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Welcome to Aesop’s World. It’s a dark world where love and redemption have a cost that can only be measured in blood and violence. It’s just like our own world, except darker… furrier… scalier. FURRY NOIR. Six stories of things that go BITE in the night.
Madilla is the story of a young girl from an isolated village who teaches herself to play piano. Through the improvised music of her people, she connects with Pan, a mountain sparrow, sparking an adventure of musical and spiritual discovery that threatens the beliefs everyone around her.
Murder is on the list of gifts this holiday season. At least it is when you’re apart of the deadliest gang in town. When young Anuaka’s family discovers her involvement with the local criminals, they give her an ultimatum. Get out of the gang or get out of their lives. However, removing herself from the gang is inconceivable. The only way out is death.
CommonSense is an urban fantasy of fallen heroes who gather against demons and an impending and certain Armageddon. Where players and pawns are suddenly, magically, equaled. This is a world cloaked in plain sight and the story of magical combatants looking to break or defend life itself.
The apocalypse arrived as a quiet virus that put humanity’s future in jeopardy. Now musician Ed Johnson is stalked by strangers, and nightmare creatures threaten his sister and friends. Can magic and the true power of music save them and perhaps the future of the human race?
A page-turning debut in the tradition of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, amped up and on steroids with some X-Files mystery, some Hitchcock suspense and countless plot twists and cliffhangers that will keep you guessing. And you’ll still be wrong! One of Wattpad’s top read books in 2016, making it to Top 10 Charts in “Paranormal” and “Romance” Categories with over 300k reads!
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THE AUTOMATION is a genre-bending fantasy that teeters between the classical and the experimental. Its ideal place would be on the same bookshelf as Pullman’s HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy and Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS—though it wouldn’t mind bookending Homer, Virgil, and Milton, if it had a choice.
Tales of the Whirling Rainbow is a journalist’s account of some of the key myths and mysteries of the Americas, and an exploration of how those myths are resounding in real time. Drawn from sources both ancient and modern, this small treasure conveys adroit insights into key facets of North America’s unfolding saga.
A young man travels to the city to study magic. Instead he finds himself entangled in intrigue. Princes scheme against each other, and revolutionaries plot to overthrow them. Poets inspire change with heretical words. These strands meet at the home of Chaitan, the elderly master magician.
Nikki Raines, magical tattoo artist, is pulled out of her “ordinary” day (putting magic into skin) and into trouble that includes mermaids, werecat gladiators, underground pit fights, and being soul-bound. She should have listened to Leo, the centuries-old ghost Tied to her necklace, and just let that customer go.
The sky is full of elephants. Hares live on the moon. A paradise threatened by an alien being, and a promise to help it home. Only then will harmony be restored, and the human song renewed. Custodians of earth must not fail in their task, else all will be consumed.
Death calls to him, granting Winter premonition by showing him all the ways he can die. Where does his power come from and why has he been singled out to save the world? Only Death knows the darkness ready to be unleashed from King Drohn’s conquest of the empires. He must be stopped, or the Demons of Lost Souls will rise on the wings of war to end mankind and begin the Annihilation.
Lia Davies is a small town business owner sleepwalking through life until she enters the world of the Paldimori. Chaos is the powerful leader of his people who prides himself on his control. They collide at every turn, but will Lia live long enough to explore the passion they ignite?
Readers who enjoy a well-crafted story with fantasy and supernatural elements with lots of intrigue and humor will enjoy the story in Waking Chaos. But, beware: the terribly cheesy sex scenes will either make you throw up in your mouth a little bit or laugh out loud. Five stars for the well-written intrigue, action, and plot but -1 for the cheesy sex scenes that strip any hint of romance or eroticism from the story for a total of 4 stars.
Former DOD operative Gavin Randall is coming home after twenty-eight years of war. Dismissed by the government he spent his life fighting for, his only solace is knowing that the life waiting for him is one of peace. Unfortunately, Gavin stumbles upon a secret underworld that exists alongside ours.
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE? When he wakes up naked and alone in the Mount of Olives Cemetery, Moshe Karlin doesn’t remember dying two years ago, nor does he realize how hard he’ll have to work to win back his perfect old life… and his wife.
