Chronicles of Ara: Perdition by Joel Eisenberg & Stephen Hillard

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Book Description

51153pbevdL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_As the world’s return to dragon-scorched earth looms ever-closer, the creation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein inspires a horrifying new union. Shadow factions gather in response, most notably the demon Beleth and his minions, rulers of hell who plot to silence the corrupted muse, Ara, for control of time’s beginning.

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“A Phenom. An Incredible, Intense Literary Experience is Better than Ever.”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Louisa Cardinale

The first book in this series, Creation, was my favorite novel of 2015. I’ve never read anything like it before. This volume is deeper and superior in nearly every regard. I follow Eisenberg and Hillard, the authors. If you thought you knew where this series was headed, trust me. You don’t. Mary and Percy Shelley are featured in Perdition, as Tolkien was in creation. The story begins at the end of the world and goes from there. Through parallel stories and flashbacks, we see the events leading up to the writing of Mary’s “Frankenstein” and the demons that have been released through unstoppable technology. These are not just symbolic; the king of hell Beleth is personified through the shadows of man and adds another wrinkle into this saga of the corrupt muse Ara, dragons, tech run amok and the world of art and books. I’m still expecting the love story of Ara and Eron to play out in subsequent books – I have to admit I was hoping to see a little more of that here though their story does advance – but I am so satisfied with this read as is I can’t fault the writers for taking their time in the build-up.

This is a series that will be long-remembered and hopefully to become a trend-setting work. We need more books with this degree of intelligence and risk-taking.

About the Author

Steve Hillard, also known as Stephen Hillard, grew up in Bossier City, Louisiana and Grand Junction, Colorado. He graduated from Colorado State University and later earned a degree in philosophy at Columbia University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado. Before settling into his current career as a private equity entrepreneur, Hillard was a teacher at Rikers Island Prison, a welder, a carpenter, and a practicing lawyer. He is the founder and head of Council Tree Communications, a private equity fund involved in the entertainment and telecom industries. He resides with his wife, Sharmaine, in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Publication of his first book in 2011, “Mirkwood: A Novel About JRR Tolkien”, started in controversy. The Tolkien Estate sought to ban the book, to which the author responded with a lawsuit in federal court. The dispute received international attention, with articles in the London Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Christian Science Monitor. The case quickly settled and the book went on to become an Amazon Fantasy Best Seller, recipient of a national IPPY Award, and was published world-wide in Spanish by an imprint of Planeta. An epic spin-out of the book’s main fantasy character, Ara, is the subject of an eight-volume series co-authored with Joel Eisenberg. The first volume, “Creation: The Chronicles of Ara”, was released by Topos books of Incorgnito Publishing in 2015. A companion series, “The Lost Chronicles of Ara”, is written by the same duo and is slated for release starting in 2015. These series are now under development as a TV series by The Ovation Network. Mr. Hillard’s other writing projects include a forthcoming thriller about JFK