“This start of a saga is difficult to put down as the readers follow Ellaria Moonstone as she fights to protect all knowledge!”

– Sara Anderson, Reedsy Discovery

“The Binding Tempest is highly recommended reading for steampunk fantasy and sci-fi fans interested in an epic work evolving on the scale of Lord of the Rings.”

– D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“Bolstered by vivid, brilliant descriptions, Rudy’s high-intensity storytelling shines, and the assured, intelligent prose allow readers to stay invested. The expert combination of immersive storytelling, strong characters, and well-woven mixture of speculative and steampunk elements makes for an unforgettable experience. A dazzling, powerhouse… Fans of intricately crafted, sophisticated high fantasy won’t want to miss this.” 

– The Prairies Book Review

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 The Binding Tempest was selected as a Semi-Finalist  in the SPFBO 8 (self-published Fantasy Blog Off) fantasy book award.

The competition is judged by a community of 10 different highly respected book reviewers and teams, including Youtube reviewers, fantasy websites. and fantasy bloggers. 

There are 300 entries every year. 

The SPFBO exists to shine a light on self-published fantasy. It exists to find excellent books that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. It exists to help readers select, from the enormous range of options, books that have a better chance of entertaining them than a random choice, thereby increasing reader faith in finding a quality self-published read.



Steven Rudy receives national recognition through the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD®!

— The INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD recognized ( The Binding Tempest by Steven Rudy) in the category of Epic Fantasy as a distinguished favorite.

The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected IPA Award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.

The Binding Tempest

By Steven Rudy

Epic Fantasy:


They thought the war was over. That they had given enough, but when an oppressive empire falls, what comes from the ashes, is turmoil and treachery.

Three former war heroes, long past their prime and haunted by their pasts, are all that stand against a dark entity threatening the future. With the currency of souls is in the balance they find their destinies are entwined with a band of young rogues. Together they must stop the return of a dark empire. But the key to protecting the future resides in the mysteries of the past and the recovery of an ancient relic called the Tempest Stone.

The Binding Tempest is the first book in a new Epic Fantasy and Sci-Fi series that blends classic High Fantasy Adventure with Steampunk science fiction. A saga full of magic, alchemy, airships, and ancient mysteries.


In 2022, the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD had entries worldwide. Authors and publishers from countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Jordan, Puerto Rico, Switzerland participated.

Books submitted included writers based in cities such as Anchorage to Memphis; from Berkeley to Philadelphia; Calgary to Sydney; from Albuquerque to New York City; from Princeton to Santa Monica as well as others.

“We are proud to announce the winners and distinguished favorites in our annual 2022 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD. This year included an array of quality and diverse independent books,” Olczak said. “It’s crystal clear that independent publishing is pushing on every corner of the earth with great content. We are thrilled to be highlighting key titles representing global independent publishing.” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.

For more information please visit; and to see this year’s list of IPA Winners and Distinguished Favorites, please visit the website pages:


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