Spotlight: The Amber Menhir, by Jonathan N. Pruitt


The Amber Menhir
The Shadows of the Monolith #1
October 3, 2023
Spinner Loom Press
384 pages

With each new dawn, the celestial body known only as ‘Calamity’ draws closer—and with it the end of the world. Humanity’s only hope from oblivion rests in the menhirs, towering bastions of scholarship and imagination which cast long shadows across the lands. The scholars within the menhirs devote themselves selflessly to the discovery of new magic that will help avert the impending apocalypse … or so the masses have been made to understand.

In a society divided between those with occult potential and lay citizens, Tara Langcraw is recruited into the Amber Menhir with great interest. The long awaited heiress of a bloodline bearing the rarest of the six magical disciplines, time manipulation, she is expected to flourish within this noble citadel of learning, as are her friends and fellow recruits, Roland Ward and Peony Bianchi.

They soon find, however, that those who fail to meet expectations, or who dare to challenge the prevailing order, put more than their marks on the line. For the menhir squirms with rivalries, and those who stand against the status quo may not stand for very long.


“A striking fantasy debut that, like the sinister menhirs it describes, will undoubtedly cast a long shadow.”
– Chris Riches, The Daily Express

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About the Author:

jonathan n pruit phototJonathan N. Pruitt is a lifelong educator, a former scientific researcher, and a provocative fantasy author. With his debut novel The Amber Menhir, Pruitt delivers biting humor, deep human insights, and a unique scientist’s perspective. His life experiences—from living in diverse corners of the world like South Africa, Namibia, Australia, and Canada, to navigating the wild landscape of his career—richly inform his narratives. Pruitt’s storytelling defies reality yet resonates with emotional truth. He makes readers question the differences between good and evil, and the murky area between the two.

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