31st October 2016 | Worldwide
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Dave de Burgh and Andrew Angel are said to be delighted at this acquisition. It’s good for Tickety Boo Press and good for Phantasia, its fantasy imprint. They said in chorus. “Stewart Hotston has written a tale of mythic depth and keen insight – worlds open up beneath his pen, and readers are sure to be ensnared; get ready to lose sleep and be late for work!”
Stewart Hotston is a writer with a number of short stories to his name. He is also the keeper of story and world building on Age of Ascent, a massively multiplayer space combat game due for release in 2017 from Ilyriad. His first novel, A Family War, the first book of The Oligarchy, was published in May 2016. The sequel, A People’s War, is due for release in late 2016. When he’s not writing he’s passionate about Historical European Martial Arts, particularly rapiers, side swords and their companion weapons and takes every opportunity he gets to have a good fight.
Blurb for Dreams of Darkness
Millennia ago, man walked the Dream with creatures now dimly remembered in myths and legends. Then came the Darkness, for which all believe man was responsible. To defeat it, man was banned from the Dream, cast out into the world of dumb matter.
Chris Elkin knows nothing of this – he’s more concerned with failing his degree, being dumped by his girlfriend and losing access to the inheritance left to him by his late mother. When his mother’s best friend gives him a stone with a hole in it everything seems to change. Suddenly he’s being forced from his home and discovering that if he doesn’t deal with his mother’s legacy, both worlds will go to war.
On the edge of the Dream, Maela, a Fae ambassador, finds humanity flouting the ban. She travels home to warn her people but her news is not welcome. Maela is sent to determine if man truly is to blame for the Darkness and if he is, to unite the Fae in a war against all mankind.
Shaal, an ancient fox spirit, is a survivor who mourns the loss of his lover in the last war. He still haunts the shattered lands where they once lived. Stumbling across a deliberately forgotten memory. Shaal wants to return home and use its power to restore his land. Instead he finds the Fae want what he has and will sacrifice thousands to get it.
Chris, Maela and Shaal converge in a climactic battle against those forces who would wipe out mankind to stop the Darkness. Even if they win, shadowing the edges of their confrontation, the Darkness is plotting its first moves.
Dreams of Darkness is an epic fantasy spread across our world and the world of the Dream, that place where all our myths, all our legends are real. It is the first book of a new Epic Fantasy series, The Fox’s Hope and asks, if all our dreams are true, what would happen if our two worlds collide?
Super short blurb:
Dreams of Darkness is an epic fantasy where twisted myths and legends crash headlong into the life of a failed student, Chris, who discovers he’s the one they’re all expecting to save their world from the rest of us.
Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy