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About Ryan Toxopeus
Ryan Toxopeus, award winning writer, has finished the Empire's Foundation fantasy trilogy. His first award was received in university, when he entered a short story contest with a work of fiction that chronicled a Dutch resistance fighter in World War II, who was captured by the Nazis and put in a concentration camp. The story took first place, much to the surprise of the judges who said they were not used to seeing that quality of writing, especially from an engineering student. Although he loved writing, his schooling took him elsewhere, and he did not start writing seriously again until after the birth of his daughter. Since then, Ryan has published three novels (A Noble's Quest, A Wizard's Gambit, A Hero's Birth), two novellas (Demon Invasion, Dangers of Tensire), and several short stories both related to his larger fantasy world, and stand alone stories including Macimanito Môswa which won Honourable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest.
While writing, he keeps the mantra, "If I'm bored writing it, readers will be bored reading it," in mind. Thus his focus is on fast-paced action and intrigue. His world and plots are rich and complex, keeping readers guessing right until the end.
He lives in Canada with his children. He also works on creating games related to his writing.
Whether they’re villains or rogues, merciless killers, or thieves with codes of honour, so often, they steal the show. The tight-laced lead plays the straight man or woman to their jokes and schemes.
Included in this anthology are stories about thieves with hearts of gold, and adventurers who aren't so noble.
Whoever said Canlit was boring‽
Featuring stories from: Timothy Carter - Jen Frankel- Mathias Jansson - Andrew Jensen - JF Garrard - Ira Nayman - Helen Power - Frederick Charles Melancon - Christine Rains - Melissa Small - Ryan Toxopeus - Paul Williams - Melissa Yuan-Innes
Follow Thomas and Sarentha from their beginnings as fugitive lumberjacks right up until they become heroes of legend! Eliza grows as a leader throughout the series, making the difficult choices both for herself and her people.
They must overcome all manner of threats, from overt strikes from monsters, to insidious illnesses, to interpersonal differences that threaten to tear their empire apart from within.
The series focuses on keeping a fast pace, with lots of action and intrigue throughout. The three individual books are all well-rated on Amazon and Goodreads (4 to 4.5+ stars) with readers saying the books just get better and better, the deeper you get into the series.
Macimanito Môswa received Honourable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest, 2016 4th quarter.
The second story was added in 2019, with plans to continue the series.
Illuma at first appears ripe for the taking, but the world has changed since the demons fled ages ago and many new challenges await them.
There is a glossary at the back with pronunciations for demon names.
Amurtag and her fellow minotaur farmers are called away from the harvest by the priests. Margaff, their new chief, is making a play for power over all the minotaur tribes using a secret weapon. But when Amurtag questions him publicly, he shares his vision for the future. The question is, will everyone stand by and allow him to take control?
When more menaces emerge, each darker than the last, their adventure spans the entire continent. Thomas, Sarentha, and Eliza must make difficult choices and face their darkest fears to uncover their lost history by reviving long-dead wizards. Only by illuminating the past will they be able to step into the future.
One misstep could lead to their undoing.
The universe was created through conflicting forces of light and dark, and so it continues. War has ravaged Illuma throughout its history, and this collection of short stories gives readers a sneak peek at four pivotal moments.
If you enjoy the fast paced style, fantastic settings, and broad scope of these stories, look up my first novel in the Empire's Foundation trilogy, A Noble's Quest. It is available online in e-book format from the same site you found this anthology, or in paper back from createspace.
The sequel, A Wizard's Gambit, will be available early 2015.