Surviving in a city ruled by the supernatural is hard. Harder still with a serial killer on your trail, and a demon on your back. For sorcerer Creed, magick will either save the day…or destroy it.
When arriving home after work, George Knox makes a gruesome discovery. His beloved wife, Anna, is dead—hanging from a beam in their basement. Upon cutting her down, thinking it is a suicide, he realizes it is a cover-up for a brutal murder.
Witches are real, they are evil, and Claudia Matthews must fight her way past the temptation of corruption, and weakness to find the answers she seeks for her saving grace. But being bound to the damned means fighting against more temptation than the pull of power.
Malefica is perfect for fans off Melissa de la Cruz and Richelle Mead. An unpredictable and tightly woven plot, along with original world-building, keep this book moving forward at a fast clip.
College senior Jackson Dowd goes to Montréal for a lost weekend, meets a handsome drifter named Benoit, and finds himself plunged into the strange and violent world of feline shifters.
According to the acknowledgement at the end of the book, when Andrew J. Peters started writing the books between these covers, the author had decided to “queer” the vampire and werewolf craze in the “delightfully narcissistic tradition of” those who had come before. Shortly after starting, however, he seemed unsatisfied with the neon pink paintbrush he’d been slapping across the canvass. He began researching the deeper history of feline mysticism and Native American two-spiritism in an effort to create a richer and more unique universe for his shifters to frolic and slash each other in.
I’m happy to say that he succeeds.
The year is 2017. Dragons still populate the world even as sinister forces plan to take over the lands. The ice dragon is destined to rebel against the destruction by the mighty forces of Team Plasm. This diary throws readers directly into the eye of the battle to experience the Dragon Wars at their closest encounters.
“His possessiveness unsettled her. It seemed contrary to his gentle nature. He used his body and arms as a barrier; she was so small compared to him that she felt engulfed by his body. Morgan was having a difficult time trying to ignore the sense of well-being, peace, and desire she experienced every time she came close to him. His glow, that glow he had, seemed to have an effect on her.”
“You can’t kill a ghost.” Young American Aliya Scott travels to Tanzania to help children with her condition. There, people without pigment in their skin are called “zeru-zeru,” it means “ghost,” and they are believed to possess magical powers. When Aliya goes missing, her father sets out on a mission to find her. Will he reach her before it is too late?
For most people, a visit from their former in-laws is unpleasant at most. If only I were that lucky. Mine have unexpectedly dropped by, leaving a couple of bodies in little bits and a message in blood as their way of saying hi.
Perhaps the biggest appeal of the Global Warden series is that it’s told from the point of view of Victor Warden, a cynical and world-weary man to whom the cosmically incredible is just another day at the office. Victor’s sarcastic commentary is a useful counterpoint to the high-flying ambition of the story’s techno-mythological backdrop. Victor- even when clashing powers and trading insults with demigods, keeps our feet firmly on the ground.
The second strongest aspect of Lange’s writing is the pace. Action scenes are never far away, and filled with quick-fire, bone-crunching fights that never outstay their welcome. This second instalment in the series further builds on the still expanding mythos of the Warden Global world, but the exposition never slows down the page-turning. Thriller fans will find themselves in comfortable territory.
All in all, Rise of the Storm Bringer is a welcome expansion in the series, and those who enjoyed the first will not be let down by the second. With more characters, more background and higher stakes, Rise of the Storm Bringer keeps the wheels turning on the series with effortless efficiency. Perhaps as a consequence of this, the relationships in the book rarely develop beyond buddy-cop style back-and-forths, but there’ll be time for hand holding and moon gazing after the next super-powered villain is defeated (and there’s a queue of them, trust me.)
Not content to sit in traditional genres, the Warden Global series will appeal to fans of mythic adventure, supernatural thriller and sci-fi action, and also for those of you who are partial to a hard-boiled detective vibe. So if that grabs you, this series is for you.
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When I crashed on this planet fifteen thousand years ago, I thought that my friend—the living spaceship Sleipnir—was destroyed. But it turns out the mysterious signal I’ve been receiving for the past nine years is his cry for help. It’s led me back to Romania.
