Praise for Mortal Enemy
“We read to explore, to live tales and build worlds grander than our own. 'Mortal Enemy' does this and much more—original, complex, and fiendishly twisted.”
- Pierce Brown, author of the Red Rising trilogy and Iron Gold
“Nicholas Ryan Howard delivers an epic adventure that rivals the storytelling and addictive reading you would encounter with 'Harry Potter,' 'Game of Thrones,' and 'Star Wars' hooked with the dark and gritty lure of these classic tales. ‘Mortal Enemy’ is relentlessly intriguing while maintaining deep character backgrounds and even deeper plot twists.”
- Keegan Allen, author of life.love.beauty and Hollywood
"Nicholas Ryan Howard's ‘Mortal Enemy’ will draw you in immediately with its vivid language and detailed characters, and keep you with there with the magnificently built worlds. It all feels so different—yet eerily, so similar—to what we are experiencing today. This is a story that sticks with you. A jolt to the imagination."
- Meagan Adele Lopez, author of Three Questions
“Mortal Enemy immediately swept me up with its pacing—there was no time to think much about it—the ride had already started! From beginning to end it was no dull experience. The writing is light yet evokes the dark pits of being human. It's full of depth while maintaining humor and wit and quirk. Bizarro characters fill a world that doesn't feel so very different from our own. A downright freaky and timeless tale.”
- Mel Banick, reader review
“There is no other book like Mortal Enemy on the shelves right now. Both in terms of story and writing style, Nicholas Ryan Howard presents a book with a wholly unique voice. If you're a sci-fi or fantasy fan looking to shake things up, read it immediately.”
- Billy Henehan, reader review
“Mortal Enemy was the epic fantasy adventure I didn’t know I was looking for. It depicts a world that satisfies your imagination and character development that exceeds your expectations. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, and you’ll cheer, until the very end. Instantly one of my favorite books.”
- Renee Buckley, reader review
Vant Hu’l is cursed. Dragged to the center of a wasteland by a ruthless malevolence, the legendary warrior discovers a cavern filled with devious riddles and fiendish traps. Upon solving the labyrinth, he is confronted by a hideous creature. A beast with unimaginable abilities. A being of unspeakable evil...
Without a shred of clemency, the demigod presents Vant with a choice: do his sinister bidding out in the world, or suffer an eternity of horrifying torment. Thus begins Vant’s quest out of the badlands, through the hostile wilderness, into the clutches of twisted townships, and finally toward conflict with the vile stewards of a corrupted civilization.
But Vant will not go it alone. In the midst of his journey, he develops an unlikely companionship with a clever and venturesome teenage girl, the expert survivalist Skii Tavee. They also form an alliance with two newfound—but questionable—companions: Kram Grammie, the sneaky con man who is as crafty as he is klepto, and an off-kilter eccentric bizarrely known as The World’s Worst Magician. United, they set out to dispatch their foes, rescue the innocents caught in the crossfire, and unite the forces of a world gone astray, all while reconciling with their own haunting pasts.