The ancient world is changing and Delk the Uneven is caught in the middle. But then he’s always been in the middle – he was born there.
Consumed with their own political affairs, the Four Clans of ogrekind give little thought to the wild, unruly tribes of men; upright animals, nothing more. But that is changing. Men are growing ambitious.
Delk the Uneven – Delk the Interbreed – has spent most of his mere twenty years building trade between the two races of his birth. Held in contempt by one, in fear by the other, he has crafted a balance between the two worlds that hold him at arm’s length.
But sometimes, interbreeds – ogrëns – can be very useful. Mygh the FearMaker, an ogre Prime of standing in the House of Bone, needs a runaway ogress returned to him quickly, and discretely, before her rejection of him brings into question his worthiness to be named successor to ogreLord Bone. But he needs an outsider to do it; someone who knows the lands and language of men, and has no allegiance to any other House or Clan of ogrekind. A simple errand, Delk reasons, if unusual. One that would pay well, and could open wide every ogre shire on the Isles for trade.
But things become unexpectedly complicated and Delk is betrayed, driven away, and a bounty placed on his head. His desire for revenge takes him on an adventure that will offer the power of the Fourth Metal – the power of bronze – to his human trading partners, the Liaux; bring a “god” to his knees; test everything he believed about is old mentor, Celch the Potionist; send the House of Bone to the brink of war with the House of Yoshug; and reveal to Delk the secrets of his own past.
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Published March 4, 2013
by In Ardua Tendit Press.
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction.