Casca is no hero. He would rather run his tavern, while indulging in his pastime of poring over ancient manuscripts. But a dark shadow hovers over him, for his bloodline has been burdened with the task of protecting the land from the evil of soul eaters dismissed as nothing more than myth by many. Drunken tales told in taverns.
They were wrong. The soul eaters return after the barrier between worlds falls, leaving horrific death and desolation in their wake. Casca must face up to responsibilities he is ill-equipped to bear, as the land teeters on the edge of ruin.
But the threads of fate weave, drawing three mighty warriors into the maelstrom.
Pagan, a wanderer from the furthest corner of the world, seeking redemption for a gruesome act of vengeance committed in his youth. Moon, a one-eyed giant axeman from the frozen north, and Liang, an ice-cold swordswoman from the eastern continent.
With their very souls at stake, and forced to face their deepest darkest fears, the four must battle to save the land from sliding into a new age of darkness.
Targeted Age Group:: 21+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I grew up as a big fantasy fan with ambitions to emulate authors such as Karl Edward Wagner, Raymond E Feist and David Gemmell. But it was a scary prospect, so I settled for writing a book on boxing – The Last Great Heavyweights-from Ali & Frazier to Lewis & Tyson. The book was well-received, persuading me I had the chops to be a writer, so I took the plunge and wrote Verge of Darkness.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I wanted to feature characters from different parts of the world I created coming together to fight an all-consuming evil that threatened everything. Being of African heritage, I unashamedly started with the character Pagan-a wanderer from the furthest corner of the world. I've always been fascinated by larger than life, powerfully muscled Viking-like axemen, so I created Moon, a giant axeman from the northern mountains, but with a twist to make him a bit vulnerable. I wanted a Far-East element with a martial arts slant, so I introduced Liang a butt-kicking swordswoman. I needed a main protagonist who would draw all these disparate characters together. I thought it important he brought a different element to the story, hence Casca a seemingly ordinary tavern owner. The story is set across three continents and there are other major and minor characters aplenty.
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