NC Literary Hall of Fame



 Justi the Gifted by R.R. Brooks

Leo Publishing
$16.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-941157-02-2
January, 2015
Fiction: Fantasy
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From the start, the reader is pulled into this Tolkienesque tale of a protagonist unwilling to believe at first in his special powers and the quest he must undertake to impose justice in a world of marauding barbarians. The writing sets a pace that makes the book hard to put down. The author paints vivid images in a rich tableau of memorable characters. Justi the Gifted is a happy diversion for all of us escapees from humdrum reality. Entertaining and fun."
—Rob Jacoby, writing as Robert Ryland, The Little Rock Messenger and Dream Traveler

"A fun quick read, Justi the Gifted leaves you wanting more."
—L.B. Tillit, award-winning author of the Gravel Road series

"Justi the Gifted is 'refreshingly imaginative,' 'wonderfully inventive,' 'grabs you by surprise,' 'fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable,' 'very entertaining,' 'a perfect read,' 'a must read,' 'believable fantasy,' 'a surprise ending.'"
—Amazon reviewers who gave the book 4.5 stars

As invading barbarians bring slavery and human sacrifice to the Kingdom of the Zell, the old god Li modifies his creation and confers the Sense of Justice on a peasant boy. But Justi gets a damaged gift and is left with a wild killing power, a lethal flame he can’t control. The alluring Mercerio is also gifted, and prophecy foretells that the children of the gift must meet. When Justi is driven to Mercerio, her mercy talent tempers the angry flame within him, at least while they are near. But enchanted animals, attempted assassinations, uncertain seers, battles, and kidnappings keep them distant. An even greater barrier—a seduction—blocks their union. When Justi reluctantly uses his power to rescue Mercerio, the price is steep—the very thing he has always feared happens. He kills an innocent. Shocked, Justi finds his future and his love in doubt.

Robert R. Brooks, a native of New Jersey, writes fantasy, mystery, and science fiction novels and short stories as R.R. Brooks. His publications include ten short stories, a novel, and other pieces. Bob is a member of the Blue Ridge Writers Group and the Appalachian Round Table (; has served as a judge for the Brevard Little Theater Annual Play Competition; and a reader for the Eric M. Hoffer Award for self-published and small press books.

Retired from the pharmaceutical industry, he lives with a wife and two cats in North Carolina. A science fiction-thriller novel is being revised. With co-author A.C. Brooks, he is finishing a mystery with a paranormal and psychological-twist. A sequel to Justi the Gifted is in the works.

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