Meteor Redefines Humanity in New Fantasy Novel

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Authors Dan and Karen Stanhope imagine radical changes to life on Earth after a meteor crash

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Mother-son co-authors Dan and Karen Stanhope deliver a tale of triumph, teaching lessons of acceptance and forgiveness in their new fantasy novel “Skycat and Sword: Jadan's Rise and Revenge” (published by iUniverse).

A meteor crashes to Earth in 2020, setting off a massive chain reaction of disasters. Lava spews as some mountains are leveled and new mountains are born. Oceans dry into deserts even as continents disappear under melting polar caps. Whole species vanish and new species are born. A concentrated burst of radiation has a radical effect on all of Earth’s life forms.

Flash forward 4,000 years to the story of Prince Jadan, a 9-year-old boy studying the Great Crash with his tutor. In these lessons, Jadan is taught the difference between his own race, Fusor, and the half-human race called Cabal. He learns the strengths and weaknesses of the Mutant warrior race, never dreaming just how critical these lessons will be for him.

Jadan is forced to escape a marauding Mutant army after his father is killed and his birthright is stolen. Hiding in the forest, Jadan is befriended by a Cabal – half-man, half-spider – who teaches him survival techniques. Thought dead by the rest of the world, Jadan returns as a teenager to unite his kingdom against Mutant warlords and half-humans. But first, he must prove himself worthy.

Like any good fantasy writers, Dan and Karen hope to impart real-world lessons to readers while whisking them away to an imaginative world. “The overall theme of ‘Skycat and Sword’ is that, although external forces may shape people, we are essentially the same,” says Karen.

About the Author
Dan Stanhope and his mother, Karen Stanhope, started writing “Skycat and Sword” when Dan was in intermediate school. Dan now attends college, where he enjoys off-roading when not in classes. Karen also coauthored “God Is Alive!,” a book of true inspirational stories by the Pilgrim Covenant Church of Granby, Connecticut. The Stanhope family includes Dan’s father, Guy; his brothers, Barret and Jesse; and their dogs, Tutter and Shadow.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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