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Prophet of the Badlands

The Awakened Series #1

by Matthew S. Cox

Prophet of the Badlands - Matthew S. Cox
Part of the The Awakened series:
  • Prophet of the Badlands

For most twelve-year-olds, being kidnapped is terrifying. For Althea, it’s only Tuesday.

Her powers of healing make her a precious commodity in the Badlands, a place where the strong write the law in blood. For as long as she can remember, she has lived either as a possession or a goddess. Althea contents herself with captivity as long as she can help others, even those who killed to own her.

After three whole months in the same village, the friendship of a young warrior makes her feel almost like a member of the tribe rather than a prisoner. Alas, raiders seize her yet again. For the first time in six years, being stolen hurts.

Following a reluctant escape, she questions if she should dare risk using her powers to defend herself, and those she has come to love. Her attempt to return to the tribe leaves her lost and alone and, for the first time in her life, trying to stay free.

Alas, two threats far beyond her experience to understand also hunt her. One wishes to use her for his grand scheme—and one wants to destroy her.

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Publisher: Division Zero Press
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Tropes: Dystopian Governments, Evil Megacorporation, Evolving Powers, Post-Apocalyptic, Psionic Powers
Word Count: 148000
Setting: Central North America, the Badlands, year 2418
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
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About the Author

Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. It took a while, but he eventually decided to take writing seriously. His first published novel, Division Zero, released in 2014.

His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, developer of various homebrew tabletop RPG systems, and a fan of anime, British humour, and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of humanity, reality, life, and what might happen after it.

He is also fond of cats, presently living with two: Loki and Dorian.