The Age of Ash (Sword of the Perithia Book 1)

Since time immemorial the people of Antesia have been forced by lash and flame to adhere to the holy covenants of their gods, the Perithia. Their dogma, passed on by the mighty Aegantine Church, had left them segregated from all who dwelt outside their kingdom. To those beyond their borders they were but a queer oddity, though one no foreign army challenged, for the Perithia had long ago gifted them with an indomitable weapon unbound by the laws of this world, a weapon only the gods’ sole scion, Aegis, could wield, and wield it he would against any nation who dared enter their sacred realm.

Such divine protection comes at a cost, though. The gods demand unquestioning obedience. To deny them is to face death at the hands of The Church. But late in the Fourth Age the kingdom finds itself on the brink of unprecedented change. The church’s stranglehold wanes under the rule of an ambitious king. And with his new maxims, the people begin to question the ken of their gods—to question their very existence. And worse, as if in direct defiance of the gods themselves, their high protector, Aegis, suddenly abandons the Sword of the Perithia and mysteriously vanishes, leaving Antesia without a champion.

As the kingdom searches for answers, a moon of fire rises into the sky—a vatic sign that cries hark to their end. In desperation, all eyes turn to the gods they once served, but the gods’ voices no longer ring out, the fires atop their towers have gone dark; the Perithia it seems, have vanished along with their child.

Like lambs unguarded in a den of wolves, the war machines of distant lands begin to churn with insatiable hunger. To the west, an unlikely pact unites warring elven tribes in a march against Antesia. In the south, shadows stir beyond The Great Divide—an ancient army long thought destroyed by Aegis eons ago. And beyond the Silent Sea to the east, Antesia’s long fought enemy, the kingdom of Shay, turns its eyes upon their unprotected shores.

The first in an epic series, The Age of Ash follows the tales of four unlikely heroes who’s fates are intertwined by destiny: A young fisherman discovers a dangerous truth that will forever change him and the powerful religion their nation is built upon. A forbidden lover to the head of the mighty Aegantine Church must find the courage to reveal a family secret that could lead to her ruin, though perhaps the salvation of their kingdom. A young girl is separated from her father when she manages to escape capture by an encroaching elven army, and finds herself as the only one capable of warning the king of the coming threat. And her father, prisoner to the evils she had escaped, must find himself freedom in order to reunite with his child, and in the process discovers the unbelievable truth surrounding the gods they serve.

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About The Author

Late in the winter of 1989, Edward Sergoyan—snowshoeing in the Cascade Mountains of Western Washington—discovered a young boy wandering alone in the woods. Clothed in makeshift furs and skins, caked in mud, with long hair and nails, the boy was unable to communicate via any fashion other than grunts and wild gestures. Edward rushed the boy to the hospital where medical professionals and local law enforcement spent weeks analyzing his state and trying to match him with missing persons cases to no avail. Though unable to determine his precise age or how long he’d been alone in the wilderness, most subscribed to the belief that the boy had been on his own for most, if not all of his young life. How he had survived the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest has remained a mystery to this day.

Edward and Lynda Sergoyan later adopted the boy and named him Andrenik. Through much care and extensive therapy, Andrenik learned to read and write and strived to acclimate with modern society. Still, the road to normality was long and winding, but through his writing he found the means to release the demons which continued to haunt him, revenants left behind by the wilderness he once called home and the assuredly horrific things he experienced as a young boy.

Today, Andrenik lives in the small, quiet town of Snohomish Washington, in the foothills of the very mountains he once roamed and hunted in as a young, feral boy.

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