Mario Routi
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Volume III

Rebecca’s Greatest Challenge Ever...

The Forces of Evil are poised to invade not only the Land of the White Sun, but also the Elysian Fields, home of the Gods – and now they have the power to throw human civilisation back into the Dark Ages. Princess Rebecca and her family face monumental battles in their attempts to defeat the massed forces of Evil, and the only way she can save mankind is by revealing herself to them. Her daughter, the young Oracle Leylah, is in love with Prince Alexander, grandson of Hercules, but soon things are going very wrong between them. The fate of the entire universe rests on the confused Leylah’s shoulders as she travels to planet Earth to learn to control her powers. While the forces of Evil prepare to invade from Tartarus, Zeus gathers the Gods and ancient Heroes to defend the Sacred Flame. Reeling from their last battle in the Land of the White Sun, King Turgoth, Princess Rebecca and the Orizons are still repairing the damage to the Fortress of Utopia when they discover they are going to have to enter an even greater struggle against the forces of Evil. Good must prevail this time, or it will be the end of everything.

What could be more terrifying than the Clash of the Titans? The War of the Gods! It’s the final countdown... A romantic, mythical fantasy of epic battles, adventure and the ultimate collision between Good and Evil. It all ends here!

A new take on Greek Mythology!
Mario Routi has drawn on his homeland’s legends
and is determined to put his own spin on famous classical figures.


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Volume II

The Epic tale continues and Rebecca’s limits are tested to the max!

Princess Leylah, daughter of Rebecca Newton and King Turgoth, is growing up and so is her power to foresee future events as she has the greatest gift imaginable: She is the Oracle! While trying to come to terms with her unique powers, she finds herself nurturing deep feelings for Alexander, Lady Felicia and Lord Leiko’s son. But how does he feel about her?

Meanwhile, Cronus and the Titans are preparing a master plan to take over Earth with the help of the Sartani and they are calling on the armies of ancient evil entities to assist them in seizing control of the Sacred Flame in order to free themselves.

At the same time in the Elysian Fields, Zeus and the other Gods are struggling to figure out what their enemies are planning since they cannot interfere unless the Titans are released.

Rebecca, Bull the Minotaur and their friends, face their greatest challenges ever in the Land of the White Sun and Tartarus, where they will need to go on a perilous quest - a matter of life and death for their loved ones. Will the newly discovered Oracle of Utopia be able to uncover the plans in time to save all the worlds?

An explosive collision between Good and Evil... A never-ending conflict... A romance that becomes lethal... A duel that will determine the future of all the worlds!

This is The Hunger Games but set against a backdrop of Greek myth and legend, where the Gods are real, their powers are imposing, and the future is in the hands of one girl. It’s a roller-coaster ride with realistic and powerful battles against demons and monsters from a nightmare realm. Add in a sprinkling of science fiction, and this novel contains just about everything which readers might want from an epic fantasy adventure.

David J. Howe
Writer, Publisher, Former Chair of The British Fantasy Society

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Volume I

Rebecca’s life is about to change!

In the beginning, the ancient Gods created not just the earth. They also created three other worlds: the Elysian Fields, a paradise where they themselves live; Tartarus, the dark world of demons and Titans, ruled over by the ancient deity Cronus; and finally the Land of the White Sun, where all the heroes and creatures of myth dwell – Centaurs and Minotaurs, Cyclopes and Gorgons, Amazons and flying horses! In this land the Creator planted the Sacred Flame, the Cosmic Source that keeps the universe in balance and must be protected from the Dark monsters and Evil Gods who desire to seize it, in order to destroy all the worlds.

Hearing that Rebecca is charismatic, Turgoth, ruler of the kingdom of Beast, arranges for her abduction. When the two of them come face to face, they realise that there is a strange bond between them and their destinies become entwined forever. But although they start to share deep feelings for each other, they are doomed to fight on opposite sides...

Rebecca Newton and the Sacred Flame is a tale of epic wars, grand passions, mythical creatures and ancient Gods – an adventure story which reaches to the core of what we mean when we speak of “Good” and “Evil”.

An unconventional and emotional fantasy that masterfully unites ancient and modern, combining myths with atmospheric legendary battles, romance and mystery.


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Author’s Note

The prologue of the book, Rebecca Newton and the Sacred Flame, was written in early 2000. I had planned to use it within my novel Orizon, which was originally intented to be an epic fantasy story for adolescent readers and young adults. It eventually became a philosophical, allegorical, sociopolitical literary fiction, and so the text didn’t fit anymore. I am truly glad that it has now found its place, especially since the whole Rebecca Newton series will be based upon it.

From the first to the thirty-seventh chapter, the book is actually based on Orizon, although you don’t need to have read Orizon in order to understand it. On the contrary, the whole of Orizon is included within those chapters, differently written and structured of course, and with some basic changes to the script and the characters. Furthermore, most of the philosophical part of Orizon is absent and the story is based mostly on the elements of adventure and fantasy. In other words, Rebecca is a mythical epic fantasy for teenagers and young adults, while Orizon was a literary fiction for adults.

The last twenty four chapters of Rebecca are the long awaited continuance of Orizon. At the same time they are the foundations for the forthcoming Rebecca Newton series, which will be a mythical epic fantasy for a twelve+ readership. This is the genre that I love the most, both as a reader and a writer.

So, I would like to welcome you to my world and wish you a very pleasant stay and journey.

Mario Routi
London, December 2013