Argoth and Shim have only a short season before Mokad comes to annihilate them. If they’re going to survive, they will need to raise an army of dreadmen and fell-maidens and train them in the lore.
Argoth sends out a call to Groves throughout the western lands and begins to train Talen, Sugar, and three hundred others. But Mokad isn’t waiting. Mokad has already sent an armada with armies from four glorydoms. It has also sent its Guardian — a terrifying Divine everyone thinks is a sleth ally, coming with an invitation from Argoth himself to join Shim’s men.
Outnumbered and outmatched, humankind is about to lose its first chance in an age to fight against those who enslave them. Unless, of course, this new Grove can find a way to do what no other has ever done before.
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.