The Ansgari Rebellion Series @authorjkjohnson @GoddessFish

The Ansgari Rebellion Series

by Joshua K. Johnson


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GENRE: Fantasy


About the Series

War changes everything.

On the world of Zaria, Elves, magic and mythical beasts coexist beside rifles and railroads. The futures of two nations hang in the balance as rebels and revolutionaries trade gunfire with loyalists and tyrants.

The King of Ansgar, secure in his belief that his loyal nobles and fearful subjects answer to his every whim, seeks to gain favor with friends across the sea. But his decision to send armies thousands of miles away will test that fear, and loyalty.

In war, little is held back; in revolution, nothing is safe



He found the door exactly where Auberon had said it would be: plain oak, set in an unremarkable arch. Raedan dismounted and pressed his right hand to the door; he could feel the magics that held the door closed.

The particular spell that had been bound to the archway was different from one magic-user to another, but there were only a handful of spells that could be used on something as plain as the door that stood between Raedan and the library beyond.

He touched the onyx at his throat with his left hand and began whispering the first spell. It was the most common of binding spells, and Raedan very much doubted that it would work. He was right. The magic in the door pulsed, but did not dissipate.

Raedan found the spell on his fifth attempt. It was an obscure spell that Damon had only mentioned once in passing; Raedan had studied it more in his own time. Had he tried to force the door, he would have found himself unconscious.

There was a small, dark room on the other side of the entrance. Raedan left the door open, so the faint glow from the moon would give him some light. Dust covered every surface in the small room. The bookshelves were largely empty, but one contained several thick tomes. Raedan pulled them off of the shelf.

He traced the inlaid title on one of the books and smiled. He returned to his horse, tucked the books into his saddle bags and climbed back into the saddle.

Raedan turned back toward the gatehouse. The wagons would be arriving soon.


Author Interview

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Joshua K Johnson author of The Cerberus Rebellion and The Hydra Offensive.

Hi Josh, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and your background.

I’m in my early 30s with 2 kids and a sister that lives with my wife and I. I’m currently working on completing my BA in English (Writing Studies). My wife calls me a workaholic because I also work 2 jobs and still dig out time for writing.

What were you like at school?

I was the bookworm who sat in the back and listened.

Were you good at English?

I’ve always had a fairly good grasp of English. I was never a math person, that’s for sure.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

In addition to working on Book 3 in this series which I intend to self-publish as I have the previous 2, I’m working on a standalone novel set in the same world that I want to shop around to agents and publishers once it’s complete. Ideally, I’d like to write full-time.

Which writers inspire you?

It’s difficult to write Fantasy, especially Epic Fantasy or any of its offshoots, without admitting the George RR Martin and JRR Tolkien had a major impact on my writing styles. Outside of that, David Weber has been a writer that I’ve followed for a long time as well.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is special?

Raedan is a man without a place. He’s the second son of a noble, and when he was younger a ritual was performed that caused him to absorb the magic of a powerful griffin. Now he is going to live to be about 500 years old and has the ability to manipulate emotions and shadows. A lot of the story revolves around him coming to terms with his potential for magic as well as his place without the society around him as a powerful noble and military leader.

What are you working on presently?

I have Book 3 for this series in the writing stages and that other standalone novel that I mentioned above.

Which actor would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

I think Raedan would be a difficult person to cast. He’s a big man (about 6’6”) and massively muscular. I think a football player, a wrestler or a bodybuilder would have to be cast.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing?

I’ve been writing since I was about 12, and really that was the result of boredom as my family moved into the country and there wasn’t much to do.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

I really just try to squeeze my writing in wherever I can. I do have some time on the weekends set aside specifically for writing, but it’s not a lot so I try to add more wherever I can.

Where do your ideas come from?

I seem to have a lot of ideas spawn from listening to rock music, and especially modern covers of older rock songs. I also draw on concepts from history like the American Civil War.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I write a thorough outline and then develop chapter summaries before I actually start writing. I do, however, leave room for adjustments and change as the writer takes off.

What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Trying to find a balance between too little and too much information.

Do you read much and who are your favorite authors?

I read a fair amount. My all-time favorites are George RR Martin and Tolkien. David Weber’s Honor Harrington series is another great diversion.

For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

Both? For books early in a series I’ll read the ebook first. If I like it, I’ll buy the hardback books and then continue from there.

What books are you presently reading?

I’m actually in between books, but I am reading Othello and Caesar by Shakespeare.

Please tell us about the covers and how they came about.

The Cerberus Rebellion’s cover is meant to show the last stand of a group of soldiers as they try to hold back the tide of an enemy advance. The Hydra Offensive cover, in contrast, shows the rebel soldiers advancing on an enemy position.

