Geek & Sundry’s fantasy contest continues until November 1st, and since it’s started, the leader-board has been in turmoil. If you are looking to raise the stress level of all authors involved and make the day for one of these writers—preorder their books. At this point in the contest, friends and family start to become scarce, leaving authors to go so far as pitching their dentist while their teeth are drilled. With that in mind— here are five underdogs racing for the number 1 title.
“A young bard’s good fortune leads him to the discovery of an ancient magical heritage, as old as the land of Elysia itself. But every stroke of luck must run out, and even the most honorable of men might turn dark to save the ones they love.”
Storm Song by Allison Griner is a high-fantasy adventure set in the nation state of Elysia. Of all artifacts in Elysia, the most elusive and powerful is that of the fabled Luck Diamond. Lost deep in the wild lands, the diamond waits for its true owners to claim it and harness the unpredictable magic of luck for themselves. What follows is an ocean faring adventure with Thoster and crew where everything is put at risk in the ultimate gamble.
Allison is no stranger to fantasy as this book is based off a campaign, and to stay true to her origins, she’s raffling off dice treasure boxes. If you happen to be in Indiana, you can find Allison running D&D sessions within the world of Storm Song as an added bonus for your support.
The Living God
“When Saran’s magic is stolen, she must confront a life without the ability to manipulate time, struggle to see a rebellion finished, and keep Keleir from falling ever closer to becoming The Living God.”
Author Kaytalin Platt’s scribes a tale of two mages and their internal conflicts in a medieval style fantasy world. One mage, Saran, seeks to overthrow her crazed father and salvage what is left of her country before it falls into complete ruin. Keleir, the other mage, struggles to save his own soul before it’s crushed by another and becomes The Living God.
Kaytalin Platt is a writer, illustrator and graphic designer and if you scroll through some of the other entries in the contest, you may see her artwork. Kaytalin has been offering cover designs for other authors in the contest showing her good spirit. Additionally other prizes like mugs, bookmarks, and other incentives are available for readers who campaign or reach certain goals.
The Delicate Art of Soulripping
“When you die your soul doesn’t just leave your body. There’s a process: ripping, reaping, replacing.”
Sara Polk has an Urban Fantasy concept in a small midwestern town where an 800-year-old soul ripper goes about the business of removing souls from their bodies. The business of soulripping plods along day after day. Until a reaper named Oz gets news of his own ultimatum—the time for his own reaping is at hand. Faced with his coworkers going crazy and neglecting their job, Oz works to set things right and get things back to normal.
By day, Sara is a social worker, and uses writing in her therapeutic practice, even in group settings for the juvenile justice system. This insight gives her a unique take on the world and story she weaves. But by night, she’s a cosplayer and dog lover.
A Beast Requires
“On the streets of largest city in the world, when the truth lies and justice is lost, the people cry out for a hero. One that will work cheap, provide their own boots, and is too stupid to know any better.”
Jay Lockwood has entered one of the few fantasy comedy combos in the contest with A Beast Requires. As a comedy with a body count, this story has everything. When conspiracies threaten to plunge the city of Aurum into civil war, the city’s only hope is Deputy Constable Albicon Pine. Unfortunately, it’s his first week on the job.
Jay has a deep love of storytelling and rolling d20s and it shows in his reviews of tabletop games for Killer Moose. He lives in Kent, Ohio, and is owned by three cats. Check out the campaign page for The Beast Requires to learn all about world building through food.
Raven and Bone
“Ava Aurildis is a witch with anxiety, a lot of anger and a past so dark it’s kept her running for centuries. To save her family she’ll have to confront her demons before time, or something worse, catches up with her.”
Raven and Bone is a story based off an Urban Legend about a chilling true crime story in the Hagley Woods of the English Midlands. When police went to extract a skeleton from a tree, they found the tree had grown around the bones. After the body’s removal, someone kept scrawling “Who put Bella in the wych elm?” Rumors about cults of witches and dark rituals causing the crime… spawned the tale of Raven and Bone.
Allison C Waechter is a huge fan of magical reads and is a snuggler of cats who maintains her own Coven Book Club. She also created all the images associated with Raven and Bone from the British Library’s image dump in 2013.
There are only five books out of the 366 entries in the contest, and if you’ve got your eye on some books in the contest let us know!
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Image Credits: Storm Song, The Living God, Delicate Art of Soulripping, The Beast Requires, and Raven & Bone.