Book Description

Rex Rising by Chrystalla Thoma

In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life — until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side. Pursued for a secret he does not possess and with the fleet at his heels, he has but one thought: to stay alive. His pursuers aren’t inclined to sit down and talk, although that’s not the end of Elei’s troubles. The two powerful parasites inhabiting his body, at a balance until now, choose this moment to bring him down, leaving Elei with no choice but to trust in people he hardly knows. It won’t be long before he realizes he must find out this deadly secret – a secret that might change the fate of his world and everything he has ever known – or die trying.

YA Science Fiction novel. 76 thousand words/approx. 300 pages

Winner of position #6 on the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll in the category of Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels published in 2011.

Warning: Some profanity and violence. Includes GLBT themes and romance. Older YA/adult public.

The sequel is out now – “Rex Cresting” (Book Two of Elei’s Chronicles).

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IBD Verdict

Rex Rising is the perfect blend of science fiction with mystery & suspense, fully packed with action and unique characters.

Book Insight

  • File Size: 887 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher:; 1 edition (August 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,905 Paid in Kindle Store

From back of the cover

Blood seeped between Elei’s fingers.

The small wound was above his left hipbone. He pressed down harder to staunch the bleeding and gritted his teeth. His pulse leaped under his palm as he sat shivering on a hard, cold bench. He rested his other hand on the grip of his holstered gun. In his blurry eyes, everything had a shimmering edge, suspended between reality and dream.

Then the world tilted.


Elei jerked and sharp pain erupted in his side. Hissing, he drew his gun and waited. His possessed eye throbbed; cronion, the strongest of his resident parasites, hated surprises. The world lit up in bright colors. Be ready. His heart pounded in his chest, sent bruising beats against his ribs. He swallowed past a dry throat and gripped his gun until his knuckles creaked.

Nothing moved. Oblong objects around him pulsed in cool hues of green and blue. Safe. Nothing living. He relaxed a little. For a while he simply sat, left hand pressing against the wound, the cold metal barrel of the gun held against his right thigh.

“Hey, you,” a man’s voice said from behind.

Clamping his jaw, Elei lifted the gun and turned to point in the general direction of the voice. Cold wind blew his jacket hood back, allowing him a wider view. The man appeared at the right periphery of Elei’s tainted vision — a splash of red. He went still when Elei cocked the hammer. The click rang too loud in the quiet.

“Calm down, will you,” the man said, raising his hands. “Just checking on you. You’re bleeding all over my boat.”

The boatman. Elei let out a breath and lowered the gun, but didn’t click the safety back on, just in case. The cold breeze ruffled his short hair and water splashed and murmured. The low hum of an engine set his teeth on edge. What was he doing in a boat out at sea? He prodded his memories, but came up blank.



The story unfolds from the capital of the island of Ost, called Sestos, to the central of the Seven Islands, Dakru. Below is the map with all the towns where action takes place in Rex Rising:


Greek Cypriot with a penchant for dark myths, good food, and a tendency to settle down anywhere but at home, Chrystalla likes to write about fantastical creatures, crazy adventures, and family bonds. After having lived in France, England, Germany and Costa Rica, she now lives in Cyprus with her husband and enjoys wandering the countryside sampling local food and wine. She writes mainly fantasy and science fiction, primarily for a young adult public and her stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies.

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Random facts about me:

1. Did NaNoWriMo (a challenge where you write a short novel in a month) for the first time in 2010 and also in 2011 won (i.e. I wrote at least 50 thousand words. Yay!)

2. I speak 5 languages but write mainly in English (used to write in Greek in the past)

3. I love spicy food – Mexican, Indian, Thai…

4. I used to have nightmares with snakes and fish – stop having them since I met my husband, Carlos (don’t ask me what that means in Freudian terms…)

5. I have a tendency to settle down anywhere but at home.

6. I am a professional escapist.


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