2017 International Award-Winning Novel in Epic Fantasy
Drast and Tyran might be considered a bit black-hearted, or even immoral. Drast is cunning but reckless, hunting for admiration. Tyran is calculating but tactless, searching for affection. When the two brothers set aside their ambitions to fulfill their father’s desire for immortality, they readily discover many opportunities for redemption. Now, while wielding a powerful magic that drains their life, Drast and Tyran will embark on a maddening quest, facing skin-switchers, dragons, and the God of the Dead.
Over a millennium ago, at their father’s command, Tyran and Drast sent the Horned God to the Netherworld in hopes of gaining everlasting life. Instead, they sparked a chain of events that led to the near destruction of the Ash Tree and the liberation of the old gods. Now, with the world waning, the two brothers are freed from Anaerfell to travel to the frozen realm of the dead and resurrect their enemy with hopes of restoring balance. Tyran and Drast journey between time and space with limitless magic at their fingertips to face demon legions, forsaken immortals, and the realization that the malevolence of their father is not yet done.
Two brothers are sent by their father to kill the god of the dead in this two-part tale. This box set includes Anaerfell and Heshayol, which may be read separately from the rest of the Thrice Nine Legends Saga.
After receiving an ominous message about forthcoming demons and doom, Falmagon Sej is sent to retrieve a magical staff to protect the Anshedar. But he has unknowingly fallen in love with the sister of his enemy, and the price for betraying love may be too high for him to stomach. Falmagon’s footpath to becoming the Highborn Longwalker is riddled with sorrow, promising an undying hate for himself, unless he can somehow find salvation under the grace of the Lightbringer.
Branimir is a slave to the mighty Highborn. Unwittingly, his masters forge a copper dagger capable of destroying the Ash Tree. Drawn along on the quest to remedy the mistake of his masters, Branimir becomes the most unlikely of heroes in an inimical world of magic and mayhem.
Branimir emerges from the Netherworld as a living legend and learns the Ash Tree is still in danger from the cursed dagger, kaelandur. An old friend compels Branimir to finish what they started at Melkorka. Once again, the former slave must keep kaelandur out of uncertain hands, while struggling to separate heroes from villains and friends from foes. Some evils never lessen.
Branimir has remained hidden from the enemy, withholding the cursed dagger from their erroneous hands. When a stranger arrives, and offers the chance to end his never-ending battle, Branimir sets off for the City of the Gods for answers. Now, hoping his faith has not been misplaced, Branimir undergoes his darkest adventure yet. He can only trust that he has the courage to survive the truth. In valor there is hope!
Meet Branimir Baran, the slave destined to save the world.
Bran is a Kras, a race enslaved by the Highborn for generations. He witnesses the forging of the forbidden dagger, kaelandur, created to execute Nedezhda, a Highborn found guilty of practicing death magic. But Nedezhda rises again with a horde of demons, leaving Branimir and his companions to seek out the Tree of Life with hopes of stopping them from destroying it. Over a thousand years, the looming threat grows to extend across all lands. When Branimir hears the dead are spilling over from the Netherworld, he not only realizes kaelandur may have a greater purpose, but also that the desires of the gods are incongruent with the interests of mortals. Against all odds, he is left to protect the magical dagger or leave the whole world to fall to ruin.
Maksim Artur, a Vucari noble, heard the rumors of Reds killing their god at Anaerfell. Without the threat—and promise—of the Horned God, the Vucari society is ready to rip itself apart. When a group of skin-switchers sneak away to find out the truth, Maksim is given free rein to stop them. Now, while attempting to protect the Vucari tradition and his personal legacy, Maksim will discover what it truly means to be a Warden of the Ash Tree.
Balvoc had always earned his bread with blood on his hands. But when he is forced to protect an amoral merchant to keep his wife safe, he must decide whether his wife’s life is worth the havoc caused by Sin-sim’s greed.
Defending against the demons of the Deep has long given Tyr Og’s brethren purpose. When Tyr’s mother is robbed from him during childhood, he loses his will to live. Now, filled with rage and regret, Tyr hungers for a worthy death to bring an end to the futility of his life. In a short tale of blood and self-loathing, Tyr seeks the most honorable path to finally join his mother in the afterlife.
