C.M. Pendleton’s stunning debut to the Of Darkness & the Light series. A distinctively original saga that is both epic and personal. Readers across the world are already being drawn into its gripping depiction of beauty and sacrifice amidst the chaos of war.
A Dark Tyranny chronicles the onset of the savage invasion of Altaris. Wolven beasts and gorgons ravage the four realms of man. Rumors of an ancient and greater evil lay in their wake. The rule of kings is at an end. The hierarchy of class and heritage are no more, as families are torn apart and lives are forever changed. Kings and nobles fall whimpering or lashing out like savage dogs. A small few find their fate intertwined, as they fight for survival and for those they love.
The afflicted brother of a traitorous king discovers a secret that could cost him his life.
Ellison should have been the king of the Eastern Realm. However, he was born with an affliction that leaves him colorless. A “devil king” with pale skin and red eyes would easily be rallied against by the other realms. Instead, the throne was given to his brother. Ellison’s days consists of gambling and drinking. However, when he learns of a secret plot, he finds himself on the wrong side of his king and brother.
An exiled commander is thrust back into a world he longed to forget.
Matthias wants nothing more than to be forgotten. He is hunted by mercenaries and kings. He has chosen a life of exile. His fate is drastically altered when he is chosen by the angelic Granduers to be an Acolyte, part of an ancient holy order.
A lone Nighteye finds his curse lifted and his true image restored.
Luras was a Nighteye, a cursed race that nearly destroyed the world a thousand years ago. Selected to be an Acolyte, Luras is restored to his true heritage, a Bourne. Luras and Matthias will find nothing but mistrust in the world. Together, they must journey north, while avoiding their own capture.
A young noblewoman struggles to escape a gorgon caravan, while a former slave befriends an ancient and majestic creature.
Gorgon armies sweep through the land gathering slaves to carry north. Nobleman and villagers, rich and poor, find themselves shackled together, as slaves. Finn was born a slave; Nylah is of noble birth. As prisoners, Finn and Nylah form an unlikely bond. When they are separated, Finn will stop at nothing to help Nylah escape, even if it means his death.
A Dark Tyranny is a thrilling epic that brings readers into a vivid world full of magic, adventure, and treachery. Discover the world of Ehlür and experience the beginning of a gripping saga.
5-star Amazon reviews
“C.M. Pendleton is a masterful storyteller! The characters are intriguing, the fight scenes will keep you on the edge of your seat, and the story is addicting. I can’t wait for the next book!“
“I am a huge fan of Lord of the Rings. This was right up there with Rings for adventure and style...”
About the author
C. M. Pendleton is the author of the epic fantasy series Of Darkness & the Light. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science and attended seminary at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife and four children.