When Caleb Rusk meets a wounded stranger on the open road, he finds himself pulled into a struggle that threatens to change the course of his life forever. With help from a hammer-wielding mercenary, a drifter girl with a heritage of magic, and an eccentric sky pirate, Caleb must find a way to escape the clutches of a shape-stealing demon and flee halfway across the Realm to the village of Timberford.
But even that distant haven is far from safe. A swarm of mysterious shadowbeasts terrorizes the village, and Caleb’s bond-brother, Carvesh Tarne, is drawn into the heart of the conflict, risking everything to protect the ones he loves.
Meanwhile, in the capital of Taralius, a string of inexplicable deaths has captured the attention of the Ember Throne. Second Corporal Avendor Tarcoth and the sage Tiberius Alaran are tasked with uncovering the truth behind a danger that could threaten the very fabric of the Realm.
The Riven Realm is an exciting fantasy saga, told through a series of episodic novellas packed with memorable characters, wild magic, intense action and vile monsters. This book collects the first three volumes in a single edition.
—Emmet Moss, Author of The Mercenary Code
First of Shadows made me want to desperately learn more about the world. I can already feel that he has painstakingly created a deep, living, breathing land, with countless stories to tell.
—Ben Holland, co-host of Beth Ben Books and Booze Podcast
A Shattering of Glass grabbed me from the opening chapter and didn’t let go. The Riven Realm is one of the best new fantasy series I’ve read in years.
I honestly enjoyed this completely. It felt like the beginning of something really special... The pacing is brisk, the characters & dialogue compelling, and this world feels incredibly vast. The First of Shadows had me turning the pages rapidly, racing to get to the end.