A dark city alley?
Perfect for an ambush by the creatures of the night.
How many have already been torn apart by the zombies and imps that now terrorize the world?
For Liadan Aswarde there are no angelic choirs, no gospels, no hymns. She’s not that kind of deity. She has attitude and she’ll need it in the new fantasy novel “The TORC of ANUBIS!””
There are no angelic choirs, no gospels, no hymns. Liadan Aswarde is not that kind of avatar. The Torc of Anubis: one of seven ancient Seals used to separate reality into different realms. But the Torc also holds the power of Anubis, granting the ability to control the undead to those who normally lack the gift. A weak necromancer’s apprentice coming into possession of such a powerful relic, for example, would be very bad news. The necromancer searching for the apprentice in the territory of a Guardian Avatar charged with protecting humanity from magical creatures would be worse. And if the apprentice asks for protection from a paladin of the Catholic Church who happens to be in town investigating miracles? Well, disaster is sure to follow.
After thousands of years of protecting mankind from the imperfect splitting of the realms and policing the creatures that bump through both day and night, Liadan is now faced with zombies rising impossibly from their graves and rifts being formed in the fabric of reality. Imps are crossing recklessly over into our modern world. And this chaos can have only one cause: The Torc of Anubis.
Liadan knows securing the Torc and avoiding those who may harm or exploit her will not be easy, but nothing worth doing ever is. You can download this innovative urban fantasy, Torc of Anubis at Amazon.com.
5 Star Review
Bought this for my boyfriend who likes mythology and stuff. Next thing I know I’m reading it. There are so many details going on in the story I started looking them up. The author wasn’t just making stuff up. Strange names and stories I found one right after the other. The blend of the different mythologies even follows a logical kinda sense. The whole things is fascinating. Also, Ms. Kellerhals has this way of writing that splits between feeling like an old friend telling you a story and sitting around a fire at the feet of your grandmother hearing about how things used to be. I wanted the story to go on and on. Maybe the next one will be printed in a book I can hold in my hands. Either way I’ll read it. So should you.
5 Star Review
I wasn’t too sure about this book at first. A friend recommended it and its not my usual kind of book. I sat down to try it out and looked up the first time 3 ½ hours later. I can’t believe how easy it was to read and how involved I got with the characters. The relationship between Liadan and her familiar is funny, sad and just really complicated in this great great way. I really hope the next book comes out soon. After the way this one ended, I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
4 Star Review
“The Torc of Anubis” is, at its core, an urban fantasy story. The stakes are high, the feats are incredible, the fights dramatic, and the protagonists larger than life. What sets it apart from other stories in its genre, though, is the incredible amount of thought put into this world and its inhabitants.
Ione Kellerhals clearly did her anthropology and theology homework. Part of the essential backdrop of the epic is that the world religions were all derived from a single story based on the Norse Ragnarok. The deities engaged in this conflict and their representatives on earth (of which our protagonist is one for an analogue to the Sumerian Inanna) are all supernatural beings whose separation from other realms is out of necessity to keep the worlds from being destroyed. Part of our heroine’s task is to keep the barriers between these worlds intact to prevent unnecessary chaos from plaguing the earth.
To sum things up, it’s a variation on a familiar theme, but it throws enough in there to shake things up and keep you from calling the ending. They say that the lead character of a series should be someone you’d feel comfortable taking a two-week long road trip with and still be willing to get back in the car and do it again, and I got that feeling from Liadan. The ending raises a lot of questions, and I am very, very willing to stick around to see them get answered.