Drada Koehn is a fearless, formidable fighter ensnared in a presaged war against the northern humans. When the Speaker foretells their victory upon discovery of the name of death, she sets out to unravel the mysterious prophecy. Now, bound by duty and honor, Drada faces untold horrors with her companions, searching for what may never be found. In a story of unexpected twists, she soon finds that her resolve to see the quest done will be the fortune or doom of her people.
Of Life and Death features six original stories in the Thrice Nine Legends Saga by Joshua Robertson and J.C. Boyd, drawing attention to the distinctive races of Aenar. Whether heroic or vile, each tale has been crafted for the reader who knows that every epic journey has equal parts of darkness and light. From spoiled nobles to disparaging fathers, seafaring adventures to enslaved beasts, enraged giants to warring anti-heroes, these shorts will leave you yearning to delve deeper into this ever-expansive fantasy world.
Warden of the Ash Tree
A Song and Silver
When Blood Falls
The Name of Death
“Before the world came to be, there was nary beginning nor end, nary sky-shield nor night-wheel, nary war-garb nor shield-foe, nary fate-heeder nor fate-weaver, nor any thing living or dying or dead.”
Ranvir ripped meat from bone, the dew of deep wounds dribbling between his fingers. He packed the flesh into his teeth-house, chewing happily.
His wife gaped at him, word-land soundless, forehead-stones devoured long ago, and wound-necklace torn from ear to ear.
She had never looked more beautiful.
His hands probed into her blood’s-seat for another bite, nails scraping against cartilage, fingers squeezing organ and fat, seeking a tasty morsel.
Ranvir heard the rasping of his tent flap open, but did not turn from his meal. Snaer’s brisk breath briefly touched his back. and then he felt it no more. He swallowed another mouthful and pulled at his wife’s skin to gaze at the glossy remains.
A voice, light and feminine, spoke.
These Aren’t Your Typical Heroes
Heroes aren’t defined by shining armor, golden crowns, or noble virtues.
Beggars, thieves, killers, children, and fools—a hero is anyone who takes a stand against oppression, abuse, and evil. Ragged though they may be, they hold their ground, defy hopeless odds, and conquer the impossible no matter the personal cost.
Eighteen bestselling and award-winning authors give you a look at what it truly means to be a hero: the simple act of standing up and making a difference, even to just one person.
Mutt Town. Where life is hard, and sometimes cheaper than the swill passed off as whiskey in most clubs. Just not at the Kit Kat Klub. A haven from the outside world, it is kept as a safe place to have a good time, all under the watchful eye of Miss Pussy Katnip. She can’t be everywhere, though. And not everyone can make it into the club. These are some of those stories. featuring original stories by: Allyson Brooks, author of Gigglesnort, The Pink Dragon Jeremy Hicks, author of The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers Rob Howell, author of The World of Shijuren Terry Maggert, author of the Halfway Witchy series J. Fitzpatrick Mauldin, author of The Final Solution Joshua Robertson, author of the Thrice Nine Legends Saga and Brett A. Brooks, author of Red is the Darkest Color and The Devil Was Green.
Ten years ago, Argus Gunther escaped Hawkhurst, thinking he had left behind a desolate life and a forsaken name. Though, when he is lured back to complete a contract, Argus discovers he can’t bury the past so easily. Pulled instantly into Hawkhurst’s daunting political games, Argus is forced to navigate through his nightmares. Now, while in search for his freedom, he must decide whether or not there are worse fates than death.
Pease Pudding has been missing for nine days. Mr. Eencey Spider and Miss Maggie Muffet are hot on the trail with their prime suspect being Jack Spratt. Haunted by the death of his fiancée, Jack will do anything to please his wife, Joan. But, in the end, only one will be left to lick the platter clean.
Edgar left his grandfather’s sheep farm to become a curate at Arterbury Castle. He had expected a disciplined life with rigorous studies, but instead his spirit is tested by his sinful peers. When death knocks at the church door, Edgar must decide whether or not he has what it takes to survive.
In the spirit of the epic poem, Beowulf, a renowned hero travels across the whale-road to defeat a monster that plagues the land of Croune.
When Cassie bursts through the stratosphere in her incubation pod, she cannot make sense of why she is descending from space in the man-made vessel. Soon, she is trapped on the newfangled, apocalyptic Earth, fleeing from a bizarre alien race. Now, in a desperate search for answers and allies, Cassie turns to the remnants of past human cultures, who have become the monsters of legends.