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Publication Order of The Berikatanyan Chronicles Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

War of Nutrition (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Handy Half-Hour (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

John Beresford is a British science fiction & fantasy author who has been writing his whole life, but let his family and career get in the way of publishing for the first fifty or so years of that life.

Now retired, he writes full-time and currently has several works to his credit. Four novels (a science fiction thriller about what can happen when Genetically Modified food goes wrong, and the fantasy trilogy The Berikatanyan Chronicles), two volumes of poetry, a book describing the “writing challenge” he undertook to overcome the early onset of writer’s block, and two albums of songs. He is presently working on a second trilogy set in his fantasy world of Berikatanya.

The first trilogy was conceived with the premise: “what would happen if Earth’s first planetary colonisation missions discovered the world they had chosen was already occupied?” followed by the equally compelling twist: “…and what if those indigents had magical powers?”

The first volume – Gatekeeper – follows five characters who join the colonization mission, each for their own very different and very personal reasons. They arrive on the new world to find, to their surprise (mostly), that it’s not only the native population who can manipulate the traditional elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Some of the colonists develop powers too, though no-one understands why. Their ship has arrived in the midst of a centuries old conflict between the two centres of a medieval civilisation that has recently escalated. This war plays out during the course of the story, involving each of the five in different ways.

In the second volume – Water Wizard – the final colony ship arrives from Earth bringing with it more surprises for the band of Elementals. The conflict sparked by these events escalates into an even greater peril than our heroes faced in book #1, and long-lost Elements and their powers are rediscovered.

The trilogy concludes with Juggler, in which the final terrifying power is unleashed to save or damn the population of Berikatanya – both natives and colonists.

(Thanks so much to John for writing this bio!)

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