2017 CIPA EVVY Award Runner-up for Fiction/ Fantasy
2017 Readers’ Favorite Award Finalist for Epic Fantasy/ Young Adult
Everything changes the night Radyn’s family is slaughtered. Driven by vengeance, he abandons his life in the travelling carnival and sets out to find the mysterious assassins, unaware they seek his death above all others. Radyn’s life has been decreed forfeit by a forgotten god. But why does one god want him dead, while another seeks to make him their champion?
Now, reality doesn’t seem to be working. Time has started to skip. Gravity is rebelling. The Hollow World is awakening, and Radyn is walking in the steps of an ancient prophecy. The Saelydion, the primordial barrier to the underworld, is failing. The theed, no longer just a tale to frighten children, walk the surface once more, and hordes of voiceless holy men gather in the Rolwood Forest, harbingers of their masters’ release. Only the Alakyte stand in opposition, an order of mystical warriors on the verge of extinction.
If Radyn is to avenge his family and unravel the secrets of his destiny, he must call on two unlikely strangers: Kyna, a deadly Alakyte warrior on her very first mission, and Loken the Half-Mortal, a surly demigod cast out by his father. Only together do they stand a chance at turning back the darkness… If discovering the ancient truth about their homeworld doesn’t destroy them first.
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Richard T Drake is the author of the Hollow World series of Epic Fantasy novels.
At age seven, in the dungeon-library of his 19th-century boarding school, Richard discovered the classic fantasy gamebook The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, and became so lost within the infamous ‘Maze of Zagor’ that he needed to draw a map to find his way out. His love of epic adventure and fantasy has been growing ever since.
He graduated from gamebooks to tabletop role-playing where, as game master, he would invent worlds, draw maps, and weave adventures for his friends. As heroes fell and legends grew, Richard discovered a love of epic storytelling.
Over the next few years, he set to work crafting an original fantasy universe, envisioning a vast array of planets and galaxies bound together by powerful magic, ancient covenants, and the schemes of primordial gods. Finally, the Hollow World was born.
When he isn’t writing, Richard keeps busy with the other staples of a heroic fantasy lifestyle: dressing up in superhero costumes, playing MMORPGs, and collecting an absurd number of action figures and comic books. He’s also a black belt ninja.