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The Rider's Bane is a stunning work of Young Adult Fiction by a rising new voice in literature.

For lifetimes, The Rider has emerged from the Hallowed Woods to guide the living peacefully through death and into the afterlife. But when young Argo receives his letter to travel with The Rider, he decides against waiting for death to come to him. Instead, he makes the bold decision to give his life meaning through a tale worth remembering. Accompanied only by his loyal dog, Wander, the two journey bravely into the forbidden land to seek out The Rider himself.


However, these Hallowed Woods more than they seem, and their daunting quest may threaten the peaceful agreement between The Rider and the world they leave behind. Argo must weigh his desire for meaning and adventure against a world determined to maintain the status quo. Join Argo and his dog, Wander, on an unforgettable journey in The Rider's Bane.

What Readers are Saying

I started this book on Friday after work and only stopped to eat and sleep - phenomenal. It reminded me of a mix between Eyes of the Dragon, Princess Mononoke, and Alice in Wonderland. Highly, highly recommend to anyone looking for a great story!

Jacob Acebo’s debut YA fantasy, The Rider's Bane, has delightfully engaging prose, lively and imaginative characters, and offers a new lens through which to explore the most unknown of humanity’s questions.

The Rider’s Bane is a gorgeous novel, an epic adventure, and a wise commentary on how to cherish life, honor death, and actualize our deepest desires even when others don’t understand. Much like Paulo Coelho did with The Alchemist, Acebo has gifted readers a roadmap for living meaningfully and cleverly nestled it within a captivating hero’s journey.




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Jacob Acebo is a native Tejano born and raised in Corpus Christi where he grew up playing videogames, surfing, and causing mayhem outdoors. He holds a degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University, where he participated as a member of Company K-2 in the Corps of Cadets and the Texas A&M Recon Company. It was a debaucherously great time of growth, unfettered masculinity, and low grades.

After graduation in 2015, Jacob commissioned in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he served two deployments as an Infantry Officer before earning the title of Reconnaissance Marine. In 2021, after six years of unforgettable friends, Hawaiian sunsets, and unbelievable surf, he left the military to return to his home in Texas.

Today, Jacob resides in Georgetown, TX and is working towards his MBA at St. Edward's University. In his free time, he shares his love for hunting, fishing, and the outdoors through his Instagram account, @SilentStagChronicles. He is a proud father of two dogs, Luna, who served as the inspiration for Wander, and a puppy rightfully named Argos.

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