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Riley S. Keene

Riley S. Keene is actually the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing duo, also known as Robert and Kristen. They used to live in the Pacific Northwest and enjoyed the rainstorms, lack of sunlight, and excess oxygen that come with living in that part of the US... but now they're on the East Coast again. Why is it so hot?

Robert is a Pacific Northwest native who has a degree in Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences. He has a love for video games and a dislike for pretty much everything else. Robert is in charge of writing the first draft for all of our books.

Kristen was born and raised in a town outside of Philadelphia. They have a degree in Multimedia Design and works full-time as a writer for an education company. They are a bisexual non-binary person who loves gloomy weather, good books, food made from animals, and spending time with Robert. Kristen is in charge of outlining and editing for all of our books.

Contact Information:

Email Address: riley.s.keene@gmail.com


Books By Riley S. Keene

Series: Heroes by Necessity

Word Count: 97,641

Summary:

A quest for power. A growing evil. Can a scholar of magic keep an incredible discovery from the forces of chaos?

Wizard and bookworm Athala Dohn pursues her research with a fiery passion. So when she uncovers evidence of an ancient spell buried deep within the city, she won’t rest until she’s the one who makes the find. Determined to outwit potentially-deadly magical protections, Athala brings help: a Conscript, Elise Bresch, and a barbarian, Ragan Ermolt. Together they enter the sewers completely unprepared for what awaits… With undead skeletons, giant rats, and even a dragon in their path, Athala never expected a set of metal bars to thwart her. But when a corrupt man imprisons and tortures her and her friends, the scholar realizes her curiosity may have unleashed destruction upon all of Neuges. Athala has one chance to escape captivity and claim the spell before the Age of Mortals slips from humanity's grasp. Ancients is the first book in the Heroes by Necessity saga of sword and sorcery fantasy novels. If you like magical Dungeons and Dragons inspired worlds, multifaceted and diverse characters, and pulse-pounding action, then you’ll love Riley S. Keene’s epic tale.

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Ancients - Riley S. Keene - Heroes by Necessity
Ancients

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November 30, 2017

Word Count: 95877

Summary: A bargain must be struck before the Age of Mortals can be truly realized. For Elise, Ermolt, and Athala, the price is high. Not only do they have to find the dragons that have been hidden for centuries, but they have to kill them. ​ Their first stop is Jalova, home of Teis, God of the Sky, and their enemies the overseers, a group of thieves led by Merylle Callac, former High Priest of Teis. ​ Merylle wants help them, and her terms are simple - she wants revenge of her former God. Elise and her companions are more than willing to comply. ​Will Elise, Athala, and Ermolt be able to slay Sirur with Merylle's help, or will they face the wrath of Meodryt for their failure?

Bargain - Riley S. Keane - Heroes by Necessity
Bargain

Riley S. Keene ...

March 31, 2018

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Summary: To fulfill her destiny, Athala Dohn must slay the dragon of the God of Night. There's just one small problem: everyone is trying to stop her. The city of Jirda is under the control of an interloper known as the Prophet. They have convinced the people of Jirda that Athala and her companions are the enemy, and they've sworn to stop Elise, Ermolt, and Athala from carrying out Ydia's plans to bring about the Age of Mortals. Athala has never heard of the Prophet before coming to Jirda. But she has a sinking suspicion she knows who they are. With a whole city against them, will Athala and her companions have any chance of taking on the dragon Undyt, or will the Prophet's darkest desires be filled? Destiny is the third book in the epic Heroes by Necessity series, a Dungeons-and-Dragons inspired take on the fantasy genre, overflowing with rich world building, diverse characters, and heart-pounding adventure

Destiny - Riley S. Keene - Heroes by Necessity
Destiny

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July 31, 2018

Word Count: Information not available

Summary:

A long forgotten god. An abandoned Temple full of undead. Can the Favor of Isadon really bring the dead back to life?

The Age of Mortals temporarily forgotten, Elise Bresch and Ragan Ermolt regroup to focus on returning their friend and companion, Athala Dohn, from the Nether. Or wherever Meodryt's fateful bite sent her. Following instructions that are little more than campfire tales leads them to Marska, a long-abandoned city full of rumors - and bandits. Finding the fabled Temple of Isadon - a relic of centuries past - is easy, but getting inside proves to be a bit tougher. Elise and Ermolt refuse to leave empty handed; their goal is to retrieve the Favor of Isadon, a magic relic of the forgotten God of Death, and use it to bring Athala back. But the guardians of the Temple - including the fearsome Champion - refuse to just let them take it. Will Elise and Ermolt overcome the trials of Isadon's Temple, or will the long-dead God of Death gain two new servants? Crossroad is the fourth book in the Heroes by Necessity saga of sword and sorcery fantasy novels. If you like magical Dungeons and Dragons inspired worlds, multifaceted and diverse characters, and pulse-pounding action, then you’ll love Riley S. Keene’s epic tale.

Crossroad - Riley S. Keene - Heroes by Necessity
Crossroad

Riley S. Keene ...

March 31, 2019