Every Monday, I recommend a book, TV show, movie, podcast, comic, or video game that are related to sci-fi/fantasy in some way. My goal in doing this is to draw attention to some great works as well as some amazing indie content producers.
This week I am recommending Mark of the Conifer by L. K. D. Jennings.
Epic fantasy. Dinosaur novel.
Do I need to say more?
This is an independently published book that caught my attention from the moment I first heard about it. I'm sad I didn't get the chance to contribute to its Kickstarter because it was already over before I learned of the project's existence. But I bought it as soon as I was able, and it did not disappoint.
Mark of the Conifer tells the story of the raptor Sunstrike who embraces his destiny as an upholder of the sacred Pact between hunters and hunted as he combats the tyrannical regime of Empress Charr.
It's an engaging story with a cool mythology and interesting characters with depth (including the villains). In addition to being a pretty good story, the author is also an artist who painstakingly drew and painted many illustrations that are included in the book.
It's an animal xenofiction fantasy in the vein of Watership Down, Fire Bringer, and The Sight, all of which are other books I love and may talk about here in the future.
If this sounds like something up your alley, give it a try!