An ancient force slumbers beneath the holy city of Khule, bound fast by a spell of immeasurable power.
And though none knows this spell’s purpose, or even why it exists, that makes it the perfect find for Athala Dohn, wizard and scholar extraordinaire. Determined to prove herself and finally gain the power she needs, Athala sets off into the dark underbelly of Khule, where more than just secrets lie in wait for her.
To aid her in her quest and protect her from the dangers lurking in the shadows, Athala enlists the help of the Conscript Elise and a barbarian named Ermolt, two companions with as much loyalty as skill…a combination that’s more than a match for their foes.
Or so they think.
Because once Athala learns the truth behind the spell and what it could mean for the world, she knows she’ll do anything to secure it and bring about a brighter future, a new era—the Age of Mortals. And that includes making an enemy of the man who runs the very prison they’ve been trapped in, a sadistic deputy warden with the power to torture them all until Athala reveals what she knows about the spell and how to control it.
Ancients is the first book in the epic Heroes by Necessity series, a Dungeons-and-Dragons-esque take on the fantasy genre overflowing with rich world-building, diverse characters, and heart-pounding adventure.
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About the Author
Riley S. Keene is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing duo, also known as Robert and Kristen. They live in the Pacific Northwest and enjoy the rainstorms, lack of sunlight, and excess oxygen that come with living in that part of the US.
Robert is a Pacific Northwest native who has a degree in Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences. He has a love for video games and a dislike for pretty much everything else. Robert is in charge of writing the first draft for all of our books.
Kristen was born and raised in a town outside of Philadelphia. She has a degree in Multimedia Design and works full-time as a marketer for a Seattle engineering firm. She loves gloomy weather, good books, food made from animals, and spending time with Robert. Kristen is in charge of outlining and editing for all of our books.
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