The rise of an epic – “The Road to Rebirth” by Dean F. Wilson

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THE DYING BREATH. THE DYING WILL. THE DYING HOPE. After the catastrophe of the Call of Agon, Ifferon and his companions find themselves in the unenviable situation of witnessing, and partaking in, the death of another god—this time Corrias, the ruler of the Overworld.

With Corrias locked inside the corpse of the boy Théos, he suffers a fate worse than the bonds of the Beast Agon. Yet hope is kindled when the company find a way to restore the boy, and possibly the god, back to life.

The road to rebirth has many pitfalls, and there are some who consider such meddling with the afterlife a grave risk. The prize might be life anew—but the price might also be a second death.
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Review (for the review of the book’s predecessor, go here)

This second volume of „The Children of Telm“ immediately starts where the first one, „The Call of Agon“, left off: Ifferon and his companions must come to terms with the fact that they have been playing into the hands of evil when they believed they were fighting against it. „Ifferon watched as the knight wept and cast aside his pendant, an emblem of Corrias.“ They thought that Corrias, the god’s leader, had forsaken them, while it was them who fell short in their duty towards him. He, incarnated in the little boy Theos, was with them and they didn’t recognise him. Now Corrias died with his earthly vessel and thus seems dead the only force in the world Iraldas that could oppose Agon. But there is the hope of rebirth by an intricate ritual.

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A classic in growth – Dean F. Wilson’s “The Call of Agon – Book One of the Children of Telm”

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THE LAST LINE. THE LAST WORDS. THE LAST CHANCE. Ifferon is one of the last in the bloodline of the dead god Telm, who mated with mortal women, and who imprisoned the Beast Agon in the Underworld. Armed with a connection to the estranged gods in the Overworld and a scroll bearing Telm’s powerful dying words, he is tasked with ensuring the god’s vital legacy: that Agon remain vanquished. Fear forces Ifferon to abandon his duty, but terror restores his quest when the forces of Agon find his hideaway in an isolated coastal monastery. Weighed down by the worries of the world, but lifted up by the companions he encounters along the way, Ifferon embarks on a journey that encompasses the struggles of many peoples, the siege of many lands, and discoveries that could bring hope to some—or doom to all.
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Review (for shortened version, click here)

Agon, the outcast of the gods, is filled with hatred for the world, Iraldas. In his imprisonment he nourishes desires of vengeance. It is said Agon believes the hatred that is ravaging his insides can only be quenched if he destroys the whole of Iraldas. From eternal loneliness he wants to receive final satisfaction. But he cannot set his plan into motion as long as he remains bound by the spells of the gods. He must be called by a formulae of dark magic. And truly it happens that the world is threatened by his calling. Continue reading

Character-driven witchcraft – Judy Goodwin’s “Heart of the Witch”

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Zerrick Dhur holds a dangerous secret. As the Pastor’s son, it is his duty to uphold Iahmel’s ways, the ways of the church. But he practices magic, feels it singing to him through the jungle outside the colonial town walls. As witch burning fever strikes his home town, Zerrick must decide whether to stay true to his father’s words, or follow the calling of his heart. In his journey, darkness and madness threaten. An untrained witch can lose his or her grip on reality. He meets several other lost souls in his search to tame the wild magic. A young woman with visions. An old native scout. A hidden city of magic users. As he draws nearer to the truth, he fears he will also have to face his greatest nightmare, the Ravenger, a demon of unspeakable power. In the end, Zerrick must decide whether witchcraft will lead him to goodness . . . or to evil.
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Review

According to the old lore, the Creator was dual, the intimate union of Iahmel, the principle of reason, and Ainéra, the principle of intuition. But the religions in Argessa, the world Goodwin has spun, differ about why a crack broke into this unity and the two Gods were separated, weakening both their powers. The followers of Iahmel blame Ainéra. Worse still, from the crack a third god-entity was brought into existence, Angist, the perversion of the intentions of the original gods, the evil will spreading throughout the earth. Continue reading

Fallen from potential – J.D. Netto’s “The Whispers of the Fallen”

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Ever since the dawn of days, rumors about the Diary of Lucifer echoed throughout Elysium. Hidden from all human knowledge, the Diary was kept a secret, locked away in the small village of Agalmath. Isaac and Demetre find themselves in a dangerous journey as they uncover the truth about the Diary and its guardians. However, for Isaac and Demetre, danger lies at every step, hidden in the most unexpected places. Hunted by the Nephilins and the Fallen Stars, they must find others who will join them in the battle against the coming darkness.
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Review

Ever since the dawn of days, rumours about the Diary of Lucifer echoed throughout Elysium. Hidden from all human knowledge, the Diary was kept a secret, locked away in the small village of Agalmath. Isaac and Demetre find themselves in a dangerous journey as they uncover the truth about the Diary and its guardians. However, for Isaac and Demetre, danger lies at every step, hidden in the most unexpected places. Hunted by the Nephilins and the Fallen Stars, they must find others who will join them in the battle against the coming darkness. Continue reading