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Publisher's Summary

This story takes place in the Darkness Within Saga world and is book 1 of a spin-off Origins series.

After the death of Sokn’s High King and the theft of several volatile bloodstone runes by rebel Ama Taugr necromancers, Jarl Engier War-Blood unites the northern clans in an effort to defend a rundown fortress situated over the last Sokn bloodstone mine. The rare mineral is the only source of power known to raise the dead and when the necromancers come for it, Engier and his allies quickly find themselves cornered and outnumbered by an army of walking dead. At the height of battle, Sokn is hit by a series of earthquakes and the land breaks apart, forcing Engier and fellow Jarl, Brenna Kaesia, to watch helplessly as the large area around them breaks off from the mainland and drifts out to sea. 

With the undead silenced by the effects of the quakes, Engier must lead the remaining clans up into the peaks of Freyja’s Grace to seek answers from a group of magical pariahs. The exiled Skeyth have a questionable past and a violent reputation, but they also possess powerful magic, and hopefully, answers. But when the ground continues to shake and the days pass, it quickly becomes clear that though the Skeyth have kept what remains of Sokn afloat, they cannot stop it from running aground on another landmass. Believing they have been stranded on the dimension of Utgard, the home of the giants, Engier and Brenna rally the last of their people in a desperate attempt to survive this new world and the thriving magic they find there. 

However, the Northmen are not the only ones to survive the journey from Sokn and when the Skeyth’s vile actions against the Orotaq lead Engier and Brenna to war, the Northmen find an unexpected ally in Talohna’s Guardian Pact. Together they must face an apocalyptic Cataclysm and a dangerous foe unlike any they have fought before. 

The consequences of both will be felt far into the future as their decisions affect modern-day Talohna and Kael Symes’ struggle against a re-emerging race of powerful Ancient beings.

Contains mature content.

©2019 JD Franx (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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one of the best

excellant book. Autjor managed to throw in so many twists and turns that he had me fully engaged right to the end.
J D Franks is a master story teller. Together with the great narrator the reader is captured in the moment.
new concepts, improbable events, full detailed nature strokes all combine to create a wonderful culture.

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  • Nicholas
  • 23-03-2020

Fantastic read

fantastic characters, very engaging, compelling story. Read more by Jd Franx. great addition to the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-2020

Great book and cant wait for more

Loved this book the introduction into the world is so breathtaking and amazing. I can't wait for more books in this series.

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  • Chris
  • 18-05-2020

Great companion series!

Great origin book that ties in nicely with the main series. I hope this is done for a lot of the key countries, guilds and races within the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-02-2020

great addition to the series!

I've been following this series for the past year and have been waiting for book 4. Northmen is definitely placing quality information in place for the future books. it is also great getting more information about how parts of the story we know affected the world when it happened. Simon Vance did a great job as usual!

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  • jason koch
  • 19-09-2021

Ok not great

It was ok. For a free book. But just not amazing it was hard to follow all the names. And the swearing did not add much to story line

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  • Alan
  • 11-08-2021

Catalytic Destruction

An absolute phenomenal story from The Darkness Within Saga, The Magic is so strong and emense that continents tear apart making Islands, Earthquakes that swallow whole cities, In book one you are thrown straight into the biggest magical gorey fest battle ever between Vikings, Necromancers and their horde of dead, The Vikings are protecting a ruin stone the size of a horse cart from the Necromancers, who in turn need it to animate their dead and in doing so cause catalytic destruction, One of our main protagonist Engier a Viking Earl has to lead his people and the other clans if they've to have any chance at survival, Holy moly that was just amazing, excellent characters and a fabulous Norse tale told in a fast paced setting, great narration from the fabulous Simon Vance, highly recommend...😁

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  • 22-06-2020

Great book...

This is a good prequel that fits nicely into the series.

The narrator also returns and brings familiarity into some of the key characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-11-2021

awesome

I absolutely loved it can't wait till the next book . Simon vance is unbelievable .

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  • My Precious
  • 20-10-2021

one long battle

the book seemed to be one long battle continued in fits and spurts.
the narrative by Simon Vance was exceptional as always and was the only reason I continued to the end.

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