The Hidden King by E.G. Radcliff

Book Description

Hidden truths. Hidden power. Hidden destiny.
On the shores of a rusty sea, in the streets of a starving city, a young man named Áed scraps to build a life for himself and the makeshift family he loves. Scarred by a trauma he cannot remember, and haunted by the brutal damage it left behind, he has no idea of the courage his future will demand.

When tragedy strikes, a desperate Áed risks a treacherous, life-changing journey in his last chance to save the only family he has left – but an ancient legacy smoldering within him is about to turn deadly. Neither he – nor a kingdom – will ever be the same.


My Review

4/5 stars
I read a kindle version of this book

The title of this book meant that right from the beginning I found myself wondering which of the characters would turn out to be the king.  We meet the main character, Áed and his found family, Ninian and their eight year old ward, Ronan, in the dangerous, filthy streets of the gang-infested Maze, a part of the land known as The Gut.

Ninian in a street-fighting scene – illustration by E.G. Radcliffe

Áed’s beloved Ninian dies after a prize fight near the beginning of the story and we find ourselves fearing for the safety of Áed and Ronan if the gang should come looking for Ninian for his next fight. Our heroes flee the grime they were accustomed to in The Maze and undertake a long arduous journey to the beautiful White City, where they seek refuge without realising this in itself makes them outlaws.

On entering the White City they have to undergo some changes. In order to fit in they must clean themselves up, find some better clothes and no longer speak in the language of the Maze. They need to learn to refer to the Maze as Smudge and the White City as Suibhne. They are fortunate to find themselves hiding from the guards in the apartment of Boudicca – a caring and helpful person who decides rather than handing them over to the guards she will take them in and feed and clothe them while Áed mourns the death of his beloved Ninian.

Áed – illustration by E.G. Radcliff

Soon after their arrival is the Festival of Fire, a time of eating, drinking and dancing to street musicians. It was described so beautifully I found myself really wanting to go to the festival myself:

“Yellow and white flowers hung over the doorway, creating a curtain through which to pass, and in the white-brick street, even the carriages held white-thorn branches and sprigs of frizzy blooms. A magnificent bonfire, roped off with garlands of flowers, roared at the end of the street, and people sat on a few barrels nearby while others maneuvered around them, hoping to fill their cups with whatever the kegs were serving. Along the side of the road, bands of musicians had set up, and they strummed on lyres and blew into flutes, creating a cacophony of competing melodies that echoed through the crisp air.”

I was captivated throughout the narrative by E.G. Radcliff’s beautiful prose. There were many times when I found myself rereading a description just to absorb the words more thoroughly. Here are some examples I particularly liked:

“Áed had not, in the short time he’d known her, seen her look particularly stubborn or angry, but now she donned acrimony as easily as a favorite dress.”

“The illusion of candlelit splendor fell away like a husk to reveal sweating stone walls.”

“The earthy darkness made him panicky, especially since beside the path, bottomless chasms yawned in the gloom. Hundreds of cells passed behind them, each alike, though and some revealed ghoulish faces crowned with wild hair, long beards, or bloody scratches peering through the iron bars.”

“Streaks of quiet light swabbed like paint over the sky, and the clouds, thin over the mountains, had their tendrils cloaked in sheets of orange and red, yellow and pink. Beams of retreating gold highlighted ripples in the clouds and hung illuminated curtains onto the sides of the hills. The grassland swayed, absorbing the fine, warm light, and turned bluish in the shadows as the colors slowly dimmed.”

The Hidden King does contain some themes for the faint-hearted to be aware of:

  • There is mention of King Seisyll visiting Smudge to rape women there, although this is never depicted in detail. 
  • As the story progresses we learn that Áed’s adopted mother broke his hands and smashed them with a bottle to try and rid him of his fire power. She then threw him out. He was only 10 years old when he suffered this abuse and shortly after he was found and taken in by Ninian, then together they found Ronan.
  • There is a particularly grisly torture scene set in the castle dungeon, where the torturer flays the skin from Áed’s back and he is in agony. Thrashing against his bonds he dislocates a shoulder. Then the torturer begins to tattoo his mutilated back with artistic designs.

I would have liked to learn more about some of the minor characters and their motivations, particularly King Seisyll, Judoc, and Cynwrig. I think the book could have benefitted from a chapter told from each of their perspectives. 

