Here is our second Semi-Finalist and our second 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 second Semi-Finalist will be posted around the time that we announce our Finalist.
The five books that we are eliminating:
The Necromancer of Peach Valley Orchard by Randal Doering;
The Binding by Sandy Frediani;
Dragon Wine by Donna Maree Hanson;
Glyphpunk by Gareth Lewis;
Enchanted Legacy by M.M. Perry.
And our second semifinalist is Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly!
In the Heart of the Mountains 1
Trade Paperback and eBook, 393 pages
Game of Thrones meets Kushiel’s Dart set in a ruthless land ruled by women.
Legendary warrior Ramya has successfully ruled as Melokai for longer than most. Prosperous, peaceful, and happy, her people love her. Or so she thinks.
Ramya’s time is up. Bracing herself for the gruesome sentence imposed on all Melokais who have served their purpose, she hears instead a shocking prophecy.
Is the abrupt appearance of a mysterious, eastern cave creature the prophesied danger? Or is it something darker, more evil? And what of the wolves? Will the ferocious war with their kind oust her from power?
Suddenly Ramya must fight threats from all sides to save her mountain realm. But while her back is turned, a conspiracy within her inner circle is festering. Ramya and her female warriors must crush an epic rebellion before it can destroy her and devastate her beloved nation.
She thinks it’s the end, but it’s just the beginning...
If you love elaborate fantasy worlds and deep worldbuilding, perilously high stakes, magic, brutal battles, intrigue, and unique creatures and beings, then Melokai, Book One of the gritty, grimdark, epic fantasy trilogy In the Heart of the Mountains by Rosalyn Kelly, is for you.
This is adult fantasy with adult content. For fans of George R. R. Martin, Mark Lawrence, Anna Stephens and Joe Abercrombie.