Posts Tagged ‘epic fantasy’

The Genes of Isis
by Justin Newland
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Akasha is a precocious young girl with dreams of motherhood. She lives in a
fantastical world where most of the oceans circulate in the
aquamarine sky waters.
Before she was born, the Helios, a tribe of angels from the sun, came to
Earth to deliver the Surge, the next step in the evolution of an
embryonic human race. Instead they spawned a race of hybrids and
infected humanity with a hybrid seed.
Horque manifests on Earth with another tribe of angels, the Solarii, to
rescue the genetic mix-up and release the Surge.
Akasha embarks on a journey from maiden to mother and from apprentice to
priestess then has a premonition that a great flood is imminent. All
three races – humans, hybrids and Solarii – face extinction.
With their world in crisis, Akasha and Horque meet, and a sublime love
flashes between them. Is this a cause of hope for humanity and the
Solarii? Or will the hybrids destroy them both? Will anyone survive
the killing waters of the coming apocalypse?

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What drove you to expand these initial ideas into a full novel?

Legends from other ancient cultures mentioned cross-breeding between species, mixed genetics and hybrids. The apocryphal The Book of Enoch spoke of the Grigori or fallen angels who came to Earth and mated with ‘the daughters of men,’ spawning the Nephilim, an antediluvian race of giants. The Epic of Gilgamesh talked of strange beings such as fish-men who came ashore for the day and returned to the sea at night.

What if these fallen angels were sun-folk who manifested in human form and settled in Ancient Egypt, as suggested by the Pyramid Texts? What if antediluvian genetics were unstable, in that the bindings that prevented successful inter-species crossbreeding had become loosened, spawning mixed genetic creatures and humans with animal heads?

This was the germ of the idea for the novel: an alternative genesis of the human race.

Interwoven with these ideas were esoteric concepts such as the akashic record and the astral body. The akashic record is conceived of as a compendium of thoughts, events and emotions encoded in a numinous plane of existence. From this, I derived the name of the novel’s heroine, Akasha, a Sanskrit word meaning aether or atmosphere. The astral body is a personal spirit entity which can leave a person during sleep, travel through the vast numinous corridors of the akashic record and in so doing re-connect to the history of any person or event from any previous epoch. This is what Edgar Cayce, an American mystic, claimed to have done.

Other sources included Doris Lessing’s Shikastra which speculated on how humans may have lived in the time before recorded history. The name Samlios, where the initial action of the novel unfolds, is taken from Gurdjieff’s Beelzebub’s Tales to his Grandson.

All this nourished my fascination for the supernatural and ancient times.


JUSTIN NEWLAND writes historical, fantasy and speculative fiction with a
supernatural bent.
His first novel, The Genes of Isis (Matador, 2018), is an epic
fantasy set under Ancient Egyptian skies.
His second novel, The Old Dragon’s Head (Matador), is a historical
fantasy set in Old China and is due out in November 2018.
His work in progress is a historical novel set in Prussia during the
Enlightenment in the 1760’s.
His stories add a touch of the supernatural to history and deal with the
existential themes of war, religion, evolution and the human’s
place in the universe.
He lives with his partner in plain sight of the Mendip Hills in
Somerset, England.
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Oath Breaker
Legend of the Gods Book 1
by Aaron Hodges
Genre: Epic Fantasy
A century since the departure of the Gods, the Three Nations are now
united beneath the Tsar. Magic has been outlawed, its power too
dangerous to remain unchecked. All Magickers must surrender
themselves to the crown, or face imprisonment and death.
Alana’s mundane life has just been torn apart by the emergence of her
brother’s magic. Now they must leave behind everything they’ve ever
known and flee – before the Tsar’s Stalkers pick up their trail.
Tasked with hunting down renegade Magickers, the merciless hunters
will stop at nothing to bring them before the Tsar’s judgement.
As the noose closes around Alana and her brother, disgraced hero Devon
finds himself at odds with the law when he picks a fight with the
wrong man. The former warrior has set aside his weapons, but now,
caught between the renegades and the Stalkers, he is forced to pick a
side – the empire, or the innocent.
Grab this all new epic fantasy novel by NYTimes Bestselling Author Aaron
Hodges.
Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand.
He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a
Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of
Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental
consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to
quit his job and see the world. Two years later, his travels have
taken him through South East Asia, Canada, the USA, Mexico, Central
America, and South America.

 

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Fallen Empire
Empire of Dragons Chronicles Book 1
by K.N. Lee
Genre: Epic Fantasy

They say the Age of Dragons ended after the War on Magic, but hiding in the forgotten lands remains one clan destined to reclaim their ancestral home.

While Kylan hunts firedrakes by day, he prepares for a journey across the
Sea of Dreams where mermaids thrive and the key to his people’s
survival is prophecized to be hidden.
Amalia, a Mage, escaped The Brotherhood, a sect of monks who seek the
descendants of the gods once. Now, unable to return to neutral
territory where magic-users are safe, she finds herself fighting for
survival amongst men who can turn into wolves, firedrakes, and a
relentless monk who believes she can restore balance to the entire
world.

For Amalia, the gods are not just a memory. They are her ancestors, and
before she can learn to control her newfound gift, she will face the
keeper of a forgotten empire.

A dragon.

In this sprawling epic fantasy novel with shifting wolf hybrids,
dragons, and mermaids, Amalia’s first battle is for more than her
life. It’s for the souls of every being born with magic. Join New
York Times bestselling author, K.N. Lee on an adventure perfect for
fans of Vikings and Game of Thrones.

K.N. Lee is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is the
author of the Dragon-Born Saga, Eura Chronicles, Wonderland
University, and the Chronicles of Koa series. When she is not writing
twisted urban fantasy, epic tales of dragons, pirates, and mermaids,
and dark poetry, she does a great deal of traveling and spending time
with her family. Wannabe rockstar, foreign language enthusiast, and
anime geek, K.N. Lee also enjoys gaming and sketching. She is a
winner of the Elevate Lifestyle Top 30 Under 30 “Future Leaders
of Charlotte” award for her success as a writer, business owner,
and for community service.
She is
signed with Captive Quill Press and Patchwork Press and represented
by Hershman Rights Management.
K.N.
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