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Monsters #0.25

Withered: A Bridge Novella of the HKW Universe

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"Withered" is a bridge novella by Heather Killough-Walden linking The Lost Angels series and The Kings series to the Monsters series.


During an ultimate war with evil and the battle that brought it to an end once and for all, The Kings and Queens of the Thirteen Realms joined forces against Hatred, Lust, and Death… and in the ensuing catastrophic chaos, the fabric of time and space was fundamentally fractured. Two dimensions collided, bringing changes both large and small, sudden yet eternal.

It has forced the Sovereigns of the Thirteen to exist in a brand new world that only they are aware has changed.

In this brand new world are new humans, and alongside them in the shadows and hidden doorways, new non-humans. Some are strange and splendid. Others are wonderful but wrong.

Melody Margaret Tannym is eighteen years old, and she goes by the name Mimi amongst her friends. Mimi is a dragon. However, one of her friends is quite special too – or about to be – and neither one of them has any clue. This new world carries with it new forces, and those forces play upon the young man, altering him as much as the altered world and plunging Mimi and her companion into the dangerous underworld depths of the new supernatural kingdoms.

Worse yet, the colliding dimensions weakened a very old barrier, one that has kept a primordial and powerful atrocity at bay for countless millennia. Only one creature, one darkly brilliant soul, stands between this evil force and the new world. But Bantariax the Great Black Dragon can only remain vigilant against his deadly foe for so long. For even he in his ancient draconic splendor has his weaknesses… beautiful and precious beyond measure. And new worlds have brought new chances for his enemy to prey upon them.


First published August 31, 2018

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Heather Killough-Walden

53 books2,171 followers
Heather Killough-Walden is a California native currently living in Texas with her husband and child. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Big Bad Wolf series. Heather’s educational background includes religious studies, archeology, and law. She has traveled all over the world but hopes to one day live in a town with a world-class hockey team. (Let’s Go Pens!) Visit Heather’s website at www.killough-walden.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter. Also, be sure to keep in touch with her and other fans through her Facebook fan page and through Twitter (killoughwalden)!

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Profile Image for Candace Tidwell.
326 reviews31 followers
October 16, 2018
I'm so excited! Walden is one of my absolute favorite authors. There is not one book of hers that I have not read.
Withered is phenomenal and bridges the King series to the soon to be released Monsters series. Get ready for answers and surprises. Some revelations will be bitter sweet and will also have you hooked like a fish for what's to come. Exciting things are coming and you will not want to miss them. Buy the book and get a sneak peak for what the future holds!
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3,226 reviews8 followers
September 28, 2018
Novelette connecting the “Kings’ series and the ‘Lost Angels’ series with the new upcoming ‘Monsters’ series. Since I wasn’t intending to read the ‘Lost Angel’s series (nor the ‘Big Bad Wolf’ series) I’m not sure how/if I’m going to continue. That’s why I’m reading this novella to see how my interest goes.

It starts immediately after the final war the Kings and their Queens fought in the book ‘The Time King’. You don’t “have to” read that series to understand and enjoy this but it would be recommended. Just like having read the Lost Angels series would probably have helped me understand some of the situations coming from that direction.

We’re introduced to a new ultimate, universal, unbeatable enemy: the Vicium. And new allies: the warden clans and their sentinels. Not sure how the Lost Angels fit in.

Footnote: 1) There’s a mistake in this book. When first introduced Angela Clemens represents the Vegan clan, then later Jake says she’s in the Sirius clan.

2) Why do these clan/groups/gangs always ride motorcycles? Getting a little cliché.

Fave scenes: the story of the fireman’s pole, escaping into the Overwatch, the parchment shedding inward and the present from Mimi’s mom.
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45 reviews
September 4, 2018
Withered Transports You To The Next World

When last we left our Kings and Queens - Time had crashed 2 worlds together - and dimensions now changed. This thinning of the “veil” also allows ancient evils to cross over. Heather uses this quick teaser to prepare us for her next series “Monsters”. And I’m delighted there still be dragons! And our Kings and Queens. Thank you HKW for this delightful bite. First in the new series drops on the author’s favorite holiday - Halloween. As she knows I don’t like Halloween - I’ll be home reading. . . . .
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106 reviews
September 4, 2018
Some kinda wonderful !

