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King of Shards
King of Shards is a portal fantasy quest adventure story starring Daniel Fisher, one of the hidden Thirty Six who can both uphold and destroy the world depending on the choices he makes. When none other than Ashmedai, king of the demons, abducts Daniel on his wedding day and takes him down to the hell realm known as Gehinnom, Daniel must fight his way through a pandemonium of evil monsters and seek the aid of nomadic warrior tribes in order to find his way back home. But Mashit, queen of the demons and former wife of Ashmedai has different plans for Daniel. She wants to use Daniel’s power as a Thirty Six to bring life to the hell realms. The only problem is that her plan would destroy the Earth itself.
Read what others have said about King of Shards:
“A surreal and exotic adventure in a unique mythological setting. Scary, exhilarating fun!” – N.K. Jemisin, Hugo award-winning author of The Fifth Season.
“A fantastic twist on Jewish mythology…a radical reinvention of Jewish faith and folklore, not to mention the portal fantasy…”One city’s rubble is the next city’s foundation,” Kressel writes. Not only does that simple, profound idea underpin King of Shards’ plot, it’s the method to the book’s majestic, resonant, reality-twisting madness.” — NPR Books
“King of Shards is an imaginative, intelligent, and soaring debut that mixes Jewish folklore/mysticism and modern-day social politics. The result is a unique spin on epic fantasy that is both timeless and timely, and a hell of lot of fun. You’ll want to follow Daniel and Rana through the Shards. Trust me.” —Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock.
“Kressel draws heavily on Hebrew legend and biblical lore to build a robustly imagined fantasy world…Kressel advances his plot briskly through a series of alliances, betrayals, separations, and reunions, and the veiled motives of several of his characters keep his story pleasingly unpredictable. His skill at extrapolating traditional religious lore into the stuff of fantasy bodes well for future books in the series.” — Publishers Weekly
“With surprising twists and a deep and detailed universe, King of Shards, the first in a trilogy, is likely to be remembered for more than its Jewish roots.” – Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog
“One of the most ambitious fantasy novels out there.” — Chris Willrich, author of The Scroll of Years