Eighteen-year-old Allin Arcady only wants one thing: to reach the Roof of the World and see the Sun for the first time in his life. The problem is, he’s lost in the depths of the ruined planet-city called Earth, fleeing the horrors of his past.
When his past catches up to him, Allin is thrust into a science fantasy adventure in which he meets a race of genetically-modified cats, tangles with vengeful werewolves, and parlays with cyborgs. Along the way, Allin is forced to decide: will he spend his whole life running or take a stand against the forces that want to finish off the Earth once and for all?
Reviews for The Only City Left
“There are so many good things about this book for me. To be honest, when I got a few chapters in, it was like I was bitten by a zombie. There was no cure to stop it, the turn, I was now a fan. This book has a little bit of everything I need in a book. A good concept, good character development, strong protagonist and quirky sidekicks.” – Matt Ely, JC’s Book Haven
“What are most post-apocalyptic stories missing nowadays? I can tell you three things: Ghost werewolves, talking monarchist mutant-warrior cats and, most importantly, fun. The Only City Left has all of them, plus more. In an era when every other novel is a grayscale slog through post-apoc depression, this story does a 180 and gives us a colorfully dead world with an irreverent hero and, yes, the most badass talking ninja cat I’ve seen in any book so far.” – Mack Moyer
“It’s a witty, well-written, surprisingly quick read. I devoured the novel in a matter of days despite a hectic schedule.” – Rayssa Pink
Allin Arcady searches for his lost love. Tyena Branch struggles to scavenge enough food to keep her mother and herself alive. And in the cat city of Pudlington, the uneasy truce between humans and felines is already faltering.
Into this turmoil enters the true power behind Doyle Arcady’s reign… The Fifth House.
This short story asks the question: What’s worse than spam flooding your inbox?
The answer? Spam flooding your body.
In the near future, you better make sure your biospam filter is up to date, because the price of a false negative could be higher than you can imagine.
This edition includes the author’s brainstorming and research notes, for a glimpse inside the writing process.
Selene and Riley are out for revenge, but their best chance at it comes at Wah Rien’s Enchanted Tea Palace, where for one night only, no weapons are allowed.
That’s okay, though, because music can be a weapon too in this high-flying wuxia western tale.
If you enjoy westerns and wuxia movies (think Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), this story is for you. On the other hand, if physics-defying feats of acrobatics aren’t your thing, you might want to look elsewhere.
Kichiro Nakashima made one mistake. A big one. His Inagawa-kai bosses could have had him killed outright, but they dismissed him to civilian life instead, a fate no less perilous. Kichiro seeks the protection offered by a kami that inhabits an impossible computer, but will it be enough to save him?
This story is part of a shared world connected to the Tokyo Yakuza board game.
Allin Arcady is stuck in the depths of the planet-city called Earth, doing his best to climb through the many levels of the planet in order to see the Sun for once in his life. But when he ends up in a room with no exits, he’ll need to fight for his life against a two-faced door if he wants to break free of the room and continue on his journey.
This introductory tale leads directly into Allin Arcady’s adventures in the full-length novel, The Only City Left. (This story should be considered #0.9 in the series.)
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Links to my Writing on the Web
Foreign Soil, a short story for The Were-Traveler’s Blood Vengeance: Vampyre issue.
The Opposite of Indulgence, a holiday-themed short story for the LeyLines webcomic. Check it out for the awesome illustration creator Robin Dempsey made to go along with the story, if for nothing else.