In the Heart of the Mountains, Book One
Game of Thrones meets Kushiel’s Dart set in a ruthless land ruled by women.
Legendary warrior Ramya has successfully ruled as Melokai for longer than most. Prosperous, peaceful, and happy, her people love her. Or so she thinks.
Ramya’s time is up. Bracing herself for the gruesome sentence imposed on all Melokais who have served their purpose, she hears instead a shocking prophecy.
Is the abrupt appearance of a mysterious, eastern cave creature the prophesied danger? Or is it something darker, more evil? And what of the wolves? Will the ferocious war with their kind oust her from power?
Suddenly Ramya must fight threats from all sides to save her mountain realm. But while her back is turned, a conspiracy within her inner circle is festering. Ramya and her female warriors must crush an epic rebellion before it can destroy her and devastate her beloved nation.
She thinks it’s the end, but it’s just the beginning...
If you love elaborate fantasy worlds and deep worldbuilding, perilously high stakes, magic, brutal battles, intrigue, and unique creatures and beings, then MELOKAI, Book One of the grimdark, epic fantasy trilogy In the Heart of the Mountains by Rosalyn Kelly, is for you.
Dark and gritty adult fantasy with adult content. For fans of George R. R. Martin, Mark Lawrence, Anna Stephens and Joe Abercrombie.
THE FALL OF VAASAR
Everyone loves a festival in Vaasar. The town is peaceful and the townsfolk relish a good show. But shy Tamza is not enjoying herself. Her father, a celebrated bear tamer, is stepping down and the time has come for Tamza to take his place and perform on her own.
Tamza is determined to make her father proud. Before she can reach the stage, the crowd’s cheers turn to screams as Vaasar is brutally invaded by a bloodthirsty force hellbent on destroying everyone and everything in its path.
Only Tamza has the magic powerful enough to save her people and her beloved bears – but first she must find the courage to use it.
Set 2,000 years before the epic fantasy novel MELOKAI, THE FALL OF VAASAR tells of the event that sparked a bitter, bloody feud between two countries – a deep wound which, thousands of years later, is still festering.
THE SAND SCUTTLER
Ripped from her mother’s arms and forced into slavery, the beautiful Jakira is soon sold. Destined to become her new master's bed slave when she matures, she's put to work in the kitchen.
But whilst Jakira is being branded, she discovers she can tame fire.
Determined to gain her freedom and find her mother before Jakira comes of age, she uses her magic to ask the bloodthirsty God for a miracle.
When this fails, a desperate Jakira goes in search of a mysterious creature, the last of its kind, who lives deep in the vast desert. Known as the Sand Scuttler, it can bestow great power on the one it deems worthy.
For centuries it hasn't met that one, until now.
Set in the same ruthless world as the epic, grimdark fantasy novel MELOKAI (In the Heart of the Mountains #1) and twenty years before, THE SAND SCUTTLER tells of the early life of Ammad’s mother Jakira.
This adult fantasy novella can be read as a standalone story, no prior knowledge of Melokai is required.
Wevo, a leader of the peon rebellion, is forced to take brutal action to save his comrades from early discovery, mere days before the first assault is planned. But not all is what it seems…
Who are the peons? And why do they fear peonhood? Find out now in the new fantasy short story from Rosalyn Kelly.
PEONHOOD centres on the same world, people and events of the epic fantasy novel MELOKAI, book one of the In the Heart of the Mountains trilogy. What happens to Wevo and does the rebellion succeed? And just who is this Melokai, the warrior ruler the peons so despise? All is revealed – and more – in MELOKAI, out now.
THE TUNNEL RUNNER
The country’s fate rests on a young tunnel runner’s shoulders. Lord Andrew Chattergoon is the spark that will ignite the long-awaited rebellion.
To find the true King’s hiding place, he must navigate an ancient and deadly maze of underground tunnels, using only the knowledge his legendary father has passed down to him.
For his first mission to succeed, Chattergoon must battle giant, poisonous creatures, overcome dangerous bandits, escape unstable passageways and win over mysterious desert nomads. Failure is not an option.
THE TUNNEL RUNNER is a short story set in the same world as epic fantasy MELOKAI (In the Heart of the Mountains #1). The action takes place twenty-five years before the events of the novel.
Included in the BEYOND THE DEEPWOODS fantasy short story anthology, THE TUNNEL RUNNER is one of fifteen stories from authors including Jean Lowe Carlson, A.J. Antony and Georgina Makalani. Edited by Stefan M. Nardi.
THE CLASH AT JAGGED CANYON
Ambitious young warrior Gogo is selected for an important mission – to protect a delegation travelling to a distant land.
But so is another. Unknown to Gogo, is this mysterious warrior a friend or a deadly rival? A brutal ambush provides the answer as Gogo's fate suddenly lies in the hands of this other.
To survive, a choice must be made... but not by Gogo.
THE CLASH AT JAGGED CANYON is a short story set in the same world as grimdark fantasy MELOKAI (In the Heart of the Mountains #1). The action in this story takes place five years before the events of the novel.
Included in the BEYOND THE SHADOWS fantasy short story anthology, THE CLASH AT JAGGED CANYON is one of fifteen stories from authors including T. J. Muir, Jamie Edmundson and Jeffrey Bardwell. Edited by Stefan M. Nardi.
An awkward young rider returns not only with a critical message for the bearded man of the castle that will change the fate of the country for ever, but also – after all the horrors the rider has witnessed whilst away – as a self-assured adult.
On the long ride back, the rider dreams of being greeted with a fanfare, with praise and respect, but the bearded man is more intent on welcoming home his magical horse, Ruby.
RUBY’S RETURN centres on the same world as the epic fantasy novel MELOKAI, book one of the In the Heart of the Mountains trilogy. The action takes place in Fertilian, forty years before the events depicted in the novel. Does Benjamin Thorne overthrow the Clelands? And just who is the rider… find out in MELOKAI, out now.
RUBY'S RETURN is included in the anthology THE RIDER, published by Crimson Cloak Publishing, along with twelve other fantasy short stories from both seasoned and debut writers. The stories featured in THE RIDER are the three winners and the ten runners up of the 2016 short story writing competition run by the publisher.