The Age of Endings Cycle
My Age of Endings epic fantasy books comprises four of fantasy fiction novels with a prequel, The Messenger, which will be made available through Amazon, Nook, and iBook. The Messenger and The Banished are available from September, 2015.
The Messenger is a dark fantasy novel with adult themes that hopefully will appeal to readers who enjoy Joe Abercrombie, Glen Cook and everything that is best about George RR Martin’s epic Game of Thrones series.
The Age of Endings cycle is also adult themed and although it grows progressively darker toward the end it is what I tend to think of as epic fantasy.
Hopefully the book will appeal to readers of all backgrounds, but I think those who have come to love fantasy and medieval or historical fiction will enjoy these.
Below you will find the “back cover copy” description of each book that you’d read if you saw it in a bookstore.
My Epic Fantasy Book Series
The Messenger (Prequel to my series)
Duty. Desertion. Guilt. Atonement?
War has arrived; pitiless war rooted in ancient days when the Nameless were first defeated and cast down. Unable to repel the invading fíos, the northerners turn their eyes and hopes for salvation south, sending messenger Falnir Aasberg to the kingdom of their ancient allies in a desperate plea for aid.
Enduring brigands, hunger and unspeakable hardship in Annessa’s bitter midwinter, Falnir struggles with his conscience when faced with the loss and murder of his wife, his sanity slowly unravelling among the ghosts of those met and lost along the way: men he admired, women he loved, the children he could not save.
A broken, haunted man, Falnir must deliver his message to save thousands. Maybe even himself.
The Banished (Book 1 – Age of Endings – Epic Fantasy Book Series)
Ae’sin or Aean’s Chosen
When Falnir Aasberg finally delivers Ennor’s plea for aid, Elsillore is a kingdom struggling to cope with a court racked by suspicion as the new king asserts royal power. Taking opportunity to send his critics north, Peristor banishes them in all but name.
Seeking to buy a sword before he departs with the banished, ironsmith Ruyen Artisson is himself claimed by Cuirainne, the legendary Dragonsword, suffering a night of torment as he revisits all his past lives back to the time he was the first Aean’s Chosen that threw down the Nameless in the War of Generations. But with the sword he also inherits valar, the power of God Herself.
Surviving battle on the streets of Elsillore, enduring endless scrutiny and suspicion of Maidens unsure if Ruyen is Aean’s Chosen or an Ae’sin agent of the Nameless, Ruyen is determined to fashion his own destiny. But fate is its own master, and when Ruyen must watch Maiden Miram d’Arranch burned for witchcraft he unleashes valar in a torrent of destruction that envelops the abbey of ar’Alhoud and all its inhabitants in a conflagration of horror.
Ruyen has embraced his future in an act of rage that will have untold consequences for Ruyen, the embassy, and Annessa itself.
Of the Seven Kingdoms (Book 2 – Age of Endings – Epic Fantasy Book Series)
In the long shadow of ar’Alhoud
Released from their prison in the Stone, the Nameless plot and scheme throughout Annessa, using cunning, murder and their brutal fíos soldiers in a struggle with Aeaniscura, the kingdoms of Annessa and each other.
Escaping a church enraged by the destruction of so many at ar’Alhoud into kingdoms enduring hunger, fire and sword, Ruyen, Rollo, Echlind and Miram must survive to meet destinies foretold long ago, futures suddenly fragile and uncertain in a world tumbling into war. It will mean confronting pasts recent and ancient, enduring the horror of war, the agony of loss and the ruin of everything they cherish.
The Age of Endings has begun; an age of misery and pain when men shall despair and God Herself shall tremble.
The Whispering Road
(Book 3 – Age of Endings – Epic Book Series)
To win this war all must fight, both the living… and the dead
Aeaniscura’s assassins strike throughout Annessa and beyond, killing kings, merchants and traitors alike. Royal conquest and religious fanaticism puts spurs to the horses of Knights of the Congregation as war rages across the south. The dwarfs muster in their ancient holds and cities, and the sidhe look beyond the borders of their woodland fortress as friend and foe stare back.
The Twelve Companions, bodyguard to Aean’s Chosen, labor once more against the Nameless, their ancient foe. Battles are won, kingdoms lost, and everywhere there is war and fire and sword, the dead marching in endless files down the Whispering Road.
One man must make that journey and return bearing the hopes and prayers of all living things upon his shoulders.
Beyond the Night
(Book 4 – Age of Endings – Epic Book Series)
With the collapse of Ennor, Perses and The Wall, the north has descended into fire and slaughter. The endless armies of the Nameless are on the march.
Gathering the Twelve Companions Ruyen plans treachery, one last roll of the die to thwart the Nameless and end the carnage. It is a gambit where the stakes are nothing less than everything; man, woman, child, hope and future.
To succeed he must lie, deceive, betray and hope that Aean will forgive him when he calls Her. But it is this or eternal slavery.