Brent Nichols


Brent Nichols is a writer and trainer based in Calgary, Alberta.

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War of the Necromancer
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 199,600. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Get all three volumes of the epic trilogy in one box set. Tira is done with war and headed for home when a search for missing children brings her face to face with kidnappers, goblin armies, and dark sorcery in a war where the dead don't stay fallen. From invasion to murder to the rise of a dead king, Tira and her companions battle one plot after another in their quest to bring down a necromancer.
The Goblin King
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,720. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
When a dead king rises to claim a throne, Tira and friends sense the hand of a dark sorceress. To stop her they'll face a rogue with a hidden agenda and an army of rebels sworn to a king ten years dead. Now they must ride into a goblin-infested wilderness and battle mercenaries to reach the witch before she can plunge a kingdom into war. They will pay terribly, but they WILL stop the necromancer.
Girl in the Shadows
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,650. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Tira is hunting a necromancer when she meets Su, on the run from bounty hunters, Alerak, who thinks Su is a murderer, and Roth, assassin turned priest, who's hunting the real killer. Sensing the necromancer behind it all, Tira must rescue Su from the gallows, save Roth from pirates, and storm a fortress. She's going to bring down a necromancer, and may the gods help anyone who gets in her way!
Bone Magic
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,380. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
The war is over, and Tira Archer just wants to go home. But a search for missing children leads to vicious kidnappers, goblin armies, and mercenary dwarves. A war is brewing, a war where the dead don't stay fallen. Hurt, exhausted, sick of fighting, Tira will have to take up her bow once again. A dark wizard is raising the dead. He plans to rule the world, but he hasn't planned on Tira Archer.
The Airship War Omnibus
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,750. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Adventure » General
Get all three books in the second Steampunk/Lovecraft trilogy in one money-saving volume. The cult of Katharis is on the Mediterranean island of Capria, and Colleen Garman has to find out why. Ben is a spoiled playboy with no interest in assassins, mercenaries, or sky pirates who've hijacked an airship. Colleen is taking on the cult, and Ben is going to help her, whether he likes it or not!
Airship Down
Series: Gears of a Mad God, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,600. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Mercenaries have invaded Capria, aided by a hijacked airship. Colleen has all she can handle just staying alive, but the cult is opening a portal to release the mad god Katharis. With the fate of the world at stake, Colleen has to stop running and take the fight to the invaders. The seconds are ticking down, the mad god is coming closer, and Colleen has to stop him - no matter what the cost.
Assault on Villamar
Series: Gears of a Mad God, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,430. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Colleen Garman, hunted by the cult of Katharis, learns that Ben, the man who has come to mean everything to her, has been captured. She leads Ben's partisans on a mad balloon ride across the Mediterranean and a midnight assault on a castle in Sardinia. They will pay a terrible price, but the cult of Katharis is going to take a beating it will never forget, and one way or another, Ben will be free.
The Airship War
Series: Gears of a Mad God, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,780. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Colleen has faced cultists, assassins, and mad gods, but this is her most terrifying assignment yet. She has to go to Monaco and crash a party. Ben is a spoiled young prince with no desire to face a murderous governor, armed henchmen, or sky pirates. He thinks he can walk away, but he hasn't planned on Colleen. She's taking on the cult, and Ben is going to help, whether he likes it or not!
Gears of a Mad God Omnibus
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,730. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Get the classic Steampunk/Lovecraft trilogy in one volume. Gears of a Mad God: When a sinister cult comes after Colleen Garman, she pushes back - hard. Dark Island: Colleen is in the Dutch East Indies, trying to solve the mystery of Tanathos with the cult on her heels. Hell's Gate: The cult opens a portal to another realm. Colleen must close the gate at any cost, but Carter is on the other side.
Hell's Gate: A Steampunk Lovecraft Adventure
Series: Gears of a Mad God, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,720. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Horror » Occult
How far would you go for a friend? A devastating raid by the cult of Katharis leaves Colleen Garman alone, faced with a formidable task. The world itself hangs in the balance as the cult opens a portal to another realm. Colleen's duty is plain - she must close the portal at any cost, and keep it closed. But her old friend Carter is trapped on the other side. What will she risk to save a friend?
Dark Island: A Steampunk Lovecraft Adventure
Series: Gears of a Mad God, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,500. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
What is Tanathos, and why will a mysterious cult kill to find it? Colleen Garman is in the Dutch East Indies, trying to learn the secret of Tanathos. Isolated and betrayed, faced with murder and mayhem, Colleen is in the fight of her life. She will need every scrap of courage, every shred of ingenuity, every steam-powered gadget she can devise, if she is going to make it off of Dark Island alive.
Gears of a Mad God: A Steampunk Lovecraft Adventure
Series: Gears of a Mad God, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 27,640. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Horror » Occult
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
Proper young ladies in the 1920s don't get dirty, and they don't get into fights. But Colleen's uncle is killed, and she wants answers. When a sinister cult targets her, she pushes back - hard. Now she's running for her life. It will take all her courage, all her strength, and every steam-powered weapon she can devise to keep her alive long enough to unravel the mystery of her uncle's death.
Justice Girl Gets Her Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,270. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Got super powers? Carmen wants to keep her powers secret. Epic battles between good and evil? No thanks. She's more interested in catching the eye of local hunk Derek. Then a frightened man comes to her for help, and she turns him away. When he turns up dead, Carmen faces a tough choice. Will she stay in the shadows, or suit up, hit the streets, and dish out some justice?
Cinderella's Blues
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,560. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Fancy shoes are the least of Cinderella's problems. She's met a boy she likes, but he's got baggage - a murderous regent with armed henchmen. If she wants to dance with her prince, she'll have to rescue him first. It's time to take off the glass slippers and kick a little butt, or Cinderella will never survive until midnight. Enjoy an action-packed re-telling of the Cinderella story.

