Epic New Book Combines Monsters and Magic with Science and Spaceships

MILTON, ONTARIO, April 1, 2022 – The latest book from Brain Lag is a fantastic and truly epic tale spanning the stars, with a futuristic history, magic that reshapes reality, and heroes and villains of nearly omnipotent power. Alium by debut author Grady Lynch comes this August.

Altum is a world of secrets. A place where celestial gods look over a world of magic built above the remnants of forgotten high technology. A world of fair-skinned Novare and purple-skinned, double-tailed Xol. A world of ogres and wizards, monsters and ancient fairies, where reality is a Fabric that can be folded by skilled sewers.

At the centre of Altum is a great mountain range, and at its heart lies Zenidow, the mountain without peak, untouched by mortal hands for as long as the world has held life. Now, however, opposing forces are being drawn to it.

On one side, Ogwold, a simple but virtuous ogre touched by the gods and immune to the poisonous sea. On the other, Zelor, an unstoppable Xol sorcerer in the grip of an insatiable evil presence from beyond the stars.

While the Novare and Xol fight an increasingly desperate war of attrition, these two and their allies fight to claim, or protect, the secret Zenidow holds, the only thing that can save Altum from the invading darkness Zelor heralds—the Alium.

The book blends lush imagery and ethereal visions with dramatic battles and action sequences. Equal parts fantasy and science fiction, Alium dips into philosophy, evolution, and morality to provide a deeply engaging reading experience.

At 200,000 words, roughly 450 pages in trade paperback format, Alium joins February release Shadows of Slavery by Simon A. G. Spencer as one of the publisher’s longest books. Alium will release Friday, September 9th in trade paperback and ebook formats. The cover art will be revealed and preorders for the book will open May 20th.

Grady Lynch of Denver, Colorado grew up shooting hoops and telling stories. He loves all fiction, but there is no form of art so inspiring to him as the novel. Alium is his first contribution to that sphere. In even its most minor characters and smallest themes, it speaks to all those books and authors without whose spirits it could never have existed.

Alium is the thirty-eighth book and Lynch is the nineteenth author from Milton, Ontario-based science fiction and fantasy publisher Brain Lag. It is the publisher’s ninth release of twelve new books in 2022.

Media inquiries and requests to contact the author may be directed to publishing@brain-lag.com.

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