THE RYO MYTHS
by Perrin Pring
~Book 1: APPOINTMENT AT THE EDGE OF FOREVER
Filion felt safe in his role as a Dream Searcher. He was paid to venture into other’s dreams and exert influence over individuals whom he would never meet in the flesh.
But that was until he received The Summoning. Filion has been called to track down and protect Ryo, the last of the Chozen. She is the only hope of preventing a tide of evil driven by the Afortiori and the prospect of universal slavery if they aren’t stopped.
Time is ticking and Filion has no idea of how to find Ryo let alone how to protect her, yet destinies of planets rest in her hands. Enlisting the help of a rag-tag band of mercenaries, Filion will set out to search the wastes for Ryo. Together they will confront an evil whose power they just might have fatally underestimated.
~Book 2: TOMORROW IS TOO LATE
I was a natural flier, I could take a punch, and I was smarter than most. Within five years I was a full-fledged pilot. On my last assignment, I was Master Pilot Eri Everfar, commanding pilot of a class B Federal war ship, the Seeker, and that’s where I met him, Drakier Lu…
Filion and his new friends have escaped Bok and are stuck in an asteroid field that isn’t supposed to exist. They’ve almost run out of fuel, their water supply is seriously depleted, all of their food has been destroyed, and the girl they’d just risked everything to save, Ryo, is dead.
Captain Eri’s former lover, Drakier Lu, has been promoted to Master Commander of the entire Federal Fleet, and his assignment is to find and capture the Dark Horse. Captain Eri has been identified as a Tiori, and she and her associates have just become the Federation’s most wanted. Things aren’t what they seem though, and the line between good and evil blurs as the players’ true motivations come to light.
Filion and the crew return, traveling the galaxy and dodging the Federation and the Tioris, all the while searching for a rogue planet that may or may not be harboring the one person who can save them all…
~Book 3: THE DEGREES OF DESTINY
When I was on Lamu, I inhaled an Afortiori's vileness. That blackness will be what allows me to win. I will use their own evil against them. Because of this I am tainted. I am but a degree different from what I fight, but in that degree, hangs the balance between universal slavery and Free Will.
Having fled from Lamu only moments before its destruction, Filion and his friends find themselves hiding in the shadows as the Federation and the Afortiori mobilize against their worst enemy, The Etulosba and its crew. The Etulosba, Ryo, plans for her final battle. She was engineered to fight for Free Will, but to win that war, she will have to become what no Chozen was meant to be - an Afortiori. Caught in Ryo's wake, Captain Eri is torn between leading her crew and confronting Drakier Lu, her former lover and torturer. Will she be able to overcome what he did to her, or will she fail, thereby becoming what he made her and letting down Ryo, her crew, and ultimately, the universe? Filion and the crew return in the final installment of The Ryo Myths. Join them as they begin a journey that not all of them will survive.
From APPOINTMENT AT THE EDGE OF FOREVER
She barreled blindly through the forest, not knowing where she was going, only that she had to go. She had to get away, away from whom she didn’t know, but she had to move. They were watching her.
Memories flooded through her. She was on a ship, she was in a car, she was healing the sick, she was giving orders, she was lost. These memories weren’t hers, yet they felt so natural. They felt so real. It was her, Ryo, in those memories, but she couldn’t recall any of them any more than one could truly recall a dream.
She stopped running. Her side ached from the exertion, and her right leg still bled painfully. She peeled back the dark, sticky dress. The cut was deep. It wasn’t going to heal on its own. Then the bubbling came back.
Her hands moved over her leg, and she gasped. The bubbling grew, the hotness, the confidence, the power; all of it came back. She closed her eyes and the pain peaked, then it was gone. She waited several breaths, and then finally opened her eyes. Other than the dried blood and torn dress, one would never have known her leg had been injured. The skin was flawless without even a hint of a scar. She looked at her hands. She had known exactly where to put them. It was as if she had done this every day of her life...
She stood up and quickly sat back down. Her legs shook, and her breathing was ragged. What was happening to her?
Who was she?
AN INTERVIEW WITH PERRIN
-What inspired you to become a writer?
I can’t ever remember not wanting to be a writer. From the time I was little, I was constantly reading and writing stories. There isn’t a time when I remember wanting to be anything else.
-If you could visit The Ryo Myths world for a day, what one thing would you do?
I’d love to watch a tsubasa game. In the third book, The Degrees of Destiny, the sport of tsubasa is introduced. It’s a game that is played by female ringers, who are essentially humans with wings. They fly the entire game, and they attempt to get differently sized balls into differently sized goals. There are also a variety of deadly obstacles the players have to avoid. The game is scored not only on how many goals are scored, but also on how graceful the players are. Sangfroid points are awarded to the most graceful plays of the game, and the Sangfroid points count in the final score. Watching a tsubasa game is like watching a deadly ballet, a ballet that involves balls, flying and obstacles that can eat you. I’d love to see a game.
-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching The Ryo Myths.
I first learned of rogue planets while researching The Ryo Myths’ second book, Tomorrow is Too Late. I remember reading an article in the BBC science section that was a basic overview of rogue planets, and I immediately knew I needed a rogue planet in The Ryo Myths.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
I’d love to go out for drinks with the entire crew of the Dark Horse, although I imagine it’d get sloppy at some point. Red in particular is a known instigator, and the rest of the crew members have their own surly streaks. I imagine we’d have a good time, but we’d possibly get arrested.
-If you could go back in time and give your pre-published self one piece of advice, what would it be?
It would be to stay positive, and believe in yourself. Really sell it on the query letters, and let all the confidence you have, and are faking, shine when you pitch your work. You’re good enough, you just have to convince others that you are.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
I can’t see myself ever writing horror. I read Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, just to try an old classic, but that’s as far as I want to go in the genre. I have no desire to write purposely twisted things just to try and make someone ‘feel’ something. If I liked the horror genre I’d probably spend more time reading and watching the news. There’s enough scary stuff out there without me adding to it.
Perrin is the author of The Ryo Myths, a sci-fi/fantasy trilogy that has been heralded to engage both nerds and non-nerds alike. Check out her books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. When not writing, Perrin enjoys drinking coffee and swimming, although usually not at the same time.
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