South Setauket, NY -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/17/2014 -- In the realm of popular fiction most female authors have been relegated to the romance novel genre while men, such as George RR. Martin, continue to dominate the fantasy genre.
That's changing as women begin to add their own take on the male dominated genre. Joining the ranks of such female authors as Patricia Briggs and Charlaine Harris, K. Ione Kellerhals has released her own twist on the urban fantasy genre in The Torc of Anubis. In Ms. Kellerhals’ first novel, a female avatar named Liadan is challenged to protect the world from the nightmares of the other realms. Combining a blend of mythology with the energy of a graphic novel is no mean feat. Like Ilona Andrews, K. Ione Kellerhals succeeds in creating a powerful, independent female warrior.
In the Torc of Anubis there are no angelic choirs, no gospels, no hymns. Liadan Aswarde is not that kind of avatar.
The Torc of Anubis: is one of seven ancient Seals used to separate reality into different realms. But the Torc also holds the power of Anubis, granting the ability to control the undead to those who normally lack the gift. A weak necromancer’s apprentice coming into possession of such a powerful relic, for example, would be very bad news. The necromancer searching for the apprentice in the territory of a Guardian Avatar charged with protecting humanity from magical creatures would be worse. And if the apprentice asks for protection from a paladin of the Catholic Church who happens to be in town investigating miracles? Well, disaster is sure to follow.
After thousands of years of protecting mankind from the imperfect splitting of the realms and policing the creatures that bump through both day and night, Liadan is now faced with zombies rising impossibly from their graves and rifts being formed in the fabric of reality. Imps are crossing recklessly over into our modern world. And this chaos can have only one cause: The Torc of Anubis.
Liadan knows securing the Torc and avoiding those who may harm or exploit her will not be easy, but nothing worth doing ever is.
The Torc of Anubis is the first novel in a series titled Dawn Child: A Myth in Modern Times and is available for sale at the Amazon Kindle Store. Review copies are available upon request from Ms. Kellerhals or BookIM.
"The Torc of Anubis" is, at its core, an urban fantasy story. The stakes are high, the feats are incredible, the fights dramatic, and the protagonists larger than life. What sets it apart from other stories in its genre, though, is the incredible amount of thought put into this world and its inhabitants.
The relationship between Liadan and her familiar is funny, sad and just really complicated in this great great way. I really hope the next book comes out soon.
About K. Ione Kellerhals
K. Ione Kellerhals is an award winning author and graduate of the Albion College Creative Writing Program. The Torc of Anubis is her first full length urban fantasy novel. She currently lives in Southern Michigan with her family and two dogs, neither of which turns into a dragon. Ms. Kellerhals can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.sidhedreams.com.