Every war comes down to the flash of bright steel.
Even when the air is full of magic...
Aranthur and his friends have come together across different continents and realms with one purpose: to strike back against the forces which have torn a hole in the heavens and threaten to rip the world beneath them apart as well.
With time running short, and treason at home, there are battles to be fought on the field, in the magical arena, and in the ever-deadly realm of politics, and they must succeed on every front or everything will fall. Victory will require enemies to trust one another, old foes to fight together, spies to reveal the truth and steadfast allies to betray long-corrupt rulers.
Is Aranthur, a twenty-year-old student, really the master strategist to bring it all together? And can he and his friends overcome aeons of lies when their plans inevitably fall to pieces?
Do they even know, for sure, who the enemy is...?
Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest short story by Bruce Woods, the author of Royal Blood.
This story is told by the protagonist of Royal Blood, Miss Paulette Monot.
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About Royal Blood:
Historical and fictional characters come together and change the future of Africa forever. Renowned actress Lady Ellen Terry, detective Sherlock Holmes, financier Cecil Rhodes, hunter/naturalist Frederick Courtney Selous, King Lobengula, and a mysterious, undead adventuress named Paulette Monot become chess pieces in the Great Game, which takes the form of Africa's First Matabele War.
A Personal Bestiary by Bruce Woods
Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing Kellie Doherty.
Kellie Doherty is an author from Eagle River, Alaska, who writes science fiction and fantasy. Living in Alaska gave her an appreciation for nature, a hankering for a good cup of tea, and a passion for all things below zero. During those dark winter nights, she kept herself busy by writing stories and creating characters. When she noticed a lack of queer characters in science fiction and fantasy stories, she decided to create her own. Her first sci-fi book "Finding Hekate" was published by Desert Palm Press in April 2016, and the sequel "Losing Hold" was published in April 2017. She's currently working on a five-book fantasy series, and the first book "Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties" will be out in March 2019.
Click here to visit her official website.
AN INTERVIEW WITH KELLIE DOHERTY
Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing Kyle Alexander Romines, the author of the Warden of Fál fantasy series.
Kyle Alexander Romines is a teller of tales from the hills of Kentucky. He enjoys good reads, thunderstorms, and anything edible. His writing interests include fantasy, science fiction, horror, and western.
Kyle's debut horror novel, The Keeper of the Crows, appeared on the Preliminary Ballot of the 2015 Bram Stoker Awards in the category of Superior Achievement in a First Novel. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
AN INTERVIEW WITH KYLE ALEXANDER ROMINES, THE AUTHOR OF THE WARDEN OF FÁL FANTASY SERIES
Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze's The Beauty of the Death Cap was published by Snuggly Books in August 2018.
Information about Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze:
Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze is Associate Professor of French at Durham University, U.K. She is the author of numerous books, critical editions and articles on nineteenth-century literature and French cinema. Her latest book, Claude Chabrol’s Aesthetics of Opacity, was released by Edinburgh University Press in 2018. The Beauty of the Death Cap, published in France in 2015, is her début novel. It won the André Dubreuil Prize awarded by the Société des Gens de Lettres and a Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco Prize.
Information about The Beauty of the Death Cap:
Nikonor is an eccentric and scholarly snob, a mycomaniac who has just made it to the Château de la Charlanne where he spent his childhood in the company of his twin sister, Anastasie. After all these years, it is not quite clear what brings him back to la Charlanne - an isolated and somewhat derelict castle located in the heart of the French countryside - but he is keen to share various memories with the reader in order to ‘set the record straight’, while he delivers his opinions on literature, cheeses, and, especially, mushrooms.
Winner of both a Prix André Dubreuil and a Prix Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco upon its original publication in France, The Beauty of the Death Cap is a darkly comic and sinister novel, a work that, page by page, becomes ever more disturbing, as we try to discover who Nikonor really is.
REVIEW: THE BEAUTY OF THE DEATH CAP BY CATHERINE DOUSTEYSSIER-KHOZE