Phantasia (Book One – Into the Rain)

After finding the body of a dragon in a metallic desert, Red finds out that he is the reincarnation of a messiah worshipped by an insectoid alien race bent on invading his star system. Swept into a dangerous adventure across glacial swamps, cloud cities, and dead stars – Red must evade his true purpose in the world, to summon a forsaken deity trapped in another realm. Travel into a world unlike any other, a world teeming with creatures the size of planets, parasites that can lay waste to entire civilizations, and mysterious energy sources that can decay the lifeforce of stars. What starts as only a whisper in the darkness, grows into a tale of epic proportions. Phantasia is a future fantasy epic that stands at 180,000 words.

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3 Comments

  1. Great story – but leaves the reader hanging. Red is one of a team of students about to graduate an academy. He watches a rare classroom demonstration of the ‘infection’ of a simple creature by a Xenosite – creatures threatening their very existence. It’s a gruesome sight, and shows the enemy they are all working to defeat. 

  2. There’s a lot to like in M There’s a lot to like in M. U. Riyadad’s PHANTASIA. The world-building is deep and imaginative; the action scenes are over-the-top and genuinely exciting; the monsters are satisfyingly awe-inspiring, the villain satisfyingly mysterious. The book unapologetically mixes space opera, kaiju horror, and epic fantasy into a story that reads a bit as though the cast of Harry Potter found themselves thrown into a lost chapter in the Final Fantasy series. 

  3. Fantastic I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. I don’t read a lot of fantasy or sci fi novels, so this was kind of a new territory for me, but I thought the plot, characters, and writing were all brilliantly executed. In the first chapter, we are introduced to Red, a student at Crest, and a creature called a Xenosite. I’m not going to go into too much detail (you have to read it yourself!), but the author’s mastery of description and his imagination got me hooked right from the start–that can…

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