Nephilim, aliens, gods – They’ve been called by many names, but when Frankie stumbles onto an ancient book, the truth about the past reveals a more startling reality. What she reads about Ashra and the powerful Krad race makes her question her place in this world.
“Something horrible is happening in the Crimson Forest. I need you to promise me you’ll stay away from it.” The Crimson Forest, is a place where creatures known only to humans through myth and legend, fight for love and survival. It’s a world where fairy tales thrive, nightmares become reality, and some secrets are better left undiscovered.
A hundred-year-war that won’t end… Three strong young women sworn to kill each other… Famere, Jennelle, and Camette must discover who is friend or enemy, who is responsible for the hundred-year dark sky and death mists, and if the men they adore will still love them.
Lured into treason and only narrowly escaping the gallows, Keridwen was desperate to build a new life for herself. But between treachery, hell-bound demons, and a prince who had every right to nurse a grudge against her, what were the odds that she could stay out of trouble for long?
In a stunning reimagining of mermaid lore, Water is the perfect combination of suspense, mystery, humor and romance. It’s a gripping tale of love and danger, combined with a terrifically detailed world below the waves, and will have readers breathless and begging for more.
There aren’t a lot of mer-stories out there, so in many ways WATER felt fresh. If your love of YA fantasy novels allows you to overlook typos and some contrived plot devices, you will enjoy WATER.
Book two in the Seekers dystopian trilogy. Across the ocean, the seekers get caught between those who reject progress and those who wish for a simpler way. Their challenge: bring the sides together. The prize: a chance to take home miracles. The risk: losing themselves in a never-ending dream.
A story about a society devoid of technology, the result of an overreaction to a past where progress had overtaken humanity and led to social collapse. The solution—an enforced return to a simpler time. But it’s also a tale of three friends’ struggle to confront a world gone awry.
This book is recommended for young adults, and for those who are seeking dystopian adventure stories that are clean. There’s no sex, little violence, and readers will be confronted more with questions about heroism and obedience. Those who are looking for more intense action and suspense may prefer a different series.
My name is Viktor Engel Warden, and I’m here to tell you that there’s more to this world than you might suspect. There are things that slither and pass unseen through the night, and it’s my job to stop them. But sometimes that’s easier said than done.
The Wanderer Awakens is an ambitious urban fantasy that pits the hero against everything from mythical wraiths to nano-modified super beings. The science-fantasy mythos behind the novel is broad and rich, and the discovery of it is the backbone of the novel. However, told in first person from Victor’s point of view, the exposition is parcelled out with a sardonic and likeable narrative voice, meaning that the potentially diverting concepts are always firmly anchored to the plot.
Speaking of narrative style, Viktor Warden lends a light hearted noir-ishness to the novel, with his regular snarky witticisms juxtaposed with the moody descriptions of the New Orleans backdrop. Viktor’s secret past, his fantastic abilities and the atrocities of his enemies are peppered with mauling sincerity and dry sarcasm. For all that he is a super-powered battler of ancient demi-gods, Viktor is a very human, very approachable protagonist, who sets a conversational tone that makes the story accessible and keeps the pace clipping along.
Other than the sarcastic badinage, The Wanderer Awakens also revels in its action sequences. The novel is packed with bone crunching melee fights that are sure to satisfy those looking for ruckus in their reading. Explosions, chases, gun fire and brutal fist fights are never more than a chapter away.
The novel’s thriller-like pace may be viewed as a double edged sword by some. As mentioned, the concepts are highly fantastical, but the street-level grit of the action demands a running start, and author Ken Lange assumes you’re already buckled in when he puts his foot down. Those readers unaccustomed to science fiction and fantasy in a real-world setting might find themselves left in the dark— with fantastical revelation after fantastical revelation, this is not safe territory for those without the right compass. But for those of you already familiar with urban fantasy and supernatural thrillers, you’ll quickly settle in and enjoy the ride.
The Wanderer Awakens is a treasure trove for those who enjoy intricate fantasy concepts, and it’s framed with a sufficiently down-to-earth narrative that drops the occasional nudge and wink to the reader. It is a novel that confidently walks the fine tightrope between sincerity and over-seriousness, and between good fun and silliness. This results in a story that shoots for the stars while keeping its feet firmly on the ground.
