Rise of Ahrik

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The story of Ahrik, a young military officer with a distant wife, a disloyal brother, and a secret army of clones sworn to defend women’s rule

There is a great deal of ruin in a planet.

The War taught this to Man. The War wasted all that grew green. It scoured the world, and civilization settled into the dust of memory. Man fled to the safety of the mountains, and life—pitiful, cruel, thankless life—stumbled on.

Thousands of years passed. Where Man failed, Woman rose. Woman disdained the ancient weapons. She brought life back to the world, and she unified the planet. She terraformed the moon. But now men clamor for rights. One powerful woman, Zharla, believes their cause, and will fight for it. Shahl, the man she loves, would fight by her side. But she is betrothed to Ahrik, a soldier, a warrior, a general sworn to defend women’s rule.

And he will go to war to preserve it.

Praise for Rise of Ahrik

"This novel is so well developed, story so poignant and thrilling and subversively reflective I couldn’t put it down"

"Would I read it again or recommend it to others? You bet!"

"Broken hearts, political intrigue, battles, injustices big and small, and all the emotional toll that takes on the protagonists, is masterfully played out as the story unfolds."

"I really enjoyed this book for its unique setting and the interesting sci-fi elements it introduced. The cultural background of the characters led to some unexpected twists and set the survivors up for intriguing roles in the upcoming sequel."

"a dazzlingly original and captivating book"

Header image by Abdul Rahman (CC)Cover model is Timo Kohlenberg (CC)Cover landscape by NASA (public domain)Rise of Ahrik cover © Nathan W. Toronto 2021