A Dark Tyranny
by C.M. Pendleton
A Dark Tyranny chronicles the onset of the savage invasion of Altaris. Wolven beasts and gorgons ravage the four realms of man. Rumors of an ancient and greater evil lay in their wake. The rule of kings is at an end. The hierarchy of class and heritage are no more, as families are torn apart and lives are forever changed. A small few find their fates intertwined, as they fight for survival and for those they love.
An exiled commander is thrust back into a world he longed to forget.
A lone Nighteye finds his curse lifted and his true image restored.
A young noblewoman struggles to escape a gorgon caravan.
A former slave befriends an ancient and majestic creature.
The afflicted brother of a traitorous king discovers a secret that could cost him his life.
A Dark Tyranny is a thrilling epic that brings readers into a vivid world full of magic, adventure, and treachery. Discover the world of Ehlür and experience the beginning of a gripping saga.
“We were able to get three wagons. Jon believes that he can get another wagon. That will give us four, a half dead horse, and three old cows. It will be a slow journey, at best,” said Cal Mossy, as he approached. He wore a large cloak that barely fit over his bulky frame. His faded boots were muddy. A simple forester axe was strapped to his back.
Ellison nodded and continued to study the lake.
“We will announce our presence wherever we go … slow and loud. I’ve walked through the crowd. Some of them are very frail … others are already sick,” said Cal.
“Where else do they have to go? There is no medicine or a healing table in Timball … not anymore,” replied Ellison.
Ellison turned and began to walk towards the growing caravan.
“What’s troubling you, Ellison?” asked Cal.
“The world is falling apart. We will move from one danger likely to only find another. We are like fish jumping from a boiling pot … only to land on the plate,” said Ellison.
“Do you no longer agree to go north?” asked Cal.
“There is nothing here. It doesn’t matter where we go … just that we go. North is as best an option as any,” replied Ellison.
“Each person here comes on their own. We are strength in numbers … but no one was forced. No one’s fate is in your hands,” said Cal.
“No … but it should have been,” Ellison spoke, almost to himself.
“You would have done better … been better … but this is a different time. We live out what we’re given” said Cal.
C.M. Pendleton is the author of the epic fantasy series Of Darkness & the Light. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science and attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and four children.
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