Title: Pearseus, Rise of the Prince
Author: Nicholas C. Rossis
“Pearseus does for ancient Greece what Game of Thrones did for Medieval England.”
Three hundred years after humans crash land on Pearseus, Styx, the Capital’s cruel ruler, learns of a dark prophecy: Cyrus, a young boy, will one day slay her. She imprisons him, but days before his execution he escapes with the help of the First, the planet’s native inhabitants. On their way to safety, nightmarish monsters attack. Cyrus flees, scared and alone, until a pair of First warriors rescue him and spirit him away to the mysterious Old Woman.
All Cyrus wants is to reunite with his family. But the Old Woman insists Cyrus is the foretold instrument in the First’s ancient war against a shadowy enemy who will stop at nothing to prevent him from fulfilling his destiny. Heart and mind war within Cyrus as he must choose between rejoining his family and preventing humanity’s extinction.
Rise of the Prince is the first book of the Amazon genre best-selling series, Pearseus.
Cyrus was fast asleep when Justice Styx walked into the room, impressive in her ceremonial robe, all purple with black trimmings. She wore her official head cover that left only her face visible, ending in a cylindrical top. Even her soft, silent shoes were purple and black. Her Guardians surrounded her; an elite group that formed the justice’s personal guard, armed with a short energy spear, one of the rarest weapons on the planet. Feared by everyone, they were sworn to see or hear nothing but what their charge wanted them to. Their loyalty was to Styx, and Styx alone.
They had stormed the boy’s room in the middle of the night, dressed in black padded uniforms, red capes flowing gracefully behind them. The boy woke up to the unusual sight. His mother’s and sister’s anxious whispers seeped into the room. He could not see the visitors’ faces, as they had lowered the helmets’ visors, but he did notice that their lances were armed, as highlighted by the arc of light at their ends. Cyrus wondered what sort of threat they perceived in a boy’s bedroom. Still, he did his best to be brave and respectful, and jumped out of bed, bowing his head as his father had taught him to do when in the presence of Pearseus’ ruler.
Everyone felt uneasy in Styx’s presence, and Cyrus’ heart thumped in his chest. His instincts told him it would be better if he said nothing, noticing how the justice wore the ceremonial chain around her leathered neck. The memory crystal at its end emitted a soft glow, a sign it was recording. She never took it off, lately; people whispered she wished to pronounce judgment anywhere, anytime. Her verdicts had become increasingly cruel and erratic, and what had once been a source of stability had become a source of terror.
The old woman studied Cyrus with dark eyes. She mumbled something and Cyrus struggled to make sense of her words. The thin hairs at the back of his neck stood up when he made out his name and the word “treason.” He raised his eyes to meet the justice’s hard stare just as the latter completed her brief speech: “Sentence to be carried out immediately.”
“No!” he shouted. “You can’t! My father…” His father would be back any day now. He would show them!
“Your father will soon enough have a taste of his crime,” she muttered.
None of the black-clad men in the room said anything as they carried the screaming boy away. His shouts were soon followed by those of his mother and sister. Cyrus heard them in the distance as the guards dragged him into Styx’s black hovercar – the only such vehicle available in the Capital.
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Nicholas Rossis lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, walks his dog, and enjoys the antics of his baby daughter and two silly cats, all of whom claim his lap as home. His first children’s book, Runaway Smile, has won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, among other distinctions.
Many of his short stories have appeared in various collections and anthologies. He has published three collections: Honest Fibs, The Power of Six and Infinite Waters, which was voted as one of the best 50 Indie books of 2015. He has also written the epic fantasy series, Pearseus. The final book in the series is currently penned.
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