“On the twenty-first of May, in the three-hundred forty-second year of God-King Marsun’s rule — I, Johann Planck, Apprentice-Scribe of the fifth mark, have been sent to stop a demon.”
Things only get worse from there... Johann, bastard and scribe of the tower, is yanked from his quiet, peaceful life of academia, and told to capture a creature of legend.
Beside him and hopefully guiding him rides Lam the squire — incessantly rude, incessantly smoking, and possibly insane. Or maybe fearless.
Together they must track and capture the demon Sazeal, an ancient, unkillable creature of darkness, and somehow in the meantime, discover how it was released in the first place. If it was released at all...
From the author of Kings of Paradise comes a world of muskets and cannon, knights and demons. This is the story of one man’s crucible, one man’s war against evil, and himself, brought about by rebellion...
Richard Nell is a Canadian author of fantasy, living in one of the flattest, coldest places on earth with his begrudging wife, who makes sure he eats. He’s been a dishwasher, brick-layer, bin-sweeper, floor-waxer, factory-worker, government employee, and managed a few teams in the bloody insurance business. He went to school for none of those things. He has one eye, a few useless English degrees, enjoys history and video-games and learning of all kinds, because what he really loves are ideas.
Richard concerned family and friends by quitting his real job in 2014 to ‘write full-time’, with no third-party indication this would be a good plan since approximately Grade 7. Without knowledge of the market, or self-publishing, he ... (more)