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“Winged warriors and armored knights! Mythical creatures and shadowy demons! Ancient temples and dangerous technology! Airships! Talking birds! And Elpida is stuck in this realm in her pajamas, with nothing but a screwdriver to help her get home . . .”
That’s the opening paragraph of the summary for A Traitor to Dreams, Alexander Hellene’s debut, sci-fi / urban fantasy novel that he published in December. So if you’re looking for a new book to sink your eyes into, this one may be it. Better yet, it’s from an author who is doing exactly what I advocate for doing: creating culture instead of whining about it.
Full Disclosure: Both Hellene and I are members of the Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance.
Readers of A Traitor to Dreams like what Hellene has written, with his unique choice of protagonist being a standout feature. Here’s an excerpt of what Russell S. Newquist has to say about it:
Lonely cat ladies worried about being closer to forty than thirty aren’t your typical main character for a sci-fi/UF book, and that is one of my favorite things about this book. Instead of a springy, naive and doe-eyed teenager leading a resistance, we’ve got Elpida, a decisive, driven and kind of abrasive New York career woman. This deviation from common tropes is worth a read.
If sci-fi / urban fantasy is your thing, then you’ll want to head on over to Amazon to check out A Traitor to Dreams.
Take some time to visit his website too. Hellene updates it frequently, and it’s not just filler either. I’ve read a few of his posts there and they’ve all been worth my time. Much better read than a lot of the sites I normally frequent.