders her mother and kidnaps Shade to be his wife, she vows revenge. By the time she manages to escape, she is heavily pregnant with his child. She hides in the Great Forest of Pandean, where she gives birth, helped by her grandmother, Rona and Gadolin, a Tree Guardian.
13 years later in Landra, young prince, Hylaw comes of age and inherits as his father dies.
His sister, Ami, is furious that her brother plans to betrothe her to Kerdred or his brother to form an alliance as the warlord continues to conquer all in his path. She is sent to Brinkton to be with her Uncle Darius, but Kerdred’s forces overcome the town.
Shade has been living in a nearby village. As news of approaching war arrives the villages prepare to leave, but Shade stays with those to young, too old or too sick to travel and disguises herself as she plans her revenge.
What will Shade do next? Will Ami escape? This fast-paced fantasy novel is filled with colourful characters, human and not-so human.The action never lets up as Kerdred’s enemies unite to defeat him.
The Jesus Man
It is 2037. Radicals in the Middle East have done the unthinkable. Low-yield nuclear weapons have been unleashed and the subsequent escalation of exchanges is enough to blacken the skies.
In time, the world goes dark. Crops fail and economies begin the inevitable collapse. Countries close their borders, cease trading with one another and declare martial law to control their populations. As oil and power dwindle, the descent into chaos follows and the global meltdown unfolds. An entity arrives and this malevolent force begins its strategy to claim this broken territory as a piece in a long-waged celestial conflict. Moving half a century ahead, the story centres on a colony entrenched in the desert of the Four Corners region of the United States. It is a place of sanctuary, established in the post-war years and grown to be a stronghold in the badlands. In the wake of the entity’s global strategy, it stands as the sole remaining seat of the human race. Its citizens are ruled by a brotherhood of elders who cling to the shattered remnants of the Christian faith.
A priest, favoured of the sect, begins to suffer nightmarish visions as evil turns its intent on the last bastion of mankind still to fall by its hand. Overcome, and subsequently possessed, the holy man becomes the vessel through which dark forces infiltrate the colony and lay low the last of men with a crushing malediction which will claim their souls, their homeworld and ultimately their Godhead for all time.
Rich in descriptive content and paced throughout with a growing sense of doom, The Jesus Man delivers an unsurpassed vision of Hell on Earth.
Keith Anthony Baird
Xenosaber: Fury of the Stars (A Fantasy Adventure Novel)
A gripping, “must-read” action packed fantasy adventure.
After his home is destroyed, a mysterious drifter finds himself on a journey to unite heroes and stop an exiled prince and a zealous cult from unleashing a weapon that can destroy worlds.
When exiled prince Baldr and the Order of the Void ride into the mystical lands of Star World, they bring with them a fate that can shake nations to their foundations. Jaival, a young drifter with a head full of wanderlust and a past shrouded in darkness, might just be Star World’s only hope.
What happens next, sets Jaival on a journey for the exceptionally brave, or the exceptionally desperate, leading him to seek the assistance of an ancient hero, Mikael, in Eira – a whole kingdom built on secrets, under the guidance of an outlawed sorceress, Sorata. Within the bustling city, Jaival runs into Danzul – the Last Guardian, Cyrus – Paladin of the North, and discovers a mystical connection to Princess Arya – a young, wise oracle with an inquisitive spirit who has foreseen the approaching storm.
But this is only the beginning of their adventure. Something else is stirring in the land, something more ominous than the mounting threat of total war. Whispers of a lingering presence call to the heroes, compelling them to find and unite the pieces of the Xenosaber – a weapon of unimaginable power, capable of razing entire planets and freeing a vengeful evil from its ancient prison.
City of Masks: (An Epic Fantasy Novel) (The Bone Mask Trilogy Book 1)
An epic fantasy adventure in a world of cold steel and awe-inspiring magic!
Waking in Anaskar Prison, covered in blood and accused of murder, nobody will listen to Notch’s claims of innocence until he meets the future Protector of the Monarchy, Sofia Falco.
But Sofia has her own burdens. The first female Protector in a hundred years, her House is under threat from enemies within, the prince has made it clear he does not want her services and worst of all, she cannot communicate with her father’s sentient mask of bone, the centuries-old Argeon. Without the bone mask she cannot help anyone — not herself, and certainly not a mercenary with no powerful House to protect him.
Meanwhile, far across the western desert, Ain, a young Pathfinder, is thrust into the role of Seeker. Before winter storms close the way, he must leave his home on a quest to locate the Sea Shrine and take revenge on the people who drove his ancestors from Anaskar, the city ruled by the prince Sofia and Notch are sworn to protect, whether he wants their help or not.
On a planet forsaken by a pan-stellar Empire in times long forgotten, old stories tell of an infamous day when swarms of imperial starships clouded the sky and abducted all able men and women. Nothing was ever known of them thereafter. The planet, known as Arweg, was left stranded, inhabited only by orphaned children, the unlearned elderly, and the helpless. Years went by, the old died, and the children grew to become adults in an ignorant world surrounded by crumbling technology they were unable to understand and much less operate. After ages of darkness, civilization reemerged to a point where a small portion of the little technology preserved in time could be worked.
Two young Arwegians unearth a metallic capsule and trigger a chain-reaction. The strange pod will relay a signal into deep space and summon an immense octopus-shaped starship known as Goddess. The Empire is back, and it wants to restore Arweg to its former status as a full member of the Confederacy. It is the Dawn of a new Era. Or is it?
A voice from the past will warn the Arwegians the real purpose of the Empire is to modernize the planet only to make it suitable for a renewed colonization and slavery. Some will believe it and some will not. The Revolution has begun.
Dawn follows a small group of characters from both sides who will be drastically changed—those who survive—through war, love, loss, courage, compassion, and friendship as the years go by, radical events take place, and hope is almost the only thing left…
“If you can pay, I can get you your body back.”
Her body stolen, her soul pushed into a world of magic and monsters, Sweet-pea’s best chance of survival is to stick with Alan and his promise of protection.
Hounded by the threat of bounty hunters, wanted by the mysterious Tin Master and chased by monsters attracted to her, getting home soon takes second place to staying alive.