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The Story

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.



“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 the classic graphic novels. Mortal Enemy is relentlessly intriguing while maintaining deep character backgrounds and even deeper plot twists. Absolutely a future household name in dark fantasies and probably a seat in the Comic-Con hall of fame. And I mean it. Mark my words.”
- Keegan Allen, author of and Hollywood

“I loved 'Mortal Enemy.' If you like action and fantasy and sci-fi and laughing and characters that you fall in love with and things that are good, then I think you will love it, too. Nicholas Ryan Howard’s novel is a super entertaining page turner. I loved the world that he created and never knew where it was going to take us. I can’t wait for a sequel to see where these characters and the story goes next.”
- Timothy Dowling, screenwriter of Role Models, Pixels, and Just Go With It


The Audio Experience

Mortal Enemy is a story like no other. It is filled with unbelievable scenarios, fantastical environments, rich mythology, incredible weapons, unique technologies, and characters dripping with personality… with shocking surprises awaiting at every turn.

To bring this world to life, The Audio Experience was created, a modern reimagining of dramatic storytelling. This version of the story was created by some of the best talent in the industry, and features performances from an all-star cast, an original orchestral score, and immersive sound design.

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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 Bannick, reader review


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The Novel

Mortal Enemy is a science fiction & dark fantasy tale created by Nicholas Ryan Howard. It is thrilling, chilling, unrelenting and epic in scale... yet filled with a large amount of heart and humor. It is a relentless whirlwind of action and adventure. A tale of conflicted heroes and wicked villains. A world of darkness and struggle, yet uproarious humor.

The Novel is available in hardcover and softcover, as well as in digital book format. All versions are jam-packed with original artwork designed by the author and featuring the talents of an astounding production team (live reference models, photography, makeup, weapons design, costumes, and more). It is also available as a Color Collector’s Edition, which features vibrant and captivating full-color artwork.

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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


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the Characters

A warrior of an era long past, living into his destiny as a liberator and defender. But with his strength comes a ferocity, and a need to prevail at all costs…

A young—yet gifted—journeywoman, both independent and exceptionally gifted at skirting the dangers of the wild. But the conflicts of her past have made her an outcast, a transient without a purpose.

A crafty companion, with fingers as loose as his tongue. He’ll just as easy steal a heart as he will a wallet. And with a flexible moral code comes questionable fidelity—just where does his loyalty lay?


A being of mercy. A merciless being. Cruelty is a means to an end for the demigod of darkness.

Dingleborfs aplenty, in the land of Chiggy Chooboo. How can cherry dreams make rascal stallions? One can only imagine! So do! But curses! The fallacy of the wise endures. Fear not, for only they of such sterling reputation may unlock the dreams of the forboden. Onward!

She never forgets her manners for guests to her cherished home. A true hostess, she’ll divine to fulfill your every whim. But under her mask, is there a smile, or a scowl? And what of the guests who have succumbed to allurement?


The World

After a massive worldly shift, cities and towns turned insular to shared beliefs. Those within the walls of a dogmatic township banded together to pursue the mysteries of life itself. The last dogmatic-free township, Land Escape is a haven for those who wish to pursue a peaceful existence. Massive fortress walls circle a spectacular city to protect it from the dangers of the dogmatic, and the threats of the wild.


Outside the townships is a rugged and wild land, filled with the dangers of the wilderness. And most terrifying are the vicious tribes of nomads who reject all dogma… and rarely take prisoners.


A last ditch destination for the disenfranchised, Cash Town—long since known by the locals as Crash Town—is the ultimate sanctuary of sin that welcomes all newcomers. The prevalent dogmatic belief is that pleasure is the key to life… and all who see inside run the risk of being seduced.



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