Canadian fantasy just got a lot darker.
Move over, Game of Thrones! Canada has its own George R. R. Martin, and she’s not pulling any punches with her debut novel, Under the Lesser Moon. Written by Alberta-born Shelly Campbell, the grimdark novel releases today, and it’s already making waves in the Canadian fantasy community. Check out the synopsis and early reviews below!
“Dragons once led our people across the wastelands, away from storms, and toward hunting grounds.”
That’s what the elders say, but Akrist has squinted at empty skies his whole life. The dragons have abandoned them, and it’s Akrist’s fault. He’s cursed. Like every other firstborn son, he has inherited the sins of his ancestors. In his camp, he’s the only eldest boy left. Something happened to the others. Something terrible.
When Akrist befriends Tanar, an eldest boy from another tribe, he discovers the awful truth: they’re being raised as sacrifices to appease the Goddess and win back her dragons. The ritual happens when the dual moons eclipse. Escape is the only option, but Akrist was never taught to hunt or survive the wastelands alone. Time is running out, and he has to do something before the moons touch.
Praise for Under the Lesser Moon
“Lush emotions, vivid characters, and a world rich with history—I didn’t want this journey to end.”
—Essa Hansen, author of Nophek Gloss
“Stunning. The world building is some of the best I’ve ever read, and the main character, Akrist, has left me with a permanent ache in my heart. Set in a brutal, often merciless world, the story kept me breathlessly turning pages to the very end. Clear your calendar, because you won’t be able to put this one down.”
—Julie Eshbaugh, author of Ivory and Bone and its sequel, Obsidian and Stars
“A compelling story like none other, told in an incredibly crafted world. I can’t wait for Book Two!”
—Dan Vadeboncoeur, Co-host of the Media Nerds Podcast
Blog Tour and Early Reviews
Want some opinions before you read? Check out these early reviews!
“I read this book in nearly one sitting about couldn’t put it down, I just kept thinking about it and I had to finish it as soon as I could!”
—Read the full review at Read to Ramble
“15 Thoughts While Reading: 1) The little dragon illustration are so adorable! 2) No Akrist it is not your fault! 3) That was dark. 4) Oh no. Not the betrayal.”
—Read the full review at Personal Opinions of a Fangirl
“Despite (or maybe because of) the unrelenting darkness, this book was gripping. I found myself willing everything to be alright.”
—Read the full review at Mug Full of Books
“Campbell has created a new world that is both cruel and beautiful.”
—Read the full review at Never Enough Books
“This is recommended for anyone who is sick of waiting for the newest Game of Thrones book, because seriously. That’s taking a while.
—Read the full review at A Lovely Little Book Blog
“Strict, brutal, and unyielding religious and social beliefs dictate the lives of the characters, with most unwilling to stand up for change.”
—Read the full review at One More Book
“I am fully appreciative whenver an author answers my questions candidly and with such wonderful insight as Ms Campbell has herself today.”
—Read the full interview with the author at Jorie Loves a Story
The Book Launch Party
Visit Mythos & Ink’s YouTube page at 8 PM CST tonight to chat with the author, hear how the story came to life, learn about the process of publishing with a small press, and maybe, just maybe, win a copy of Under the Lesser Moon!
Get the Book
Under the Lesser Moon is available to order from almost all major retailers (or order it from your favourite local bookstore!) as a softcover and ebook.
Print ISBN: 978-1-989423-18-9
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-989423-19-6
Publisher: Mythos & Ink
Publication Date: November 7, 2020