I also found I was waiting for more interactions between the world of Fae and the world of The Gut which were not forthcoming. Who was the shadowy character at the Festival of Fire who locked eyes on Áed? Was it just an example to show us that the Fae could attend the Festival?

I think there were some plot holes too – Boudicca is immediately very open with Áed, very trusting. Right away she believes they won’t rob or hurt her. Would Boudicca have allowed these strangers to stay overnight in her apartment so readily? I doubt it, especially when her brother is General of the Autumn Guard and as such would have made sure she was very aware of security issues pertaining to her personal safely.

Another event that niggled at me was the lack of guards in the throne room when Seisyll and Áed were left together. Why was nobody there to protect the King when Áed attacked him? This seemed highly unlikely.

However these small niggles did not put me off the story at all. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to all fans of fantasy and beautiful descriptive writing. I look forward to reading The Last Prince which I understand is a prequel to this story and any future stories by E.G. Radcliff, whatever their subject matter. Her prose could make a laundry list unputdownable!!

Cover design by Micaela Alcaino https://www.instagram.com/micaelaalcainodesign/

About the Author

E.G. Radcliff is a part-time pooka and native of the Unseelie Court. She collects acorns, glass beads, and pretty rocks, and the crows outside her house know her as She Who Has Bread.

Her Coming of Áed fantasy series is crafted in the dead of night after offering sacrifices of almonds and red wine to the writing-block deities.

You can reach her by scrying bowl, carrier pigeon, or @egradcliff on social media.


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New York City – July 2019

New York City is around 4 hours drive away from our house, but we don’t go there as often as I would like!

The High Line Trail:

Street art and architecture around Ground Zero:

During this visit to New York we were lucky enough to go and see the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which in terms of stagecraft alone, was a truly amazing production, despite whatever I might think about J. K. Rowling now.

Plymouth, MA – Sept. 2020

2020 marked the 400 year anniversary of the Mayflower arriving in New England, and they spent years planning a whole host of activities and festivals which all had to be cancelled…we decided to visit and see how many clamshells we could find on their scavenger hunt. It was a dreary day but we were stir crazy and needed to get out of the house!

Truth and Other Lies by Lyra Wolf

Today I am excited to be a part of the blog tour for Truth and Other Lies by Lyra Wolf, hosted by Storytellers on Tour! They do a fantastic job highlighting books written by indie authors of fantasy and science fiction. Thank you to Justine and Timy for hosting my blog post on their tour! There is a giveaway at the end of this post – so keep reading right to the end…


Book Description

Nothing is trickier than the truth.

All Loki the trickster god of Asgard wants is a quiet, peaceful life where he’s free to needle Balder, occasionally stir up the inter-realm porridge pot, and get Thor to dress in women’s garments (for all the best reasons).

Getting beset by sudden, painful, and terribly inconvenient visions of blood, ash, and death are definitely not on his to-do list. But, because of some small, ridiculous remnant of caring that refuses to be extinguished, Loki feels he must save Asgard…and that means warning Odin, his least favorite god (next to Thor).

But getting the gods to believe the boy who cried Fenrir is harder than it looks, and time is running out, not just for Asgard, but also for a mortal woman named Sigyn who may just hold the key to Loki’s future.

Loki is about to find out the hard way that the only thing crueler than truth are the lies behind it all.


Book Information

Truth and Other Lies by Lyra Wolf
Series: The Nine Worlds Rising (#1)
Published: October 9, 2020
Genre: High/Mythic Fantasy, Romance
Age Group: Adult
Pages: 340 (Print Length)

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My Review

5/5 stars I was provided with a kindle copy of this book by Storytellers on Tour as part of the blog tour. Thank you very much! I also own a signed paperback copy which I won in a giveaway in November, thank you Lyra! Please be sure to check out the other reviews from this blog tour here and keep reading until the end for the international giveaway!

Truth and Other Lies is the story of Loki, Norse god of chaos and lies, prophesied bringer of destruction to the Nine Realms and therefore also to the gods in the form of Ragnarok.

Truth and Other Lies is also a story of love, and tragic loss. It’s a story of the remnants of the uncompromising, heartbreaking love shared centuries before this story between Loki and Odin, of Loki and human woman Sigyn’s all-consuming passionate, pure, romantic love in 16th Century Basel and the immediate unconditional love Loki has for their twin babies. Loki the lover is thwarted from every angle by the jealous gods who, by being dead-set on their own self-preservation, set in motion events which will only bring about their inevitable destruction.

The story begins in a modern day setting in the Münster Cathedral of Basel, Switzerland.

A tormented, raving Loki is encountered standing naked on the altar by a modern day human. The human, scared for the safety of this lunatic, engages him in conversation while awaiting the police – who never show up- and Loki explains that he plans to destroy the universe and recounts his story via a flashback to 500 years ago:

“Isn’t wanting such destruction extreme?”

“I only know extreme”

Loki via Lyra Wolf

The flashback begins in Asgard 500 years previously and from this point the story is told from Loki’s point of view, until the final chapter which jumps forward to modern day in the cathedral again, and the point of view of the man in the cathedral.

In Asgard, we are treated to the well-known humorous Norse myth of Thor’s wedding to Thrym. Loki’s mischievous sense of humour is laid out for us, as is the amusing banter between Thor and Loki. There is plenty of humour to be found throughout the book:

“You leave all my bits and pieces as they are,” he spat. “I don’t trust your magic, lie-smith.”

Thor via Lyra Wolf

The aim of the wedding is to regain Thor’s stolen hammer and once they are successful, Odin decides he and Loki should go away from Asgard to celebrate. This leads to Odin taking Loki to sixteenth century Basel, Switzerland. It is carnival time, the perfect opportunity for Loki’s mischief and mayhem to be unleashed, but Odin gets more than he bargained for – Loki encounters the beautiful Sigyn, who is blessed with the element of fidelity, in a way that only a goddess ought to be. Odin has heard the name Sigyn before, in a witch’s prophesy and it strikes fear in him. This chance meeting means the ball has been set rolling towards Ragnarok. He has to try and stop the inevitable and tries to stop Loki from spending time with her, but soon Loki is in love with Sigyn and begins a simple life with her, living in her house while rebuilding her family’s printshop. There is some lovely evocative descriptive detail in these scenes of simple human life:

‘Warmth hugged the room from a green tiled stove of lead-glazed earthenware standing in the corner…’

Lyra Wolf

Loki describes himself as the trickster, a liar and the god of chaos, he is full of fire from the chaotic element within him. He is witty, intelligent, full of quips, passion and love. He does not know how to temper and control his feelings.

Sigyn is a conundrum. She is human and yet she carries an element within her, much like a goddess. Her Fidelity, the element within her, allows Loki to make her into a goddess to save her from death. She is brave, fierce and bold (Loki encounters her bathing naked in a river), a loyal sister and daughter, hard-working and determined. She puts her dying father first, before her own needs and will not sell out her dead-beat brother Simon. She is also kind, she cares about Frau Annan getting home safely despite the Frau’s meanness to her. Sigyn is loving, independent, too proud to accept help. She is the perfect woman – is there any wonder a god falls in love with her?

We learn about the other characters in the book purely from Loki’s perspective. Odin is portrayed as a “a masterful con”. He is a natural leader and his element is ambition. Odin will do whatever it takes to save his skin and that of the other gods, but he is a fair god and is extremely angry when his wife Frigg breaks his word to Loki.

You are a trickster and a liar, as I am a killer and a deceiver. This is what we are, and we cannot change what is our very essence.

Odin via Lyra Wolf

Thor’s depiction in this book is of a big, strong, not too smart god of thunder and strength. Loki is bored by Thor’s lack of intelligence and sees him as an obstacle who must be manipulated or overpowered to get to the outcome he desires.

Tyr is described fairly stereotypically as fair, yet boring. The dull peacekeeper.

Frigg is shown to be a heartless bitch of a goddess with zero compassion for human life. Loki believes she never loved her husband Odin but was entranced by his power and therefore her own by association.

Loki has been having headaches which lead to visions and eventually he is shown a vision of The Destroyer of worlds. It is a vision of inevitability in a place called Vigridr, or “Fate”. Loki then discovers from Golda the witch that he is The Destroyer who will bring about Ragnarok the destruction of the 9 realms.

You will descend upon the Nine Realms, and your children will end the reign of the gods in a final, glorious battle on Vigridr.

Golda via Lyra Wolf

His children were taken away by Odin not for their own safety but for the safety of the gods – to delay the inevitable, but by doing so Odin sets in motion the events leading up to Ragnarok that he has been striving to prevent.

