REVIEWS NEEDED: THE WAR OF THE GILDED BEASTS

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My latest fantasy book, The War of the Gilded Beasts is in need of reviews in both Amazon and Goodreads. If anyone is interested, please give me your email and I will send you a complimentary PDF file for your inspection. Thank you for your cooperation and Happy Holidays.

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SEEDS OF REBELLION

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In the future fantasy book that will revolve around the reign of Numen the Slayer’s grandson, I thought of something that would create an explosive beginning to the story. There are times in which when a previous ruler dies and a new, untested one succeeds them that rebellion breaks out afterwards. The seeds of resentment planted by The War of the Gilded Beasts will bear fruit. I have taken inspiration from the machinations of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick AKA the Kingmaker. After falling out with Edward IV, Warwick engineered a series of rebellions against his king. Some of these rebellions failed and some succeeded. The first of these rebellions was started by spreading rumors that the king’s in-laws were stealing tax money at the kingdom’s expense. These rumors erupted into revolt in northern England. Warwick fanned the flames even further by publishing an open letter that repeated the accusations against Edward IV’s in-laws and invited anyone who shared his views to rebel against the king. I can definitely see a potential story unfolding with this idea.

INTENSE MARTIAL ARTS

I am fond with intense martial arts movies such as The Raid and The Raid 2 because of the exhilarating action that takes place. In several anime/manga, there were examples of characters who performed martial arts. For my superhuman series, there will be situations in which the characters’ powers will fail them. When that happens, they will have to fight their way out with their fists. I will be making the martial art fight scenes in my superhuman series just as intense and brutal as the fight scenes in The Raid franchise. Bones will be broken, blood will spray through the air, and bodies will be flipped like so many pancakes.

BATTLE OF THE KINGSROAD

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Even though I found the Dance of the Dragons to be a senseless war, there were quite a few epic battles and intriguing cutthroat politics. My favorite battle from the war that did not include a dragon would be the Battle of the Kingsroad. It was the very last battle of the Dance of the Dragons and ultimately decided the fate of the Targaryen Dynasty. After Rhaenyra Targaryen died, Lord Borros Baratheon of Storm’s End finally emerged with his army to support King Aegon II. Even though Lord Baratheon sided with Aegon II, he stayed out of most of the war in order to avoid the dragons. With Rhaenyra dead and most of the dragons gone, Lord Borros saw this as his chance to support his king. By the time he reached King’s Landing, word reached the Red Keep that one of Rhaenyra’s last supporters, Kermit Tully of Riverrun, was leading an army of riverlords towards the capital in the name of Rhaenyra’s last son, Aegon the Younger. Aegon II sent Borros Baratheon to defuse this threat and bolstered Borros’s army until it was between seven to eight thousand strong. As he marched, Lord Baratheon had six hundred knights and four thousand infantry from the Stormlands and soldiers from the Crownlands. Lord Baratheon met the Tully host along the Kingsroad between a hill on one side and a forest on the other. After learning that the Tully army was being led by two boys and a woman, Lord Baratheon was arrogantly confident that he would win. However, because Borros and his men stayed out of the war, they did not participate in a single battle, which left them green, undisciplined, and inexperienced. Even though Borros was older than the Tullys and outnumbered their army two to one, Kermit Tully and his men were far more battle-hardened. One could argue that Kermit Tully was the Tully version of Robb Stark, a young man who was a natural as both a warrior and military commander. In the middle of the Kingsroad, Kermit Tully assembled an impregnable shield wall while his archers were perched on top of the hill. Lord Baratheon led his knights and infantry in a brute force attack against the shield wall, but the archers under the command of Alysanne Blackwood killed the Baratheon horses, collapsing the Baratheon vanguard as it struck the shield wall. Once the shield wall held the Stormlanders in place, Alysanne’s young nephew Benjicot “Bloody Ben” Blackwood emerged from the forest and outflanked the Baratheon soldiers with his own men. When the Crownland levies saw the battle was lost, they either fled or defected to the Tullys and attacked the Baratheons from behind. With Borros and his men trapped in a pincer movement, the battle quickly turned into a one-sided massacre. Even after losing his horse, Borros Baratheon refused to yield and kept fighting until he was confronted by the teenage Kermit Tully himself. Kermit gave Borros one final chance to yield, but Borros cursed him instead. In response, Kermit Tully caved in Borros’s skull with his morningstar. With Borros dead, the remainder of King Aegon II’s army fled and King’s Landing was wide open to attack from Kermit Tully’s battle-hardened riverlords. Even with the last of his armies defeated and the armies of the North, Riverlands, and Vale closing in, Aegon II refused to surrender, which led to his poisoning by his own courtiers. The Battle of the Kingsroad led to the end of Aegon II’s reign and paved the way to the reign of Aegon III AKA the Dragonbane.

