Neanderthal King: An Epic YA Fantasy Adventure

· Myrmani LLC
2 reviews

About this ebook

Imagine Game of Thrones, but Neanderthals never died off.

It’s 1107, and the once-great Neanderthal empire is no more, laid waste by the dark Sapien king, Isaac, the same bastard who slaughtered the Thal queen’s young heirs. A brutal reversal of medieval power forged in blood and fueled by Sap ingenuity.

But one babe escaped the mad king’s wrath.

Raised the son of a simple Thal herder, Maralek’s a rough lad with the ferocious pride and temper of his ruined people, a scorn for rules and rulers, and less than a little creativity in his thick skull. In a word, your average Neanderthal. 

And life’s livable, until King Isaac resumes his bloodthirsty crusade, and Maralek’s forced into slaving shackles. Then, a rowdy caravan, a mysterious gypsy, a whispered prophecy… A whirlwind of devastation and war as his master is murdered, his fate unwoven, and his world ripped asunder in an epic battle to end all. 

Neanderthal King is a historic epic YA fantasy by renowned science fiction and fantasy author, Matt Ward, that features savage twists and darker secrets, raging kings and enslaved heirs, and an audaciously ambitious coming of age quest set in an alternative medieval Europe. If you love Brandon Sanderson, Ursula le Guin, or Robin Hobb, or explosive high and low fantasy classics like Lord of the Rings, the Kingkiller Chronicles, and the Earthsea Cycle, you’ll love this heroic historical tale.

Buy Neanderthal King today for a bold new take on a daring teen hero’s fantastic adventure… right up to its shocking conclusion.

2 reviews
Hazel McSweeney
August 8, 2020
It took a while to get used to the writing style, especially to the extensive use of different terms for things though many were easy to work out. An interesting switch. Instead of human trying to wipe out aliens or fellow humans in this Neanderthals are the target. And just like real life Isaac, the would-be king of all is full of deceit, trickery and with not a shred of honour about him. The Neanderthals are being exterminated or enslaved with none to unite them since the slaughter of the last Thal ruler and all her children, or so Isaac thinks... mistakenly. Blood and gore to the max in this first book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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August 10, 2020
Neanderthal King was a very enjoyable read. It tells the story of Maralek, a Neanderthal who is forced to become a slave when the Sapien King Isaac continues his crusade. There is a lot of action and adventure in this book and I absolutely loved it. The writing style was also something different, but I liked it! It fits very well with the story. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to read fantasy. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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About the author

Matt Ward is a best selling science fiction and fantasy author, entrepreneur, host the Disruptors.FM tech podcast and the #24 ranked futurist worldwide. His work focuses on the intersection of exponential technologies and the ethical issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, as do his novels, which are inspired by the cutting-edge scientists he interviews on his show. Today, Matt writes fast-paced science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction technothrillers with a dystopian bent on the question: what does it mean to be human?

You can find Matt online at Or, you can connect with Matt on Twitter: @mattwardwrites, on Facebook:, or Instagram: @mattwardwrites, or email him at if you’d like to say hey.

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