In this compelling fantasy from a debut author, two young people must unite two warring cultures to banish the gods who destroyed their homeland.
The Fallen Gods' War drove the remnants of a victorious army across the ocean in search of a new homeland. A thousand years later, the lifeless continent of Draegora is largely forgotten, a symbol for the regiments that remain. Demons to some. Protectors to others. The power of their god-touched blades has forged a nation, though many resent their absolute control.
Riam and Nola are unknowing descendants of the old world. When it’s discovered they carry enough Draegoran blood to serve in the regiments, they are dragged away from their families to begin training. If they survive, they will be expected to enforce the laws of the covenant, to fight the Esharii tribesmen who raid along the border, and to be judge, jury, and executioners for those accused of crimes.
For Riam, who welcomes his escape from an abusive father, the power to protect those who cannot defend themselves is alluring. For Nola, who wishes to return home, it is a betrayal by all she holds dear.
Neither is given a choice... and neither may ever get the chance to serve.
Lies of Descent begins an epic trilogy of fallen gods, betrayal, and magic – where dark motives often dwell within the true and just, and where the things most feared sometimes lead to salvation.
"Well-written and compelling, Troy Butcher's Lies of Descent depicts how factual accuracy, military culture, and religion all conceal a long-standing historical deception about to implode into a conflagration fueled by the lust for power and fanned by mythic misconceptions." – L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
Troy Carrol Bucher has served over twenty-eight years in the U.S. Army, where his assignments have taken him to three wars and places like Turkey, Albania, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Korea. His travels allow him to tap into a lifetime of experience working with diverse cultures and peoples, bringing multiethnic customs and realism with a distinct military flavor to his Science Fiction and Fantasy writing.
Over the course of his career he has served as a Battalion Commander, the Professor of Military Science at Oklahoma State University, a Brigade Deputy Commander, a Battalion Executive Officer, a Company Commander at the U.S. Army Office Candidate School, and both a Battery Commander and Platoon Leader in the 3rd Armored ... (more)