Prologue to Chaos, Sixth Edition, January 2021 (Revised Edition, June 2023)
"This society is decadent beyond redemption. It is time for it to be purged in fire and rebuilt from the ashes."
The royal family of Carlissa struggles to guide their land into a new age of enlightenment. But when a radical professor of magic is targeted for heresy by the Inquisition, they end up caught in the crossfire. That violent confrontation spawns political infighting in the kingdom, and leads to the return of a dark and ancient threat thought lost to the legends of time.
Prologue to Chaos introduces the vast world and cast of characters of the Sanctum of the Archmage Saga. Aron and Gerard, princes of Carlissa, race to stop the rampage of an arrogant mage targeted by the Inquisition. King Danor navigates his government's factions in a struggle to reform its archaic laws. Orion, a scholar, prepares for his first day as an instructor at the academy, while Randia, a talented bard, looks forward to a life of music and theater with her beloved consort.
They do not know it yet, but each of them will be called upon to fight or die in a desperate battle that follows the opening of the Hell Gate.
Prologue to Chaos finally brings the world and story of the award-winning Sanctum of the Archmage role-playing games to the world of fantasy fiction. Get it now and don't miss this exciting start to the saga!
Note: An earlier version of several chapters from this book appeared as part of the novel Dawn of Chaos, published briefly on Amazon several years ago. Dawn of Chaos is now being re-released wide as a trilogy under the same name. Prologue to Chaos is the first book in that trilogy.
About the Author
Invested from a young age with an overactive imagination, I’ve had a life-long love of science fiction, fantasy, computer games, and writing. In my career as a computer scientist I’ve worked in areas ranging from machine and deep learning to applied research in quantum computing.
I’m also an indie computer game developer. As Andarian in the Neverwinter Nights gaming community I released two award-winning, Hall of Fame “adventure modules” based on parts of the Sanctum saga. Their success helped convince me to explore my passion for storytelling in today’s new world of self and e-publishing.
For more information about my writing projects, visit my website at publishing.andarian.net.