If you like to read about wise-cracking, ass-kicking heroes going toe-to-toe with the fantastically monstrous, you wont go far wrong with The Wanderer Awakens. It’s a fast-paced, hard hitting supernatural adventure, with only a few elements that might make it unsuitable for YA audiences.
John Fisher, is a Park Police officer. His office is a Dodge Durango. The dark legends and creatures have always been around, and after the civil rights movement they’re legal. When someone breaks the law on Federal land, it ‘s John’s job to bring them in, vampire, were, or other…
One of the most marvelous things about this novel, is how the prose reads like the observations and experiences of a detailed orientated cop without actually feeling that it was written by a cop who writes up so many reports that it’s second nature. I certainly got the feeling who John Fisher was, even if he’s not someone I’d be buddies with. Of course, part of that is I like my were-critters to be sexy. Cool. So, if you are looking for Anita Blake like Weres, John Fisher isn’t one of those.
But what John Fisher is, rough and yet smarter than he’d like you to think, he is in a totally realistic way. The supporting cast carries this verisimilitude across the book with only two clunkers of minor characters. I’m referring to two total twits in suits that remind of cops from an accidentally deadly traffic stop. Yet, in this first person narrative, it is realistic that John holds them in such disdain that they do not actually come across as realistic.
The dialogue is witty when John is not trying to be witty, and often not when he’s trying to be. The other characters often have better dialogue, which is amazing to me.
It’s almost a police procedural, which I enjoy when done correctly (and this was). When a book isn’t going to be a straight procedural, I like to have seen more romance and more introspection. But, true to type as a military man, just kinda says he blows his top and rushes through through the moment until he is out of emotional upheaval. It’s realistic… just not as satisfying as it could be.
I’m interested in reading more in the series. If William Lehman can adjust the mix a little, John Fisher could become quite the popular hero. Or Anti-Hero.
A psychic teams with cynical reporter to return to the past and rescue a sacred stone. The ingenious, twisty plot follows the citified pair as they adapt to the harsh Sioux life, and make an enemy of the murderous Red Leaf. When they escape home, they face a new nightmare.
A novella about a future dystopia – set in London’s East End and Battersea Power Station; in a future world divided into a super-human race called The Pro-gens and the rest of us, The Re-gens. Abe, a Re-gen, uncovers a diabolical plan made by the powerful Pro-gens which threatens the future of humanity. Will he make it out alive to be with the love of his life, Ophelia, in Devon?
Marooned in the present, their only hope for the future lay in the past. But first there was still the small matter of staying alive. The planet they were marooned on was crawling with bird-beasts, immense parrotlike carnivores that stood two meters tall, weighed upwards of fifty klogs, and had
Jessica McCloud is God’s only begotten daughter, and she’s not super thrilled about that. After a close call with a demon, she decides it’s time to learn some messiah survival skills. But that will have to take a back seat to her more immediate concerns, like puberty and bullies…
November finally has the family she wanted but old enemies are lurking, waiting to strike and a group of legendary hunters is threatening her pack. Their only hope is trusting their enemies, entering hostile territories and playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a psychopath.
When Sunny, age fifteen, was forced to move to her mother’s home planet, blood-sucking kidnappers attacked. Now she must go to warrior school, complete with bullies, drill instructors, and vicious sports. But, when the kidnappers strike again, can Sunny use her unique genetic inheritance to save herself and her friends?
Anna is working as a courier for Blake in Chicago. The work is easy even if the hours are not, but she gets to piss off some people. Blake has her deliver a letter at Moonshine, the bar of a local gang, and she inevitably creates a ruckus. Because Anna is a hag.
A sequence of interconnected novellas of dark, Lovecraftian fantasy. Stories of people who find themselves at the borders of reality and discover heroism – or horror.
Flinging a respectful salute to Lovecraftian lore, the novel carefully recreates the poetry of familiar cosmic horror and secret history, and scatters easter eggs about liberally. But Robert DeFrank is no copy cat, and he overlays his stories on Lovecraft’s cherished backgrounds in his own confident, elegant (and to be honest, much more accessible) way. Here is good horror, written well, and for genre afficiandos that alone should be enough to click the purchase button.
