The Gauntlet Runner

The Tharassas Cycle: Book Two

J. Scott Coatsworth

Aik’s never felt special. Loyal to a fault, his sole goal in life is to become a member of the Gullton guard … until he discovered a strange gauntlet that changed everything.

After blacking out and waking up with blood on his hands, he’s on the run with the Temple initiate Desla and his best friend Raven's familiar Spin. And something is leading him on.

After Raven finally gives his heart to Aik and then is taken by the verent, he learns about his own destiny — as a verent rider.

Silya, the new Hencha Queen coming into her own power, returns to Gullton to prepare the Hencha Temple and the city for an imminent new threat.

And, in the north, the Seed Mother plans to make Tharassas her own.

About The Author

J. Scott Coatsworth

J. Scott Coatsworth

J. Scott Coatsworth writes stories that subvert expectations, that seek to transform traditional science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something new and unexpected. His writing, whether romance or genre fiction (or a little bit of both), brings a queer energy to his stories, infusing them with love, beauty and power and making them soar. He imagines a world that could be and, in the process, maybe changes the world that is, just a little.

A Rainbow Award-winning author, Scott’s debut novel, Skythane, received two awards and an honorable mention. With his husband, Mark, he runs Queer Sci Fi, QueeRomance Ink, Liminal Fiction, and Other Worlds Ink. Scott is also the committee chair for the Indie Authors Committee at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA).