Eric Lewis

Eric Lewis

Latest News: My second novel, The Heron Kings’ Flight, is now available for pre-order! The Heron Kings. A


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The Heron Kings have been betrayed.

A hundred years have passed, and the peasant insurgents of yore have grown into a lethal band of forest fighters.  When what should’ve been a routine skirmish leaves a score of their number slain, Linet is determined to discover who sold out her comrades, and why.

Simple peacetime soldier Eyvind unwittingly overhears his lord plot to betray the king and join the charismatic invader Phynagoras. His desperate escape sends him crashing into Linet, and they must join forces to uncover traitors, convince a weak king to fight back, and gather what allies they can.

But as the self-proclaimed messiah brings war to Argovan, the Heron Kings find themselves standing nearly alone. Armed only with a devastating new alchemical weapon and the old guerrilla tactics of their forbears, failure will bring not just defeat, but complete extermination.

Available May 2022 in hardcover, paperback and Ebook.
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“Excellent debut…Readers who love medieval-esque fantasy will delight in this rousing tale of rebellion.”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Dark, brutal and bloody, Lewis is not afraid to pack a punch”
Grimdark Magazine

“Fast-paced and gripping”
— British Fantasy Society

Sister Alessia swore to take no part in the dynastic struggle raging across two kingdoms. But when a warlord slaughters her patients and forbids her temple hospital to care for victims from the wrong side,.she throws off her bloodstained habit and quits the cloister rather than submit.

Determined to save lives, Alessia attracts brutalized peasants, smugglers and deserters fleeing the conflict. But many crave vengeance,.using her forest camp to launch guerrilla raids against the forces of both sides. Alessia struggles to temper their fury as well as tend wounds,.consenting to ever greater violence to keep her new charges safe.

Alarmed, both warring factions unleash spies, mercenaries and mass crucifixions to exterminate the insurgents. But when they uncover a conspiracy prolonging the bloodshed, Alessia will risk the lives she’s saved on a last shot at survival:.to present proof of the plot to the very forces hunting them and convince all sides to bring the war to an end.

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I’m happy to announce both my second short story collection and my first foray into self publishing. As It Seems is basically all the short stories and flash fiction I have the rights to as of June 2021, bundled together in one 60,000-word volume. There are eighteen works ranging from under 200 to almost 10,000 words of both sci-fi and fantasy. These are generally more grimdark than in my previous collection Tricks of the Blade, and final edits are on my own authority and no one else’s. The cover is the work of Joe McAllister of Down In The Zero Art Studio, on a personal commission. The Ebook is priced at $0.99, but I’ll set it to free as often as I’m able. The paperback is $8.

The stories are mostly reprints, although some are out of print so it would be tough to read them elsewhere. There are also some new ones too, including:

“The Slavemaster’s Penance”
Two escaped slaves cross ocean and desert to track down and assassinate the heir to an infamous mining magnate. After cornering their victim, they’ll find out too late that things aren’t always as they seem.

“One Noble Too Many”
Seven years after the events of The Heron Kings, spymistress Vinian investigates reports of strange attacks, uncovering jealous nobles and a plot that could shatter the fragile peace.

“What We’re Looking For”
An aspiring hero just can’t seem to land a solid job, so he decides to try his hand at being a villain instead.

“It Weighs on You”
In this sequel to “Illicit Alchemy,” the insurgency has blackmailed a young alchemist into assassinating highborn targets for them. He’s resigned to his fate, until a familiar face becomes the next target.

“Two Tips”
Just an angry little snippet I wrote after a particularly brutal rejection, introducing somewhat darker versions of two main characters from The Heron Kings’ Flight.

Also reappearing are: “The Heron King”, “Christmas Truce”, “Past Imperfect”, “Demon of the Mount”, “Justice Enough”, “Cold Calculation”, “Illicit Alchemy”, “Relative”, “Company Man”, “Remind Me”, “A Hard Peace”, “Decoy”, and “In The Blood.”

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I can’t believe it, my very own short story collection! The good folks at Mannison Press have produced this minibook of six bite-sized fantastical tales where nothing’s quite as it seems, and lies and illusions can be more deadly than sharp edges.

From classic high fantasy to low, from light fun to fairly dark, it’s got assassins, rangers, bounty hunters and more. It also features beautiful cover art by Deidre Owen and expert editing by Ron Linson. At about 17,000 words total, you can read it in an afternoon or snack on one story at a time. It’s also a great way to support indie publishers! Out now in paperback and ebook!

The stories included are:

“Necessary, Not Casual”
The newest recruit to a band of forest rangers must overcome her doubts to protect her comrades from bandits, learning the hard way when to let arrows fly, and when not to.

“Hate Saves You”
Betrayed and left for dead in a frozen wasteland, a bounty hunter pursues his enemy with a vengeance. But his partner is keeping a secret that could either save him or get him killed.

“Demons of the Mount”
Two deserters on the run just happen to pick the best possible place to get caught.

“Justice Enough”
An assassin performing a diabolical penance has her sights set on a corrupt priest, but an unlikely opponent forces her to consider another path that could either free her soul or destroy it completely.

“Healing Touch”
A temple sister has the rare gift of healing wounds with the power of her mind. But when a confrontation with a warlord awakens a terrifying perversion of the power, she must decide whether to use it for more sinister purposes.

“The Tower of Faces”
In this sequel to “Necessary, Not Casual,” two forest rangers set out to rescue the royal spymaster’s stepdaughter from a criminal mastermind who has a unique talent for deceptions of the flesh.

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