The tales of Star Winds at Dusk are anchored around a respect and dedication to building a solid supernatural mythos, providing the cozy depths to lose oneself in that is so necessary to a good horror tale. Though the book is filled with outlandish beasts and no small amount of the occult, Robert DeFrank pulls off that Lovecraftian trick of presenting the inexplicable with academic credulity, and really pervades the sense that a world of the inexplicable lies close by… for those that know how and where to look.
All this talk of H.P Lovecraft may be off-putting to some, but those of you who don’t know their Shoggoth’s from their elbows won’t feel put out. Star Winds at Dusk isn’t a fan fiction, and at the core of the cosmic musings is a solid thread of story filled with intriguing characters. It’s an original twist on time-tested concepts.
I thoroughly enjoyed Star Winds at Dusk. It was pleasingly intriguing, sometimes disturbing and shot through with a quiet dread and tension you’d expect from a seasoned horror writer.
Half-alien teen, Sunny, has the worst custody agreement, forcing her to go live with her dictatorial mother on another planet. This. Sucks. When her DNA makes Sunny the target of kidnappers, her mother saves her, but is arrested for murder. Can Sunny accept herself in time to save them both?
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Raised in splendid isolation. Betrothed to a man she despises. Destined to rule over the greatest city on earth. She is the Golden Princess. Now Sarah is on the run for her life. Before the next sunset, her fate, and that of empires, will be decided with gold, steel and blood.
Seven Misterious Gifts came to Earth and lay dormant, like seeds in an empty desert. Then the rains came, as a young boy, chosen by an Angel to reveal the gifts after enduring a wild, spiritual odyssey through seven arcane and bizarre worlds in pursuit of a lonely white dolphin
Fear of a prophecy, of burning magical power, and a broken heart, Sanura, is unprepared when Special Agent Berber enters her life, hunting a preternatural serial killer. Assefa’s intelligent, chocolate eyes and intoxicating aura signature stirs her fire spirit but frightens the woman. Is faith the cure for her fear?
Two worlds in danger. A Grand Witch behind bars. A stunning Werewolf and a devilishly handsome Warlock’s pursuit for her affections. Anna awakens to find herself imprisoned by Micah, the Prince of Darkness. Micah’s on a quest for world domination—and it’s not just the Netherworld that’s in danger.
A sister kidnapped. An impending war between Heaven and Hell looming around the corner. A Grand Witch who has no idea what she is. The Prince of Darkness’s obsession in claiming her. It’s up to her to draw out her dormant magic, rescue her sister and stop an impending war.
With mankind on the brink of extinction, Violina, a girl polarized by love and loathing, travels back in time to prevent the apocalypse and dish out lethal justice against all who wrong her—a list that grows exponentially until it encompasses all of mankind.
Ember prefers the dead. When her father dies, she learns her life’s a lie. She’s threatened by a beautiful boy and rescued by unknown family. Now she’s got an uncontrollable power, a household of reapers and shifters and her survival rests with the boy who tried to kill her.
Lola’s keeping a secret, she’s vampire, and she fears if her new crush Dillon finds out, he’ll reject her, just like her mortal ex did. But when the need to feed causes Lola to make a serious mistake, an old enemy takes the opportunity to wreak revenge, framing Dillon for murder.
Delve into the early 19th century’s world and accompany the journeys of several historical and fictional characters, whose fates are to converge towards the Fiji islands, while the world is shaken by Napoleonic wars, struggles for independences, global trade, anti-slavery movements and clashes of civillisations.
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A spectral, existential noir set against the aging irons of Coney Island and old guard lions of hip hop and silent film, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale tracks the singular odyssey of would-be sleuth and soon-to-be wordsmith, Salvatore Massimo Lunezzi. Pr …
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In this rogue’s tale, full of sound, fury, and erotic surrealism, we meet Alex Fillameno, a writer who has traded in the machine-grind of New York for a bare bones existence in the high desert town of Taos, New Mexico. Recently divorced and jobless, Fi …
The Timesnatcher has kidnapped three teens twenty years into the future. Three tangled time trails creates a paradox that will take all the wits of Jack, Annabelle and Nicolas; but, with the ability to bend time and space, they might just pull it off.
