Even though it’s September now, our Summer of New Releases isn’t quite over. (We’re going all the way to October 17th with Rita Monette’s The Curse at Pirate’s Cove!) Today we are happy to announce the release of a fantastic epic adventure novel by first time novelist Adam Gaylord. Sol of the Coliseum shows you the life of a gladiator through the eyes of Sol, an orphan born a slave deep within the confines of the Great Coliseum. It is action-packed and full of adventure. It also has a gorgeous cover by Jon Guerdrum of Guerdrum Art. Check it out:
Survival is an act of defiance.
Deep in the bowels of the Coliseum of the mighty Astrolian Empire, the orphan, Sol, is raised by a makeshift family of guards and fellow slaves to become the most famed Gladiator in all the land. Alongside K’nal, his giant Frorian fighting partner, Sol must battle cunning warriors and fantastic beasts to delight the crowd and stay alive. But when an oppressed populace transforms Sol into a revolutionary folk hero, the Empire sends its most ruthless assassin to put an end to the uprising. Sol’s only chance is to do what no slave has ever done: escape from the Coliseum and the only home he’s ever known.
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Title: Sol of the Coliseum
Author Name: Adam Gaylord
Genre(s): Epic Fantasy, Adventure
Tags: Fantasy, Adventure, Epic, Coliseum, Gladiator
Length: Approx. 259 pages
Release Date: September 17, 2015
Publisher: Mirror World Publishing (http://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/)
Read an Excerpt:
Grall gave the helmet a whack and a twist. “How’s it fit?”
Sol finally found his voice. “Perfect.”
“I had the smith add some extra padding. That way you can take it out as you grow.”
“You had this made for me?”
“That’s no hand-me-down boy, that’s the real thing. I heard that one of the smiths was an armorer on the outside. I wasn’t sure he’d be too keen on the idea but it turned out he jumped at the chance. Said it was a waste of his talent to be stuck making chains and repairing cages all day. By the looks of that helmet, I’d say he was right.”
This time they both jumped at the rap on the door. Sol’s eyes went wide as a rather fat guard stepped inside.
“I’ll bring him out,” Grall said sharply.
Confused and eyeing Sol’s helmet, the guard backed out while mumbling, “Yes, Sir.”
Grall grabbed Sol by the shoulders. “You’ll be fine. Stay calm, ignore the crowd, and remember what I told you.” He guided Sol out the door and passed him to the other guard with a nod.
Sol was led to the entrance of a long dark tunnel. As they made their way up the sloping passage, he considered Grall’s words. He thought about Oci and about the other women that had helped raise him. He thought about the smith, so happy to take up his art and craft the helmet he now wore. He thought about Grall, a guard and a friend. He thought about his mother. As these faces crossed his mind he felt a part of himself change, felt it harden. This is my home. They are my family. I fight for them.
The passage ended at a large wooden gate. Sunlight and sound trickled through the slight gap under the door. The fat guard drew two swords. One he handed to Sol, the other he kept. Sol tested the weight of the weapon. It was a short sword and a little pommel-heavy, but the blade was straight and sharp. He twirled it and the guard stepped back, his own sword raised defensively.
Sol lowered the weapon. “What’s your name?”
The guard looked over his shoulder as if Sol might be addressing someone else. “Ramsey,” he answered suspiciously.
“Ramsey, will you be here when I get back?”
“If you get back,” Ramsey corrected.
Sol knelt at the foot of the massive gate. He bowed his head and closed his eyes. The dark passage shook with the roar of the crowd, smelling strongly of dirt, blood, and urine. He ran his fingers over the polished metal of his new helm and nodded. “I’ll see you then.”
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Meet the Author: Adam Gaylord lives with his beautiful wife, daughter, and less beautiful dog in Loveland, CO. When not at work as a biologist he’s usually hiking, drinking craft beer, drawing comics, writing short stories, or some combination thereof. He’s had stories published in Penumbra eMag, Dark Futures Magazine, Silver Blade Magazine, and Plasma Frequency Magazine, among others.