Perfect bridge from the Kings to the Monsters, and a great introduction to the first book in the Monsters series. Looks like this series will have elements of The Big Bad Wolf, The Kings and The Lost Angels. Great reads, all of them! I highly recommend the books by Heather Killough-Walden, a quiet corner with a comfy chair, a cup of tea and any kind of sweet that take your fancy. Enjoy! 👍💖📖📚☕🍩
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2 reviews
September 5, 2018
OMG!!! If you wasn't on edge waiting for the 1st books of new series you will be now!

If you've never read a HKW book now's the time to get started! She has woven a world of pure on edge of your seat series. Now's the time to catch up before the new series starts in Oct! So grab your fav blanket and cozy up for one hellava ride!!!
Ps. Start with the Big Bad Wolf series. Then the Kings. Angels was first but I did it in this order and loved it more this way.
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83 reviews1 follower
September 7, 2018
I started reading Withered and was immediately surprised at how much the world has changed since the events of The Time King. For example, Mimi is an adult!? What? When did that happen?
If you are a fan of HKW's books, then you are going to love Withered. It only hints at things to come, but is bringing with it familiar characters from other series, while introducing new ones. This new world has a lot in store for everyone involved and I cannot wait to see what happens next.
9 reviews1 follower
August 1, 2021

This book is a bridge book to connect the Kings series and the new Monsters series. I loved the King's and was so happy to have another series to start. After reading Withered I know I won't be disappointed! Heather's writing is like magic. Her characters are so well developed. I tell everyone to give her books a try, you won't be disappointed!
111 reviews
September 4, 2018
I love Heather 's worlds

Loved this taster for the upcoming new series 'monster's, was good to catch up with so many familiar characters but hated when it ended lol
Anticipating wonderful things from the new soon off series, can't wait ☺
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12 reviews1 follower
September 12, 2018
Looooooved it!!

Seriously can't wait for the monster series!! Heather has perfectly made a bridge between the series! Is it 31 October yet? I want to read the following book please 😍
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481 reviews39 followers
February 15, 2019
Don't leave me hanging...

That makes me nuts! Good world building & lead in to the 'Monsters' series. A ton of new characters to take in in such a short read. Not real clear on them. Maybe that's the point.
Profile Image for Cheryl R. Haley.
87 reviews
September 4, 2018

Can’t wait to read the rest! Very intriguing and mysterious. A lot of possibilities going on and no one knows where they are leading to.
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13 reviews1 follower
September 8, 2018
Love love love

I cannot wait for the monsters series this book just west my appetite for more books so good cannot wait.
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7 reviews1 follower
September 12, 2018
Exciting as always 😍

Highly recommend this author she is a favorite of mine. I am never disappointed reading any of her novels. I can't wait for the next book.
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119 reviews1 follower
December 31, 2018
Wonderful book. I love Heather's Universe!! She never let me down, always can count on her story telling, the twist on her plots, ah, just wonderful. Can't wait to read her next book.
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21 reviews1 follower
January 24, 2019

As always, Heather drawn me into her newest universe. Can't wait for the next installment and to hear more about the newest cast of characters.
318 reviews2 followers
September 5, 2019
This book left a lot of loose ends. I will be chaffing here waiting to read all the stories this bridging novel has started!!
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643 reviews
December 2, 2020
A good read 3 stars

A good read with a nice lead on to the next book.

I look forward to more in this world.

I hope the stories stay just as good as previous books.
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142 reviews5 followers
September 30, 2020
This read requires some brain cells: Do not read at night or when you are tired. It's really a great novella bridging her series; I just found a few too many loose ends and it could have used a little more transition in spots. Felt too surreal some times and my poor, tired brain struggled to keep up. But I love it enough to buy book 1 of new series (Monsters) and will troop forward hoping to fill in the blanks. Editing, writing and overall apples to apples? This is a B+/A-. Premise for the new series is reminiscent in places of KM Moning with chaos theory; BUT, takes things in a new direction. Romance still there, sex toned down (practically non-existant), but that so does not detract from the epic story she is setting up. There were just too many characters introduced too fast doing too many unusual things. At the end, I felt like I needed a flow chart. But that's on me in as much as K-W. I just don't have her genius. But I can definitely appreciate it!
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42 reviews
September 6, 2018
Loved it!!!

Loved this book! I enjoyed how we get a look at how things are now since the ending of time king!
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