Archangel Lucifer learns that Heaven is empty, and his Father is missing. Seeking answers, he’s confronted by a race of Creator-Gods unhappy with his heretic Father and the world He’d created. They imprison Lucifer in Hell and plan to wipe out this heresy by letting Darkness reclaim the earth.
Half-angel Penelope seems like a normal child, but her hidden powers make her a target for malicious heavenly beings. Now Moira finds herself caught in a terrifying struggle against creatures more powerful than she can imagine–one of which is her daughter’s father. The foundations of reality will be shaken.
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Since the Red Event, one out of every hundred people have gained super powers. Rather than a golden age of heroes, the results are catastrophic. The transformed have become villains. A few have become unstoppable monsters. If the world is to survive, true heroes will have to be made.
Bree thought she and her father were safe from the King… until the day Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor. Now, Bree must unravel the knot of her father’s past before the King takes his life– and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.
When the mysterious and devastating prophecies surrounding her family are revealed, Antigone must choose where her allegiance lies: With the gods who have betrayed her family but who she is obliged to serve? With her plague ridden city? With her family which lay in ruins? Or even with herself?
Kate, a frightened, desperate woman on the run, and Ankou, a lonely, fallen God of Death, are united in a magical soulmate bond. Can these two broken people find a way to fit all their disparate pieces together into a stronger, united whole?
This book will appeal to readers who enjoy erotic paranormal fantasy, even if it isn’t backed by a terribly exciting story.
“Monroe…explores religious identity and redemption, giving a passing nod to comedy as she boldly showcases the psychological and physical horrors of radicalism… With a promising comedic beginning and over-the-top characters, the well-written story provides an often scathing indictment of the human condition.” ~ Publishers Weekly
On a back alley in Toronto’s Kensington Market, above the Heaven & Earth Bakery, there’s an apartment with a room for rent. The rent is negotiable. The location varies. Humans need not apply.
The Tenants of 7C is a unique paranormal plot that includes a cast of human-like mythical creatures. While Degan’s often-humorous scenes are rather refreshing, aficionados of this genre may find themselves frustrated with her weak character development.
Palmer Tash and Brier Chastain both have unusual maladies. When they are both kidnapped, they discover their disabilities are actually budding powers. With their country on the brink of war, the two must step into their predestined roles and learn to take control of their own destinies.
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IS SHE AVAILABLE pushes the edge of what is possible with present-day ebooks. It is not an App, it is a true book that marries pop art, comics, avant-garde, jazz, spoken word poetry, video and animations, The collaborative work of artists, musicians, editors, and designers from two continents. Adriano Bulla, Literature Blog
James Weems can eavesdrop on the chit-chat of germs. Within these invaders lie the secrets of every living thing. James could end disease’s reign over mankind. Others also possess this gift, and tampering with its works will incur their wrath. And tampering is precisely what James intends to do.
Ezembe has unique story concept with a lot of potential. Those who enjoy medical science-fiction and don’t mind a touch of the supernatural will find it interesting. The story is intriguing enough to keep the reader turning pages, but the ending doesn’t quite live up to the promise, more due to the flat characters than the plot.
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The follow-up to his critically acclaimed collection, You Shall Never Know Security, J.R. Hamantaschen returns with another collection of his inimitable brand of weird, dark fiction. At turns despairing, resonant, macabre and insightful, these nine stories intend to stay with you.
Sam of Haywood is the most promising Paladin trainee in Thule… and knows it. The problem? Sam is really Lady Samantha, daughter of a duke. Disguising her gender, Sam fights alongside the warrior elite. But war is coming, and Sam must pick a side. Will saving the kingdom cost her life–or just her heart?
Paladin is an outstanding fantasy novel of the swords/high fantasy sub-genre, fit for YA or adult audiences. The book can stand alone, but it also sets up a world for more adventures, and I hope the author provides them. This is a fantastic book that shows what great promise there is in independent publishing. You can’t go wrong with Paladin.