Summer is gone, and the world is turning to ice.
The Rondian Empress Lyra has lost her husband, her army is defeated and the deadly Masked Cabal have seized the Holy City. Her allies have abandoned her and her empire is spiralling into chaos - and her only weapon is a forbidden magic she dare not use. She can't survive alone - but who can she still trust?
'Vibrant, memorable characters' - SciFi Now
The Eastern conqueror Sultan Rashid is victorious on the battlefield, but now he faces an enemy more deadly than Rondian knights: the winter. Unless he captures a major city to shelter his huge armies, his plans to overthrow the West face ruin in the snow. But standing between his men and safety is the remnants of a defeated army led by a general who knows all about fighting for survival.
'An epic journey of ordinary people destined to change the course of history... alluring... gripping' - BoHoMind.com
There are no easy options left. Lyra and her fellow dwymancers must master their deadly magic, whatever the cost. Even those who believe themselves to be fighting for good must grasp the reins of power with cold-hearted determination, and use even the most terrible weapon, if they are to stop the world from falling apart... for ever.
Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by Kelvyn Fernandes.
Kelvyn Fernandes is author of The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi.
GUEST POST by Kelvyn Fernandes
Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing Peternelle van Arsdale.
About Peternelle van Arsdale:
Peternelle van Arsdale grew up in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended public school through the eighth grade. After that she attended three high schools in three different towns in four years, was deeply unpopular, and counted the seconds until graduation. She majored in English literature at Bryn Mawr College, and then landed in book publishing, thinking it was a good way to be paid to do what she liked to do anyway (she was only partly wrong). She worked her way up from editorial assistant to executive editor of adult fiction and nonfiction, and eventually struck out on her own as an independent editor.
Her first young adult novel, The Beast Is an Animal, is being developed by Amazon Studios for a feature film produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and directed by Bert & Bertie. Her essays have been published by LitHub, Hypable.com, and Culturefly, and her short fiction has been published by The Whitefish Review.
Her second novel, The Cold Is in Her Bones, will be published in January 2019. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to edit and is at work on her third novel.
Click here to visit her official website.
About The Cold Is in Her Bones:
One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa.
Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.
Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.
Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.
Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.
AN INTERVIEW WITH PETERNELLE VAN ARSDALE
Steven Paulsen's Shadows on the Wall was published by IFWG Publishing Australia in January 2018.
Information about Steven Paulsen:
Steven Paulsen is an award-winning writer whose speculative fiction has appeared in publications around the world. His bestselling dark fantasy children’s book, The Stray Cat, illustrated by Hugo and Oscar Award winning artist Shaun Tan, has seen publication in several English and foreign language editions. His short stories, which Jack Dann describes as rocket-fueled with narrative drive, have appeared in a variety of magazines and in anthologies such as Fantastic Worlds and the World Fantasy Award winning Dreaming Down-Under. Steven has also written extensively about Australian horror and fantasy for publications the world over.
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Information about Shadows on the Wall:
Shadows on the Wall contains the very best of Paulsen's dark and weird tales, plus stunning new fiction written expressly for this volume.
Glimpse a future where population controls force families into terrible choices.
Visit Colonial British India and experience the awakening of an eldritch horror.
Walk the steaming jungles of Vietnam alongside the spirits of the forest.
Light an ancient oil lamp but beware, the shadows on the wall.
Steven Paulsen's stories have appeared in award-winning anthologies, and have been published around the world.
REVIEW: SHADOWS ON THE WALL BY STEVEN PAULSEN
Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by Ken Hughes.
About Ken Hughes:
Ken Hughes dreams of dark alleys and the twenty-seven ways people with different psychic gifts might maneuver around each corner. He grew up on comics and adventures before discovering Steven King and Joss Whedon, and he's written for Mars mission proposals and medical devices, making him an honorary rocket scientist and brain surgeon. Ken is a Global Ebook Award-nominated urban fantasy novelist, who writes under the motto “Whispered spells for breathless suspense.” Don't get him started on puns.
Ken Hughes is the author of Shadowed, and the Spellkeeper Flight series that begins with The High Road.
Click here to visit his official website: www.KenHughesAuthor.com
About The High Road:
When you’re hanging in the sky, one wrong step can get you killed - if you see what's coming at all.
Yesterday Mark was a struggling bicycle courier, his only worry that Angie’s father had been keeping some kind of secret over the years he’s known them. He never dreamed it was the magic to control gravity.
Now Mark and Angie scramble through the city, and he watches her mastering the power and proving she can keep one step ahead of their enemies. With street gangs out for revenge and hidden masterminds that will kill to add this magic to their own, he thinks the worst weakness they can have will be if he can’t learn to keep up with her.
The High Road is the first book of the Spellkeeper Flight urban fantasy series. The second book, Freefall, launches in February.
GUEST POST: “A Writer’s Eye” by Ken Hughes
Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by DJ Daniels.
Information about DJ Daniels:
DJ Daniels is an Australian author and musician. She writes when she manages to get her husband and two daughters out of the house and during lulls in the ongoing dog-lizard war. (Lizards are well ahead.) Her first novel, What the Dead Said, was followed by a raft of short stories which have appeared in publications such as Aurealis, Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, and So It Goes. She was a judge for the 2012 Aurealis Awards and is one of the Sydney Story Factory's Ambassadors of Ink.
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Click here to read a review about Green Jay and Crow.
Information about Green Jay and Crow:
“I WAS MEANT TO COME TO BARLEWIN. BUT I WAS NEVER MEANT TO STAY”
The half-forgotten streets of Barlewin, in the shadow of the High Track, are a good place to hide: among the aliens and the couriers, the robots and the doubles, where everyone has secrets.
Like Eva, a 3D-printed copy of another woman, built to be disposable. She should have disintegrated days ago... and she hasn’t.
And now her creator wants her back.
In Green Jay and Crow, DJ Daniels presents a powerful tale of humanity, identity, and the hope that drives us all.
GUEST POST: Green Jay and Crow by DJ Daniels