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  1. Cynus
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    My stories are born from my deepest emotions, bubbling to the surface when they demand to be released. The subjects I pursue are as varied as my interests, and I love to explore different genres. Some of my work is dark, some of it is light-hearted, but I never write the same story twice.

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  1. Musings of a Mongoose

    By Cynus, in Poetry. 01/02/2016 (Updated: 06/26/2021)

    Genres: Fantasy, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Romance
    Sub-genres: General Romance, Creative Non-Fic, Haiku, Free-Verse
    • light-hearted
    • serious
    • biography
    • autobiography
    • love
    • depression

    This will be a collection for most of my poetry. Hope you'll find it appealing. Some of it will be Mature, so pay attention to the chapter notes.

    • 21 Chapters
    • 4,465 Words
    • 11,435 Views
    • 79 Comments
    • Mature
    • Temporary Hold
  2. Breaking The Illusions - An Autobiography

    By Cynus, in Non-Fiction. 01/08/2020 (Updated: 01/11/2020)

    Genres: Non-Fiction
    Sub-genres: Creative Non-Fic
    • north america
    • coming of age
    • serious
    • religion
    • autobiography
    • depression
    • abuse
    • friendship

    This story is autobiographical in nature, but I have made some modifications to protect the identities of those included in it. All the names have been changed, and in some cases things such as gender, locations, and sometimes familial compositions have been altered.

    All that being said, this is MY truth, and it's time I released it so that I'm free to create from a place other than brokenness and sadness.

    This will be dark, but there are spots of light in the great black. No void is truly empty when one gazes into it. The light from our eyes illuminates more than we realize.

    ~Samuel

    • 4 Chapters
    • 13,648 Words
    • 4,231 Views
    • 24 Comments
    • Teen
    • Complete
  3. Cynical Faith 5. The Trial

    By Cynus, in Fiction. 09/14/2019 (Updated: 11/20/2019)

    Genres: Fantasy
    Sub-genres: General Fantasy
    • demons
    • magic
    • serious
    • philosophy

    Book 5 and final book in "The Trial", the series which begins with "Shadow Honor". The threads of eight hundred years weave together to form the tapestry, revealing the last secrets and the big picture all at once. Who will be the next guardian of the world, and what will the world endure before that occurs?

    • 20 Chapters
    • 93,018 Words
    • 13,279 Views
    • 77 Comments
    • Teen
    • Complete
  4. Tragic Genius 4. The Trial

    By Cynus, in Fiction. 06/12/2019 (Updated: 09/07/2019)

    Genres: Fantasy
    Sub-genres: General Fantasy
    • demons
    • magic
    • war
    • serious
    • philosophy

    "Tragic Genius" is the fourth and penultimate book in "The Trial", a series beginning with "Shadow Honor". In this book, we follow the early days of the Demon War, and focus on the stories of Neredos and Veil predominantly, but with many other familiar faces as well. What does it take to make a leader, and how do the horrors of war twist a person's mind? How do we fight for good, life, and peace in a world full of evil, death, and pain? This is the heart of what The Trial means.

    • 26 Chapters
    • 126,165 Words
    • 16,193 Views
    • 67 Comments
    • Teen
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  5. Lonely Pride 3. The Trial

    By Cynus, in Fiction. 02/13/2019 (Updated: 05/18/2019)

    Genres: Fantasy
    Sub-genres: General Fantasy
    • demons
    • magic
    • no sex
    • serious
    • abuse
    • death

    Days after an attempt to unleash demons upon the world has failed, three young men find themselves in the midst of new challenges. One must determine what it means to lead. One must face his past. One must discover who he really is. But there are forces still at play in the world which could undermine everything they hope to build and discover. Is the demon threat truly over?

    This is Book 3 of The Trial. You can find book 1 "Shadow Honor" here:

    • 28 Chapters
    • 142,699 Words
    • 26,036 Views
    • 123 Comments
    • Teen
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  6. Clouded Purity 2. The Trial

    By Cynus, in Fiction. 04/25/2018 (Updated: 08/04/2018)

    Genres: Fantasy
    Sub-genres: General Fantasy
    • teen
    • demons
    • magic
    • urban
    • coming of age
    • serious
    • philosophy

    Eight centuries before Salidar thulu-Khant's reign, the world was much different. Technology, not magic, defined the world, though political machinations and civil unrest had pushed the world to the edge of destruction. Two young men, embark on a journey of self-discovery while dealing with the consequences of a broken society. Meanwhile, an ancient force seeks to unleash a Trial of Destruction on the world.

    • 22 Chapters
    • 99,426 Words
    • 28,750 Views
    • 147 Comments
    • Teen
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  7. Shadow Honor 1. The Trial

    By Cynus, in Fiction. 01/27/2018 (Updated: 04/21/2018)

    Genres: Fantasy
    Sub-genres: General Fantasy
    • teen
    • demons
    • magic
    • no sex
    • serious

    In the depths beneath the Everbright City lies a vast complex of caves known as The Shade. The Underking of the Shade, Salidar thulu'Khant, seeks to free the demons imprisoned in the city above and use them to unseat King Neredos, the immortal ruler of humanity. The future of the world rests in the unwilling hands of young thief and Shade native, Styx, who is thrust into the middle of a conflict which has perpetuated for centuries.

    • 26 Chapters
    • 126,057 Words
    • 50,430 Views
    • 367 Comments
    • Teen
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  8. Second Chances

    By Cynus, in Fiction. 02/14/2018 (Updated: 02/14/2018)

    Genres: Romance
    Sub-genres: General Romance
    • teen
    • coming out
    • love
    • friendship
    • holiday

    Ian anxiously waits at the coffee shop for his secret boyfriend to arrive so they can plan their Valentine's Day together. Another cute boy walks into his life as he waits.

    • 1 Chapters
    • 3,612 Words
    • 5,220 Views
    • 21 Comments
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  9. Martyrs of the Heart

    By Cynus, in Fiction. 02/14/2018 (Updated: 02/14/2018)

    Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Historical
    Sub-genres: General Fantasy, Non-Contemporary, General Romance
    • mature adult
    • magic
    • europe
    • serious
    • medieval
    • holiday

    A druid is tasked with delivering justice to a Roman invader, but the task seems more a test than anything. Will he discern the truth and let his heart be his guide?

    • 1 Chapters
    • 6,440 Words
    • 3,121 Views
    • 11 Comments
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  10. Rivers of the Dead

    By Cynus, in Fiction. 09/01/2017 (Updated: 11/11/2017)

    Genres: Fantasy, General Fiction
    Sub-genres: Drama, General Fantasy
    • young adult
    • magic
    • off-planet
    • no sex
    • dark
    • suicide
    • friendship

    Death is better left undisturbed, but some people don't know any better. After the death of his best friend, Ethan, Caleb Neild ventures into The Underworld to seek Ethan's soul and bring him back to the world of the living. He requests the help of the mythical Orpheus, bard turned psychopomp, to find The One Who Rules Beneath and must cross the dreaded six rivers of the afterlife.

    • 41 Chapters
    • 72,604 Words
    • 61,872 Views
    • 584 Comments
    • Teen
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