Oristel is a humble land of magic and gods. It now finds itself at war between the Gold Queen and the Indigo King. The war has begun ravishing the land, taking away the homes of many and changing the lives of all.
Heroes Abound Volume 1 consists of two novellas and two short stories, each within the land of Oristel.
The Onion Knight
Ollie dreams of being a hero and a knight for the queen. When Ollie and his best friend, Mamrie discover an abnormal blight on the crops of the village, he learns that the war has somehow found its way to his home. As the blight spreads, the people are inflicted with a strange rash that blooms flowers from their skin, producing unexpected effects. Mamrie's aunt, the only family she has, abruptly goes missing and both kids find themselves in a race against time to find the answers. Ollie discovers a strange enemy beyond his imagination and he wonders if he can truly be the hero his village needs him to be.
Coloon is the youngest person to be bestowed the Ryte. Blessed with the ability to visit the Gold Dragon, a deity amongst its followers, Coloon is allowed one question to ask the god. He sets out on a pilgrimage taking him to parts of Oristel, he never imagined he would have ever visited. With each step, he learns more and more about the world beyond his front door. But he is yet to figure out what will be the question he asks.
The young Darknaut, Colvin, is unsure of his own powers and abilities. Chosen to be one of the elite warriors amongst his people, Colvin seeks to figure out who he is as a young warrior and a member of his people, the Dan-Riz. When his home atop the Gilm Mountains is attacked, Colvin finds himself displaced alongside his teacher, Voh Hedo, and a fellow Darknaut warrior, Ix. As they try to make their way home they stumble across a small village where tensions are high and a civil war threatens to break out. Lost and separated from his people, Colvin must quickly overcome his fears and anxieties to become the Darknaut everyone believes he can be. But danger is closer than any of them ever expected.
As It Was
A wandering god of dwindling renown, Ath walks through the Queen’s capital, wholly present and completely unseen. Trekking along his aimless journey he stumbles across a grand and looming problem. It may be the source of all the upheaval in Oristel.
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Kim Jaesu was only fourteen when he was forced to kill someone. Twenty years later, he’s the leader of the Syndicate, one of Big Five criminal organisations in South Korea. At his side, is Jung Joonho, a man who’s been with him since his first step into a world of crime, a man known throughout the Underworld as a Demon to be feared, and uncontrollable. After taking over as the head of the Syndicate, all Jaesu craved was peace and stability. But that peace is unattainable, with the Amerize Company encroaching onto Korean soil, already infiltrating the lands of the Japanese yakuza.
The Amerize Company is newly the last of the Big Five, and they’re unwilling to join hands, when they can dominate. With word on the street of a mystery drug, and rumours of a new kind of technology that can control life and death, Jaesu is a few steps away from an all-out war. And in the shadows, lurks a group hell bent on trouble, and with a personal vendetta against Jaesu. But Jaesu has Joonho at his side, with a long history between them. He may not know what they are to each other, but he can count on Joonho to do the one thing he does best—kill. And with a war coming, Jaesu needs all the help he can get. Peace and power are synonymous, and Jaesu, he’s greedy to win.Burner is set in South Korea, and is a male/male action romance, with a healthy dabble into the criminal underworld.
Kim Jaesu, Leader of the Syndicate, one of the Big Five in the Korean Underworld, is stuck in an unwanted feud with the Amerize Company.
Following the death of a worker at one of the Syndicate run cafes, a revelation arises concerning the Microchip, technology which promises unlimited money for the price of death. Cafe owner, Taesun, comes forward with his treachery against the Syndicate, adding to the startling reveal. Looming in the backdrop, is the new zombie drug, New York, sneakily making its way into the Syndicate, with a nefarious agenda beyond drug addiction.
Jaesu is on the search to find out the identity of the Head of the Amerize Company, to protect himself and his men from a war already in the making. Instead, he dredges up information on a woman, who may be his missing mother, and is shrouded in secrets he’s not sure he wants to uncover.
With the battle against the Amerize Company ongoing, Jaesu needs all the help he can get. What Jaesu can count on in his time of need is Joonho, the man who’s been at his side since childhood. After many years, they’ve solidified their relationship, and with a war teetering to break out amongst the Big Five, Jaesu needs him. Their past has been a long one, with Jaesu’s slow and painful rise to the top, and Joonho’s unconventional path to becoming a Demon.
Jaesu’s soon to realise, his life as a Criminal Lord is a fated one.
Heart Song of a Mafia Lord, the second book in Syndicate Eternal, picks up immediately from the end of Burner, and is a grossly male/male story.