Who designed your book covers?

The Cerberus Rebellion art was done by HeavyCat Studios and The Hydra Offensive art was done by Trevor Smith of My wife did the typography on both.

Do you have a video trailer for your books?

The Cerberus Rebellion has a trailer. I did the compilation, I had a voice actor for the voice-over.

Do you think that giving books away free works and why?

I think with the right exposure and in limited runs a free book can work. I saw a lot of success when I launched The Cerberus Rebellion, but I currently have one of my short stories available for free from most the ebook retailers but it hasn’t gained much traction.

How do you relax?

Writing is actually my favorite way to relax, usually with a drink.

What is your favorite quote?

The die is cast from Julius Caesar

What is your favorite movie?

It’s a terrible movie, let me admit that first, but I’m really a fan of Wing Commander.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

My website ( has a lot of information about me and my works including links to all of my work.

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

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About the Author

Joshua Johnson is the author of “Gunpowder Fantasy” The Cerberus Rebellion and the creator of the Griffins & Gunpowder universe. When he isn’t working or spending time with his family, he writes novels, short stories and novellas.

He currently lives in Northern Illinois with his wife and young children.

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The nation of Ansgar is divided.

In the east, King Eadric Garrard has crushed one rebellion but gets no rest as the rebellion in the West is rapidly spiraling out of control. If he can’t get things in line soon, his reign could be at an end.

Raedan Clyve has traveled across the Vast Sea to secure treaties and trade. Unchecked in his studies of magic, his powers are growing beyond his control. The dark path he has set himself on leads to destruction and chaos, but is it too late to turn back?

Kyrie Salas captains the Dragon’s Breath, chartered to carry the Western emissaries across the world. She sees the potential in Raedan and seeks to harness it. But will her emotions get the best of her?

War has raged, battles have been fought, and lives lost. But the conflict for the future of Ansgar is just beginning.




Oars slapped the water in slow rhythm as the sailors pushed the pinnace closer to the docks. A light fog had settled on the harbor and it mingled with thick black smoke from the waterfront factories to create a roof of sorts over the water. The air smelled of a rain coming and a cool breeze drifted into the harbor from the north.  The sailors navigated by the light of the waning moon and the lanterns set out on the piers, weaving in between massive galleons and shallow-bottom longships.

Raedan sat at the rear of the boat, cigar in hand. Kyrie sat beside him, reading a book. Without the gift of night-sight, it was impossible for Raedan to make out the letters. The ship was silent, except for the dozen men grunting as they heaved and Raedan was happy for it. He had heard his fill of arguing from Pyt Ansell and Ahlrick Cheston. Each of them felt the need to add their opinion to every discussion and they rarely agreed on anything. Finding the right lesser king to approach would have been impossible if they had been allowed to lead it.

Instead, Kyrie had done the work. She was born of Laine, and her connections had proven invaluable. She had secured a meeting with the lesser king of Kiva Dana, the furthest north and west city in the Sea Kingdom. They had set the meeting only that afternoon and had been warned against making for town in anything but the dimmest of conditions.

The weather was with them, and both Raedan and Kyrie had whispered concealment spells to aid in their quiet approach. The ship’s wood was inlaid with gemstones for each of the Orders of magic and the onyx stones glimmered with infused magic.

A distant bell began to toll and Kyrie closed her eyes. Raedan felt the magic flow out of her.

“We’re near,” she said after a moment. “Oars up.”

The sailors pulled the blades in from the water, letting the small boat glide toward the docks. They set the poles in the belly of the vessel and retrieved bed rolls from beneath them. As the boat drifted toward the dock, most of the oarsmen laid out on their benches as if asleep. A single man stood at the bow of the ship, watching into the darkness.

The bell tolled for the fourth time and a soft whistle drifted back from the front of the pinnace. Kyrie closed her book.

“The night guards have left their posts and the morning guards are not yet in place. There is a bedroll under your bench. Get it.”

Raedan reached under the bench and found the blankets stowed there. He untied the roll and laid it across the runabout’s deck. The ship shuddered lightly as it scraped against the dock and the lone watchman went to work mooring the ship to the pier.

The sound of heavy boots echoed along the dock as men approached from the city. Kyrie pulled Raedan down to the deck, squarely on top of her. He could feel her body tense as he shifted his weight. Her chest rose and fell in slow, shallow breaths, her breasts pressed against his chest. Her hair was in his nostrils. The smell of sweat mixed with a sweet perfume.


About the Author


Joshua Johnson is the author of “Gunpowder Fantasy” The Cerberus Rebellion and the creator of the Griffins & Gunpowder universe. When he isn’t working or spending time with his family, he writes novels, short stories and novellas.

He currently lives in Northern Illinois with his wife and young children.

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