Please join us in welcoming author Jon Keys to The Novel Approach today, on the tour for his latest novel from Dreamspinner Press, Obsidian Moons.
Thanks so much for having me visit on the release of my newest novel, Obsidian Moons. This is book number two of the Obsidian series. It’s a unique mix of high fantasy magic, character and world building. But the relationships of the different cultures is one thing that sets the world of the Obsidian series apart.
In Obsidian Sun we discovered the perversions of the Varas and their addiction to the spellweavers of the Talac with their covering of velvet and the forbidden love between the Talac spellweavers and spellspinners. As we go through the adventures of Obsidian Moons we are introduced to the blacksmiths and Triads of the Ubica.
The Ubica homelands is far sound of the Talac territories. They have a culture built to a large extent on their skill as blacksmiths, but they have another skill which they find easier to market. They are trained from childhood as assassins. But the configuration of the assassin groups makes them even more unique. Each group has three members, regardless of gender. The Ubica recognize two different identities for a Triad. They can be a simple working Triad with the skills needed, or they can identify as a mated Triad. Their culture recognizes either as valid regardless of the individual genders of the Triad members.
In Obsidian Moons our group of assassins comprise survivors from former Triads and each are trying to find their role and the ultimate fate of their new Triad.
~ Jon Keys ~
About the Book
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Series: Obsidian: Book Two
Sequel to: Obsidian Sun
Length: 220 Pages
Category: High Fantasy
Purchase Links: DSP || Amazon || ARe
Read the Excerpt: Dreamspinner Press
Blurb: After achieving the impossible and releasing their people from the Varas slavers, Anan and Terja, a spellweaver and spellspinner, start the arduous journey back to their homeland. A winter trek across the grasslands is dangerous enough, but the traitor, Xain, is tasked with recapturing the slaves, and failure will mean his death. As added insurance, the Varas High Regent hires a Triad of legendary Ubica assassins and assigns a full regiment of his personal guards, along with their captain, to the task. Their mission is clear: recapture the escaped Talac slaves destined for the Varas pleasure houses—and the bed of the High Regent—at any cost.
The newly freed Talac travel toward their homelands with the full knowledge they are likely being pursued. The flight westward is fraught with new and unexpected dangers as Anan and Terja struggle to save their tribe. The battle for shelter, food, and a way to defend themselves becomes an all-consuming task, but they are reminded by the avatars of their gods that all is not as it appears.
About the Author
Jon Keys’ earliest memories revolve around books; with the first ones he can recall reading himself being “The Warlord of Mars” and anything with Tarzan. (The local library wasn’t particularly up to date.) But as puberty set in he started sneaking his mother’s romance magazines and added the world of romance and erotica to his mix of science fiction, fantasy, Native American, westerns and comic books.
A voracious reader for almost half a century, Jon has only recently begun creating his own flights of fiction for the entertainment of others. Born in the Southwest and now living in the Midwest, Jon has worked as a ranch hand, teacher, computer tech, roughneck, designer, retail clerk, welder, artist, and, yes, pool boy; with interests ranging from kayaking and hunting to painting and cooking, he draws from a wide range of life experiences to create written works that draw the reader in and wrap them in a good story.