Author Joshua Banker announces the release of his second full-length work, A Prison of Flesh. Banker's follow-up is a speculative fiction novel that blends elements of science-fiction, fantasy and horror to tell a story about coping with loss and personal growth in the face of unknown danger. Underlying themes include the impacts of bigotry on perception and the folly of decisions made out of misguided guilt.
As a part of the world-building process that went into laying down the proper groundwork for a multiple-volume book series set in a believable world, I created a maps of the major cities/villages and topographical features for Not Gods But Monsters and its future sequels. This allows for believable references to locales that the story might not take the reader until later books.
The sequel to Not Gods But Monsters will be available in trade paperback and eBook on September 19, 2017.
In preparation for the upcoming release of Book 2 (more info to come soon), I've re-released Not Gods But Monsters with some very minor tweaks.
To finish out the series of stylized character depictions for Not Gods But Monsters, here are the character illustrations for Jehn and Kyote.
In the development of not only the story of Not Gods But Monsters, but for the world building necessary for future sequels, I spent some time fleshing out the individuals in a visual medium. Below are a pair of illustrations done for the character Flynn Earrele. As you can see, there is as a bit of Peter O'Toole and Cary Elwes in the face.
A handy guide of the ores present in Not Gods But Monsters. WARNING: There are some minor spoilers below so if you haven't read (or finished) the book, you may want to back away.
For those who've read Not Gods But Monsters, you may notice a strange series of words at the beginning of each that looks suspiciously like a date. That's because it is (shocker, I know). Much like the development of the Byraelian language, the creation of the calendar was intended to point to the world's more unique qualities.