Sworn to protect the Veils and the fated twins who are trained to wield the magic Artefact designed to re-align the Veils, the Maker’s ten avatars – the Guardians – have ever completed their duty without flaw, and for good reason.
The Maker has marked them with his power, inked them with his magic and bestowed upon them the knowledge and wisdom of millennia to ensure absolute success. Nothing has ever stopped them; nothing has ever challenged their strength. That is… until now.
For when the Veils nearly fall and magic is laid to waste in an act of betrayal seemingly carried out by the one person that jaded Guardian Commander, Malandar Denarlin, still trusts - he fears it inevitable that the world will see a return of the mad creatures who once waged the terrible war that cost him everything.
However, Malandar is not prepared to surrender the Realms without a fight. Mystery shrouds the way forward. Can old allies still be trusted? Is his only path really tied to a bold plan that it could either prove the salvation or a curse?
The questions are many. The answers few. Following his instincts, would find him guilty of breaking every law he’s ever sworn to uphold, but maybe it's time to embrace change?
Now stripped of the magic that once made him invincible and forced to move as a mere mortal, Malandar’s quest for answers to his dark questions is just beginning, however, as time drips away, he is not the only one to be tried and tested…
Beyond the Veils, in the Realm of Ostravah, a Princess and her salty protector-come-handmaiden, are also about to have their cosy world turned upside-down.
Of course, Iambre and Solancei were never born to be ordinary, yet little do they know that their very existence has been tied to a primordial fight for survival that has already spanned aeons; indeed, little do they know that soon they will be called upon to stand against horrors they once thought make-belief, as well as the Gods themselves.
A deeply visual, character-driven read - in 'A Change of Rules' begins a sweeping series that explores the limits of friendship and duty, romance and darkness. Come along on a quest across nine realms; discover the concept, unravel the lyrical prose; whatever your preference - this missing person's story is inspired by multiple genres, and is underpinned by superb world building, deep intrigue, and surprisingly gritty events.
This is all about the journey, so follow the cast down the rabbit hole… if you dare.
“What’s the matter? Can’t get the girl you want?”
Solancei heard the teasing, double-edged words fly forth before she could check herself, but didn’t much care anyway. The perfectly-honed New Wood accent helped add slight to every syllable and with her eyes locked upon her sparring partner in casual readiness, her sardonic ‘concern’ held just the right measure of caustic disdain to make his nostrils flare, if only for a broken heartbeat.
It was precious little to feel encouraged by, but hey... right now she’d take what she could and run with it; the banter was a welcome chance to relieve some of the stress that came with the fact that she’d been stupid enough to almost let a rookie mistake cost her this jackal fight in the very first round. It was not good enough! She was uncommonly distracted today; for this, her mentor would have her guts – and worse.
The thought made her want to grimace. She didn’t.