Blackacre Rising

Blackacre Rising

by John C Adams
Blackacre Rising

Blackacre Rising

by John C Adams



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Forced to flee the Metropolis following the betrayal of the resistance’s leader, assassin Ivy Spires must now take down the mastermind behind the horrifically demeaning experiments revealed to her. Disbelief at the sheer oddity she encounters at Blackacre collides with a new determination to challenge the cruelty perpetrated by those in power.

Whether East or West, Don Allwood has never been like everyone else. Despite the success of the resistance, the government is now fighting its way back to power. Meeting the Seven for the first time at Blackacre gives him a new opportunity to fight the evil of his own father and accept the nature of his own unique powers as last.

Blackacre Rising continues a dystopian horror trilogy begun in Souls for the Master set in a world of cruel government and fierce resistance, in which a young assassin and her strange young companion must fight for dignity and to safety for all.

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A truly gripping, intense, and engaging dystopian sci-fi read. The author does a brilliant job of creating a large mythos in this dystopian world rich with a multitude of main and side characters that readers will be able to both loathe and root for.
Anthony Avina’s Blog

A must-read dystopian sci-fi thriller, author John C. Adams’ “Blackacre Rising” is a fantastic sequel in the Ivy Spires series. Emotionally driven character arcs and action-packed scenes all come together under strong mythology and ends on a cliffhanger that will leave readers wanting more.
Anthony Avina’s Blog

Adams perfects the villains. They are ruthless and their cruelty is spectacular…Highly recommended and thoroughly enjoyed.
Goodreads Reviewer

A dark and imaginative dystopia, slowly revealed through excellent characters leading the fight for humanity. A brilliant story, thoroughly recommended to those who dare to wonder just how bad the future could become.
Goodreads Review of Souls for the Master

Product Details

BN ID: 2940164060633
Publisher: John C Adams
Publication date: 09/24/2020
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: eBook
File size: 380 KB

About the Author

I'm a nonbinary author and critic of fantasy and horror. Nonbinary tends to means different things for different people, and every path is valid for that individual and their family. Luckily, mine are incredibly supportive. I use the gender neutral pronouns they/them professionally as John C Adams, but to the kids I'm still 'Mum'. It's a question of what works for you. My decision to be nonbinary is a journey for all of us.

I review for Schlock! Webzine, the British Fantasy Society and Horror Tree, as well as placing reviews and articles across a wide range of blogs and magazines.

I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. I've been a Contributing Editor for Albedo One Magazine and the Aeon Award since 2016. Before that, I was a Submissions Reader with them.

My debut horror novel, 'Souls for the Master' (Ivy Spires Book One), and its sequel 'Blackacre Rising' (Ivy Spires Book Two) are both here on Smashwords retailers. Likewise, my debut fantasy novel, 'Aspatria' (Gortah van Murkar Book One), and its sequel 'Dagmar of the Northlands' (Gortah van Murkar Book Two), are out now on Smashwords retailers.

Although I write mostly long fiction, since 2015 I have had stories published in anthologies from Horrified Press, Lycan Valley Press, Fantasia Divinity and Jersey Pines Ink. My short stories have also been published in the Horror Zine, Swords & Sorcery, Sirens Call, Blood Moon Rising, Lovecraftiana and various other magazines.

Every emerging writer needs plenty of encouragement right at the start, and entering lots of competitions early on made a real difference to my confidence to press on with writing longer fiction and think about submitting short fiction to magazines and anthologies in due course. In 2012, I was longlisted for the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest for 'The Visitors' and again in 2013 for 'We Can Finish Your Baby's Brain For You'. My writing was also recognised by the Enrico Charles Literary Award (runner up in 2012) and by the University of Winchester Writers' Conference in both 2012 and 2013, including a Commendation in the First Three Pages of a Novel category, and other nominations in poetry and short fiction.

I read PPE at Somerville College, and I am a non-practising solicitor. I live in rural Northumberland, UK, and I combine my career as an author and critic with raising my kids and caring for a severely disabled relative. I'm always busy!

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