Australian horror author and Aurealis Award Nominee Christopher Ruz makes his epic fantasy debut.
After decades of loyal military service, Richard has discovered that the Magician he serves is more monster than manand young women have been disappearing into the Magician's dungeons.
To keep his own daughter safe, Richard flees into the desert wastes where magic boils beneath the sand and demons walk the dunes in the shape of men. He has stolen one of the Magician's greatest prizes; the calcified heart of a demon, which he hopes to trade in exchange for sanctuary. What he doesn't know is that his daughter, Ana, is the key to all the Magician's plans and he'll lay waste to the world to get her back...
About the Author
Christopher Ruz tells lies for money.
Teacher, designer, and one-time stuntman (don't ask), Christopher Ruz is a rabid fan of fantasy, science fiction, body horror and crime thrillers. Born in Hong Kong to well-travelled parents, Ruz was fortunate enough to live in South Africa and Vienna before returning to live and work in Australia. His love of dark fiction began when and a worn copy of Pet Semetary caught his eye at a local fleamarket. He bought it with his pocket money and hid it under his bed so his parents wouldn't see. He was eight years old, and has been unbalanced ever since.
Ruz can also do twelve chinups. Neat!
His best known work is his ongoing horror series Rust. He has sold stories to Andromeda Spaceways and Apollo's Daughters, has beaten the gruelling Immerse or Die challenge twice, and was a finalist in the 2017 Aurealis Awards. When not writing, Ruz teaches art and design at a west-Melbourne high school and works at boardgame conventions across Australia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One book in and I can already tell that I'm going to love this entire series. I was drawn in from the first chapter. The author really made these characters come alive, when Richard touches Ana's foot through the bars of his cell I could feel his pain. I'm already looking forward to reading more in this series.