…And I’m back! Welcome to Outpost Dire, home to the shared Dire Universe of epic, grimdark fantasy, military sci-fi, thrillers, and more! Let’s dive right in.
It’s been a long, incredible journey to bring you Mark of the Profane, volume II of the Dark Legacy Series. What’s in store for this epic tome? Everything you’d expect, except twisted on its head. This bloody and gritty tale will leave you breathless, horrified, and elated. Betrayal lurks around every corner, renegades roll the dice and turn every advantage into a chance for chaos, and those who wield magic have it in spades.
I’m drawn to characters, the internal conflict, the relatable choices people are faced with. The world isn’t black and white, choice A or choice B. There’s a minefield of murk between a great decision and a terrible one. I’m more interested in the tales that wade through this swamp. Moreover, the effects of such choices, whether devastating or epic, send ripples through the pond and affect everyone around them.
In this book, you won’t find “dashing” male heroes and “strong” female characters. No, you’ll find flawed, relatable people who are both jackasses and badasses, who do great and terrible things in their own right. This isn’t noble-bright fantasy. There isn’t a happy ever after. This is grimdark, an epic war fantasy. Similar books with tone and character are Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy and Martin’s A Game of Thrones.
If you want a tale that will keep your guessing, takes the path less traveled, and isn’t cookie-cutter and crammed with modern ideology, then you’ve come to the right place. And if all goes well, you’ll be getting the third volume much sooner than you’d expect.
That’s it for this round, short and sweet. I shall return…
If you enjoyed this content, check out my books, The Bearer of Secrets, Mark of the Profane, The Demon’s Fate, The Dark Portal, For Heathens of Heaven, and Flawed to the Core: Building Memorable Characters and Writing on Amazon. All works are available on Kindle Unlimited, eBook, and print. Reviews can be found on Goodreads and Amazon.