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By Author Thomas Howard Riley

The Monsters We Feed

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We all lie. We all have secrets. We are all feeding monsters. 

We all lie. We all have secrets. We are all feeding monsters. 

We all lie. We all have secrets. We are all feeding monsters. 

We all lie. We all have secrets. We are all feeding monsters. 

We all lie. We all have secrets. We are all feeding monsters. 


The morning before he found the dead body, Jathan Algevin thought he had his whole life just the way he wanted it.

He knows his city inside and out, and doesn’t bother carrying a sword, trusting his wits and his fists well enough to get by, hustling extra coin by ratting out loathsome magi to the law for execution.

He and his sister, Lyra, have watched out for each other ever since the day they were orphaned by a bloodthirsty rogue sorcerer, and now they finally have steady work, good friends, and the freedom to spend every night laughing at the bottom of a bottle.

But nothing lasts forever.

When he stumbles across a brutal murder, Jathan discovers a strange crystal lens that opens his eyes to an invisible world of magick and terror lurking just beneath the surface of his own, making him question everything he thought he knew.

But will gazing into this new arcane realm lead Jathan to save lives, or help destroy them?

With dangerous people hunting for the lens, monstrous lies unraveling his life, and a hidden underworld calling to him, it is only a matter of time before his whole world comes crashing down.

Will he find the answers he is looking for, or will he only find a monster needing to be fed?

Rated-R Dark Fantasy Noir in a city of hope, lust, and brutality, where swords are banned, and magick is just as likely to get you killed as it is to save your life.

There are always things about ourselves that we don’t want to see.
There are always things we can’t stop doing no matter how hard we try.
We all lie. We all have secrets.
We are all feeding monsters.

Book Information:

The Monsters We Feed by Thomas Howard Riley
N/A, Standalone
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy in medieval setting
Intended Age Group: Adult
Pages: 344
Published: December 6, 2022
Publisher: Self Published

Content/Trigger Warnings:

Shown on Page (things clearly told to the reader):

  • Strong sexual content
  • Violence

Alluded to (things only mentioned in passing or hinted at):

  • None

About The Author

Thomas Howard Riley is an Epic Fantasy writer who grew up on Fantasy and Sci Fi and decades later still can’t put that stuff down. A former lead guitarist and sword-fighter, he spends most of his time now creating worlds and trying desperately to get them on paper and hopefully into the hands of those brave enough to step into the corridors of his mind. He is obsessed with cats and music and comic books and has little to no shame about any of it. He is frequently on twitter @ornithopteryx, and can sometimes be seen on clear nights when the moon is gibbous. He is the kind of person who stands in the rain on purpose, who goes on vacation just to write, and who always takes at least one book wherever he goes.
On Twitter he is @ornithopteryx.
On Instagram he is ThomasHowardRiley, where you will see books, and cats, and mayhem.
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