Authors: Moses Siregar III
SPLENDOR AND RUIN, BOOK I
Moses Siregar III
Moses is a fine writer deserving of success and I think that it will follow. I really enjoyed Moses’s work.
—NY Times Bestseller David Farland
“The Black God’s War is, to date, the finest example of quality independent fantasy I’ve seen … This is what indie publishing is all about and I have no qualms about recommending this great novel.”
—Indie Fantasy Review
“I don’t give many 5 star reviews … I find I really can’t stop thinking about this story. Unforgettable story, intriguing characters, compelling journey with unexpected twists—in short, a very satisfying and engaging read.”
—(5/5 stars) MotherLode Review Blog
“… a rather brilliant climax that left me grinning from ear to ear …By the time you flip to the last few pages, I hope you have the shivers just as I did …”
—Journal of Always Reviews
“An inventive tale with high command of craft.
—Scott Nicholson, Bestselling Ebook Author
“For such a short piece of work, it is surprising just how much complexity Siregar managed to fit into this novella … [The] novella is an introduction to what I think will be a great novel.” (Review: 8.5/10)
“I enjoyed [the] novella from its opening chapter to its gripping end.” (Review: 5 out of 5 stars)
—Red Adept Reviews
“If you want to read a talented new author with a flair for storytelling, you should definitely pick up this story.
—Two Ends of the Pen Blog
“Siregar's debut is an excellent example of the quality the indie author scene is capable of ... More like this, please.
—Signal dot Noise Blog
“His characters are as passionate as his descriptive prose. The pacing is perfect ... This is a novella epic fantasy fans don't want to miss.
—Bryan Thomas Schmidt's Blog
“The writing is tight, the characters well-drawn and deep, and the world feels alive and many-layered … this is no one- or two-dimensional and predictable plot/conflict, but rife with undercurrents and tensions that just spread out like so many strands of a spider’s web.”
—W. Brondtkamffer’s Blog
“Siregar's strongest suit may be the character development on display, as the royal siblings and a few other characters exude their personalities and frailties in a believable fashion.”
—Skull Salad Reviews
“… A tale spun with a degree of elegance I did not fully expect. The Black God’s War is a great example of how there are extremely talented indies.
—Ron C. Nieto’s Stories of my Life Blog
Copyright © 2011 Moses Siregar III
Cover design Moses Siregar III
Map by Jared Blando (TheRedEpic.com)
First electronic publication: August 1st, 2011
Updated: August 25
P.O. Box 421 / Prescott, AZ 86302
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Coming Soon …
The Gods Divided
and Ruin, Book II
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Table of Contents
Novel vs. Novella
If you’ve read the novella-length excerpt from this novel, you might be wondering which chapters you’ve already seen.
The easiest solution is to start over at chapter 1 and read the novel straight through. If you do that, you won’t miss anything. Lots of little things have changed, especially if you’ve read an older version of the novella.
The following chapters in the novel (the version you’re reading now) were not in the novella: 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, and everything after chapter 22. Many of you will also find chapters 2, 4, and 12 of the novel are new.
For Molly, Athens, and Mom.
Thanks to Homer and Carl Macek (Robotech).
From the Author
Anyone who reads a novel deserves a satisfying ending from the story.
-Moses Siregar III
p.s. If I had more time, I would’ve written you a shorter letter.
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Map by Jared Blando at TheRedEpic.com
“Every old poem is sacred.”
Chapter 1: Sing Muse, of Hades and Light
IN THE KINGDOM OF REZZIA, inside the highest chamber of the grand minaret, ten-year-old Lucia looked out to see her father, King Vieri, on the balcony. He lifted her newborn brother high above his head, and the masses, hundreds of feet below, roared with devotion.