New Science Fiction Novel Kicks Off “Exciting” Space Opera Adventure

MILTON, ONTARIO, February 11, 2022 – In a universe of gods and gladiators, an inter-galactic intrusion could spell the end of everything.

Today is the release date for Shadows of Slavery, the first installment of the Birthright series and second book by Simon A. G. Spencer.

The Deus are not supposed to interfere with mortals. But when a prophecy foretells the fall of the entire galaxy, the gods must look beyond the pantheon for help.

Marissa and Arc Rhapsody escaped a life as gladiator slaves to take entirely different paths. Arc put his violent past behind him to become a diplomat, while Marissa returned to the only thing she was good at: fighting. Uncommon strength is the gift, and the curse, of her half-Deus heritage.

When a simple treaty negotiation goes terribly wrong and Arc disappears, war between two galactic powers begins to brew. Marissa isn't the only one searching for answers, but clues are scarce and time is short. If her alliance of smugglers, mercenaries, and truthseekers can't find answers soon, the prophecy will come to pass, and the galaxy will be doomed.

Booklist hails Shadows of Slavery, saying, “This inventive story keeps readers on edge while building a whole galaxy around the characters.” Spencer’s first novel, 2017’s Soul, Light, and Wings, also received rave reviews. David Nickle, award-winning author of Volk: A Novel of Radiant Abomination, said: “This is one you won’t want to miss, a tour de force that reveals Spencer as a writer to watch.” Amazing Stories wrote: “Soul, Light, And Wings is one of those rare books that I can honestly say I could hardly put down. This novel was an absolute pleasure to read, one that left me with a warm feeling. Highly recommended.”


Shadows of Slavery is now available in bookstores everywhere like Chapters/Indigo, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon in trade paperback (ISBN 978-1-928011-65-1, $23.99 CAD) and ebook (ISBN 978-1-928011-66-8, $4.99 CAD) formats. It is publisher Brain Lag’s longest book yet released at over 200,000 words in the manuscript, 450 pages in a larger format than all its other paperback titles.

Shadows of Slavery is Brain Lag’s thirty-first title and second space opera series. Spencer was the publisher’s sixth signed author, and he previously contributed to Brain Lag’s tenth anniversary anthology The Light Between Stars in 2020.

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