An epic dark fantasy set in a post-apocalyptic world. In the ruins of a grim and savage realm, an orphaned young samurai boy is adopted by the ruthless leader of a ninja clan.
The world is no longer as it once was. Aeons have passed since a great doom befell the elder civilisation of Antediluvia, and what remains of its descendants now reside in the ashes of a shattered realm. When a young samurai boy named Kiyoshi is spirited away to the mountain stronghold of a clan of ninja, he falls under the protection of their ruthless oyabun and his stone-hearted wife. In return, Kiyoshi is tasked with helping the pair’s strange and silent son, Noboru, to heal after suffering an unspeakable tragedy of his own.
Together, the two boys shall be trained in the eighteen ancient arts of ninjutsu. That is, if Kiyoshi manages to stay alive long enough. Because not only has he become the focus of an old, heretical prophecy, but it would seem forces unknown want him dead at any cost. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Lands Left Behind, a series of terrifying omens begin to play out …
As an otherworldly maelstrom appears in the sky, an ancient tree-dwelling creature saves a young girl from the maws of monsters to become her reluctant guardian in remote wilderness. Hunted by masked assassins, an elderly warrior is enlisted by a tribe of marauding cannibals to help arm them against a mutual enemy. A pair of pariahs—an exiled sheikh and a fallen mathemajician—form an unlikely alliance in a sinister plot to exhume primeval technologies and seize a great power.
Rumoured to be the last of a race of immortal healers, a wandering witch becomes embroiled in a horrifying conspiracy after she crosses paths with an infamous ronin outlaw. Accused of war crimes and worse, he flees the sadistic Burned priests of the Inquisition and the vengeful wrath of his old nemesis, the Shogun.
Meanwhile, the fanatical samurai of the Imperial White stand constant vigil over the gilded sarcophagus of their hibernating emperor, Uur the Undying. Few believe he shall ever rise again, and even those who know better, pray the same. How all these people and their stories are interconnected remains unsure, yet one thing seems certain: Kiyoshi’s fate and theirs is set to become entwined in increasingly bloody ways.
The Wyvern and the Wolf by Nicholas Snelling (A Tale of the Twelve Foot Ninja #1)
English | 2021 | Dark Fantasy | 1.6 MB