"Tragic Genius" is the fourth and penultimate book in "The Trial", a series beginning with "Shadow Honor". In this book, we follow the early days of the Demon War, and focus on the stories of Neredos and Veil predominantly, but with many other familiar faces as well. What does it take to make a leader, and how do the horrors of war twist a person's mind? How do we fight for good, life, and peace in a world full of evil, death, and pain? This is the heart of what The Trial means.
Days after an attempt to unleash demons upon the world has failed, three young men find themselves in the midst of new challenges. One must determine what it means to lead. One must face his past. One must discover who he really is. But there are forces still at play in the world which could undermine everything they hope to build and discover. Is the demon threat truly over?
This is Book 3 of The Trial. You can find book 1 "Shadow Honor" here:
Eight centuries before Salidar thulu-Khant's reign, the world was much different. Technology, not magic, defined the world, though political machinations and civil unrest had pushed the world to the edge of destruction. Two young men, embark on a journey of self-discovery while dealing with the consequences of a broken society. Meanwhile, an ancient force seeks to unleash a Trial of Destruction on the world.
In the depths beneath the Everbright City lies a vast complex of caves known as The Shade. The Underking of the Shade, Salidar thulu'Khant, seeks to free the demons imprisoned in the city above and use them to unseat King Neredos, the immortal ruler of humanity. The future of the world rests in the unwilling hands of young thief and Shade native, Styx, who is thrust into the middle of a conflict which has perpetuated for centuries.
Death is better left undisturbed, but some people don't know any better. After the death of his best friend, Ethan, Caleb Neild ventures into The Underworld to seek Ethan's soul and bring him back to the world of the living. He requests the help of the mythical Orpheus, bard turned psychopomp, to find The One Who Rules Beneath and must cross the dreaded six rivers of the afterlife.
Zane Thompson is a smart kid with a lot of potential, but has more projects than he can handle. Now that he's also found a potential boyfriend, Clint Fjeldsted, he has even more on his plate. Between his family, school, and maintaining friendships, how will he ever make time for his new love interest?
Gabriel Montgomery has been granted access to a magic spell to summon the devil on Halloween and make a deal for his heart's desire. No desire is greater than the one he hold's for his straight best friend Brandon. Will he sell his soul for lust?
In the world of organized crime, your crime family is all you can count on. Nobuyuki Sato is no exception, and as he tries to navigate the political climate of his new city, his Yakuza family is there to support him. But then Nobuyuki meets Viktor Karimov, son of the Chief of Police, he begins to question if there might be more to life than crime. Love, intrigue, and drama abound.