Band Of Bards Announces Their New Light Novel ‘Sentience,’ Live Now On Zoop

by Brendan M. Allen

Band of Bards has announced their first Light Novel, Sentience. This sci-fi, horror, steampunk mash-up was created and written by Elyse Russell, with art by Daniela Rivera, and edited by Damon Barret Roe of Quill and Crow Publishing. Sentience, as an American light novel, is a new twist on a familiar format in Japan that has yet to grab a foothold in the United States.

Sentience is a 13 chapter mix of comic art and prose, that is ready to shatter the boundaries of this fresh format.

A clockwork android named Kyra, completely assured of her place in the world, is becoming riddled with self-doubt and burdened with questions of her own identity. A humanoid assassin performing on the behest of her Sorceress Mother, harvesting the energy of human souls. Manipulated all her life, Kyra is forced to undertake her mother’s twisted orders… until she falls in love. Forced to make a choice between loyalty to her abusive mother, or to her own heart, Kyra must learn how to reclaim her identity and forge her own path in life.

Both Dany and myself are convinced that we were meant to meet and work together,” said Elyse Russell. “We messaged each other in the exact same hour from two different websites, and everything has been smooth sailing ever since. We just plain clicked. Working with Dany is, honestly, one of my favorite things on the planet. We’ve become friends, too: we read (smutty) books together, tell jokes, and talk about life. Dany always picks up what I’m putting down, and then makes it BETTER.”

The Sentience Zoop campaign went live on April 11. Backer rewards kick in at the $15 level for a PDF of Sentience, art print PDFs, and Dany Rivera’s cover. Physical copies of the book kick in at $20. At higher levels, backers can grab stickers, T-Shirts, pitch consults, and guest spots on the BardBlog. You can find the Zoop campaign right here

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