Pandemonium Rising

Pandemonium Rising is a grimdark epic fantasy series currently planned at four books. and four novellas.  SOLACE LOST and WISDOM LOST are both out now, as well as Valley of the Free, the first novella set in the same world.  

SOLACE LOST

During times of war, no one goes unscathed.  By Ultner, even in times of peace, few can escape suffering.  Ardia is on the brink of civil war, though most citizens are woefully unaware of this fact.  

Fenrir de Trenton, a disgraced guardsman-turned-ineffective-criminal, is accustomed to taking orders.  So much so that, despite the danger, he finds himself neck-deep in the politicking of his current superiors as well as the rulers of the country.  The fact that Fenrir’s father would rather see him dead doesn’t help matters.    

Emma Dram, a handmaiden of the great Lady Escamilla, hates Fenrir with a fiery passion and with good reason: he lopped off most of her hand.  Nonetheless, she finds herself in close proximity to her former lover as she seeks to serve her lady liege in fomenting her own rebellion.  

Hafgan Iwan is a Wasmer, a race reviled by humans, who serves the same masters as Fenrir.  His efforts to assimilate with human culture only earn him the derision of his own race, and he seeks to find belonging amidst the escalating conflict. 

 

Meanwhile, Merigold Hinter, a serving girl with an unusual power, lives a simple existence, hoping for love, adventure, and to see the world.  Her life should be untouched by political maneuvering and war.  However, her world becomes a crucible—how much can one woman bear before breaking?    

SOLACE LOST

During times of war, no one goes unscathed.  By Ultner, even in times of peace, few can escape suffering.  Ardia is on the brink of civil war, though most citizens are woefully unaware of this fact.  

Fenrir de Trenton, a disgraced guardsman-turned-ineffective-criminal, is accustomed to taking orders.  So much so that, despite the danger, he finds himself neck-deep in the politicking of his current superiors as well as the rulers of the country.  The fact that Fenrir’s father would rather see him dead doesn’t help matters.    

Emma Dram, a handmaiden of the great Lady Escamilla, hates Fenrir with a fiery passion and with good reason: he lopped off most of her hand.  Nonetheless, she finds herself in close proximity to her former lover as she seeks to serve her lady liege in fomenting her own rebellion.  

Hafgan Iwan is a Wasmer, a race reviled by humans, who serves the same masters as Fenrir.  His efforts to assimilate with human culture only earn him the derision of his own race, and he seeks to find belonging amidst the escalating conflict. 

 

Meanwhile, Merigold Hinter, a serving girl with an unusual power, lives a simple existence, hoping for love, adventure, and to see the world.  Her life should be untouched by political maneuvering and war.  However, her world becomes a crucible—how much can one woman bear before breaking?  

WISDOM LOST

Ardia is fractured, torn apart by civil war initiated by deceit. Florens has fallen, and the rebel army of Lady Escamilla has been scattered by the Feral. Little stands in the way of the Rostanians and their ruthless rulers seizing the entire country. Amidst this rising conflict, four people seek to stem this tide. Or, to simply survive.

Fenrir, also called the Bull, Coldbreaker, Dukeslayer, and sometimes bastard, has the worst kind of luck. Instead of being dead, pierced by a dozen swords, he finds himself under the control of the most horrible person he knows: his father. And an unwelcome family reunion is made more unpleasant as clandestine and legitimate powers vie for the rule of Rostane.

Meanwhile, Hafgan Iwan breaks an oath to himself—that he would never return home. The hallowed Wasmer city of Hackeneth is not welcoming, particularly as a new god has usurped the old ways. Hafgan is torn between the world he once knew and the one he has created for himself.

Leading the exhausted and haphazard remnants of a rebel army, Lady Emma Breen seeks allies across the border, in the crumbling city of Farrow’s Hold. But when faith clashes with politics, can a faithless former handmaiden hold them all together?

And Merigold Hinter travels across oceans to the fabled Agricorinor with a wish and a warning. The wish? That she may understand her powers and take revenge. The warning? The Feral are coming, and they will tear out the throat of the world.

VALLEY OF THE FREE

You’re scared. You should be. This is terrifying shit that we do. But, would you rather kill or die? Because that is your option!

With a quest for vengeance, Ferl Nerial finally achieves his dream—charming his way into the first sanctioned job for his mercenary company. On behalf of the newly-minted lord of Farrow’s Hold, Ferl is to put down an incursion by the free and independent nation of Oshwana. It should be an easy march, subjugating a people who defined themselves through the rejection of the niceties of modern society.

 

The problem is… Ferl hasn’t a single follower to his name.Follow the birth of the infamous Ferl’s Company through their first ill-fated engagement against a people desperate to retain their independence and willing to do whatever it takes to do so. Visceral combat, devastating magicks, and bad decisions plague Ferl’s Company in this novella from the world of Pandemonium Rising.

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