STAR WARS RESISTANCE

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I have been watching the new show known as Star Wars Resistance and I am liking what is happening so far. It takes place six months before The Force Awakens and follows a would-be spy for the Resistance named Kaz. So far, the series takes place on a backwater world in a station that hosts high stakes racing. I like this show because it not only is Star Wars, but it also has an anime style to it. The humor was good without going too far and it added something new to the Star Wars universe. We got to see the Star Wars universe through the eyes of “little people” like Kaz. Rumor has it that this show will eventually crossover with The Force Awakens and maybe even The Last Jedi. I look forward to seeing how that happens.

TITANIC DRAGON BATTLE

I had a frightening and epic idea for a future fantasy work. It will involve three armies, each one with at least 40,000 men and four dragons, fighting one another in an apocalyptic battle that takes place throughout an entire day. By the time the battle is over, most of the men and dragons involved in the battle will be dead. The dragon fire used in the battle would be so intense that the battlefield will burn nonstop for days. Plants will be turned to dust, rocks will be superheated and melted, and the remains of man and dragon alike will be mummified like the victims of Pompeii. It is going to be unlike any other battle I ever wrote and I can’t wait to write it. Wish me luck!

KAIJU: KARMATHAUR

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Permit me to give you a little overview of my Kaiju, Karmathaur. Karmathaur is the result of a genetic engineering experiment conducted by a doomsday cult known as the Anakims. The Anakims got their name from one of the Biblical giants in the Old Testament. Karmathaur was made from salvaged prehistoric DNA and spliced with the DNA of modern animals. After the zygote (fertilized egg) was created, it was exposed to massive amounts of radiation in order to stimulate growth. Upon being sent into the sea, the zygote spent five years growing into a large egg before hatching into its larval form, which was fifty meters long. Shortly after making landfall, Karmathaur wrapped itself in a cocoon and spent 24 hours gestating and growing further until it was more than twice its size. In its adult form, Karmatahur is over one hundred meters tall and weighs one hundred thousand tons. It walks like the Cloverfield monster, on all fours with its front legs being longer and more jointed than its back legs. Its roar sounds like a metallic screech before turning into a deep rumble.

As for its abilities, Karmathaur is armed to the teeth with various abilities that were the result of its creation. To lessen gravity’s effects on its girth, Karmatahur has an organ below its spine that creates an anti-gravity energy field. Not only does this energy field allow Karmathaur to move faster for its size, but it also serves as a form of protection from all forms of physical assault such as bombs and bullets. A pair of glands in its throat serve as storage for its large amounts of radioactive energy. Defensively, this organ can filter radiation throughout Karmathaur’s body to stimulate regeneration from any wounds it receives. Offensively, the energy in these glands can be filtered through Karmathaur’s mouth to fire a focused beam of radioactive energy at its target. Before firing this beam, Karmathaur’s gills glow red with scarlet sparks crackling across them. The beam is powerful enough to melt through its target before setting the remains on fire.

The blood in Karmathaur’s veins act as a form of mutagen. That means the radiation in its sweat, blood, and tissues can mutate any life form around it, which was what happened to any sea life that swam near Karmathaur. Karmathaur’s flesh also has another ability that will be explored in future works. Overall, I am proud of creating my own Kaiju and look forward to depicting more of its adventures.