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BEFORE RESURRECTION ...

THERE MUST BE DEATH

Dark Rocks

IVOR K. HILL
 

"DARK BUT FUN" EPIC FANTASY

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The First Scars, Book One of The Souldbrand Trilogy , is an original fantasy story inspired not just by by classic and modern fantasy epics, from Drenai to Malazan to Rage of Dragons, but also by Elden Ring, Bloodborne, and Dark Souls.

Cover by leaheyart.com

The First Scars: April 30th 2024

The Grieving Edge: 2025

The Shackled Crucible: 2026

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The First Scars: Synopsis

The immortal Branded are needed once more; the Druidic Curse has returned to the Fatherland, and an entire city has fallen. The Great One calls for aid, and the devout and the desperate come in their droves to sear their skin with His mark.

Niko Puchev, reeling from his banishment from the Old Magic Inquest, seeks to prove his detractors wrong, and can see no better path than to take the brand. But Tasha Zolanova volunteers with a single question on her lips; can the Cursed be saved?

To end the nightmare, Niko, Tasha and the other Branded must destroy the source. They will scour the bloody, hate-ridden streets of Ranitsa City, their every step stalked by the ravening Cursed. And they will die, over and over, only to wake once more, clinging to their swords and the tatters of their wills. 

But the truth lurking behind the Curse will tear them from their souls.

MEET THE BRANDED

Praise for The First Scars

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