“Peopled with compelling characters, filled with action and intrigue, set in a fascinating world at the boundary of history and legend, Grudgebearer is a gripping and ultimately satisfying novel.” – David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson, author of the Weremyste Cycle and the Thieftaker Chronicles.
Kholster is a Grudgebearer, firstborn of the nearly immortal Aern, a race created by the Eldrennai as warrior-slaves to defend them from the magic-resistant reptilian Zaur. Unable to break an oath without breaking their connection to each other, the Aern served the Eldrennai faithfully for thousands of years until the Sundering freed them from both their captivity and their fealty to the Eldrennai. Now, the Aern, the plantlike Vael, and the Eldrennai meet every one hundred years for a Grand Conjunction to renew their tenuous peace – one that, if broken, would force the Aern onto the path of committing genocide unless they forsake Kholster’s oath of vengeance and be unmade.
While the tortures of slavery remain fresh on Kholster’s mind, most of the rest of the world has moved on. Almost six hundred years after the exile to which the Aern agreed, an Eldrennai prince carelessly breaks the truce. Now, Kholster must find a way to keep his oaths (even those made in haste and anger) without destroying his people. While Kholster travels to the Grand Conjunction with his Freeborn daughter and chosen successor, Rae’en, his troops travel by sea headed to war.
Can this father and daughter team overcome their people’s enslaved past and secure their future in a struggle against their creators, the enemy they were bred to battle, the oaths they have sworn, and the gods themselves?
Gail Z. Martin, author of Reign of Ash, called Grudgebearer, “A high-stakes adventure through a complex world with intriguing characters that will keep you flipping pages until the very end.
Kobold Press said, “Delicious tension makes this book a great read!”
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Rae’en has taken the place of her father, Kholster, as First of the practically immortal Aern, a race created by the Eldrennai as warrior-slaves to defend them from the reptilian Zaur. Freed from all Oaths by Kholster’s death, Rae’en decides to wage war on the Eldrennai.
Prince Rivvek must claim the Eldrennai throne by completing the Test of Four so he can save as much of his kingdom as possible. Meanwhile, his brother, Prince Dolvek, hatches a plot to enlist the aid of the plant-like Vael to defeat the Zaur horde, who mean to take advantage of the strife between the Aern and Eldrennai.
The inevitable war between the Eldrennai and the Zaur begins, with the Aern an unpredictable force that could save the Eldrennai – or doom them. Torn by rage and grief, Rae’en must decide who is worthy to keep her people’s Oaths.
“With his fresh versions of elves, dragons, sentient armor, lizard and plant people, and even a newly ascended god, J.F. Lewis dials high fantasy up to 11.” -Dave Gross, author of Lord of Runes.
“Outstanding…one of the most uniquely layered and complex universes since Frank Herbert’s Dune.”–Starburst Magazine (reviewing Oathkeeper)
“Oathkeeper diverges from the normal middle child syndrome that many second books in trilogies suffer. In fact, this book goes balls to the wall and doesn’t let up much.” —Kobold Press
“Slavery and the abuse of power is a prominent theme in the novel, as well as hatred and forgiveness. Lewis gives no easy answers; innocent bystanders are still guilty for not standing up for what they knew to be right, but unforgiving hatred, even by a wronged party, is also questioned and judged. His analysis is intelligent and balanced, and it doesn’t muddle the narrative or get in the way of the fun.” —Portland Book Review
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Uled, the originator of the carnivorous Aern, the plantlike Vael, and the reptilian Zaur, has completed his plan to return from the dead, unleashing an army of undead creatures on the living world.
Prince Rivvek has achieved peace between his people and the Aern, but at the cost of his capital city and the departure of a large portion of his military on a suicide mission to attempt the rescue of the Lost Command, a group of one thousand Armored Aern who carried their assault into the Never Dark as a gambit to help win the last Demon War. The goal is to gain the forgiveness of the Aern and to be accepted as something other than Oathbreakers by Rae’en, the leader of the Aern and daughter of Kholster.
Kholster, who only recently became the god of death, must work together with other new deities to bring balance to the heavens and stop Uled. Can he prevent Uled’s undead army from ravaging the world in time to save Rae’en and those he still loves in the mortal realm?
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