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Paperback and ebook Details
  • 01/2016
  • 1533507309 B012H1SAA6
  • 332 pages
  • $12.99
TJ Slee
A) The Vanirim (Midgard Cycle Volume 1)
TJ Slee, Author

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Publish)

Unpublished: Grand Prize winner, PW BookLife Prize in Fiction!

Crime noir/fantasy genre fusion

The Norse gods, the Vanir, have returned to reassert their dominion over Earth. Five years after the Pacification War between Man and the Vanirim, a one sided war in which not a single Vanir was killed, 19 year old Tully McIntyre stumbles on the impossible...a dead Vanir. Suspected by the Vanir of the killing, McIntyre finds an unlikely ally in a girl paired with a Vanir elder and together they try to solve the mystery as more Vanir are brutally murdered and more and more evidence starts to point to Tully McIntyre as the killer. 

TJ Slee had two books rated 10/10 in the 2016 BookLife Prize for Fiction and two rated >8!


Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10


This superb novel has it all -- a gripping and twisty plot, well-developed characters, and excellent writing. The story centers on Tully McIntyre, a “sanctioned” 19-year-old who is accused of killing a Vanir, one of the superior beings who rule Earth. The author skillfully keeps the reader guessing as to Tully’s guilt or innocence, all the while creating a complex new world with its own set of laws and systems of justice. Characterization is strong, the story progression logical and original, and while the ending clearly indicates a new installment is to follow, the book stands alone and is complete. Extremely well done.

Date Submitted: August 01, 2016

Judges report, PW BookLife Prize in Fiction

"I devoured The Vanirim in a single sitting, pulled in initially by the vision of life on Earth after an interdimensional alien invasion and driven forward by the twisty and mind-bending plot, centered on an enigmatic and compelling main character. This is a book of mysteries and wonders." -- Tim Pratt

Goodreads review

5 stars: This is a futuristic book written about a time after the world has been invaded and subjugated by a race of ancient demi-gods, who have supposedly watched the earth for millennia and have to intervene in order to save the human race from destroying the earth and itself. This race of ruling demi-gods, called the Vanir, are supposedly indestructible, until they start to die, and the human who is being blamed for their deaths, Tully McIntyre, viewed as an hero by all of humankind. The book kept me spell-bound, wondering what would happen next, and rooting for Mr. McIntyre. It is obvious that author T. J. Slee has done research in many areas to provide background, and is a wonderful writer, capable of telling a compelling story. I very much enjoyed this book, with many twists and turns, and its unexpected ending. I look forward very much to read more from this author. The Vanirim has elements of crime, fantasy, as well as thriller traits, and I think is a good fusion, maybe even a new genre? Congratulations T. J. for putting your unique imagination into an entertaining read!

The Vanirim wins the Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize in Fiction!

"Part of what makes McIntyre and his supporting cast so intriguing is the fantastical world around them. There are ancient Nordic gods, a post-apocalyptic-future setting, and concepts of mind reading and human reprogramming. But you’ve also got, at the core, a fast-paced crime thriller..."

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ABOUT THE BOOK : This story is set in a post apocalyptic world in future where the Earth or Midgard  is ruled by the VIKING GODS, VANIR. After the one sided Pacification War (where not a single Vanir was killed) between Man and Vanirim the Vanir took control to make earth a better place free from crime, pollution and all other major mistakes dwelling on earth. The story’s male protagonist is Tully McIntyre a 19 year old child care worker and social worker who stumbles on the most impossible event…a dead Vanir. It is almost impossible to kill a Vanir by a human. On the other hand Tully is sanctioned. When a person is sanctioned it means that person can no more feel any high feelings like love,pain,anger,happiness or any other emotions. So, it is absurd for him to kill a Vanir. But as this killing continues the solid evidence points to Tully as the killer. The Vanir also thinks that Tully is behind all these brutal murders even if he has alibis in most of the cases. Tully also met his bad twin in one of the killing event but at first he could not understand who this person was or whether he was hallucinating. But one of his client Debby actually believes him and explain all the possibilities of the existence of the other Tully from different dimension. Expositor Stella and Vanir Vali is investigating the murders and the case of the Vanir killings. Stella in the meantime fell for Tully as the met for a few times personally and on business. Stella is also very curious to know why Tully got sanctioned but her questions remain unanswered both by Vali and Tully. When six killings has already occurred the Vanirim begins a hunt for Tully. But they were unable to find him. As Deb accompany Tully on his run from the Higher Council, his bad twin again arrives and advises him. The investigation and the Tully hunt continues by Stella, Vali and other Vanir officials when Stella and Vali decides to meet Tully’s psychiatrist. There they discover some unbelievable facts about him. Moreover Vali tells Tully about the conflicts between the gods Vanir and Aesir which opens up more doors to the possibilities of the continuous Vanir murders.

MY THOUGHTS : The story was actually the potpourri of most of my favorite genres . I simply loved the plot. The concept was undoubtedly awesome and so cool. Two things came to my mind as I finished reading the book -1. This story is perfect for a movie/tv series/anime and 2. What is going to happen next? How will Tully survive the war between the Gods?

4 stars: T J SLEE experimented with a new genre and created the most fantastic story. There was suspense from the beginning. The concept of spawn points,portals and teleportation power of Tully was really mind blowing. The author has written this story simply, to the point and it was not at all boring. This story is a great of example of sci-fi meets mythology. I won’t say much or else I might ruin all the plot twists. Yes, this story has some terrific plot twists as well. In one word the story was absolutely marvelous. I personally recommend this book to any book lover who loves science-fiction.

Two books score 10/10 in BookLife Fiction Prize. Two others score 8+

Very grateful to the reviewers of BookLife Prize for Fiction for their ratings and critical reports of The Vanirim (and Cloister). These ratings and reports have been very useful in both highlighting the strengths but also areas for improvement in all my books.As I only just started self publishing this year I am still very much in a learning phase and all reader and reviewer input is fantastic!

Paperback and ebook Details
  • 01/2016
  • 1533507309 B012H1SAA6
  • 332 pages
  • $12.99