Lyra Wolf’s is a great version of these well-known Norse myths. Full of wit, intelligence, passion and romance. There is tension thrown in along the way and I found myself shocked at some of the things Loki does (without giving away any spoilers here). He is the god of chaos, after all, and as such it wouldn’t do to be predictable. I am eagerly looking forward to the two remaining books in this series and would recommend it to adult lovers of Norse mythology and love stories.


About the Author

Lyra Wolf is an author caught between worlds. Ours, and those of the characters that won’t stop pestering her. A lover of travel, Lyra has lived all over, from the cornfields of the Midwest, to the rugged mountains of Switzerland. Now, she calls the swamps of Central Florida, where “The Mouse” rules as supreme overlord, her home. When Lyra isn’t at a theme park, listening to classic rock, or otherwise procrastinating, she writes about fantastical places and the complicated people who live there. Lyra has earned a B.A. in History and M.A. in English.


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Prize: Truth and Other Lies by Lyra Wolf – One (1) signed paperback – International

Starts: January 24th, 2021 at 12:00am EST

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First Lines Friday – 29th January 2021

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by @Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, just follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Here are the first lines of the book I am currently reading

Moonlight clung like moisture to the abalone walls of the cave, and the sound of lapping seawater echoed over itself in so many whispers. Ninian’s feet disturbed puddles as he walked carefully, one hand outstretched to touch the age-polished wall. He cleared his throat to announce his presence. “Evening, people.” In the back of the hollow, three shadows moved. Two stayed behind while the other stepped forward into the vague light that penetrated the cave from the rising moon. “Ninian. You’re late.”


And the book is…

The Hidden King by E.G. Radcliff

Hidden truths. Hidden power. Hidden destiny.
On the shores of a rusty sea, in the streets of a starving city, a young man named Áed scraps to build a life for himself and the makeshift family he loves. Scarred by a trauma he cannot remember, and haunted by the brutal damage it left behind, he has no idea of the courage his future will demand.

When tragedy strikes, a desperate Áed risks a treacherous, life-changing journey in his last chance to save the only family he has left – but an ancient legacy smoldering within him is about to turn deadly. Neither he – nor a kingdom – will ever be the same.

Published July 12th 2019 by Mythic Prairie Books

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING★★★★★ The Hidden King is a breathtaking debut ★★★★★ Fiery debut and I need more!★★★★★ A brilliant “Rags-to-riches” type story★★★★  The Hidden King is a first-rate read ★★★★★ Sizzling debut shows this novelist’s on the rise★★★ Engaging, fast-paced debut! ★★★★★ Characters are well-written★★★★  Must add to your shelves!

A SPFBO and BBNYA Semi-Finalist!
“…The writing is crisp and the worldbuilding is rich in this promising series opener with faerie influences. ” Publishers Weekly

“The Hidden King won us over with its focused narrative, strong characterization, evocative prose, and interesting world. E.G. Radcliff is a talent to watch.” -Fantasy Book Critic

“The characters in The Hidden King are the kind of people you root for.” -Independent Book Review

“Radcliff demonstrates that masterful storytelling can prove a book the ultimate virtual-reality device… [She] is truly a writer to watch.” – Mimi Black, Let Mimi Say It audio book voice artist

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Indie Spotlight – Dylan J. Morgan

Today I would like to introduce you to Dylan J. Morgan, independent author of horror, dystopia and science fiction. Welcome to my blog for today’s Indie Spotlight, Dylan.

Now living and working in Norway, Dylan J. Morgan was born in New Zealand and raised in the United Kingdom. He writes during those rare quiet moments amid a hectic family life: after dark, with limited sustenance, and when his creative essence is plagued the most by tormented visions.

He is the multi-genre author of eleven books, all available exclusively to Amazon. Focusing on Horror, Post-Apocalyptic Dystopia, and sometimes a hint of Science-Fiction, his books cater for those readers who enjoy a dark, terrifying journey into worlds where a happy ending is seldom seen.

If you’re searching for that light at the end of the tunnel then stop looking—you won’t find it here.

Contact Dylan here:

Website: www.dylanjmorgan.net

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3156560.Dylan_J_Morgan

Twitter: @dylanjmorgan


So now we know a little bit about you let’s find out what you think about Indie publishing.
What made you decide to publish your books independently?

After putting so many hours, weeks, months, into creating a story it’s always a good feeling to have that work accepted by a publisher. It’s the goal of most authors, including my own when I started writing back in 2003. What follows next, however, is another round of edits, the allocation of cover art that you might not even like, and a wait for the novel to be published on said publishing house’s schedule. Potentially even more annoying is that once your book is available for readers, the publisher moves on to its next project and you’re often left to do the marketing and promotion virtually on your own.

