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Monday, March 16, 2020

through time and death... Vengeance of Grimbald (Alchimeia #2) by Richard Hacker

"An intelligent blend of science fiction and history, Hacker’s action-packed sequel in the Alchimeia series takes readers on a thrilling journey across centuries as members of the alchemist organization pursue a deadly enemy to save the world from ultimate destruction." Booksiren, Goodreads


Published: January 31st, 2020

Addison and Jules, members of the League, a secret alchemist society of Inkers who protect the time continuum, believe they defeated their enemy, Cuthbert Grimwald, known to them as Kairos.

When he resurfaces filled with vengeance, intent on destroying the League, and acquiring the Alchimeia, a book of such power the League has hidden it for millennia, Grimwald leaves a path of destruction across centuries. As he quests for absolute control of reality, Addison and Jules pursue him through time and death in a desperate struggle to save the world from his vengeance.

Time Travel theories and the Alchimeia Series

VENGEANCE OF GRIMBALD, the second book in the Alchimeia series is a fantasy sci-fi novel with a unique take on time travel and alternate time continuums. Some writers have used the supernatural to transport characters through time, like Scrooge’s encounters with the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Another method allowing for time travel, especially in science fiction, involves space and time warps--usually a ship passing through a warp in the space time continuum or characters passing through portals from one time to the next. Stephen King employs the portal in 11.22.63. But the most common method to move characters through time requires a mechanism or machine. From H.G. Wells, THE TIME to the much-loved DOCTOR WHO, these stories use some kind of machine to transport from one time to the next. 

The Alchimeia series uses alchemy, a precursor to empirical chemistry, as the mechanism for movement through time. Combining an ink and an alloy in the nib, a fountain pen becomes the catalyst as inkers write themselves into past lives, leaving their bodies in the present. Unlike conventional time travel scenarios, the characters leave their bodies in the present—only their consciousness moves through time to inhabit a host. However, once an Inker is in a host’s body, time is not on their side. They are in danger of losing themselves to the mind of their host, becoming psychotic and then melding completely with the host, lost in time forever. In order to avoid such a fate, upon completion of the mission, they must die in order to break the link and return home. When Inkers plan missions, they look for potential hosts who will be dying naturally within a reasonable timeframe from the completion of the mission. Any Inker will tell you, “To live, you have to die.” The process gives Book 1 of the Alchimeia its title: DIE BACK. 

Die Back allows me to blend genres of fantasy, science fiction, historical, and speculative fiction to tell a fast-paced, action filled story of characters struggling to save the time continuum and reality itself. I hope you’ll check out DIE BACK and now book 2 of the Alchimeia, VENGEANCE OF GRIMBALD. Both are available on Amazon. And you can find me at RichardHacker or on Facebook.


“You’ve done well my friends. A bit of a shaky start, but in the end, I am pleased with the result.”

Jules glanced to Addison, who was also pulling himself up to stand. “What are you talking about? You could have killed us.”

“If I wanted you dead, we wouldn’t be talking.” Boggy raised his hands as if to parry their blows. “Today’s lesson is partnership. Do you see?”

Addison slowly rotated an arm with a grimace. “Keep talking.”

“Inking is a dangerous enterprise. You find yourself in a foreign world in an earlier time, often fighting to survive long enough to complete your mission. But the physical dangers of inking do not hold a candle to the emotional and psychological dangers. Your consciousness, the essence of your being, occupies the mind of another. With each passing moment, a small part of who you are slips out of your grasp unless you master the relationship between Inker and host. You must die to live, right? But all living creatures naturally gravitate toward life and away from death. The world of an Inker is therefore a paradox of conflicting realities. Without a partner, you struggle alone against insurmountable odds. Partners have each other’s backs, keeping the hosts alive and the mission viable. And upon completion, partners ensure their hosts die. Because we never leave an Inker behind. Never.”

About the author:
Richard Hacker lives and writes in Seattle, Washington after living many years in Austin, Texas. In addition to the science fiction/fantasy novels of The Alchimeía Series, his crime novels ride the thin line between fact and fiction in Texas. Along the way, his writing has been recognized by the Writer’s League of Texas and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. As a judge in literary contests shuch as PNWA and ChicLit, and as a freelance development editor, he enjoys the opportunity to work with other writers. In addition, he is the Sci-Fi/Fantasy editor for the Del Sol Review. DIE BACK was his first novel in the Alchimeia series.
Del Sol Press books by Richard Hacker are available at Amazon

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Bernie Wallace said...

Which character do you most relate to from our book? Congrats on the release.

James Robert said...

Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read.   I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway. 

Richard Hacker said...

Thanks for hosting Vengeance of Grimbald on Mythical Books today! I'll be checking in every so often as the day progresses. A question readers: If you had an alchemical pen that would let you inhabit the mind of anyone who has lived in the past, who would you 'ink' into?

katieoscarlet said...

This has such an awesome cover. Probably my favorite cover of the year so far.

Linda Romer said...

Alchimeia sounds like an interesting series. Thank you

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a great read.

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good book.

Richard Hacker said...

Glad you're digging the cover! And hope you all enjoy the read.

Victoria Alexander said...

This book sounds awesome and I love the cover, thanks for sharing!

Dale Wilken said...

Sounds really great.

wendy Hutton said...

thanks this sounds like a great book

Sherry said...

This sounds like a good read.

Richard Hacker said...

Thanks to everyone who dropped by and thanks to MythicalBooks for hosting. Much appreciated!

wendy Hutton said...

thanks this sounds like an interesting book

Bridgett Wilbur said...

I would love to read your book.

Richard Hacker said...

Thanks Bridgett. Please do! Hope you enjoy.

Caryl Kane said...

What authors inspired your own writing journey?

Richard Hacker said...

Great question Cary. I'd say Asimov & Philip Dick, William Gibson, Umberto Eco, among others.

laurie nykaza said...

I do like the cover really love to read this books sounds great.