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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Science Fiction / Military
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Saga of the Emerald Moon
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:256

Rise of Ahrik

by Nathan W. Toronto

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Rise of Ahrik is a story about love and fate in the face of violence. It has been thousands of years since The War, and civilization has endured a slow rebirth under the rule of women, but war threatens once again. Zharla, the young scioness of a powerful mining clan, must choose between two brothers to marry: Ahrik, a petulant military officer soon to be sent off to war, or Shahl, an aspiring scholar and the one she loves. She is forced to marry Ahrik, but when Shahl is accused of a vicious crime, the three begin to discover that the accusation, the war, and the secret clones that fight it are bound together in an awful triad that seeks to rob them of their agency and destroy women’s rule. Civilization once again hangs by a thread.

About the author

Nathan Toronto loves stories about war, and always makes a beeline for the science fiction section of a bookstore. His debut novel, Rise of Ahrik, tells of a love triangle in a matriarchal society thrust into a worldwide war. He is currently writing the sequel, Revenge of the Emerald Moon, the story of a lunar algae farmer whose wife is abducted by human traffickers. His current academic book project, How Militaries Learn, explores how militaries from the Middle East to the West develop the intellectual foundations of battlefield success, which he sees as one of the untold stories of warfare in the modern age.

When he is not writing stories, he likes to run, play the piano, and eat waffles by pouring syrup in every hole then raising the waffle to let the excess drain off. He lives in the Middle East, where he is a professor of strategy starved of watching college football in the fall. He has lived in eight countries, visited 23 others, and speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Hebrew.

His greatest joy is his family. He met his wife at his sister’s wedding and courted her from halfway around the world, after which they married, then dated. Despite the odd beginning, they have been married fifteen years and have four children. Nathan’s children were with him when he learned to tie his first bow tie, and they wrinkle their noses and scrunch their faces on the rare occasions he wears a conventional necktie. Even though Nathan writes stories that only adults would care to read, he writes to make adults imagine a world they’d be proud to leave to their children.

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