Paul Lavender and I have been going through the Slush Pile and we have picked our first Semi-Finalist and our first five that are not going through to the Semi-Finalist stage.
Mini-reviews of the five that are not going through will be posted soon. The review of our first Semi-Finalist will be posted around the time that we announce our Finalist.
First, the five books that we are eliminating:
The Unhappy Medium by T. J. Brown;
Magic and Murder Among the Dwarves by Erik Bundy;
The Arrival by Nicole MacDonald;
Minding the Heavens by James Pyle;
Ain’t a Hero by Bryan Schuder.
And our first semifinalist is Aching God by Mike Shel!
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“Closer, mortal. You are here, finally, to feed the Aching God…”
The days of adventure are passed for Auric Manteo. Retired to the countryside and isolated with his scars and riches, he no longer delves into forbidden ruins seeking dark wisdom and treasure. But just as old nightmares begin plaguing his sleep, he receives an urgent summons back to that old life.
To save his only daughter, he must return to the place of his greatest trauma: the haunted Barrowlands. Along with a group of inexperienced companions and an old soldier, he must confront the dangers of the ancient and wicked Djao civilization. He has survived fell beasts, insidious traps, and deadly hazards before. But how can he contend with the malice of a bloodthirsty living god?
First volume in the planned epic fantasy trilogy Iconoclasts, Aching God is the debut novel by RPG adventure designer Mike Shel.
Also included is an advanced preview of Iconoclasts - Book II: Sin Eater.