So, basically, it boiled down to realizing that I could produce a much better product on my own than any publisher could deliver and—more importantly for me—I would have full control over everything: edits, cover art, and publishing date. In my own experience, being published by a publishing house was unrewarding and I had to do all the hard work anyway.

Sounds like it was a good choice. What are the benefits of being an indie author?

I have freedom and full control over everything I create. I can write what I want when I want without being tied down to deadlines or the decisions and creative directions of others. I select my own trusted proofreader who always ensures my work is as polished as it can be. And I hire my own artist, a company that delivers awesome covers that capture the essence of my story perfectly.

Sure, I have to pay for the proofreader and the artist, so I’m laying out money before the book has even been published, but I can sit here with a smile on my face and say that I am 110% satisfied with the finished product. I’m not a perfectionist, but this is my work, my “blood sweat and tears”, my time spent away from my loving family, so I’ll be damned if someone I don’t know decides when it’s released and what it looks like.

What challenges do indie authors face?

I think one of the biggest problems for indie authors is a saturated market. Amazon has created a wonderful opportunity for independent authors by giving them a platform from which to get published and have readers find their work. But if you look through the available books on Amazon, in whatever genre you like, you’ll find it’s crowded with countless books by countless authors. Without the luxury of being a household name like King, for example, it’s hard for indie authors to be spotted by readers. Having a great marketing scheme and promotional tools can help a lot with this problem, but that’s a whole different kind of challenge.

Yes, people despise marketing, but without it you really have no chance getting people to read anything. What advice would you give to inspiring indie authors?

Read a lot, in particular from your own chosen genre and peer group. Reading your own genre is a given, but do not solely read the big name authors. Read indie authors; get a feel for the concepts and writing styles among those who you’ll be sharing space with on Amazon. Support your fellow indie author—yes, it’s a saturated market, but if you support your fellow indie they will in turn support you.

Be professional, even if you’re technically not. Do not be content with your own editing and do not (unless you’re awesome at Photoshop, of course) design your own cover art. Hire a proofreader, hire a cover artist: make the book the best it can possibly be, inside and out, before releasing it into the world.

Accept one-star reviews because you will get them—everyone gets them, and they’re nothing to get down about. I think a lot of today’s generation has a short attention span, so for a reader to write a review about your book without immediately turning their attention onto something else, is positive even if it might not immediately feel like it.

I think you are very wise not designing your own book covers. They are definitely one of the most important aspects when it comes to drawing in a reader. I particularly love the cover of Highland Cove – it’s very creepy!! The cover of The Sickness is terrifying!
What have you learned from being an indie author?

An independent author … self-published … it all sounds so isolated, like it’s a lonely expedition through a torn and barren wilderness. One of the things I’ve learned from being an indie author is that there are loads of other writers out there, walking the same path as me. And while I’ve already mentioned that this saturation can be a challenge, it’s also comforting to know that I’m not alone on my journey.

The other thing I’ve learned is what an amazing group of people indie authors are. There’s so much talent out there, so many great stories—avid readers of any genre are genuinely spoiled for choice. The support I have gotten from my fellow indie authors is flattering and humbling, and I find myself surrounded by people I’m grateful to call friends. Okay, so they’re not physical friends, but online friends, but in this digital world of Kindle, eBooks, and social media, my indie author friends are the best.

That’s great! It’s fantastic that everyone in the community is so supportive of one another. So, final question for today:

What can we look forward to seeing from you in 2021?

Honestly, I’m glad 2020 is finally over. I know everyone has had their challenges and set-backs, but my hours spent writing each week has gone down over the past twelve months, whether because of the pandemic or just life, so for me personally last year was disappointing. With that said I am currently writing a novel, and it’s about a quarter of the way completed. I don’t divulge what my current works-in-progress are about, but even I wonder why I haven’t written a full-length novel about this subject before. I would like to have it ready for release in late 2021 but I think a more realistic outcome would be a 2022 release.

One of the most important things to do in 2021 is to have fun because 2020 totally sucked. The entire world needs to relax, be happy, and stay safe. Hopefully then we can all live the lives we want.

Well, thank you very much for joining me today, Dylan. I hope you have a better 2021 than 2020 and good luck with your novel!


