Must Read Books: Always Darkest by Jess & Keith Flaherty

Every Friday I tell you about a book by an author you really should be reading. This week’s book is:

Always Darkest by Jess & Keith Flaherty

Book 1 of the Arbitratus Trilogy.

Ronoven, a demon dreaming of an escape from Hell, finds an excuse for an extended vacation on Earth, where he pretends to be a young drifter called Ben. Everything is going great – until he meets Chris. This unassuming teacher is using an assumed identity, too. Cursed with immortality and named in a prophecy Ben thought was fake, Chris becomes an unlikely friend. Together the two of them discover the main subject of the prophecy, Mal, a young woman fathered by an angel.

Mal learns her true identity but is determined not to be forced into a corner by circumstances or some ancient scrap of paper. Falling in love was never part of Ben’s plan, but together he and Mal are drawn into conflict that could destroy them. Slippery ancient gods, as well as angels and their fallen siblings bring to bear all of their power to force Mal to their side.

With the help of a small band of allies, Mal tries to shake free of the cage of prophecy and end Hell’s hold on Ben.

Review: “Always Darkest … ranges from Heaven to Hell, with most of the action in between on contemporary Earth … This is a different story … A solid fantasy novel.”

~Piers Anthony (

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And this week comes with two bonus books: 

In A Place Outside The Wild by Daniel Humphreys, Book 1 of the Z-Day universe, eight years after Z-Day, the surviving remnants of mankind face the unknown. The fences and walls kept the ravenous undead at bay until they wasted away. A once overwhelming foe has turned feeble and weak, and a world gone wild seems ripe for reclamation.

The scars of the long war run deep.

And hope is a dangerous thing when the real enemy might just be the survivors themselves.

This was a 2017 Dragon Award Finalist for Best Horror Novel and after you read it you will understand why.

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In Places Beyond The Wild: A Z-Day Anthology, the vast wilds outside a place called Hope hold their own stories. When the end came, what happened to everyone else?

Massachusetts. Texas. Alabama. Tennessee. Pockets of humanity have persisted through the apocalypse. All have tales is survival and loss.

Mad Dog Mattis’ last stand at the Pentagon. The first Christmas after the end of the world. A family isolated on their homestead as the evolving dead press at the fences. A desperate quest for helicopters to destroy the undead.

Come read through this expansion of Daniel Humphreys’ Dragon Award nominated Z-Day universe. Twelve brand new survival stories written by the best up and coming independent sci-fi and fantasy writers will thrill fans of the series. This collection includes my story, The Enemy Of My Enemy, in which a father of a family of three finds himself trapped between zombies and some very angry bears in the wilds of Alaska.  

Find tales of hope in a desolate world and read Places Outside The Wild today!

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