The Etherea Cycle

Trials of the Innermost

Could you defeat the darkness within?

Genre: Adult Science Fiction Fantasy

Series: Book 1 of the Etherea Cycle

Publisher: Hansen House

Available May 26, 2023

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 A cataclysm shattered the world of Etherea into three distinct realms: one of light, one of dark, and one of twilight. Years of war and bloodshed followed, until the establishment of the Trials of the Innermost, a journey of learning and cooperation undertaken by six of the brightest young men and women from across the realms. The Trials have helped to preserve a fragile peace, but that is now threatened by the emergence of a warrior from the realm of darkness who has the power to consume life itself.  

The six Truthseekers must learn to look beyond the birthplace of their companions, or risk failure as they face challenges designed to test their deepest fears. Haunted by lies and secrets in their pasts, their struggle to understand each other will take on a new urgency. The warrior, Kharnek, is sent to the Trials on a mission of sabotage which his companion, a pacifistic priest, suspects. Kharnek begins to question the rightness of his homeland's actions. But, his change of heart may come too late. He can no longer control the alien power within him, and its hunger for life threatens all of Etherea. Kharnek must learn to trust the other participants in the Trials, for only they can save him--and their world--from the menace he harbors.  

Tropes and Elements

  • Fantasy and science fiction
  • Multiple pov (points of view)
  • Swords and magic
  • Animal companions
  • One bed trope
  • Non-erotic mlm
  • The dog doesn’t die
  • LGBTQ+ characters
  • Enemies to lovers trope
  • Best friends
  • Strong females
  • Gay, bi, ace representation