A disgraced knight is tormented by endless nightmares. A young priestess sits the Crystal Throne of Mother God, lost in a murky mire. Smugglers and pirates reap and pillage every shore; the realm a battleground for their debauchery. A resentful and battle hardened imperator is tempted by a power he does not understand. All the while savants and seers are wracked by visions of a cold and desolate future.
The pieces are upon the board, and the immortals are moving the subservient to their will.
A recurrence has come again. The Time of Ascendance is at hand.
Yet, will it unfold as it has for centuries? Or, is there some sliver of hope to challenge what was ordained long ago?
Whatever comes to pass, it is a time of change and upheaval, of secrets and trysts, of swords and fell sorcery.
The Darkness Rising is coming, but so are the Children of the Dawn.
Darkness Rising is the opening installment in the Ancient Vestiges book series. It is a fantasy that will resonate as hard and tumultuous, but eerily relatable and utterly familiar. It is a narrative of humanity in an alternate earth where mysticism and war spreads like wildfire, and what seems utterly impossible runs wild within the realm.
Though the Darkness is rising, this is a story of beginnings and endings. It is an entry that can be read in isolation, vut for those who press on, the realm will shape in ways that will stir and terrify the reader; and the characters will seem as real as the men and women in power.
The Darkness has just begun.Brenden Gardner