A long time ago, long before the first line of the current Not Gods But Monsters was penned, the project was known as Fantasma. While there were a lot of similar elements and themes shared between the two tales, there is a number of items that never made the final cut into the final release. As with the current books, I did artwork for the original tale, including a number of character illustrations.
As with the earlier entries in the series, I worked up a series of character sketches on prominent characters in The Killing Kind. Much like A Prison of Flesh, this series is a set of four, with a limited color palette. Just like the blue used for APOF, this set features green as a major identifying color. Below are the first two in the series.
For those familiar with earlier books in the Realm of Tah’afajien series, the cover for Book 3 falls in line, layout-wise, with Book 2, where the image is features a major character and a prominent location in the story. This time around, the focus fell on Marianus O’mas and the Moa’rehnzan capital city of Gran’rehnza.
Author Joshua Banker announces the release of his fourth full-length work, The Killing Kind. Banker’s prequel to Not Gods But Monsters is a speculative fiction novel which blends elements of science-fiction and diesel-punk fantasy to tell a story about the root causes of war and their impacts on those forced to live in the midst of an ongoing conflict. The tale serves as both a history lesson for those familiar with the series and as a starting point for readers new to the Realm of Tah’afajien.
As I've done with all my previous books, I’m adding a chapter of my upcoming release, The Killing Kind to the Free To Read program, where readers can get a sneak peak of a single chapter of the book to read here or download for reading on your mobile devices.
The Killing Kind, the third book in the Realm of Tah’afajien series is a prequel that happens over a decade before the beginning of Not Gods But Monsters. Book 3 provides context, not only for what transpires during books 1 and 2 but for the series' eventual endgame.