Balam, Spring by Travis M. Riddle

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This book has received over 100 nominations for the 2019 Epic Fantasy Fanatics Readers Choice Awards and is now eligible for Round 2!

Tags: Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy


Balam is a peaceful, sleepy town on the coast. School’s out for the spring, and Theodore is ready to relax. But when the town’s doctor falls ill and others begin to show symptoms, they must hire Aava, a mage freshly graduated from the nearby academy. Aiding her is an ex-mercenary named Ryckert who has grown bored with retirement when a suspicious man appears in the pub the same night as the sickness. The disease seems to be attracting insectoid creatures from the woods, desecrating the bodies of the victims.

A cure must be found before nobody’s left alive in Balam.


Travis M. Riddle lives with his pooch in Austin, TX, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University. His work has been published in award-winning literary journal the Sorin Oak Review.