How to defeat a Demon King? Who is the Cahena? How do you rebuild a civilization in a magical world, or in a post-nuclear wasteland? The answers lay in this week’s new releases.
Cahena: A Dream of the Past – Manly Wade Wellman
The brave and beautiful warrior queen known as the Cahena was believed to be a sorceress and prophetess. Her glorious reign over the Berbers in the seventh century was marked by passionate romance, stirring battles, and bold mystical deeds. The Cahena had the sensuality of Cleopatra, the wisdom of Catherine the Great, and the courage of Joan of Arc.
The Cahena led an army forty thousand strong, wielding javelins and scimitars, in a valiant struggle against the Mohammedan invaders who were fresh from their conquest of Carthage. At her side rode Wulf, the Saxon soldier. Wulf came to know the warrior queen like no one else before or after—for he was the one man who dared to love her.
Rich in historical detail and dramatic action, this is a story to rival the great war epics of all time. DMR Books is proud to bring Manly Wade Wellman’s final novel back into print after nearly thirty-five years.
Death in the Desert (Dragon Wars #11) – Craig Halloran
An old nemesis returns. A new enemy rises. The fate of the Blood Brothers and Talon will be fatal.
After a harrowing escape from the depths of Thannis, Grey Cloak and Dyphestive find themselves in trapped by Drysis the Dreadful and the Doom Riders. With all of their lives on the line, it’s escape, die, or return to slavery.
With Black Frost’s armies and forces of evil dragon riders conquering the land and skies, it will take more than wit and skill to destroy the flying tyrannical terror. The quest will demand guts and sacrifice or the world called Gapoli will fall into the clutches of a maniacal monster forever.
Fushi no Kami: Rebuilding Civilization Starts With a Village #1 – Mizuumi Amakawa
Ash is a young boy with apparent past-life memories who lives in a remote, deserted village. As he remembers leading a bountiful life, he can’t bear living in a world akin to the Dark Ages, where not even the internal combustion engine exists. Ash envisions the rebirth of a civilization where housing with proper sanitation is the norm and the world is connected via a means of transportation faster than horses. For that reason, he is eager to consult books containing knowledge from a highly-developed ancient culture that is rumored to have existed far in the past.
Ash makes use of the church’s resources, learning how to read and obtaining the knowledge that he seeks. In addition, he enlists the help of the people around him, including Maika, the village chief’s daughter. Together, they aim to develop their own village.
This is only the beginning of the story about a young boy who sets out to revolutionize the world in order to rebuild civilization and create his ideal life!
Ghost in the Vision (Ghost Night #7) – Johnathan Moeller
Caina only intends to make a brief stop in the city of Istarinmul before taking the necromantic Sword of the Iron King to the safety of the Towers of Lore.
But the Padishah of Istarinmul needs her help, and since Caina put him upon his throne, she cannot turn him away.
And the enigmatic Countess Kalthane, the woman who has been financing the Empire’s war against the vile sorcerers of the Umbarian Order, needs a favor from Caina.
Because Countess Kalthane has a secret.
And if that secret falls into the hands of the Umbarians, they will use it to destroy the world…
How to Defeat a Demon King in Ten Easy Steps – Andrew Rowe
For thousands of years, there has been a cycle: a Demon King rises and conquers, and a Hero is reborn a hundred years later to defeat him. Each time, civilizations are ground to dust beneath the Demon King’s hordes, but humanity has remained secure in the belief that a Hero of legend will always save them. There’s just one slight problem. It’s only been 23 years since the Demon King’s latest rise, and this time, he’s already conquered more than half the world. If humanity simply waits for the Hero’s return, there may be no world left for him to save.
And so, Yui Shaw sets out with an ambitious plan. A 10-step plan.
She’ll find a way to obtain the Hero’s legendary sword. She’ll earn obscure classes, gain levels, and increase her skills. She’ll travel to the meticulously-crafted dungeons that seem designed for one specific Hero to complete. And, if she’s truly (un)fortunate, she might even find a fairy.
She might not be a Hero—but if she can fake it long enough, she might still be able to save the world.
Infinite Core (School of Swords and Serpents #5) – Gage Lee
An insidious threat endangers Jace’s quest for the Empyrean Flame and the very existence of the School of Swords and Serpents!
With his plan to rebuild the Grand Design underway, Jace can’t wait to get back to school and continue his pursuit for the next level of advancement. But when the Shadow Phoenixes are threatened with annihilation, Jace will have to put his studies second to his new responsibilities as clan Elder.
With rival clans and internal pressures threatening to tear his clan apart, Jace learns that becoming a leader may be the hardest challenge he’s ever faced. And when Maps shows up with a dire warning that his time to complete the quest is drawing to a close, the young Elder finds himself in a race against time to stop the Grand Design from completely unraveling.
Pacific Shogun (The Fallen World #11) – Jaime Ibsen
Twenty years after the nuclear exchange that ended modern civilization, Daimyo Rikimaru Hanzo is the senior protector of the Shogunate. He is a Specialist—one of Teledyne’s enhanced warriors from the Corporate Wars—gifted with enhanced strength and near-limitless endurance.
Rikimaru, along with his fellow Specialists Ayame and Mikael, have carved out a small island kingdom in the Strait of Juan De Fuca, north-west of Seattle. Together, they have rebuilt a semblance of civilization under Shogun Kojima’s rule.
Resources are scarce, though, and they are in a constant state of low-level, casual warfare with the nearby Victorians. Their militia guards the islands with little more than bows and spears, and the Shogun forbids them from going on the offensive. It’s better, Kojima reasons, to lead by example as there has already been too much death and destruction.
But when an old enemy from his Teledyne days marches a horde of near-feral raiders out of the ruins of Seattle—up to the Shogunate’s very doorstep—all that changes, and Rikimaru is forced to confront his past if he is to forge a future for the people he’s sworn to defend…no matter what the cost.
Wraithblade (The Wraithblade Saga #1) – S. M. Boyce
Tonight, a merciless king dies alone in the forest.
Tonight, a usurper rises from the ranks of trusted noblemen.
Tonight, deadly enchantments are unleashed upon an unsuspecting world.
At the center of it all is the most ruthless and powerful magic this land has ever seen. A specter of death. An undead warlord who now sits in the eye of an approaching storm, pulling on the strings of chaos.
The Wraith King.
But even an undead king’s power has limits, and he fuses with a mortal to survive. Though this blesses his new host with godlike abilities, all magic comes at a cost.
As the weeks blur by, a question arises: will the mortal remain in control? Or will the ghost overtake the man who now holds the reins to his power
Are you ready to wield the Wraithblade?
Gather your allies and pray to your gods if you have them, because it’s time to find out.