Character-driven Sci-Fi

Kasia James writes primarily speculative fiction, but dives eclectically into other genres as the whim takes her. Author of the novel "the Artemis Effect', and editor of "The Milk of Female Kindness - an Anthology of Honest Motherhood", she is also currently working on a collection of short stories.

Kasia James

Carlsberg Group
Charles D. Blanchard

Charles D. Blanchard

16 June at 14:36

Hello. My name is Charles Blanchard. I would like to introduce my latest novel, Kingdom's End, for your pleasure.

Kingdom’s End is an adventure story where the main characters are rodents. The setting is an abandoned motion picture palace from the 1920s that has been closed for thirty years and is set for demolition. It is here where the characters make their massive colony and fight to protect it.

The story deals with their struggle to survive in a dark urban landscape and the threats posed against them from both man and beast. It is exciting and complex and an easy read with strong characters and narrative that makes you feel their plight.

There are many conflicts. Among them, a plot within the colony to overthrow the aged blind leader by an ambitious ruthless soldier and a good deal of the story involves how he goes about it. Later, the plot is discovered as forces work against the perpetrator.

The rodent characters have names. The human characters interspersed in the story are nameless.

There is considerable adventure outside the colony as characters are introduced that play important roles such as the derelict rats that specialize in the placement of poison and even a fortune teller. The interaction with humans and other animals has an emotional pull that infuses the story to its conclusion as the blind leader of the entrapped colony facing the exterminators tells his subjects they must make their decision on life or death.

I have dedicated the novel to Richard Adams, whose animal themed work has been an inspiration.

Naylene Rondon

Naylene Rondon

30 June at 20:31

Native Foreigners is a science fiction thriller full of fun characters that were placed in chaotic circumstances. The story really focuses on them and their actions during these unexpected situations.

Drew Briney

Drew Briney

4 September at 17:56

Moon 514: Blaze and the White Griffon is a thriller paced, magic infested, post apocalyptic space opera with uncommon vision. Reviews have noted that the characters really draw you into the story.

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