Corruption from Hell seethes into the human realm, morphing and disfiguring animals and people alike, changing them in all manner of ways. Slowly, it spreads, feasting on the living as beasts devour the dead, surviving, fighting, slaughtering and consuming, a constant cycle with seemingly no end in sight as humanity continues to push on weakening with each passing day.
My issue though, isn't the corruption. Surprisingly it's my Father, the King who seems Hellbent on needlessly provoking the people into senseless violence and war right before my coronation.
Picking up from the ending of Part 1, Luno and Tobias must work together to defeat the great evil that threatens the lands of Thymestrys. What could stand in their way? An Angel? A Demon? A God? A mix of the two?
"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:
"When mammals die and start to decompose, they release odors that are very specific to them. In other words, no other smell on earth is akin to it. That's why we're so drawn to the dead, we can smell them from miles around; humans exude quite the interesting scent as well. No other animal smells like them, and they taste exquisite. That's what makes the chase all the more worth it."
There was a time when I once thought death would be my salvation, a time when I once thought that I could escape my past, escape my demons but I can't, no matter how hard I try.
The Old World is gone. In its place is the hellscape, where demons prey upon the living. The Chantry and the Scarlet Church are at war and the number of possessions are rising. The Scarlet Church has something nasty planned to turn the tides of war and it's up to the Stray Dogs, an unlikely band made of convicts, a healer, and a young practitioner who has secrets of his own to stop them.
"What do you want," Tommy asked, looking at the shadow with his eyes, watching it as it paused to a stop in front of him, its large black beak turning slightly to the side.
Its beak opened only a crack, and human screaming of men and women, children and infants, leaked out. Screaming, and sobbing, and maniacal laughing that all filled Tommy's ears with a rotten, disgusting feeling, and replacing the ticking of Toni's clock- loud enough to wake the whole neighborhood, yet only wrecking havoc upon Tommy.
Tommy Fish, a guy with a talent for relentless bullying and hatred, gets help from the devil to bully his favorite kid, indefinitely.
Benjamin Bratt was returning to his hometown for a vacation after living in the city since he graduated high school. His family happily greeted him back, but not everyone was pleased with his return after what happened to Claudia Monroe, his ex-fiancée, during prom night five years ago. One of them was Cassius "Cash" Monroe, the delinquent, older brother of Claudia turned police officer. However, both men will have to work together as they uncover deep, dark secrets and try to stop an ancient evil from destroying their town and possibly the rest of the East Coast. Welcome to Sweetheart, West Virginia.
This is the follow up to "A Fairy Out of Her Tale - Dear Diary". Can probably be read on its own, but it's not recommended.
Nessa is a fairy who lost her powers because she killed her step-father. Only, her tale is not so straight-forward as that. Demons are out there doing whatever they want and destroying the world because angels can't be bothered to stop them. So it's up to the fairies, dwarves, giants, shape-shifters and merefolk to do the right thing and fight the war nobody wanted or asked for. And then survive to tell the tale...