5 Books by Dylan J. Morgan

View all Dylan’s books here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3156560.Dylan_J_Morgan

Highland Cove


Highland Cove Sanatorium sits abandoned on a desolate island one mile off the Scottish mainland. It’s a dark, foreboding place, filled with nightmares. Even darker are the asylum’s secrets: a history of disease and mental illness, macabre experiments and murder.

The tales of ghostly appearances are said to be more fact than fiction, but no one has ever documented the phenomenon. Codie Jackson aims to change all that. Arriving from London with his small independent film crew, they plan to make a documentary that will forever change their lives.

But when one of the crew disappears, things begin to spiral out of control. A storm closes in to ravage the island, and in the darkness Highland Cove’s true horrors are revealed. Now lost within the institution’s labyrinthine corridors, Codie and his team realize that their nightmare is only just beginning.

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The Dead Lands


Lane is a bounty hunter for Erebus’ corrupt government, his life a constant battle against past demons. Framed for murder, Lane is offered one option to avoid the death penalty: rejoin the army and partake in a covert operation to the apocalyptic world of Hemera, Erebus’ sister planet.

A century after the nuclear conflict that ended mankind’s third age, Hemera has now sent a distress signal to its sister: the president has awoken, and he’s calling for aid. Early intelligence reports indicate the mission will be straightforward, that Hemera is a vacant shell with all forms of life and hostility extinguished.

They are wrong.

Bandits control the dead lands, but there are things much worse waiting for Lane and his squadron once they enter the city walls. Having lived with the nightmares of his shattered past, Lane must now face the mutated horrors of mankind’s future in the toughest battle of his life.

Buy The Dead Lands here

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The Dead City


Nuclear war devastated the planet of Hemera and shattered its main city, Magna. A century later, its sister planet, Erebus, despatched a team of soldiers to the city to rescue Hemera’s president and restore that world to its former glory. What the reconnaissance team found however was a violent mutated population—all they discovered there was death. Now, four weeks after the final mayday call from her decimated soldiers, Erebus has sent a larger force to Hemera’s surface. Colonel Paden is coming with them, but his desires go way beyond the rescue of the surviving recon team. A mountain of jewels and gold is rumoured to lie buried beneath the presidential palace, and Paden is here to claim the wealth he believes is due to him.

Dropped into an unforgiving world, Ryan and the other soldiers of Erebus Superior Armed Forces soon discover everything is not as they thought. Magna’s population is more deadly than they could ever have imagined, their Colonel more corrupt than they’d ever known. Seeking refuge in the president’s underground bunker, the combatants are forced to sacrifice everything just to stay alive.

Bandit clans control Hemera’s dead lands and they’ve surrounded Magna in an effort to claim the fortune that belongs to their planet. Mutants control the city streets, but all they want is the taste of human flesh. Trapped inside the dead city, Ryan must fight against a mutated population—against the greed, betrayal, and hatred of those who stand at his side—in a desperate battle for survival.

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The Sickness


A husband confronted by his jealous wife . . . an old man abandoned so his grandson can claim his inheritance . . . a fifteen year-old boy disowned because of his handicap. All of them are dead. All of them have returned. And they have come for revenge.

James Harris is thirty-six years old, divorced, and has a sixteen-year-old rebellious daughter to contend with. His chaotic life is thrown into further turmoil with the phone call bearing news that his parents have died in tragic circumstances. Forced home to attend the funeral, James steps back into a world he’d tried so hard to forget.

Nash is a small farming community in rural England: picturesque and serene, but it has secrets—violent, horrific, depraved secrets. Wanting to keep their business hidden, someone is not about to let James leave. But when an unexpected visitor arrives in the village searching for James, things take a horrific turn for the worst and he is forced to face the horrors of his past if he is to have any hope of survival.

Buy The Sickness here:

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Add The Sickness to your Goodreads list here: 

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October Rain


The human race teeters on the brink of extinction in a solar system choking under the glare of a dying sun. An assassin for the Martian Interstellar Correction Agency, Steele has one more assignment to complete before a big payoff and the chance of a new life: a job that will reveal the true horrors of mankind’s futile existence and threaten the very people who make his life worth living.

As mankind draws its final breath, what would you do to save your family?

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Add to your To Be Read list here: 

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Who’s next on Indie Spotlight?

Darby Harn will be stepping into the Indie Spotlight on 4th February 2021. His latest book Ever the Hero is a Sci-Fi superhero story with a female protagonist.


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