Kyndra has finally mastered her cold Starborn powers, but at what cost? She's drifting from those dearest to her - though they can only reunite Acre together. And assassins who dance through time pose an extraordinary new threat. They seek to change the past - to unmake the Sartyan Empire and rewrite the whole history of Acre. And in the Khronostians' new narrative, Kyndra is never even born.
Ex-slaver Char is determined to enlist the help of dragons for the fight to come. They were banished from the world by Khronostians. But, with the rogue Khronostian Ma's skills, he and Kyndra aim to reach the dragons' mountainous city. And perhaps here, they can gather enough power to send Kyndra far back in time - to prevent the death of an era. Yet despite her best efforts, events propel Kyndra towards a confrontation that has shaped and will shape the future of the world.
Lucy Hounsom's Worldmaker trilogy comes to a dramatic conclusion in Firestorm.
“Within you and without you The blood within the stone Writ for you and about you Together and yet alone”
In the isolated traders’ town of Greystone, two young thieves named Wilt and Higgs scratch out a living on the street. Both have quick minds and even quicker fingers, but Wilt has another weapon, an ability to sink into others' thoughts, reading them, knowing before they do what action they will take.
Such power is not easily hidden when the Prefects of Redmondis come through town on a pilgrimage to recruit skilled ones, wielders, those who have an affinity with the secret welds that join all living things.
For a shadow is spreading across the land, a strange dark power that uses its victims' fears to drive into their minds and suck their life away. The Nine Sisters of Redmondis sense this threat, and have a prophecy that one will come, one who understands and controls the power of the blood within the stone. One they hope to rule and use for their own ends...
A REVIEW OF T. R. THOMPSON'S THE BLOOD WITHIN THE STONE
New Fears (edited by Mark Morris) was published by Titan Books in September 2017.
Information about Mark Morris:
Mark Morris has written over twenty-five novels, including four books in the popular Doctor Who range. He is also the author of two short story collections and several novellas. His short fiction, articles and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines, and he is editor of Cinema Macabre, a book of horror movie essays for which he won the 2007 British Fantasy Award.
The horror genre’s greatest living practitioners drag our darkest fears kicking and screaming into the light in this collection of nineteen brand-new stories. In “The Boggle Hole” by Alison Littlewood an ancient folk tale leads to irrevocable loss. In Josh Malerman’s “The House of the Head” a dollhouse becomes the focus for an incident both violent and inexplicable. And in “Speaking Still” Ramsey Campbell suggests that beyond death there may be far worse things waiting than we can ever imagine... Numinous, surreal and gut wrenching, New Fears is a vibrant collection showcasing the very best fiction modern horror has to offer.
Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post about worldbuilding by Aidan Russell.
Aidan Russell is not a New York Times bestselling author, but he has written a few short stories for 13Thirty Books’ Never Fear anthologies alongside a few bestsellers. He also drinks Irish car-bombs faster than Tom Monteleone, a matter of historical fact. He is the author of Road of the Lost, the first book in his epic fantasy series, which will be available for pre-order in October 2017.
Aidan began the dream of writing his own harrowing tales of adventure and derring-do as so many other fantasy authors before him had: by reading The Lord of the Rings and spending too many late nights with friends, pizza, and too much soda while rolling the dice to slay orcs, orks, and whatever other foul beasts imaginations could create.
Having completed several combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Marine, Aidan’s stories always feature intense, vivid, and consuming action and conflict that is as much a revelation about the characters as it is a fight for survival.
Currently, he is working on a the final edits of Road of the Lost, polishing the second book in the series, finishing up the first draft of the third book, as well as working on a military thriller set in the Baltic States.
When not writing, Aidan enjoys rocking out to some good ol’ heavy metal, lifting weights, and skiing well above his skill level.
Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing Glynn Stewart.
Glynn Stewart is the author of Starship’s Mage, a bestselling science fiction and fantasy series where faster-than-light travel is possible - but only because of magic. His other ongoing works include science fiction series Duchy of Terra, Castle Federation and Vigilante, as well as the urban fantasy series ONSET.
Writing managed to liberate Glynn from a bleak future as an accountant. With his personality and hope for a high-tech future intact, he lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife, their cats, and an unstoppable writing habit.
Allen Ashley's The Planet Suite was published by Eibonvale Press in May/June 2016.
Information about Allen Ashley:
Allen Ashley is an award-winning editor, writer, poet, creative writing tutor, event host, critical reader, writing mentor, singer and lyricist. Allen is available for readings, running workshops at any level, moderating panels, hosting literary and musical events, and writing-related consultations.
Allen currently runs five regular creative writing groups including a Novel Focus Group and the advanced science fiction / fantasy group Clockhouse London Writers. Allen has also run workshops at various literary events and festivals including Alt-Fiction, the British Fantasy Society’s “FantasyCon”, Finchley Literary Festival, Greenacre Writers Literary Festival, Kilburn Literary Festival and Newham Festival of Science Fiction.