Note! Servant of a Dark God is the original version of Servant (2013). It differs quite a lot from Servant.
Cover art by Raymond Swanland.
"A classic heroic saga, dealing with the bedrock issues of good and evil and identity. These are classic themes because they matter, and Brown makes them matter both to his young protagonist and the reader. It promises to continue for quite a distance, and I hope it does." – Kage Baker, author of The House of Stag
"John Brown adds his voice to epic fantasy with a world I can see and smell and taste and believe in... and characters I can cheer for, travel with, and want to see again." – Ken Scholes, author of Lamentation
Young Talen lives in a world where the days of a person’s life can be harvested, bought, and stolen. Only the great Divines, who rule every land, and the human soul-eaters, dark ones who steal from man and beast, know the secrets of this power. Now, in Talen's land, the Divine has gone missing, and soul-eaters are loose among the people.
The Clans muster a massive hunt, and Talen finds himself a target. Although his struggle is against both soul-eaters and their hunters, Talen actually has larger problems. A being of awesome power has arisen, a being whose diet consists of the days of men. Her Mothers once ranched human subjects like cattle. She has emerged to take back what is rightfully hers.
Trapped in a web of lies and ancient secrets, Talen must struggle to identify his true enemy before she finds the one whom she will transform... into the very lord of the human harvest.
John Brown is a prize-winning short story writer and novelist. His epic fantasy series begins with Servant of a Dark God which will be released in October 2009. He currently lives with his wife and four daughters in the hinterlands of Utah where one encounters much fresh air, many good-hearted ranchers, and an occasional wolf.
John Brown's short work has appeared in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Best of the Rest 4, and will appear in the Year's Best Fantasy #9. He also received a first prize in the international Writers of the Future contest and was published in vol 13 under the name Bo Griffin.