The Gods Within
The Gods Within is an epic fantasy series that takes place in the medieval world of the Shahot.
Long ago there were twelve tribes of the Shahot, each ruled by a clan of wizards and witches. Each clan was, in turn, ruled by a king, and among the twelve kings the gods consecrated one as Shahotma, the king of kings. But the seventh tribe, the Benesh'ere, the black tribe, betrayed the true Shahotma to the dark gods of the Nether Plane. They declared their own king a false Shahotma, and during the Great Clan Wars that ensued, four tribes were exterminated.
For their sins the gods struck the magic of the Benesh'ere from them, and they live now in exile, clanless and powerless. The seven Clans that remain are divided into the three Greater Clans and the four Lesser Clans. The Greater Clans have one king that rules them all, while the Lesser Clans are not allowed to crown kings.
To be a clansman or clanswomen, one must exhibit some facility in the powers of magic, even if only a little. And while birthright plays some role in the hierarchy of the Clans, the real hierarchy of the Clans is a hierarchy of power.
Child of the Sword (book 1)
When gods and wizards go to war . . . it's best to just find a good shadow and hide.
Rat is no ordinary thief. A feral, filthy and malnourished child; he haunts the streets of the medieval city Anistigh and survives on what he can steal. When he tries to steal a purse and bungles it, a mob wants to cut off his hand as punishment, so to save himself he slips into a convenient shadow to hide. Rat thinks it's just another warm and comfortable shadow cast by the sun, but a clan wizard sees him create the shadow with his magic, an instinctive act of which Rat is unaware. Rat's magic is subtle, but potentially quite powerful, so he is adopted into the greatest of the Lesser Clans, adopted into a family, and given the name Morgin.
Morgin quickly grows into manhood and the clan teaches him wizardry and sorcery and swordsmanship. Having survived the streets of Anistigh, Morgin is inclined to avoid conflict, would be content to remain on the sidelines in the ever present clan rivalries. But as a clansman he inherits the enemies of the clan, and his shadowmagic proves to be a powerful weapon. As the ancestral conflict between the Greater and Lesser Clans once again leads to war, not even the clans realize that their petty little war is spawned by the primeval battle between the righteous gods of the Celestial Plane and the fallen gods of the Nether Plane. For it is upon the Mortal Plane, with mortal lives, and mortal pain and suffering and death; it is upon the Mortal Plane that the gods meet and fight their wars.
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The SteelMaster of Indwallin (book 2)
Can one ever rule both the steel within, and the shadows without?
When Morgin's sword goes berserk and wants to butcher everyone at the annual meeting of the Lesser Council, he's barely able to control its rabid bloodlust. But the Lesser Council declares him an outlaw for bringing such a dangerous talisman onto the Mortal Plane. So with a price on his head he goes on the run, a wizard without power always just one step ahead of the next bounty hunter.
Morgin finds himself living two lives. When he goes to sleep at night he dreams of a life twelve hundred years in the past. But it's not like a dream, it's more like another life, for when he goes to sleep in that other life, he awakes again in this one, still a hunted man.
In the far past he's a mercenary Benesh'ere warrior hired out to one of the twelve Legions of Angels fighting in the Great Clan Wars. And there he fights alongside, and against, legendary figures from the far past of the Shahot. He gets to see firsthand the truth of the Wars, and the truth of, or rather the lies behind, the legends that every clansman has heard of since childhood. And the Benesh'ere warrior has his own memories of a peaceful childhood disrupted by the Wars, and centuries spent at the forges shaping the steel for a legendary blade, a blade without flaw, a self-forged blade.
Beware the power of the self-forged blade.
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I found the first book of TGW by happenstance, i was bored and thought id give it a try. I truly enjoyed the first book and was thrilled to find book two available and just as awesome. I am eagerly awaiting book 3 and will admit that i now consider myself a fan of yours.
Absolutely loving these books. I just finished the second one and am gutted to find the third one isn't out yet. I'm sure it will be well worth the wait though. Looking forward to "The name of the sword". Great stuff!
I would just like to say thank you so much for a fantastic read, wizzed through book 1 and 2 waiting for book 3.
got your books both of them
i m impressed amzing effort from an indie author cant wait for the 3rd book
just one thing i think all of us would appreciate a blog or something...you know so we can get the info about the books and you can post your announcement had to go through a lot of trouble to get the release date of your 3rd book extra publicity can't hurt right?
anyway big fan keep it up
got 5 star from me at amazon
I loved the books i stumbled across it on the kindle store while looking for a new book I ended up reading both books in one go they are absolutely amazing and can't wait for The Name of the Sword. I had thought that good fantasy writers had died off but thankfully you have restored my faith. I hope you keep on writing as I will now read all of your books.