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Initial post: May 18, 2012 6:57:20 PM PDT
I'm looking for referrals to Science Fiction and Fantasy books that feature protagonists of color. My target audience is about age 12+.

Thank you.

Posted on May 26, 2012 6:59:53 PM PDT
try my novel out it is a coming of age novel entitled the mercenary birth of a hero

In Edge City there are four types of people: the criminals, the civilians, the police and, finally, the Mercenaries who are the true defense of the city. To escape poverty, young Tobias Ravencroft wants to become a mercenary. That is, until he meets Nikita Malloy, a femme fatale who seems to be hiding something. Why does she seem so interested in Tobias? Discovering he has strange new powers, he finally gets the chance to join the mercenary group called the Storming Tigers.

The Mercenary: Birth Of A Hero

Posted on May 27, 2012 12:04:07 AM PDT
Kodai Okuda says:
Are an international cast of characters okay?

If so, you may wish to check out The Stygian Conspiracy (Nexus Arcana).

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 9:20:05 PM PDT
Very cool, I read some of the sample pages. Hard sci-fi is hard to write. Well done!

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 9:53:09 PM PDT
Kodai Okuda says:
Thank you.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 8:11:03 PM PDT
Perhaps your group would be interested in reading through an anthology.
I'm surprised to seeifs Imagine Fantasy Science Fiction listed on Amazon. But the first story in the book would certainly fill your requirements.

Posted on May 18, 2013 9:36:45 AM PDT
J.J. Joenes says:
Landwhig's Pride: The Fifth Token of Life
Not for children.

Posted on May 28, 2013 11:06:57 PM PDT
GS says:
After a life-changing encounter with an otherworldly being, a group of teenage misfits are transformed into superhumans and begin a crusade to defend 21st century California from the forces of evil, which include an interdimensional demon, homicidal cyborg, and mysterious organization bent on world domination.

The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell
The Young Guardians and the Great Darkness

Here are the five-star reviews from Amazon:
"This is an impressive book. I enjoyed reading it because the author is a gifted storyteller who has woven together a captivating and imaginative storyline. It did not take me long to read it, as I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

It is a fantastic tale of 5 teenagers whose lives are turned upside-down by the appearance of an extra-terrestrial being. The dialog is authentic and fast paced, and the writing is smooth and easy to digest. The story ends in a final confrontation between the forces of good and evil that will leave the reader looking forward to the author's next work.

The best description of the book comes from the Author's autobiographical pen. The author says that he and his friends, when in high school, always wondered what it would be like to be a superhero team and have super powers. He decided to survey his friends on what kind of powers they would like to have to fulfill their dream of saving the world and protecting the innocent. He says he based the super-villain on the bullies who harassed him at school. His book is full of "so cool" super-heroes as his imagination comes to life before your eyes.

The main character is Patrick, a young man who did not yet fully understand the ways of the world. He was too unaware to know the he was entering the years in which his choices would affect the outcome of his entire life. His teen years were important times. That is because his curiosity and adolescent experience might cause him to make either the biggest mistake of his life, or the biggest difference in the world.

In this book, the forces of light and darkness collide. It is an eternal story. It is a story that claims that since the dawn of time, the universe and its numerous realities have been haunted by the ghosts of its two sides. In this struggle there are two sides. For those who are righteous and benevolent, they follow the warm influence of light, willing to make their world a better place.

On the other side there are those who are malevolent and unforgiving. They claim that the forces of good are weak and will soon belong to the powers of darkness. That will happen when the skies shall darken, every soul will be devoured by fire, and the power of light shall be eclipsed, never to shine again. These are the ones who are trained by the seductive power of darkness, hoping to amass as much power for themselves as possible.

It is an endless battle that takes place in the Universe. Every second, each side struggles to acquire the most followers. This is an eternal story, traveling deep into the recent past, in which the powers of light and darkness converge.

The big questions is: who will triumph in this struggle?"

"I am not the biggest fan of Fantasy, but I must say this book is worth the read. from the action, adventure, drama and humor, its worth the money. Highly recommended!"

"Awesome book for a first time author. It is so wonderful to read a book where good still trumps evil. This is a great read for young adults who enjoy science fiction and the world of imagination. Patrick and his friends (The Young Guardians) do a great job choosing between what is right and what is wrong. Through it all, they stick together as friends and triumph over evil."

Here are is one five-star review and two four-star reviews from Barnes and Noble:
"I began reading I found myself remembering my own childhood dreams of being a Superhero. I wanted to continue reading the book to find out all of their strengths and weakness, and see if they all choose the path of fighting evil. Still wondering about Brick Baxter and if or how he may re-appear in the future. "

"Read this with my five year old and we both loved it. Even though it is geared more for a teen audience, he was able to follow the plot line and begged me to read "just one more chapter" night after night"

"BOOK WAS AMAZING!!!! GREAT PLOT< CHARACTERS ARE AWESOME! BOOK WAS THRILLING!! I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO THOSE WHO LIKE FANTASY"

Enjoy!

Posted on May 29, 2013 2:16:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 29, 2013 2:33:02 AM PDT
J.J. Joenes says:
Her smile, the sun
Her frown, the moon
Her forge the sword,
either's doom.

Bridget Reid - Fantasy's black she-devil
Read her story in my new novel entitled Landwhig's Pride: The Fifth Token of Life Mature (ages 18+)

A God discovers Earth and covets her most precious commodity, mankind.
But after stumbling upon the 21st century he finds things have changed.
Travel with Bridget as she battles her way through trial wielding a sword forged by the very demons cast into swine.
Fly with her, as she battles within the clouds.

Landwhig's Pride is a tale swirling epic, sword & sorcery, and mythic fantasy.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2013 10:30:56 AM PDT
the bookster says:
Hi folks, just written a children's book for 7 to 13 years olds that's full of magical adventure and mystical creatures.

A lonely and bullied boy comes to the aid of an elf from another world and gets drawn into an adventure that takes him to alien worlds full of magic and danger. Can he and his new friends succeed in their vital quest and survive the many perils they face?

Hope someone likes it.

Regards

Tony Fuff.

The Goblin closing in on them was only twenty metres from intercepting, when Johnny felt like he had run into a wall of candy floss. His body felt heavy and slow and his vision was blurred by a myriad of flashing specs of coloured light. All the nerves in his body fluttered and tingled for a few seconds and then, suddenly, it faded and he was back in the forest. Joveth stood close by, looking at him in an odd manner.

"I am sorry that I had to take you away from your world. I am sure that my father can get you home today."

"You mean this is your world?" A surge of excitement coursed through Johnny. This was a development he hadn't expected.

"Yes this is my world." Joveth smiled and a weight seemed to have been lifted from his shoulders. Johnny hadn't noticed before, but a slight frown had been permanently etched on the Elf's face. It was now gone and he looked far more relaxed and almost cheerful.

"Wow," Johnny looked around and tried to spot any differences. There seemed to be nothing obvious.

"We must get to my village and find my father," stated the Elf.

"This way."

As they turned to go, they were both shocked to see a pair of squat grey wrinkled figures scampering toward them; the guttural growling sound emanating from their throats, clearly announcing their intent.

"They were waiting here for us. Run!" shouted Joveth unnecessarily.

"Now what?" Johnny shouted breathlessly, a few seconds later.

"I can feel magic nearby," came the reply.

"But they are still back in my forest. We'll just get caught by that lot." Johnny was waiting for a reply when he hit the candy floss wall again. His senses were scrambled once more and then cleared as the forest reassembled around them.

Johnny and The Elf : The Dark Realms. (Johnny and The Elf Trilogy)
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