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Age of Shadows

(#1 The Timewarper Trilogy)

Publisher: Independently Published
Year of Publication: 2023
Book type: Novel
Age: Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Sub Genre: Apocalyptic · Dark Fantasy · Epic · Fantasy · Grimdark · Mythical Creatures · Pirate · Romance · Romantic Fantasy · Supernatural · Sword & Sorcery
Language: English
Key Phrases: BIPOC cast of characters · chosen one · Demons · diverse · enemies to lovers · found family · MENA · oracle · Prophecy · romantasy · vampires · werewolves
Spice Level:

The spice rating is in regards to the type of sexual content within the book. Below is a helpful guide (courtesy of Georgia C Leigh)

1= YA romantic, making out, MAYBE a closed door.
2= some on page foreplay and nudity but mostly fade to black.
3= open door, on page vanilla sex.
4= on page sex – hot or with kink.
5= erotica.

“”Age of Shadows” by F. J. Ali promises an epic and thrilling fantasy adventure that is sure to captivate fans of the genre. This description hints at a richly detailed world filled with magic, mythical creatures, and complex characters. The story follows Kalyssa, a runaway gladiator, as she embarks on a perilous quest to save her dying brother and prevent an impending apocalypse. The introduction of a magical amulet and the prophecy of an ancient god’s return add an element of mystery and urgency to the plot, immediately drawing readers into a world teetering on the brink of chaos. The presence of the Shadowfolk and their transformation into flesh-eating creatures introduces a sense of impending doom, creating a compelling backdrop for the unfolding narrative. The alliances formed among hidden tribes of vampires, lycanthropes, and daemons hint at the intricate web of relationships and conflicts that will shape the story. The dynamic between Kalyssa and Emperor Kyros, from initial rivalry to the potential realization that they might share a common goal, promises complex character development and intriguing interpersonal dynamics. This evolution adds depth and dimension to the plot, making it more than just a battle of good versus evil. Overall, “Age of Shadows” appears to be a thrilling fantasy novel that combines elements of prophecy, magic, and impending catastrophe. With its well-crafted world-building and the promise of complex characters, this book holds the potential to be an engaging and immersive reading experience for fans of epic fantasy tales.”
– NetGalley
A runaway gladiator. A cursed emperor. Who is the world’s savior and who is its ruin?

When runaway gladiator Kalyssa procures a magical amulet, she steals the chance to escape the poverty-stricken desert kingdom of Bahmaris with her dying brother. The oracle has foreseen the apocalypse and the return of an ancient god set on possessing a human warlord. Kal faces an unlikely destiny—warp time and slay the Emperor Kyros, or risk Jairus’s life…and the fate of humanity.

A vicious plague has swarmed the Westerlands, transforming mankind into flesh-eating Shadowfolk, and is now heading East. The hidden tribes of vampyres, lycanthropes, and daemons are uniting, set to break the seal between the realms of nepherim and mankind. Kyros must set aside his schemes to avenge his fallen family and instead procure a mythical sword to kill the Shadow King before he resumes control of his body.

When Kyros takes Kal as his ward, they set on a course to befriend and betray each other. But as tensions brew and hard truths come to light, will they come to realise they may be fighting on the same side all along, or will ancient evils stir chaos, inviting them to duel to the death? 

Who is the world’s savior and who is its ruin?

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