The Reluctant Prophet.
Despite having the ability to see the destinies of those around her, Esther is blind to her own.
Accepted into an elite religious Order, Esther believes she has finally found her place in life. Although she is forewarned by her father that she is walking into danger, Esther travels to the seat of the rich and powerful, the city of Merlith Illiah to serve the three Gods she devoutly believes in. Her abilities make her a valuable asset and she soon finds herself the pet of the head Priestess, the Superior Mirren, and her mysterious assistant, Galla.
It isn’t long before Esther begins to doubt her vows and her father’s words of warning come back to haunt her. The mysterious shadow-man, a plague and other dark forces test Esther to her limits, but it is the difficult truths she has yet to face, and her choices that could change the course of the future. It might not be for the better…
From Kristell Ink
The Reluctant Prophet captured our attention from the first paragraph. Beautifully written, thought-provoking and eloquent, we fell in love with the world and characters Gillian has created.
Her birth mother left her as a sacrifice to the Wyvern, believing a second born twin had no soul.
Her foster mother thought Raven possessed the magic of the First born. She believed she raised a slave.
The emperor of all the lands believed she knew the secret of his birth and that he must silence her.
Her tribe thought they could trade her for safe passage out of the emperor’s lands.
The Wyvern knows better. He is coming for her. His fury has no limits.
Raven knew nobody wanted her: Her own mother abandoned her as baby for a wyvern sacrifice. Saved by a local witch to a hard life of labor, she fears a wyvern coming to hunt her. And when one does he takes her to the mountain aerie of Darkspire Reaches, where she encounters the mighty Drakken lord. Apart from being handsome and powerful, Connor is the most arrogant, self-centered, difficult man Raven has ever encountered.
See the trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWTaDpBORsY
Non Compliance – The Sector
I used to matter… but now I’m just a girl in a ghetto, a statistic of the Non-Compliance Sector.
Shea Kelly had a brilliant career in technology, but after refusing to implant an invasive government device in her body she was sent to a modern day reservation: a Non-Compliance Sector, a lawless community run by thugs and organized crime. She’s made a life for herself as a resourceful barkeep, and hacks for goods on the black market with her best friend Wynne, a computer genius and part-time stripper. Life is pretty quiet under the reigning Boss, apart from run-ins with his right hand man, the mighty Quinn: until Danny Rose threatens to take over the sector. Pushed to the edge, Shea decides to fight back …
See the trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eURdzs6_VUI
For Llew, a young pickpocket who lives as a boy on the streets of a Wild-West mining town, the real problems begin when she survives the gallows. Forced to run, she persuades a group of fighters escorting a young girl to her wedding to let her travel with them across the badlands. On the journey Llew faces hostile tribesmen, desperate bandits and, the enmity of her own companions should they find out who and what she is: a girl, a fugitive, and a feared Healer. One of the fighters, Jonas, possesses superhuman prowess as a warrior, and carries the knife able to ‘kill the unkillable’; the knife that can kill Llew. Despite being of races at war for centuries, they are drawn to one another.
During the journey, they encounter Braph the magician, Jonas’ half-brother and potential nemesis. He pursues them as they journey across the sea to the continent of Phyos and at the moment Llew finally feels safe, he abducts her. He begins to take what is most precious to him: her blood.
Guardians of Evion – Destiny
On the harsh world of Evion, a wild place of storms and earthquakes, Numak Teorenn, a young telepath is sent to study at the Tarei Waystation in the mountains of Suli. All Numak wants, aside from becoming one of the revered Dragonriders, is to find answers regarding the mysterious death of his twin sister.
But he soon learns that his life has a greater purpose, for which nothing has prepared him, and his understanding of reality and of his own being is transformed. When he discovers the truth of his destiny should he fight it or embrace it? Will he have any choice at all?
Say hello to Robin and Joe—contestants in 2034’s “Space Games,” a new, high-stakes reality TV show set aboard next-generation space station, ISS 2. On slate: an alluring battle of the sexes, where the winner takes home a multimillion-dollar jackpot and a chance at stardom, while the loser faces the ultimate in public humiliation. Only former NASA astronaut VINCE DAVIS, acting as the station’s commander and the games’ sole referee, can separate sexy spitfire and martial artist, ROBIN MILLER, from her brutal opponent, “BIG JOE” O’DONNELL, as the pair compete inside the cramped zero-g environs. Overcome by the physical and psychological strains of ‘space,’ the two contestants quickly abandon the show’s sanctioned events to engage in a lawless game of kill-or-be-killed as millions watch helplessly from Earth. With the station orbiting 220 miles above Earth, rescue by shuttle two days away, and Vince dangling by a tether outside, the reality show rapidly de-evolves into a horrifying study of primal man versus woman, squaring off in a deadly, live experiment.
Check out the trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiiTsk7mLrI
The Art of Forgetting – Rider
Gifted and cursed with a unique memory, the foundling son of a notorious traitor, Rhodri joins an elite cavalry unit. There, struggling with his own memories of his father, he begins to discover a sense of belonging. Until a face from the past reveals a secret that will change not only Rhodri’s life, but the fate of a nation.
The Book of Prophecy – Steven J.Guscott
In a world where technology and evolution has ground to a halt, Dragatu and his brothers are gifted with powers that will change their lives, and their world, forever.
After the death of his father, Dragatu vowed that he would never give in, never give up, and never be weak. Strong, focussed and undeterred, he often ignored criticism and caution, eventually convincing his townspeople to build a water source and expand. This sets the wheels of change in motion, and soon The Creator intervenes and releases the untapped potential within the three brothers.
Gifted with extraordinary powers, balanced finely on choice and consequence, the brothers finally learn the meaning of sacrifice, and that strength comes in many forms.
Philosophy, pain, heartbreak and love. This is a book for those that enjoy their fantasy layered with strong characterisation.