War has broken out between the shells, fragments of a shattered world that humanity clings to for survival. To stave off the conflict, survivors of a brutal attack seek help from the one source no one else believes can help: the dragons. But the creatures are fractured into two factions and caught up in a fight of their own, a conflict that may be connected to the war above. As the survivors seek answers and help, they stumble onto a secret long lost that once nearly destroyed the world. A secret that has the power to save humanity. Or end it.
About the Book:
Fall is completely written and is book two of four in the Future Worlds series, a project in the works since the mid 90s. You can pre-order a copy of Rise here, set for release 13 September 2016. The author isn’t afraid to toss something out and start afresh if the story demands it. Originally intended as a trilogy, the characters demanded a fourth book be inserted, so the author obliged.
About the Author:
Based out of Germany, Brian Guthrie is a serial author of science fiction, fantasy, and more. His first novel, Rise (book one of a series of four releasing Sept 2016) won the Inkshares Nerdist Contest and his second novel, After Man (co-authored with Michelle Guthrie; book one of three slated for release early 2017) won the Inkshares Geek and Sundry contest, making him the first author on Inkshares to win two contests. He has plans for an anthology piece, some historical fiction, and much more. He is married to Michelle Guthrie, a father of a nine-year old girl who is as much boy as she is girl, and has two cats.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead! Do not read any of the chapters postedif you intend on reading Rise first!
Scribe’s Note: The following events occur directly after the events chronicled in Rise. In summation of the narrative, the Colberran fleet’s surprise attack on the Expeditionary Force’s outpost located on the Nomad Shell sent Quentin and the entire outpost tumbling toward the core. Micaela and Suyef remained on the shell post battle. In summation of the interviews, Micaela had just informed me of Quentin’s demise, and Suyef and Quentin had vanished from their hidden home. That left me with no clue where to go except the still closed box entrusted to me. I opened it, in search of answers.
The box lay open on the table before me, Suyef’s note underneath it. Inside lay a stick, smooth and round on one end, broken and fragmented on the other. The wood bore a light brown hue, smooth to the touch and had only two slight bends in it breaking up the otherwise straight lines. The fragmented tips along one end were very sharp. Nothing else lay inside.
"What is this?" I whispered, staring at the item.
A memory bubbled to the surface. A memory of a man and his stick. Pulling at my notes, I flipped through pages of memories, of a story as convoluted as my notes. It took several moments but I found what had piqued my interest. The list of names the Queen had given me and a note from a session with Quentin, all quickly jotted down. A simple phrase next to one name.
Nidfar. Ask about Stick.
My eyes shifted back to the open box. Could this be his stick? The one he’d spoken to. The one Micaela and Quentin both insisted he’d had with him each time they met him.
I flipped through my notes, searching for more information. Page after page, memory after memory. Theirs and my own. As the images their words had created in my mind flitted to the surface, images of them sitting before me, their stories pouring from them, mixed in. I shook my head for focus, eyes darting back and forth until finding the sought after notes.
I scanned the words of Micaela’s first encounter with the old man. The crazy old man that had also once lived near Quentin’s home. The crazy old man who talked to a stick.
"This isn’t any ordinary stick."
I’d written those words down exactly, circling the contraction. What could that have meant? I scanned over the page again and found something else.
"Piece of fabricated wood."
Another circle lay around the word ’fabricated’. My eyes darted to the piece of wood laying before me. Being fabricated wasn’t necessarily strange. Most wood was fabricated from matter reforgers. Still, the words made me wonder if there was something more to this stick.
My eyes shifted to Suyef’s note, then back to the box. Yes, there was definitely more to this stick. Something powerful. Dangerous.
Something worth hiding.
I tucked the stick back into the box, closing and returning it to my sack before sitting back to ponder my next move. Quentin and Suyef remained absent. Waiting...
SPOILER FREE REVIEW:
The strongest selling point of Fall is its predecessor Rise. The difference between the two is all the compelling action, mystery, and characters have been established in their world. With the addition of new forces, the author brings this world to life (again) and gives the reader a great journey.
Have to hand it to the author Brian Guthrie, his counterpart in the story, Logwyn, continues to pull at the threads of this mystery unraveling the skein of a very intricate tale. I was drawn right back into the story once she sat to talk with the "old man." I love the fact that all is not as it seems.