The difference between a hero and a killer lies in the ability to justify dark deeds. But this is the Age of Ruin. And there are no heroes...
Five hundred years ago, the world was destroyed in the celestial Godswar. Seeking to throw off the shackles of the deities who created them, a cabal of mages rose up and made war upon the Gods. Though they won out, it was at a great cost: the ensuing cataclysm brought forth the Age of Ruin to the world.
Five hundred years later, the world limps on, seemingly winding down to an inevitable end. Dystopian city states have arisen, each presided over by one of the Magelords who first made war.
Corrupted, near-immortal, and far too powerful, those wizards who once sought to free the world now make war upon each other, while the helpless populace limp on from day to day.
Into this blighted world, steps Davarus Cole, a boy obsessed with notions of heroism and adventuring, who burns to do great deeds. One night, in a reckless act, Cole gets himself into a brawl with the authories. He quickly finds himself sent away from the city, where the world still groans from the ancient cataclysm, and the corpses of Gods lie deep beneath the bedrock, leaking wild, uncontrolled magic into the world.
Luke Scull lives in Warminster in the UK, and is lead game-designer at Ossian Studios, developers of computer role-playing game, The Shadow Sun. Luke began his career as a hobbyist game designer, being headhunted by Bioware when one of his mods for their game, Neverwinter Nights, became a hit in the online community. Since then he has worked as designer on the Neverwinter expansion, Mysteries of Westgate, and an unreleased expansion for The Witcher role-playing game. The anti-heroic The Grim Company is Luke's debut fantasy novel.
"Luke Scull looks to be a writer who will hit the fantasy Genre like an augmented Hammer. His writing is compelling, exciting and engaging, it drags you off to experience life in the city of Dorminia in very short order." (Robin Carter at Parmenion Books)
"His book is amazing, wonderful, compelling, exciting, sarcastic and magical. His writing and style will drag you into the story and make you feel like you are living in Dorminia. There are far too few words in this post to explain you how amazed I was with this work." (Maja Majdak at Booktoreview)
"If you like your glizzards glistening and your mages mean, this rollicking debut will suit... This grisly, compelling read and the bonkers viciousness with which the best laid plans are disrupted is hugely enjoyable." (Daily Mail)
"Debut author Luke Scull packs an impressive amount of violence, hazy morality and betrayal into these pages… Showcasing thrilling action sequences alongside effective plot twists, it'll please fans of the darker edges of epic fantasy" (SFX)
"Scull has invested time in his characters, and his disparate crowd move through the pages revealing surprising depths… the plot to overthrow a sorcerous dictator is delightfully nuanced. Most of the characters, regardless of loyalty, have a valid viewpoint" (Interzone)
"One of the bright new voices in epic fantasy... this may be Luke's first novel but the way he masterfully crafts the story makes you feel like this is old hat for him." (Speculative Book Review)
"I absolutely loved this novel... it's very difficult to put down and Scull could have a classic on his hands." Geek Syndicate)
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