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Free this week: Raziel’s Shadow (epic fantasy)

For the next five days (September 26 to 30), you can get my epic fantasy novel Raziel’s Shadow free on Amazon Kindle. [ Get it now! ]

About the book: As the long-lost prince of a country conquered by demons, Zerai Djonn has known only hardship, fear, and death all his life. But the legends of the great magi warriors tempt him to travel east in the hopes of gaining divine powers so he might return to free his people and reclaim his grandfather’s throne. But upon returning home, Zerai is reduced to a mere guide, helping a band of powerful magi to cross a land infested with ghuls, ifrits, marids, and djinn in search of a way to undo the madness that was unleashed when the angel Raziel was murdered.

It’s dark (and sexy), and delves into the lives of “average” people who have to live through apocalyptic times, suffering loss and loneliness, and madness. But it ends on a bright and optimistic note, though the journey to get there may surprise you.

Why are you still here? Go get Raziel’s Shadow now!

Raziel’s Shadow: East African history and fantasy

Raziel's ShadowIf you’ve read any of my books, then you know that I really like to explore world geography, history, literature, and mythology when I’m researching and developing my stories. And Raziel’s Shadow was no exception. Where did this particular story come from? Why, the history of the Aksumite Empire, of course!

About 1500 years ago, the city of Aksum (located in modern-day Ethiopia) controlled the Red Sea, which meant that Aksum controlled all of the shipping between the eastern nations of Persia and India and the western nations of, well, the Roman Empire. This made Aksum one of the most powerful empires of its time, including parts of modern Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, and Egypt, as well as Yemen and Saudi Aradia across the sea.

Unfortunately, we don’t know much about life in ancient Aksum, or even its political history. But we do know a few things. Aksum rose to power through conquest and trade from the third through the seventh centuries CE, during which time it became a Christian nation and began conflicting with its new Islamic neighbors. They developed the Ge’ez language, which includes a word for “king” that Star Trek fans will recognize: Negus. Aksum is also known for its many impressive stelae (stone pillars or obelisks) that remain standing to this day. But eventually drought, over-farming, and war eroded this once-mighty nation.

There are also plenty of rumors about this place and time.

  • Aksum may have been the home of the Queen of Sheba.
  • It may have been the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
  • And Aksum may have been conquered and destroyed by a Jewish queen named Judith, or by a pagan queen named Bani al-Hamwiyah.

So I took all these great tidbits and rumors and facts and forged them together into a fictional nation to serve as the setting for a tale of adventure, of angels and demons, of magi and djinn, and of love. Because people like love.

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New release: Raziel’s Shadow

Raziel's ShadowToday it is my great pleasure to announce the release of my newest epic fantasy novel, Raziel’s Shadow.

[ Cover art by the very talented Laura Sava ]

This is a classic adventure quest, a band of heroes on an arduous journey to save the world from great evil. But it’s also full of twists and anti-tropes, which I’ll talk about more later this week. Raziel’s Shadow combines the djinn, angels, and demons of Arabian mythology with the history of the Aksum Empire, which ruled over ancient Ethiopia and Eritrea for centuries. Intrigued?

From the back cover:

As the long-lost prince of a country conquered by demons, Zerai Djonn has known only hardship, fear, and death all his life. But the legends of the great magi warriors tempt him to travel east in the hopes of gaining divine powers so he might return to free his people and reclaim his grandfather’s throne.

But nothing goes according to plan. Upon returning home, Zerai is reduced to a mere guide, helping a band of powerful magi to cross a land infested with ghuls, ifrits, marids, and djinn in search of a way to undo the madness that was unleashed when the angel Raziel was murdered.

For a time, Zerai finds solace in the arms of a magi archer, but even this joy is short-lived when they discover two women from the distant south who are hiding a terrible secret that could either heal the world or usher it into a new age of darkness.

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