Friday, September 3, 2010
Rob Steiner-- The Last Key
Rob Steiner was born in 1972 in Watervliet, MI. He currently lives in Michigan with his wife, daughter, and “wiener-cat” Scully. When he's not spending time with his family or writing books, he's dreaming of one day taking over for Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
Andea is a land where humans have learned to harness their Faith --the life essence in all living beings -- to magically shape the world around them. It is a place where warrior-priests called dahkshari keep order by serving as judge, jury, and executioner. And where common Andeans strike out into the unknown frontier along Andea’s borders to escape the overcrowded Great Cities and the strict Faith dogmas of Andea’s cleric lords.
Raven Byrne is a novice dahkshari about to complete his training when he discovers that a popular Andean war hero named Thallan Brael wants to use an ancient magic called the Reaping Key to avenge the deaths of his family killed in Andea's recent war with neighboring Loquath. With the Key, Brael could “reap” the souls of every Loquathi man, woman, and child. The guilty and the innocent would pay for the lives
of Brael's dead family.
With the help of Brael's niece, Seala Mesalek, and an outlaw band of Faith heretics, Raven embarks on a journey across Andea's dangerous frontier to stop Brael from using the Reaping Key to commit genocide. Along the way Raven learns to put aside his prejudice against heretics, and his doubts in himself, to become the honorable dahkshari Andea needs.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
For only $1.99 readers will get a fantasy thriller filled with magic, monsters, characters to love and characters to hate. The good guys aren't as nice as you think, and the bad guys...well, they're not what you'd expect, either.
Q: Why did you go indie?
I'm proud of this book, and I wanted to get it into the hands of the people who count – fantasy readers. I'm a patient guy, but after five years of my agent getting “positive rejections” from every fantasy publisher in New York, even I was getting antsy.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? Robert E. Howard, Robert Jordan, Steven Erikson, Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson, Jim Butcher, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman. I've learned something about storytelling from each one, and readers will find their influence in THE LAST KEY.
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