and the Adventure of the Neanderthals
An award-winning epic fantasy adventure series for all ages
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The Valley of Death is an Ozma Finalist!
The Valley of Death, Book 5, has advanced to the premier FINALIST LEVEL of ACHIEVEMENT for the 2019 OZMA Book Awards for Fantasy Fiction in the Chanticleer International Book Awards (CIBAs)!
Chanticleer International Book Awards discovers the best books featuring magic, the supernatural, imaginary worlds, fantastical creatures, legendary beasts, mythical beings, or inventions of fancy that author imaginations dream up without a basis in science as we know it. Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, Dragons, Unicorns, Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Gaslight Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, or other out of this world fiction, they will be put to the test and the best selected as winners of the prestigious CIBAs.
Book Five is Out Now!
I am happy to announce that book five of my YA series, The Valley of Death, is now available in Kindle and paperback on Amazon! The book cover gives you an idea of what awaits our heroes in the Valley of Death. This is an exciting read.
Writing this novel took me two years, more than a year longer than I had hoped. I am now working on book six. I think this series is going to be seven or eight books long. You’d think I would know! I have the general plot outlined, but these characters now own their world. I have to tell the story they are telling me so, like you, I am hanging on to this wild ride. Don’t forget to review the Valley of Death!
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Tookan Attack won First Place!
I am happy to announce that Tookan Attack, book four of my Arken Freeth and the Adventure of the Neanderthals series, won First Place in Fantasy/Paranormal division in the Dante Rossetti Young Adult Fiction category of the Chanticleer International Writing Contest! So excited and honored!
SeaJourney is the first in a series of upper middle grade novels that center around Arken Freeth, a young officer in training in the Lanth Empire. It serves as a really interesting alternate history of the time before the fabled Great Flood, and how life thrived until the cataclysm that caused it.
SeaJourney won the 2016 Dante Rossetti First Place Award!
SeaJourney, book one in Alex Paul’s Arken Freeth Series, won the First-In-SFF-Category in the 2016 Dante Rossetti Awards Young Adult Fiction Contest!
The Dante Rossetti Awards writing competition recognizes emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of Young Adult & New Adult Fiction. The Dante Rossetti Awards is a division of the Chanticleer Awards International Writing Competitions.
Chanticleer’s Review of SeaJourney
What’s more fun than Neanderthals? How about Neanderthals on the high seas? Now that we have your attention…
Author Alex Paul delivers a highly imaginative, middle-grade epic fantasy adventure-packed story with everything you could ever ask for to have a rip-roaring good time.
SeaJourney (Book One) opens with an ancient archive stating that Arken Freeth lived 11,000 years prior, before the great flood. It follows that Arken’s world is inhabited by saber-toothed tigers and other monstrous beasts—and populated by both humans and Neanderthals.
It’s Arken’s fourteenth birthday and he’s looking forward to graduating from school and going on a sea journey with his classmates. All he needs to do is balance a huge rock on a small point. That sounds easy enough, right? Well, he fails.
The only way he can redeem himself is to [fight] Gart, a very large, bully of a boy who happens to hate him. Arken wins the skirmish—and more of Gart’s wrath in the process. However, both boys will board the Sea Nymph with their classmates to serve their country, Lanth. It turns out that the people of Tolaria (allies of the Lanths) are under attack. Yolanta, King of Tookans, is even now traveling with pirates to hunt down Tolarian Princess Sharmane and steal her magic necklace. The Sea Nymph is readying for war.
Arken meets a girl named Talya, a freckle-faced scout-in-training, who warns Arken that Gart plans to kill him. And when word reaches the Sea Nymph that Princess Sharmane’s vessel has been attacked, Arken, who has proven his worth, leads the charge against the enemy ship. Somewhere in the middle of all that is happening aboard the Sea Nymph, there’s a Neanderthal who is gearing up to join in the fun.
With three other Arken Freeth volumes in production, SeaJourney introduces readers to a worthy hero and reveals some of his secrets and hidden powers. The book is well-suited for tweens who identify with the underdog who overcomes hardships and ultimately triumphs. Too, our heroine is not based on her looks so much as her energetic attitude.
With fast-escalating action on every page; a likable, capable hero; plenty of mystery; and an abrupt ending, readers will be lining up for more… SeaJourney, Book 1 is sure to please those who crave fantastical adventures with pirates, underdogs, prehistoric beasts, and Neanderthals!
Part Neanderthal, but raised as a human, Arken Freeth finds that he doesn’t fit in either world as he struggles to survive. Yet the very Neanderthal heritage that makes Arken an outsider gives him extraordinary strength and fighting skills. In order to survive and become the warrior he knows he can be, Arken must brave the dangers that lurk beneath the depths of the Circle Sea, the old Atlantic, as well as the Tookan pirates who roam its surface.
Arken Freeth is swept up in the conflict when his Lantish Military Academy training ship is attacked by pirates and runs ashore.
He and six classmates are the only survivors of the shipwreck and they struggle to live in a jungle filled with mammoths direwolves, sabertooth cats, and mastodons.
Neanderthal blood runs in Arken’s veins. His lineage gives him strength and makes him a powerful warrior, a warrior who can keep his friends safe.
But he must use his strength wisely and keep his heritage a secret because it means certain death under the laws of Lanth.
Tookan Attack, Book 4
The Tookan Invasion follows Yolanta’s desperate attempt to recover the Necklace of Tol for the King of the Amarrats.
The Valley of Death, Book 5
Arken and his friends must rescue the Nander Ord and warn his people of an impending attack from the King of the Amarrats before it’s too late.
Arken Freeth Boxed Set 1-4
Get the 4-Book Boxed Set of Arken Freeth! This set includes SeaJourney, Shipwrecked, The Toth Hunter, and Tookan Attack.
The Amarrat Invasion, Book 6
The Amarrat Invasion involves the Amarrats’ land invasion of Lanth.
The Sea of the Never Setting Sun, Book 7
In the Sea of the Never Setting Sun, despite tragedy and hardship, Arken finally attempts to find the mythical sea at the far north of the world where the sun never sets.