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, first installment in “The Heir and the Herald” epic fantasy tetralogy by Austin Gunderson, is NOW AVAILABLE FOR KINDLE PREORDER and will be released on February 2nd by Creative Texts!

And for the particularly voracious among you, the second book, Wrath and Crimson Rime, is ALSO AVAILABLE FOR KINDLE PREORDER and will be released on February 7th! That’s right: you can spend the weekend plowing through Book One and then start on the sequel with no lag-time! (The description on Amazon contains spoilers, so it’s recommended to simply shut your eyes and click the “Pre-order” button.)

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A Sea Sought in Song

A Sea Sought in Song is the first full-length novel in “The Heir and the Herald” tetralogy by Austin Gunderson, NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER from Creative Texts. 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?

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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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