Epic Fantasy Retold: The Ninth Avatar Arrives

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Trapdoor Books announces the launch of The Ninth Avatar, a revolutionary epic fantasy tale which takes the genre in new directions - giving readers a Hitchcockian view into both sides of a conflict on a scale of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Available now in hardcover, paperback and e-book formats, The Ninth Avatar brings Todd Newton's powerful new voice to fantasy fans worldwide.

"The Ninth Avatar is a revolutionary epic fantasy tale which takes the genre in new directions - giving readers a Hitchcockian view into both sides of a conflict on a scale of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings."

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Trapdoor Books, the emerging niche publisher of geek fiction, is breaking with tradition – again – with the official launch of The Ninth Avatar, an exciting new epic fantasy book by Todd Newton. “When Tolkien established the genre with The Lord of the Rings, it was fresh and exciting, but the approach of trilogies that follow one character as they grow and ‘discover the world’ has been repeated many times. What we like about Todd’s book is that it drops you right into five storylines mid-action - you are immersed immediately,” says Trapdoor Books publisher Chris Matney. “Todd cleverly weaves together wonderful character development with an engaging, action-oriented plot.”

The story is told from the perspective of both the evil Carrion generals and their would-be human victims, swirling together an intertwined plot of escalating consequences. The dual perspectives provide the reader with a Hitchcock-like omniscience. In another twist on the genre, the author plans to write both a prequel and a sequel simultaneously for the book. “Readers are interested not only in what happens next, but since the story doesn’t start out with In The Beginning…, there is a fascination with events leading up to the opening of The Ninth Avatar. I want a story that moves in both directions at once,” says author Todd Newton.

Despite its new approach and fresh writing, traditional fantasy fans will find plenty of classic fare in The Ninth Avatar. There is a rich, new world to explore full of wizardry, swordplay and adventure.

Trapdoor Books is planning the release of a short game based on the novel in the coming months, part of an innovative marketing campaign. One hundred limited first edition signed and numbered copies of The Ninth Avatar are available now only on the Trapdoor Books website - http://trapdoorbooks.com/?page_id=1134&category=5.

Availability
The Ninth Avatar is available worldwide in hardcover, trade paperback and various e-book formats. The book is available on the Trapdoor Books website (http://www.trapdoorbooks.com) or from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine retailers.

The Ninth Avatar – When The Slain March, Prophecy Will Be Fulfilled
For Starka, an outcast priestess accused of incest, life is simple until a nightmare prophecy of the ascension of the Avatar of Darkness forces her to return to a world of intrigue and treachery. Pushed unwillingly into an epic journey with a priest who despises her, Starka finds allies in a mysterious warrior bent on protecting her, the last surviving members of two feuding nations, and a rebel wizard seeking revenge for his fallen comrades.

Faced with the sweeping onslaught of the Carrion Army led by Zion and his three murderous generals, time is running out. With each battle, the ranks of the Carrion swell with freshly-killed recruits. New terrors are constructed from the heights of the Great Watchtower. Ancient enemies must band together, Starka must survive the assassins within her own order, and prophecy must somehow be stopped. The price of failure is absolute destruction.

The Ninth Avatar is coming.

About Todd Newton
Todd Newton has been reading science fiction and fantasy and writing habitually since childhood. The Ninth Avatar is his debut epic fantasy novel. Todd holds a Computer Science degree, works in technology and lives in Colorado with his wife, Micah, and their two dogs, Leonidas and Suki. He is currently completing his third novel.

About Trapdoor Books
Trapdoor Books in an imprint of Trapdoor Publishing, an emerging small press in Lyons, Colorado. Our geek fiction philosophy: technology, intellectual promiscuity, and scientific thought are becoming increasingly appealing to a wider audience of sophisticated, socially-connected readers. Our goal is to break traditional genres and surprise readers with well-paced, well-researched and compelling stories.

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