Prism by Matthew D. Ryan – Spotlight and Giveaway

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In the mystical realm of the Cavern, Akarra is Shardshaper to the quartzian people who inhabit it. Fashioned from quartz and filled with enchanted light, the quartzians are a strong and hearty people. Akarra is no exception. But when destiny intervenes, she must choose between the he-quartz she loves and the life path she lives for. Which shall she choose?

Enjoy an Excerpt:

Akarra knelt expectantly on the floor near the back corner of Yridia’s Cave.

“Pattern matching is most important, dear,” Yridia said.

“I know, Mistress Shardshaper,” Akarra replied, head bowed in deference. “You’ve told me so—many times—but I just don’t see the use of geometry.” She was tired; it had been a long training session and she still wasn’t through.

The small but cozy cave—one in which she had spent many long hours engaged in study—had been hollowed out in the shape of a twelve-sided figure of exquisite design—a dodecahedron, it was called. It at once conveyed a sense of space, mystery, and power. Much like the element it represented: the ether. Each of the twelve faces of the shape formed a perfect pentagon—a five sided figure of further significance and meaning. The pentagon-shaped floor, of course, was made of clouded white quartz; the ceiling, clear. The pentagons on the walls alternated between white and clear. There were no cracks or fissures or blemishes; all the angles and divisions were neat, clean, and precise, thus regulating the temperature of the room perfectly. As Akarra perused the features of the cave, she felt contentment and peace, and her antennae glowed a pale greenish yellow in response. This was like a second home for her. She was the apprentice Shardshaper. One of the most respected members of the tribe.

Akarra watched Yridia move to the center of the pentagon floor and squat down in front of her. Yridai’s yenshi robe billowed out and she produced a crystal of transparent blue quartz in the shape of a perfect tetrahedron. Her Heartshard. A piece of the Heart Crystal itself, the source of the Shardshaper’s power.

Akarra could feel the Shard’s presence.

About the Author:Matthew D. Ryan lives in northeastern New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a reader, writer, and game designer. His writing has been featured at and He is the operator of the web-site which features his blog, “A Toast to Dragons,” ( a blog dedicated to fantasy literature, and, to a lesser extent, sci-fi. He is the author of the dark fantasy novels “Drasmyr,” “The Children of Lubrochius,” and “The Sceptre of Morgulan,” as well as a growing number of fantasy short stories including: “Haladryn and the Minotaur,” “The River’s Eye,” and “Escape.” His latest work is the stand-alone novella “Prism,” a startling fantasy story of unique character.

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  1. Kris Meldgaard says:

    Oh wow!! Hi!! Im a new suscriber & just looking at the cover (which I absolutely LOVE btw😍) and reading this excerpt Im hooked! I definitely have to tead you book when it releases!! I adore the nod to Floyd on your cover & I’ve always been fascinated with math & shapes! Im not just a book lover Im a Book devourer lol I love fantasy fiction & just this tiny blog post is hitting SOOOO mamy of my marks that Im kinda trippin out a bit lol I HOPE this is a series?!?😍😍 So yeah I am most definitely subscribing to all your social media outlets cuz I do not eanna miss this book!! Thank you so much for sharing it & for the chance to win! Oh yeah and 🎊Happy New Year!!🎊 I hope your tour is goimg awesome & cant wait to learn more about your work & get my hands on this book!! Totally excited to see what else you have in store!!
    📖Kris Meldgaard💋

    • Thanks. Glad you are excited and want to read the book. As for the nod to Floyd, that’s really “accidental.” It’s just that there are prisms in the story, prisms split light, and there’s only so many ways you can show that. The story really has nothing to do with “The Dark Side of the Moon.” Sorry to disappoint. But I hope you’ll take a look at it and enjoy it anyway.

      • Kris Meldgaard says:

        Oh no I didnt think it had anything tondo with Floyd I just liked the Floyd-esk cover😉 But I liked the except more & am def going to be reading it! I just dl it so as soon as I email the file to my Kindle I’ll be diving in!😘

  2. Thanks for hosting me today! I really appreciate it!

  3. The book is free at Smashwords:
    The people in “Prism” display their emotions openly as colored light in their antennae. Would you like to have your emotions displayed in colored lights?

  4. Ooh, this book sounds good!

    I don’t think I’d like to have my emotions displayed in coloured lights. I’m a private person, so it would be a little overwhelming if everyone always knew what I was feeling.

  5. Lisa Brown says:

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  6. Audrey Stewart says:

    I’ve been a fan for a while now. I look forward to reading this book.

  7. Linda Romer says:

    Prism sounds like a good read! Thank you

  8. Rita Wray says:

    The book sounds very intriguing.

  9. Thanks for hosting me today. Good night.

  10. kim hansen says:

    sounds good.


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