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Smashwords book reviews by Brent Nichols

  • This Brilliant Darkness on Oct. 07, 2011

    This Brilliant Darkness by Red Tash is a dark, pretty scary, quite original, and wholly unpredictable horror novel. It's so chock-full of unconventional characters and truly weird plot elements that it's almost impossible to summarize, but I'll try. Christine Grace is an American college professor. A whole batch of weird things happens to her in short order. A strange unmoving star appears in the sky, and it's only visible over Bloomington, Indiana. A dark immortal creature is hunting her. A man she's never met but has long felt connected with has come to Bloomington. A mysterious young religious pilgrim is seeing her in visions. And one of her students is exhibiting strange powers. It's all connected, and somehow Grace is at the heart of it. I liked the complete absence of familiar tropes. I couldn't tell you what book this book compares to. It's startlingly original. It's also pretty well-written. There is mystery, romance, rising tension, complex and compelling characters, and an ever-present sense of dread. Some things I didn't like. It's almost too weird at times. Two of the characters are so deeply odd that the scenes written from their point of view are nearly incomprehensible. Also, I must warn you - this book has some pretty gross imagery. It's not TOO bad, but there is a scene early on, I'll just say that it involves a blood clot and leave it at that. Not really a problem, but you should know that this book is not for the squeamish. There is brilliance in This Brilliant Darkness. If you're tired of the same old paranormal cliches, this will knock your socks off.
  • Road to Wrath (Book II of the Kobalos trilogy) on Jan. 23, 2012

    Ty Johnston's Kobalos trilogy continues with book 2, The Road to Wrath. At the end of City of Rogues, revenge-obsessed Kron Darkbow transferred his rage from Belgad the Liar to a fantastically powerful wizard named Verkain. Now he's on the road to Verkain's kingdom of Kobalos, accompanied by Adara, master swordswoman, and Randall, Verkain's son who has become a healer. The action never stops. Kron thinks he's done with Belgad for now, but Belgad isn't done with Kron. Along the road they'll meet savage mountain tribes, superstitious villagers out to murder Randall for using magic, and a tribe of cannibals who've escaped from prison. Then there's Verkain. He has summoned indestructible war demons and sent them out to find Randall. If Kron and his companions can somehow survive this gauntlet of enemies, they'll have to face Verkain himself, a wizard of such mind-boggling power he could swat them all like insects. My reaction to this book was similar to my reaction to City of Rogues. The story is irresistible. It drew me in completely. There was no question that I would keep reading, and I'll be reading the third book, Dark King of the North, as well. The writing is flawed. Things are phrased in clumsy ways. And the number of typos is distressing. Yet the power of the storytelling trumps all of that. It's irresistibly entertaining. The emphasis in these books is on action. The world-building is moderate at best, as is the characterization. Kron himself is almost ridiculously wooden at times. None of the characters are especially complex. Still, there are some interesting relationships and some tricky moral dilemmas that give the book some depth. The wealth of action is one of the book's strong points, although it leads to one of my minor complaints. There is an appalling body count among the bystanders, in this book and in City of Rogues. Sometimes I almost wished the heroes would be killed, because they kept escaping at such a dreadful cost to the local population. Overall this is an excellent adventure story with loads of action, and definitely recommended.
  • Dark King of the North (Book III of The Kobalos Trilogy) on July 08, 2012

    The Kobalos trilogy comes to a close with Dark King of the North. In City of Rogues we met Kron Darkbow and saw him wage a war of vengeance on local crime lord Belgad the Liar. In Road to Wrath he set out with Randall Tendbones and Adara Corvus to confront the freakishly powerful Lord Verkain, pursued by Verkain's war demons, an angry Belgad, and a professional duelist with grudges against Kron and Adara. Now, in Dark King of the North, everything comes to a head. There's a potential issue in this story with Kron encountering enemies and allies so powerful that he becomes superfluous. However, even as war demons and a mage of mind-boggling power on one side do battle with a powerful wizard and a reincarnated god on the other side, there is still plenty of mayhem for Kron to revel in. One of the beautiful things about the trilogy is how the story has been building up to this bigger-than-epic confrontation. Verkain is a horrifically dangerous opponent, and the stakes have risen and risen until Kron has no choice but to somehow try to stop him. The price he pays is high. He gets hurt. He loses friends. He gets hurt more. The things he tries blow up in his face, and he just has to pick up the pieces and try again. It's very powerful storytelling, and it brings the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion. If you liked the earlier books you'll like this one. Dark King of the North could work as a stand-alone novel, but I'd definitely recommend reading the other books first. I think I can see the author improving, as well. Ty Johnston is a writer to watch, constantly challenging himself, writing in various genres, expanding and honing his skills. The prose is still a bit rough, but it has improved over the earlier books. The kick-ass storytelling is still intact and working fine. At three bucks it's a bargain, but there is now a Kobalos Trilogy omnibus edition that will save you a few bucks. It's gritty, hard-edged, action-packed sword and sorcery adventure, and I recommend you check it out.