Blood Skies by Steven Montano
This is the kind of book indie publishing was made for. A genre-mashing epic, it has more life and creativity on each Kindle screen than any comparable traditionally published novel I’ve read in years. Yes, the writing could have been more polished in places — certain adjectives like “ebon” and “arcane” are especially overused — but in others, the descriptions are as good as it gets. The Necropolis and the Necronaught train of the dead in particular are going to stay with me for a very long time to come. Blood Skies is not a perfect novel, but it shows me something new and memorable in every chapter. I’ll take an imperfect original like this over a more smoothly crafted, formulaic book that predictably hits all the expected genre notes like clockwork, and I’m looking forward to watching this author develop.
In a world where nightmares stalk the earth and the few survivors must battle the vampire legions of the Ebon Cities, a team of soldiers races to save mankind when a traitor threatens to destroy the future of humanity. Southern Claw warlock Eric Cross is a member of Viper Squad, and his mission is to pursue the witch called Red across the wastelands. His hunt takes him through haunted forests and blighted tundra, into war-torn cities and to the edge of a twisted necropolis. And before the journey is done Cross will uncover the dark origins of magic, and learn the true meaning of sacrifice…