Part of The Crossing Genres Anthology Collection
Dive into the world of the unknown and explore the monsters lurking in the shadows with Tales of Monstrosity: Monsters, Myths, and Miscreants. This anthology features a diverse group of award-winning veteran and emerging authors challenged to break away from the usual vampire and werewolf tales and bring to light lesser known myths and legends. From gnomes to gorgons, gargoyles to El Cucuy, these stories run the gamut of genres, from urban fantasy to horror and beyond. As a bonus, enjoy the behind-the-scenes peek at the creative process through personal author articles. Don’t miss this monstrously fun collection of unique and twisted tales.
A disgraced assassin. A sinister conspiracy. Will her one shot at redemption be her last?
Dhani Karim was once the Empire’s most feared assassin. Framed for a murder she didn’t commit, Dhani is exiled to a remote desert city and forced to work alongside former spy Parvan Gorshayik – a broken man hiding a deadly secret.
Yet even as Dhani locks horns with her prickly partner, dark forces gather in the city, planning to overthrow its peaceful rulers and begin a quest to conquer a kingdom.
Struggling to navigate a land where she’s one of the few who can’t wield magic, things get worse when Dhani barely survives a brutal attack, and the one person she can trust, Parvan…vanishes. Soon, circumstances point to a ruthless cult, and Dhani finds herself in a race against time to stop a bloodbath that will consume thousands of innocent lives.
Can she expose a deadly conspiracy before it causes a massacre?
Valkyrie Siskonen evaded death twice, and she knows she won’t survive another encounter with the Third Sister…
…Sion Zona has no idea Valkyrie’s life is so close to the end, and she intends to keep it that way
Valkyrie knows Sion will have no problem deviating from his calling if it means saving her. Even if he is the greatest hope the World of Eidolon has against an enemy larger than either the Tamurian Empire or King Magnu.
Fortunately, Sion won’t be in the picture to circumvent the universe’s final destination for Valkyrie. He is leading a team through the war-torn nation of Bastille in the World of Rondure, seeking out the girl who owns the disembodied voice he’d been hearing for months.
His new friends on Rondure know about that voice, as they heard her too. And to Sion’s surprise, so has his cousin Erno.
Sion needs to continue his development to reach Wind Ruler status. Something he can only achieve with a face-to-face encounter with the girl.
Valkyrie knows she needs to survive long enough until Sion has already embarked on his mission before the Third Sister collects her. And she also needs to know he will be okay when she’s gone.
Princess Eirian Altira has always walked on a knife’s edge with flowers chasing her footsteps. Born with magic, she struggles to balance her ability to give life with the desire to kill. Raised by mages, the day comes when she must return home to a kingdom she left as a child, and a father she has not seen in 20 years. Surrounded by a strange court with expectations she was not prepared for, Eirian hides her magic until she’s faced with the choice between becoming queen or returning to the mages.
With secrets around every corner and war with a neighboring kingdom on the horizon, Eirian discovers her power means more than she realized. As does her long-standing friendship with the crown prince of the elven nation they’ve been allied with for generations. But the whispers in her mind and the rumors spreading through her court threaten everything Eirian holds dear, and she will do anything to protect the ones she loves.
“You don’t know what I’m capable of or what I’m willing to do. Don’t underestimate me. You might regret it.”
When Eirian Altira returned home after decades away, she thought it would be a fresh start. Raised a mage in a distant city, she struggles to adjust to life as a princess in a court where magic is undesired. Caught between two thrones, she knows where her duty lies. With assassination attempts, and rumors of war, Eirian proves to those around her that she is not one to hide from confrontation. Even when it risks her life.
Torn between her love for a man sent far from her side, her attraction to the captain of her guards, and the best friend she has always needed, Eirian refuses to bow to the demands of her advisors. Determined to be the queen her kingdom needs her to be in the face of war, Eirian seeks the truth behind who she is and why the enigmatic land they have never had dealings with is seeking an alliance. But the answer may not be what she expected, and the repercussions could cost her the very throne she must defend.
A dark elf ninja badass, silver-tongued human thief, and reluctant gnome mage take on the establishment… And a dragon.
Selene is a Sun Shadow, a dark elf of the desert tribes, exiled from her home to seek enlightenment. Her first step down that path: impart her own brand of justice on those deserving with swift fists and silent blades.
Solomon cares only for the money in his pocket and the girl on his arm. And he’d happily steal both from you when you’re not looking. A man with no friends, however, has no one to watch his back for plunging daggers.
Abbey is the new gnome in town with a clockwork familiar on one shoulder and a big chip on the other. She’s an intuitive sorcerer, talented artificer, and meticulous detective. But why should she save a city that looks down on her?
The city guard are under siege by a mysterious force they call a dragon. Meanwhile, the underworld is dangerously united to find a lost relic by any means necessary. And trapped in the middle? Three strangers who want nothing to do with any of them, or each other.
But when their entangled fates threaten to strangle them all, these outsiders have but two options: band together or die alone.
High fantasy goes slumming on an epic quest for good, evil, and everything in between. Don’t miss this exciting new series of dark progression fantasy!
She died a victim of the Black Death and only love, or her idea of it will give her back the life she lost. If she can do it within three nights of her existence.