Chris Northern


In between bouts of writing, Chris Northern does other things. He says he has no hobbies of his own, but is more than happy to go do things that other people enjoy. Exploring caves, wondering around castles and hiking are just a few examples. Swimming is pretty much out, though. No gills, no swimming. Boats are okay, just so long as they work. He does not get seasick. Or airsick.

Chris Northern lives wherever he happens to be and will move at the drop of a hat. Any hat. To anywhere. Though if it is cold he will likely not stay long. Just long enough to drive a 4X4 over a glacier, maybe.

He is often to be found eying the horizon; shortly thereafter, he is often found to be gone.

Chris Northern writes Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Concealed Kingdoms (Fantasy)

The King's Ward
The Heir Reluctant

The Price of Freedom (quartet of fantasy novels)

The Last King's Amulet
The Key To The Grave
The Invisible Hand
All The King's Bastards

Dancing with Darwin (A collection of related Science Fiction stories)Also Available Individually

Rapture Ready
Headed Home
Evolving Environment
Dangerous Delusions

Young Adult SF

Loser´s Flight

Where to find Chris Northern online


The Heir Reluctant
Series: Concealed Worlds. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 96,150. Language: American English. Published: April 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Awakening in a cheap hotel room, Odin has no memory of his past life. His only clue, someone else's wallet among his discarded clothing. Determined to discover his own identity, he is forced into a journey to a dying world where he must face an old enemy.
The King's Ward
Series: Concealed Worlds. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 114,170. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
My mother had a charm. It was a small gold sword on a chain. I built fantasies around it, dreaming that I would take up a sword and with it win a place in the world where I would be noticed. Now I stand alone in my mothers apartment. I am beset by men-like monsters. They will kill me if they can. But I hold my Mother's sword on a chain in my hand. And the man I love comes to be at my side.
Loser's Flight
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,770. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Susa is an innocent girl whose view of the world is conditioned by a society where all physical needs are met by Automatics that operate beyond human control, giving the gift of civilization... but only for a lucky few. Exiled in the company of a boy who seems just as innocent, Susa finds herself pursued, and soon discovers that the world outside is the least of her troubles.
All The King's Bastards
Series: The Price of Freedom, Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 84,460. Language: American English. Published: May 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
All The King's Bastards is the last of the four novels in The Price of Freedom sequence. My name is Sumto and I was once content to drink and gamble and idle my days away in the company of good books, dubious friends and casual women. Still, money and power have their lure and I have accepted I must acquire them as a matter of survival.
Dancing with Darwin
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,990. Language: American English. Published: September 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Four stories of people caught up in the insanity of the end of the world and the madness that is the beginnings of a new one. Headed Home - Sheena can never go home. Rapture Ready - Claire learns if she is ready. Evolving Environment - Dana accepts the enemy. Dangerous Delusions - Sam faces his past.
Dangerous Delusions
Series: Dancing with Darwin, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,560. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
When his town succumbs to insanity, Sam fights against his own personal madness as he struggles to establish a new stability for himself and those around him. His belief that he has succeeded is challenged when two friend he believes to be mad bring their dangerous delusions to his home.
Evolving Environment
Series: Dancing with Darwin, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,960. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Dana has spent her life fighting to conserve the rain forests against the rapacity of civilization. When the world goes mad, Dana is forced to attempt to supply civilization to those who are too mad to know the task is impossible.
Headed Home
Series: Dancing with Darwin, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,480. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
When the world goes mad, where do you run to? When the army is sent into Los Angeles to contain an epidemic of inanity, Sheena must cope with a growing awareness of her own instability while surviving the madness all around her.
Rapture Ready
Series: Dancing with Darwin, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,000. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Armageddon by insanity. Insanity. n. mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior. - Insanity, craziness or madness is a spectrum of behaviors characterized by certain abnormal mental or behavioral patterns. - wikipedia
The Invisible Hand
Series: The Price of Freedom, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 148,480. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The necromancers power base is destroyed and the source of their power, the Grave, is flooded. Darklake is crammed to bursting with refugees after I sacked the Grave and destroyed Learneth by fire. Darklake, Learneth, the Grave are mine by right of conquest. Now I have to decide what to do with them. I just hope I decide wisely.
The key To The Grave
Series: The Price of Freedom, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 105,340. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
My name is Sumto. I have met the enemies of the city and prevailed, admittedly as much by luck as judgement. I could not have garnered the little success I can boast had I been alone: there is Sapphire, an assassin in the employ of my father; Meran, my former slave; and there is Jocasta, a sorceress of unexpected skill and strength. They all seem to care about me more than I probably deserve.
The Last King's Amulet
Series: The Price of Freedom, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 107,990. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
My name is Sumto, and everyone thinks I am a gambling, lazy, good-for-nothing drunk. Frankly, I think they have a point. Right now I may have to join the army and fight in a war I am frankly too corpulent to cope with. Still, it looks like being a small, short war. So that's got to be as bad as things get. Am I right?
Prison of Power
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 225,000. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
When the High King was slain his bloodline numbered in the hundreds. Ninety years later, there remains only one heir. One last chance for a restoration, a restoration that many fear and few desire. Unknown to himself, the last heir is caught in a Prison of Power that he quite simply cannot escape.

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  • January Moon on Nov. 15, 2010

    January Moon is an ambitious exploration of the ways in which religious fundamentalism is used as a screen for irrationality of all kinds. Using female mutilation as its underlying theme, it gathers a diverse range of characters into a page-turning thriller; along the way it also deals, among other things, with competition between crime prevention agencies and race relations. No-one is perfect; moral dilemmas abound. The family scenes are particularly well-drawn; an island of normality in a sea of madness (not forgetting the dog). A rollercoaster of a read! - Chris Northern (Author of The Last King's Amulet & The Key To The Grave)
  • Ice Cracker II on Feb. 01, 2011

    I was instantly charmed by writing of style and grace, a world of promised depth and complexity, and an engaging and delightful protagonist. This story is handled with a great deal of skill and the calm confidence of a writer born. I very much look forward to having the following prediction proven by events; Lindsay Buroker will be a No.1 bestselling author. Chris Northern: responsible for The Last King's Amulet & The Key To The Grave