This one was pure excitement from start to finish. I didn’t know what was going to happen next!

About the Book

A radio station that doesn’t officially exist

A mysterious circle whose members possess incredible abilities

One fateful night to save mankind

Michael Baker, a down-on-his-luck writer, finds himself drawn to an eccentric little hotel that shelters an ancient secret.

When a badly injured woman materializes in his apartment later that day, he discovers that he is part of something far more fantastic than anything he could have ever written.

Award-winning author Thorsten Brandl brings you The Palladium, a non-stop roller-coaster ride that combines urban fantasy with elements of Greek mythology and Dante’s Inferno to create a fantastic adventure unlike any other.

Expect the unexpected…

Additional Information:

☆ 2023 Readers’ Favorite Book Award Winner

☆ 2023 New York City Big Book Award Winner

☆ 2023 Pinnacle Book Award for Fantasy Winner

☆ 2023 The BookFest Gold Award Winner

☆ 2023 Feathered Quill Silver Award Winner

☆ 2023 Feathered Quill Reviewer’s Choice Awards Winner

☆ 2023 International Book Awards Finalist

My Thoughts

Our main character, Michael Baker, an ordinary American ex-pat in the UK, follows a mysterious radio cast that very few others seem to hear to a hotel filled with wild, fantastical soldiers of God. This urban fantasy adventure is so wild and so fantastic! I love that the author has taken the chosen one trope and actually applied it to an adult! That seems to be a pretty rare feat, mostly taken on in the young adult genre. Though, I guess there are other examples, now that I think of it. But I still appreciate adult fantasy books, it’s always nice to see people closer to my own age getting their call to adventure.

It was also nice to see fresh characters called to the scene, and such a mixture! From Cleopatra and Medusa to Billy the Kid and Joan of Arc, you never knew who might show up next to join the party! And the quintessential fight of good against evil, not knowing if good was going to win – because really, good never seems to have the advantage does it? And it always seems to land on the lap of some ordinary guy with no real special skills. I really think someone needs to work on that system.

I really enjoyed the characterizations and the relationships between the members of the group. Especially considering the length of some of those relationships, the tension and love between them seemed very believable – as much as we mere mortals could possibly understand since we can’t fathom such long lives. I especially enjoyed Joan, Medusa, and Lynch. And, of course, Shiksha. But if you don’t like the dog, who even are you?

I look forward to the development of this one, and I’m super grateful to the author and Love Books Tours for having me on this tour.

Who’s It For?

If you love a fast-paced urban fantasy that doesn’t have a dull moment, you will love this one. It also features a ton of historical figures in a new light.

Content Warnings: Violence, Adult Situations, Adult Language, Religious Ideologies

About the Author

Multi-award winning author Thorsten Brandl studied history and English literature at university, and lived in Japan for five years where he fell in love with the Japanese culture. He also loves plot twists, riding his motorcycle, watching movies, listening to heavy metal music, and anything and everything from the 80’s and 90’s. He enjoys including countless esoteric references to these things in his books for kindred spirits to find and appreciate. Some of his favorite authors include Dean Koontz, Piers Anthony, Terry Pratchett and Robert Rankin. His epic fantasy novel “The Warrior With Broken Wings” is also published by Cat’s Eye Publishing.