Seed of glory sown in sorrow,
Take as father, give as son;
Alien, with faithless marrow,
Seize a mandate seen by none.

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A Sea Sought in Song

A Sea Sought in Song is the first full-length novel in the “Seed of Glory Sown in Sorrow” tetralogy by Austin Gunderson. This is high noir fantasy at its most epic.

The savior of legend is a clueless barbarian. The woman who spent her life preparing for his advent is having second thoughts. Can they overcome their differences long enough to avoid snuffing out civilization?

When a brash foreigner by the name of Hugh Conrad washes up on the doorstep of Ilina Lightkeeper, daughter of those left behind by the king, her bookish hermitage becomes a fulcrum of history. Hugh, late of mythical Earth, is heir to a lost global kingdom. But his brutality disturbs the woman born to be his herald. To her own alarm, Ilina finds herself opposing the embodiment of her ancestors’ hopes.

While Ilina must judge between observation and prophecy, Hugh must adapt or die. He left Earth to rescue a friend, not a nation, but his arrival in this alien world changes everything. Can his power unify the last free people of Arlam? Or will his ignorance destroy them forever? And does he have to embrace his father’s false divinity in order to salvage what’s left of the old man’s domain? Really?

As he and Ilina hunt desperately for answers, they are propelled into battle against an evil more insidious than even their fairytales recollect.

A Sea Sought in Song is a breathtaking plunge into peril and intrigue that only accelerates over time. Ferocious action, amplified by a unique magic system, unfolds against culturally-complex backdrops. This Indiana Jones-goes-to-Narnia adventure will delight fans of Tad Williams, Brandon Sanderson, and Patrick Rothfuss.

First Four Chapters

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The World of Arlam

Beyond Outer Darkness there hangs a beryl in the black: Arlam, a planet like Earth, yet also unlike. The ancients forged links between these two worlds. Now, with so much blood under the proverbial bridge, only a select few may access the forgotten rhomic portals. And even fewer have what it takes to make it back unbroken.

“A place of extremes—of both dream and nightmare. A land vast beyond imagining, ancient beyond reckoning, harsh beyond foreboding, beautiful beyond describing.”
—Henry Conrad

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The Power of the Void

The unique magic system of Arlam allows its practitioners to manipulate their surroundings in ways both subtle and forceful by activating rhoma: a crystalline substance capable of opening holes in the very fabric of reality, and thus of binding things together. There’s no seal like that of a vacuum. This process is replicable, scalable, and practicably applicable to fields as varied as communication, transportation, engineering, rhetoric, and warfare.

But for all its predictability, no one really knows why it works. And that’s an unsettling thought.

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