A High School Sci-Fi Adventure with a bitter gender twist.
The sequel to “Awakening the Princess”, and the continuation of Ronin Kassius’s day from Hell.
The mysterious and untested Gun Princess, Mirai, has awakened and emerged from her Sarcophagus with Ronin’s consciousness in control of her body. Now, Kassius learns of the circumstances surrounding the near death of his own human body, and his involvement in Mirai’s creation due to his family’s affiliation with House Elsis Novis.
But while one hurdle has been overcome, another props up as Ronin/Mirai and his companions with questionable motives and uncertain loyalties, are transported against their will to a desert locale and a perfect replica of Telos Academy that will serve as the setting for a duel between the recently awoken Mirai, whose full capabilities are as yet unknown, and the reigning Gun Queen of Ar Telica city who has twice fallen shy of earning the title of Gun Empress and aims to use Mirai as a stepping stone.
Now, Ronin will need to draw upon Mirai’s untested abilities and preternatural strength if he is to keep himself and his companions alive in a battle that will pull no punches, where defeating the Gun Queen may earn him little more than a bittersweet victory and an uncertain future.
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Albert Ruckholdt is science-fiction/romance novelist focusing on works written for teenage and young adult readers.
A software engineer by trade, he graduated from Macquarie University in Sydney with an Honors Degree in Computer Science and immediately entered the world of financial systems. When not writing fiction, he is a senior programmer in a third-party accounting solutions company based in Sydney, Australia.
Raised on a healthy diet of stories by science-fiction greats such Zelazny, Asimov, Bradbury, Simak, Moorcock, and Donaldson, he made the decision to write for the young adult market after receiving surprisingly positive critiques from members of the teenage demographic for a couple of unpublished works.
His first novel, “Pride X Familiar”, was written with the intention of delivering a light-novel for young adult western readers. He later released “Pride X Familiar ReVamp” as an alternative telling of the story.
An avid fan of Japanese anime, manga and culture, he is also a student of the Japanese language at beginner level, and credits Seo Kouji’s manga “Suzuka”, and the works by Shoji Gatoh, as part of his inspiration to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard.
The Gun Princess Royale series represents his first serious foray into the science-fiction, young-adult, gender-bender genres, and a step away from the Japanese light-novel prose, instead adopting the more traditional narrative style found in Western novels.