Kevis Hendrickson is the author of eight Science Fiction and Fantasy novels, including The Legend of Witch Bane and the Rogue Hunter series. His second novel Rogue Hunter: Quest of the Hunter won the Red Adept Annual Indie Award (2010) for 'Top Science Fiction'. His most recent novel is Rogue Hunter: Valor. The sixth book in the series, Rogue Hunter: Death Moon, is scheduled for release in 2017. Along with an epic fantasy re-telling of Cinderella, he is working on a brand new urban fantasy series which also makes its debut this year.
Forced to repay the vengeful crime boss she owes, Zyra takes a dangerous assignment. But the bounty she seeks is a trap door, drawing her into a world of intrigue and mysticism. Her only hope to survive depends on the dark secret a young pirate is carrying: a secret so powerful, it could shatter the very foundations of the galaxy.
The newest installment in the Rogue Hunter series reaches new heights and explores the life of Zyra Zanr, the galaxy's greatest bounty hunter, as she fights to survive in a world of bloodthirsty gangsters while trying to navigate the even more dangerous realm of her desires. Life Force is a tale of dark passions and an epic struggle over one woman's soul.
For mature readers only.
Zyra Zanr has really stepped in it this time. Her enemies are out for her hide and there's no place to run. She faces imprisonment, torture, and death. She'll have to stand her ground if she's going to have a chance to survive. Bounty hunter vs. bounty hunter. Killer vs. killer. Who's going to win? Find out in ROGUE HUNTER: DARK SPACE.
Intergalactic bounty hunter Zyra Zanr faces execution for attempting to break a criminal out of prison. Used as a political pawn against her own government, her trial results in an epic showdown between the most powerful worlds in the galaxy. Zyra is resolved to prove her innocence, knowing failure to do so will not only result in her death, but the destruction of an entire world.
Published: September 9, 2012.
Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The Fall of Ithar recounts the events of the great war fought to protect the last kingdom of Men from the dreaded legions of the Shadow-Kings. It is a tale of epic heroes, daring deeds, and fearsome villains. Journey to a time when the gods walked among Men and heroes lived and died by their courage!
Published: August 9, 2011.
Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Three children embark on a dangerous quest to defeat an evil queen who has put a spell on their kingdom. To save their people they must find Witch Bane, a magical sword with a mysterious past. It will take all their courage to survive the malevolent forces of evil gathered against them. Will they fail or will they succeed? Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime!
Spellbound by Jaimey Grant is a captivating regency romance novel that sweeps the reader up into a tale of love and deception. This compelling drama involves a young actress named Raven who accepts a job to play the role of a rich duke's fiancée, all the while knowing that if her real identity is uncovered she will be executed. The duke's goal is to use Raven to assuage his family's relentless pursuit to see him wed to a wealthy heiress. At first, Raven takes to her role with cunning efficiency. But trouble starts to brew when she finds herself passionately falling in love with the duke--an event which will send her life spiraling out of control and tumbling towards disaster.
What I most admire about this novel is Grant's ability to bring her wonderful characters to life with an undeniable wit and pomp. The prose is fluid and the dialogue accurately conveyed, fully immersing the reader in the periodic English setting. Grant truly understands her genre and flourishes with every word she writes. For certain, I will seek out more books from this author fully anticipating another richly told romance teeming with charming characters and an involving plot.
Blood and Bronze by David J. Guyton is the second installment of the Legend of Reason Series. Like its predecessor Mighty Hammer Down, Blood and Bronze is as much a literary venture into the realm of philosophy and intellectualism as it is a fantasy adventure ripe with epic storytelling. What makes this series unique among a vast sea of fantasy novels is that Guyton's characters are not your run-of-the-mill characters who slavishly serve the plot. Rather, they challenge the reader to not only share their adventures, but to also inquire into some of the deeper mysteries of life.
Blood and Bronze picks up where Mighty Hammer Down left off. The capital city of Brinn has been left in ruins after being destroyed by an invading army. Rommus Tirinius, now reborn as the new god of war, is determined to save his people from the forces conspiring to destroy them. His mortal enemy Uritis, through subterfuge and murder, has now become emperor of Medora and in the guise of the Red Mage plots to transform Medora into his own twisted version of Utopia. Even as Rommus and his allies, the beautiful, but fierce Alana Irith, the mysterious, but Immortal warrior Vohlhemoneer, and his father, the mighty Tannis, seeks to enlist the aid of those who wish to defend Medora, strange beings from another world appear to threaten the land with a dark and terrible army. It is up to Rommus and his friends to stop the enemy, all the while knowing that every action they take may result in bringing about the destruction of the very fabric of time.
As much as I enjoyed reading Mighty Hammer Down, Blood and Bronze is by far the superior tale. Guyton flexes his highly polished writing skills to great effect. The characters are more engrossing than ever and scenes are expertly crafted guiding readers effortlessly through the intense action and unfolding plot. The stakes are much higher this time for our heroes and the tension only grows with every page.
Some readers may take issue with the philosophy presented in these books. But for the open-minded reader who loves to be challenged, The Legend of Reason series offers up a compelling adventure.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a vigorously told fantasy tale that challenges readers to look beyond the pale surface of their own lives, but rather to peer into the depths of the souls of heroes and villains who reflect our own reality.
4 ½ Stars
Whores by Nicolas Wilson is a gritty exploration of a not too distant future where the Battle of the Sexes has gone totally wrong. Wilson paints a bleak future where women have lost their rights and are treated by society as second-class citizens. A series of interconnected events are related, revealing the harrowing plight of a small, but determined group of women and men who fight to overcome the oppression of women and the extreme lengths the government goes to put a stop to them.
Aside from the solid writing, what impressed me most was how convincingly the author portrayed this world. It’s hard not to be moved by the personal accounts of the women in the story who suffer horrible atrocities in its telling. There is one scene in particular that gives me the chills every time I think about it. Even more noteworthy is how real this all seems, as if it would only take a little nudging for our own society to mirror the one in this book. In some ways, it already does.
I enjoyed the journey with the characters and found many of the best moments to be when they shared their personal histories. My only complaint is that there was a bit of proselytizing in the book that grew tiresome after a while. Much of the language is coarse, reflecting the gritty atmosphere. But overall, this is a highly polished and well-presented tale with intriguing characters. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who ever wondered what the world would be like if society's discrimination against women went into overdrive.