The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree (The Outlaw King #1)

by S. A. Hunt

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Synopsis

When Ross comes home from Afghanistan,

he reels at the news that his father Ed Brigham, a famous fantasy author, has died. After the huge funeral, Ross investigates his father's death, accompanied by two of his father's fans–film student Sawyer and Florida beachcomber Noreen. Together, they discover a passage that leads them to the desolate reaches of Destin, the outlaw-infested parallel world in Ed's gunslinger novels. There they meet the Kingsmen, the warrior gunslinger caste of Destin and find themselves the target of a plot by the Muses themselves to bring the final act of humanity to a close.

Inspired by the classics he grew up with such as A Wrinkle in Time and The Neverending Story, and evocative of Stephen King's fantasy-western epic The Dark Tower, the first volume of S. A. Hunt's The Outlaw King is the visionary beginning of a series spanning from modern-day Earth to the sands of an exotic parallel world, where a climactic battle will take place on the shores of consciousness…and challenge the rules of the written word itself.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: Sexual acts implied but not described
Target Audience Age: Everyone (no target age)
Violence: Death, but minimal violence

Setting

Geography: Mythological Realm
Realism: World is similar to ours, but plot elements involve fantasy or magic
Setting Type: Wilderness/Desert/Other outdoors
Time Period: 2010 - 2019 (Present day)

Main Character

Age: Adult
Gender: Male
Race: Caucasian European
Religion: Agnostic/Atheist
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: Nostalgic/Happy
Mysteries & Puzzles: Modest mystery element(s) to story
Pacing: Moves quickly
Physical Action: Frequent action, driven by threat to safety or life by antagonist(s)
Political/Social Commentary: Story includes metaphors for social or political theme(s)
Romance: Minor romance, not a significant story driver
Genre Fantasy
 
Realism:
  • World is similar to ours, but plot elements include magic
  • Fantasy world with low or no magic
  • Fantasy world where magic is prevalent
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Setting Type:
  • Fantasy
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Time Period:
  • N/A (Fantasy Setting)

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About the author

S. A. Hunt

I am a U.S. veteran with very little money and far too much free time, which is now spent telling lies about time-bending cowboys. I write under the pseudonym "S. A. Hunt" because Sam Hunt is a reputedly irascible New Zealand poet and I like to avoid confronting irascible poets. You know me on Twitter as @authorsahunt and on the mean streets as Esé.