February 1, 2023

Eleventh Cycle

(Mistland #1 of 2)
by Kian N. Ardalan
Eleventh Cycle (Mistland #1) - Kian N. Ardalan 7.86   7

It has been a thousand years since the last Seed abandoned their duty. The mists are closing in. Finally, the Morning Bell tolls. A new Seed is born, but is it too late?

The rot eats away at mortals. The Witnesses pray so that they may not turn into one of the forgotten. And the constricting mists infect the lands with fear.

But there is more to this tale than just the Elders and their Seeds. Four mortals will have a part to play in Minethria’s fate. A farmer girl with only love in her eyes. A warrior born to the life of a refugee. A highborn stuck between the realm of gods and men. And a woman running into front lines and away from home.

Will the cycle finally be completed? Or will the mist swallow all?

A seed is born and the evil is slain, so doth another cycle commence. Yet the last Seed born hath turned traitor, and the mists, which had been pushed back, returneth.

Category: Fantasy

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Review: Affairs of a Cardiovascular Nature by Terry Grimwood

Affairs of a Cardiovascular Nature by Terry GrimwoodTerry Grimwood's Affairs of a Cardiovascular Nature was published by Eibonvale Press.

About Terry Grimwood:

Electrician, teacher, musician (of sorts), actor (ham) and writer, Terry Grimwood has three novels and a handful of novellas to his name including the dark religious fantasy, Skin For Skin, and Joe which is inspired by a true story. He has also written plays, reviews and text books.

About Affairs of a Cardiovascular Nature:

Terry Grimwood is an author who has made a name for himself with his very powerful, human and wide-ranging fiction, covering horror, speculative, dystopian and other styles. This mini-collection gathers together some of his more innovative and experimental short fiction from all across that range. The title story is a grotesquely hilarious, absurdist and very British tale of love, intrigue and the exchange of hearts that reads like a post-modern PG Wodehouse fever-dream. It is joined by a collection of miniatures in the form of monologues or dialogues, ranging from a dystopian sales pitch and the political horrors revealed through a farcically unnerving interrogation, to a quiet restaurant meeting where the topic of discussion could hardly be greater or more shattering. Affairs of a Cardiovascular Nature is an unusual example of British slipstream writing, a complex and bittersweet confection that deserves to be taken slowly.

REVIEW: AFFAIRS OF A CARDIOVASCULAR NATURE BY TERRY GRIMWOOD

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Review: Blood Legacy by Tej Turner

Cover image: Blood Legacy by Tej TurnerTej Turner's Blood Legacy (book 2 of The Avatars of Ruin) was published by Elsewhen Press in February/March 2022.

About Tej Turner:

Tej Turner does not have any particular place he would say he is ‘from’, as his family moved between various parts of England during his childhood. He eventually settled in Wales, where he studied Creative Writing and Film at Trinity College in Carmarthen, followed by a master’s degree at The University of Wales Lampeter.

Since then, Tej has mostly resided in Cardiff, where he works as a chef by day and writes by moonlight. His childhood on the move seems to have rubbed off on him because when he is not in Cardiff, it is usually because he has strapped on a backpack and flown off to another part of the world to go on an adventure.

When he travels, he takes a particular interest in historic sites, jungles, wildlife, native cultures, and mountains, and so far, he has clocked two years in Asia and a year in South America. He also spent some time volunteering at the Merazonia Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Ecuador, a place he intends to return to someday. He also hopes to go on more adventures and has his sights set on Central America next.

Firsthand accounts of Tej’s adventures abroad can be found on his travel blog on his website. A place he also posts author-related news.

His debut novel The Janus Cycle was published by Elsewhen Press in 2015 and its sequel Dinnusos Rises was released in 2017. Both are hard to classify within typical genres but were semi-biographical in nature with elements of magical realism. They have often been described as ‘gritty and surreal urban fantasy’.

He has since branched off into writing epic fantasy and has an ongoing series called the Avatars of Ruin. The first instalment – Bloodsworn – was released in 2021, and its sequel Blood Legacy is due out in 2022. He is currently engaged in writing the third instalment (Blood War).

Click here to visit his official website.

About Blood Legacy:

The ragtag group from Jalard have finally reached Shemet, Sharma’s capital city. Scarred and bereft, they bring with them the grim tale of what happened to their village, and a warning about the ancient powers that have been awakened and now threaten all humanity.

Despite this, some of them still hope that reaching sanctuary within the Synod will mean an end to their hardships, but these hopes are soon dashed. Sharma’s ruling class are caught within their own inner turmoil. When Jaedin senses that there are moles within their ranks, not only does his call to crisis fall mostly on deaf ears, but some who do hear seek to thwart him when he tries to hunt these infiltrators down.

Meanwhile, across the Valantian Mountains, Gavendara is beginning to muster its forces. Using ritualistic means to augment their soldiers, their mutant army is like nothing the world has ever seen before.

The Zakaras are coming. And Sharma’s only hope of stopping them is if it can unite its people in time.

REVIEW: BLOOD LEGACY BY TEJ TURNER

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Guest post: Coming Attractions—What’s Next? by Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin author photoRisingshadow has an opportunity to feature a guest post by Gail Z. Martin. This guest post is part of the author's Days of the Dead blog tour.

In this guest post, Gail Z. Martin tells about her forthcoming books.

Guest post: Coming Attractions—What’s Next?

By Gail Z. Martin

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Guest post: Exiles, Fugitives, Outlaws—Heroes by Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. MartinRisingshadow has an opportunity to feature a guest post by Gail Z. Martin. This guest post is part of the author's Hawthorn Moon blog tour.

In this guest post, the author tells about Exile's Quest, which is the fourth book in her Assassins of Landria series.

Guest post: Exiles, Fugitives, Outlaws—Heroes by Gail Z. Martin

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Review: Third Instar by David Gullen

Third Instar by David Gullen cover imageDavid Gullen's Third Instar was published by Eibonvale Press (it's the 7th chapbook the Eibonvale Chapbook Line).

About David Gullen:

SFF writer and editor, current Chair of the Milford SF Writer's Conference, and past judge for the James White and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.

Click here to visit his official website.

About Third Instar:

Mazehew didn’t like the Grand Parade where the kite-men flew beyond the Edge. He didn’t like the sky beyond the railings, a sky that reached up and out and also down. He didn’t like the utter absence of ground inches from his feet, the way the blue air faded to stars in the evening, up and out and also down. Most of all he didn’t like how the Edge made him feel – small, like nothing. Insignificant.

Third Instar is a vivid, evocative and ultimately dreamlike fantasy novella set in a city on the edge of the world in the most profound sense – a city filled with colour and life, against which David Gullen creates a beautifully universal tale of romance and almost mythical loss.

REVIEW: THIRD INSTAR BY DAVID GULLEN

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