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Literature / Groom of the Tyrannosaur Queen

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Coverart by Simon Roy

"This is the Face of God! I stalk this earth, I thunder this sky. The milky fingers of virgins will coil about my manhood as I sip your blood from the cup of your skull!"

Groom of the Tyrannosaur Queen is a novel about a modern soldier, a barbarian warlord, and dinosaurs.

This web-novel provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Andrea Herrera, a badass even without her scary cybernetic armor.
  • After Action Patch Up: Andrea spends most of the second third of the book recovering from the first third. Being mauled by a raptor is not something you just walk away from.
  • Amazon Brigade: Andrea makes one with the Ethlek women.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Battle is the only time Trals doesn't have to restrain himself from killing everyone around him.
  • Battle Couple: Andrea and Trals, when they're not trying to kill each other.
  • Becoming the Mask: Chris. It was originally just for protection, but got out of hand.
  • Cool Sword: Vritai, the all-cutter, meteoric iron lacquered to keep it from rusting.
  • Culture Clash:
    • Andrea re: the Ethlek
    • Chris re: the Thalassians
    • And vice versa
  • Famed In-Story: Trals once burned down the biggest city in the Western Hemisphere. Now his name precedes him.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: The Ethlek and the Thalassians are monotheists, but in addition to your standard "Oh God!"s and "Hell!"s, you've also got:
    • "Teeth in the darkness!"
    • "Angels, devils, and beasts!"
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: It's hard to imagine a worse human being than Trals Scarback, but somehow he's doing good?
  • Lost Colony: The book takes place in a lost time colony in which humans have spent the last five millennia coexisting with dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period. They're a pretty weird bunch.
  • The Time of Myths: The Ethlek talk of "the lost city of Mega." The Thalassians of "the princes of Nwa-Mega. " Phonological analysis points to the cradle of both societies as a settlement called "New America."