The Lost City of Ophir
The Lost City of Ophir (Amazon) is a collection of three fantasy tales by Jerome Brooke. The collection includes the Lost City. The hero and his companion enter a deserted city, and encounter the wraith of an ancient queen. The story resembles the Conan tales.
The other two tales are Did Feast the Pack and Chance Meeting. They are also heroic fantasy texts. The collection is Pulp Fiction, and seeks to provide a short, fun read. The Pack story is a tale of a prince by a “woman who runs with the wolves.” In Chance a prince is seduced by a maiden he finds bathing in a stream.
The lost city story has a fascination for fantasy fans. The hero may connect with all sorts of spirits, monsters and adversaries.
Brooke has written many fantasy books set in his Dark Empire series. The books take place in the distant future when men have sailed to the stars and seeded many words with life. The worlds are ruled by the Divine Astarte and her sisters. She has lived for eons, and has imposed on her empire the traditions of Sol III. In particular, the traditions of Egypt, the land of the Nile, live once more.
The first book if the series is The City of the Mirage (BtGN). The Lost City fits into this multiverse in a general way. All the books are pulp fiction, and many have sexual content. They seek to be light, fun reads.
The City of the Mirage (BtGN) is part of the Divine Astarte series. Astarte seeks the aid of the Warrior to fight the rivals of her own blood. They have rebelled against her rule, and seek to rule her Dark Empire. With the help of the Hero, Astarte defeats her rivals.
The Dark Empire exists in the distant future. The Elder Race, men of our own world, have sailed to the stars of the multiverse, and seeded many worlds with life and fostered new civilizations. Astarte is a near immortal, worshipped as a goddess by her people.
The multiverse includes our own cosmos, with its myriad stars, galaxies and galactic clusters. But our cosmos is but one of many, like unto the grains of sand on the shores of the sea. Moreover, the multiverse is a series of planes of reality. Like the pages of a book each plane has its own stars, time, and laws of matter and energy.
Of these near infinite spheres of reality, the bards do sing. In the ears of the poet, the Muse whispers the myths and history of this myriad of worlds. The men of our own cosmos may enter the Dark Empire, and see the fate of Sol III.
Other histories of the Elder Race include The Dark Empire (Amazon) by Jerome Brooke, the Hive Folk (Amazon) and Secrets of the Queen of Death (Amazon).
The City of the Mirage is a Dark Fantasy. In this genre, the lords of evil may well taste victory. In the Empire, the traditions and values are not those of our time and place. Indeed, many may react with horror and outrage to see a world that does not accept their narrow notions of right and wrong.
The City of the Mirage by Jerome Brooke is now on Amazon. The Divine Astarte is one of the last of her race. Her kind seeded many worlds with life. One of these realms was the planet of the Warrior.
The City of the Mirage in a dark fantasy.
Astarte is feared, not loved by her people - she is the Destroyer of Worlds. She is served by a legion of shield maidens. These cruel warriors are feared by all. They commit all manner of atrocities, such as impalement.
The people of her empire are also terrorized by the Beast Men. They are the offspring of members of an alien race and the daughters of men. They feed on human flesh. They use captive women to breed more of their kind.
About the Author
Jerome Brooke was born in Indiana. He now lives in the Kingdom of Siam. He is married to Jira, a princess of the lost Kingdom of Nan.
Brooke seeks to write texts that are suitable as eBooks. Readers may desire to print out chapters or short stories. Texts that can be read in a single evening are often best.
Series of stories and books are a good option. The Conan stories are a good example. They can be read as solo stories. Read in a series, they have some of the qualities of a novel or narrative.
Jerome lives in Chonburi, near Pattaya. He has written a number of other books and stores in the Divine Astarte series - and a number of related series and cycles. Many short stores in the series have appeared in Welcome to Wherever and other magazines.
The Astarte and related series share the same setting. The stories take place far into the future. The stars have been seeded with life by the race of Astarte. She and her kind are worshiped as gods by the people of their realm. Many of the books and stories share the same characters. Read in sequence, they often form a narrative. I think of the series as a hybrid. The chapters were published as short stories in magazines, and can be read alone. Read in sequence, they form a novella or cohesive book. The same was true of the Conan series of Robert E. Howard or the Sherlock home stories.