From R.A. Baker comes The Beast at the Gate.
Following a bizarre lightning storm, a young college student named Rayna Powell finds herself alone in a desolate, red wasteland zone called the Band. In making her way out, she realizes the Band was only the beginning of her ordeal. Trapped in a strange land where danger and death lurk behind every corner, Rayna sees “magic” everywhere—the very watch she wears now glows with unknown energies. She is a student of science and logic. Yet, what she witnesses in this place defies them both. Reluctantly joining forces with a mysterious woman with a bounty on her head, they struggle to survive and avoid detection from Nephredom’s minions.
Rayna finds herself caught in the middle of political strife and faction wars, as she comes to terms with the chaotic power growing inside of her. It is a magic so fierce, that the inhabitants of Taren call her a “Power”, the greatest and rarest kind of mage. Though she does not yet know it, Rayna is the only one who can prevent Taren’s destruction. Rayna must find a way to control her magic and use it well if she is to survive what’s to come. She must not fail!
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Taking heed to her watch’s warning, Rayna quickly hid herself behind the corner of a brick wall and shoved her glowing hand in her pocket. Then she saw it.
It stood over eight feet tall, and oozed a dripping, green ichor from every part of its scaly body. Its face resembled a nightmarish hybrid of boar, and lizard—creased and knotted—like heavy clay molded into monstrosity.
Its bulging eyes had lids that closed horizontally, and as the creature squinted in the daylight sun, only its elongated red pupils showed through. It was an undeniable rendition of evil personified. Its pointed-toothed mouth opened and closed repeatedly, as if rehearsing for its next meal. Rayna dared not breathe; she feared the sound of her own pounding heart would give her away…
R.A. Baker is a science fiction and fantasy author with JK publishing. Much of his time is spent crafting fantastic worlds, deciding the fates of mad kings, lizard men, and the occasional fire golem. Outside of writing, the author enjoys jazz, gardening, and dwells among ordinary men disguised as a computer mage somewhere in the land of Virginia.
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