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The dead are rising from this crumbling world—and Erik rises with them.
Murdered by his closest friend and raised by a necromancer, Erik wants more than the remnants of life. He wants Recarnation. Legends tell of the gods raising men to become Recarnates, immortals possessing magic that once shattered the world, then barely held it together. Erik has his doubts about whether it’s all true or not, but he has to hope. Recarnation is his last chance to truly live.
One person might be able to help him: the Rook, the leader of a secret necromantic syndicate. But Erik doesn’t know where the Rook is, and he doesn’t have much time to find out. A dark menace stalks and kills from the shadows, and Erik has to keep one step ahead even as his body breaks down. Still, Erik moves forward. He’s already died—what more can he lose?
But the power of the gods will cost more than just his life.
In the Shadow of the Rook is the first book in the dark epic fantasy quartet The Sons Incarnate. It’s set in a Renaissance Germany-inspired country (to start with), and follows an immigrant from a land influenced by Persia and modern Middle East countries.
Hi there! I’m an unpublished fantasy author. I’ve recently earned an MA in English (concentration in creative writing) at Truman State University, and "In the Shadow of the Rook" is its culminating thesis.
Other than In the Shadow of the Rook and its upcoming sequels, I’m in the initial drafts of the first book of another fantasy trilogy. It starts with a seller of secrets tracking down the disappearance of a king, and following the trail to a supernatural coup that threatens to consume not just her city, but her world. I’ve already written a comedic fantasy heist that follows one of the secondary characters and will accompany the trilogy.
It should go without saying, but I love reading and book of all kinds. Some of my persistent favorites are Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. More recently, I’ve fallen for N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth series, Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law trilogy, and Pat Rothfuss’s The Kingkiller Chronicle.
Other hobbies include photography, strumming/keying musical instruments of several kinds, and system gaming.
For the day job, I develop web-based training courses for a variety of Fortune 500 clients.
I’m always open to feedback, and love to hear from folks! Drop me a line if you want to chat.
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