Future Treasures: Ninth City Burning, by J. Patrick Black

Future Treasures: Ninth City Burning, by J. Patrick Black

Ninth City Burning Cover-smallHere’s a promising debut SF novel of alien invasion…. or, perhaps, post-apocalyptic alien dystopia? Whatever. It has aliens, desperate battles, and mutant powers. Bring it.

We never saw them coming.

Entire cities disappeared in the blink of an eye, leaving nothing but dust and rubble. When an alien race came to make Earth theirs, they brought with them a weapon we had no way to fight, a universe-altering force known as thelemity. It seemed nothing could stop it — until we discovered we could wield the power too.

Five hundred years later, the Earth is locked in a grinding war of attrition. The talented few capable of bending thelemity to their will are trained in elite military academies, destined for the front lines. Those who refused to support the war have been exiled to the wilds of a ruined Earth.

But the enemy’s tactics are changing, and Earth’s defenders are about to discover this centuries-old war has only just begun. As a terrible new onslaught looms, heroes will rise from unlikely quarters, and fight back.

Ninth City Burning will be published by Ace Books on September 6, 2016. It is 496 pages, priced at $27 in hardcover and $12.99 for the digital edition. The cover is by Matthew Griffin. Read an excerpt at Entertainment Weekly.

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