It has been a thousand years since the last Seed abandoned their duty. The mists are closing in. Finally, the Morning Bell tolls. A new Seed is born, but is it too late?
The rot eats away at mortals. The Witnesses pray so that they may not turn into one of the forgotten. And the constricting mists infect the lands with fear.
But there is more to this tale than just the Elders and their Seeds. Four mortals will have a part to play in Minethria’s fate. A farmer girl with only love in her eyes. A warrior born to the life of a refugee. A highborn stuck between the realm of gods and men. And a woman running into front lines and away from home.
Will the cycle finally be completed? Or will the mist swallow all?
“A seed is born and the evil is slain, so doth another cycle commence. Yet the last Seed born hath turned traitor, and the mists which had been pushed back, returneth.”
Eleventh Cycle by Kian N. Ardalan
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Grimdark
Intended Age Group: Adult
Published: February 3, 2023
Publisher: Self Published
Shown on Page (things clearly told to the reader):
- Graphic violence
- Self harm
- Emotional abuse
- Suicidal ideation
- Mental health (depression)
- Graphic sex
- Child death
- Short scene involving dead dog
- Alluded to (things only mentioned in passing or hinted at):
Grimdark Magazine: Eleventh Cycle checks all the boxes of a grimdark masterpiece. It is a stunning achievement, establishing Kian N. Ardalan as one of the most exciting new voices in speculative fiction.
Petrik Leo: Eleventh Cycle is one of the best books I’ve read. Berserk and Dark Souls fans, this page-turning epic grimdark fantasy novel is written for us.
Under The Radar SFF: Kian will sink his claws into your skin and not let go even after the shocking conclusion. This is my Top novel of 2022 and I’m sure it will be yours when it is released in 2023!
Escapist Reviews: This is a book that will sit in a readers mind for a very long time. There are a number of people who Mr. Ardalan could be compared to, but I believe he has set a mark that makes him stand alone, a true defining moment. It is beautiful, it is jaw dropping, it is a book that will have many talking and thinking even after reading the final words.
Out of This World Reviews: Along the way you will be treated to some outstanding worldbuilding, egotistical gods, magical creatures born of nightmares, and some of the very best writing out there. Author Kian N. Ardalan has undeniably done something very special here and the entire reading world should stand up and take notice. Book two can’t come fast enough for me.
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