“Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
To be seen ere this war is won.
When the final Wonder’s flag’s unfurled,
The final battle will be done.”
Three years have passed since the events of Aftermath of Armageddon. FirstWorld is at relative peace. The Balance is as close to balance as it has been for millennia. Everyone in Melasurej, except Simon and Julie, is bored to tears. Then Simon receives a summons from Gadiel to visit Tartarus, Gadiel’s ancient prison in First Delve. The visit sets up a chain of events that destroys the fellowship they have enjoyed and sends Simon off on a personal quest to find his father and change the past. Simon and Jhamed's journey takes them to three more wonders of the world, before Simon finds the key that will take him to the past. He abandons everything he holds dear in a misguided attempt to change the past, put everything right, and avoid the terrible killing he has perpetrated as the Everlasting Hero. Locked in a repeating time loop, while Gadiel continues his domination of the rest of the multiverse, Simon receives aid from an unexpected quarter to finally break free and be returned to FirstWorld by the seventh wonder. He finds his son, Alexander, taken by the Great Old Ones, his wife, Julie, comatose in a sort of locked-in syndrome, and his new baby daughter, Leonora, without a mother. He is torn as to what he should do. Unable to save Alexander, and taking a selfless approach, he decides to give Ceridwen the help she needs to rescue her kochari, Cambyses, from the torment he and his few remaining elven comrades have endured for many millennia in a dimension ruled by Law. It will take a surprising alliance of characters, and the seventh wonder, to return Ceridwen’s kochari. But what hope does Simon have of rescuing his kochari from the self-imposed prison Julie finds herself in? And will the deal he must do with Gadiel compromise his future and the fate of the entire multiverse?
About the Author
Christopher Jackson-Ash is in his late fifties and lives in Melbourne Australia. He has had a varied career in chemical engineering and risk management. Now that his children are grown up, he has returned to bohemia and is concentrating on his first love, writing. His main focus is on his FirstWorld multiverse inspired by Michael Moorcock and J.R.R. Tolkien. His work extends through flash fiction and short stories to novels in other genres, including children’s stories.
He works with his alter-ego, Kris the Bard. Kris writes ...
I was born in Karo on FirstWorld and grew up to be a cook before I was kidnapped by pirates and unwillingly forced into the service of the evil wizard Weylyn the Wolf. After many adventures I became Bard of Elannort and eventually ended up in this dimension of the multiverse.