A NEW WORLD WAKES
Legends of Elyria, Vol. 1
"Bishop is the Tolkien of his generation"
“A New World Wakes” is Bishop’s majestic, ultra-high-fantasy adventure, filled with vivid surrealism and notes of classical mythology. Bishop introduces readers to an entirely new story universe in this great epic, the first book of a whole new series “Legends of Elyria”.
There was Nothing. For timeless, spaceless infinity—Nothing.
Nothing changed here in the Nothing, until an unmade world dared to Dream, to Awaken and Become.
The first gods of a new world were born here in a dream at the dawn of all beginnings. They cultivated a planet which was all their own, to shape and design however they chose. They carved out the continents and the stars of the night sky, and they crafted new mortal races to inhabit this world.
But the gods themselves were newly born, youthful and naïve. They did not know that a greater power yet—this primordial Nothing which long predated their birth—sought to unmake them and to undo all of Time.
Matthew R. Bishop
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Matthew R. Bishop is a novelist and adventurer whose writing brings together different elements of political thriller, epic adventure, surrealism, and classical fantasy to create a truly original and unique voice within the fantasy genre.
Matt writes all of his first drafts by hand on notebooks stuffed into his backpack. He enjoys hiking, swimming, climbing, traveling, and exploring everything new.
The King and the Slave
A stand-alone short story fantasy adventure
Torn from his family and his village in his youth, an anonymous man is recruited by a mysterious organization plotting regicide and revolution. With nothing left to lose, the slave carves history with the edge of his own sword, but he finds the last pieces of his own past along the way.
The King and the Slave is a modern short fantasy crafted from classical themes of good versus evil, the weak against the strong, and the oppressed against the oppressor. A slave, forged in fire and war, will rise to challenge a king. The world teeters on one moment—and that moment is the only chance for all of those who seek justice.
In a hard, dry land where they say so much blood has spilled that nothing green can grow, a child is born into slavery and orphaned at a young age.
In the course of his escape, he fights in open battle as a soldier, spies inside enemy castles in disguise, hides in rural villages, and faces starvation alone in a frozen wilderness.
This boy's destiny, however, will cast him into a great and terrifying adventure, one that will remake the world and free a whole nation of people born into bondage.
This fast-paced political thriller features our heroes from the first book, who must travel to the hostile city of Laeolin for the first Council of Nations since the end of the Great Wars. Here dreams are born and given life. But dreams, like the heroes who pursue them, are very fragile things.