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Atlas Cycle #2

Beneath the Black Crescent

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The founding of the Arena Under the Hill marked the end of open warfare between the clans of Tokyo2. With peace came prosperity, and the city has grown into the largest metropolis on the space station Atlas.

Betrix Farmer gave up the Arena when she left for New Lexington. Now an unexpected debt, to an old enemy, will drive her back into the ring. The stakes are high, but success would mean a fresh start for this former champion and the boy in her care.

Betrix is not the only one returning to the dome. The reporter Kate roams the city stirring up trouble, and the twin brothers have settled on the outskirts, bringing troubles of their own. The man everyone's hunting, Julian Reeves, is no longer bound for Tokyo2, but the decision, may not be his to make

521 pages, Kindle Edition

Published December 23, 2016

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Dustin Porta

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Author 1 book7 followers
January 21, 2020
This world of Atlas is so ... dark and creepy in so many ways. They story continues well from the first book and I would recommend reading Cast in Sand before this one as it sheds light on some lightly mentioned characters - I also found it the best of this series so far.

This opened up the world a bit more, seeing a few more of the places around Atlas. You learn a bit more of the history and finally more about many of the characters of the books - I particularly enjoyed the backstories of Betrix and Sebastian. Certainly having some questions answered, but the end really sets us up for more story to come - so I will certainly continue this story as it goes on.
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January 3, 2017
I liked this better than the first book in the series! If you've read Children of Atlas and are on the fence about whether to read this book, I definitely recommend you do. We get to know the characters a lot better, and I feel much more invested in the series now.
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Author 14 books20 followers
July 9, 2020
Black Crescent is possibly my favorite of all the books I've written. It's long and overly ambitious, with a big cast of characters and all sorts of intense worldbuilding, lore, and criss-crossing narratives. For those who haven't started this series this is a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk science fantasy, meaning, it follows a fantasy-style narrative but with cyberpunk tropes instead of magic, set in a post-apocayptic future, on board a world-sized space station.

It was so difficult to write that I have been struggling to write the sequel, but I plug away at #3 in spurts, whenever I have a moment between more successful projects.

It's twice as long as Children of Atlas, though the chapters are often shorter and more self-contained. And while it is a better book than the first one, it was rushed to market and there are a few chapters that I was never quite happy with. Someday I'll take it down and tweak it. Still, this is the book that really captured the scope and scale of the epic story that I wanted Atlas to become.
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