Let me warm you up for Fox & Raven Publishing’s latest projects; A Song of Sacrifice and Betrayal’s Shadow – both written by South African author Dave-Brendon de Burgh. The first is a novelette and the second forms part of a trilogy. I have not yet had the opportunity to read the latter, fortunately Fox & Raven were generous enough to send me an available copy of de Burgh’s novelette “A Song of Sacrifice” (this has nothing to do with George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series).
The novelette takes place thousands of years before the events in Betrayal’s Shadow and acts as an introductory of sorts to the epic fantasy world de Burgh has created. So, without further ado, the SplatterGeist presents A Song of Sacrifice by Dave-Brendon de Burgh…
Another product of the epic fantasy genre, de Burgh paints a colourful and vibrant landscape easily favoured by fans of Tolkien or Tad Williams. With a sympathetic yet strong protagonist, the lines between good and evil are slightly blurred in this setting as conflict looms between Wielders – individuals trained in the ability to ‘unmake’ certain objects – and Singers – those trained to do the exact opposite. As clashes amongst siblings go, A Song of Sacrificehas some hidden potential no doubt with an original background setting, characters who seemingly leap from the pages and all while delivering an interesting perspective on what it means to be human.
The story follows an individual with a peculiar physiology called Ordaefus; he is the self-appointed leader of his people and brother to Mahaelal (another individual whose morals we see conflict against each other). Ordaefus is faced with a coming war with his brother and as stress levels rise, our protagonist stumbles upon a discovery which might shape their very future for the better or worse.
Step into a mythical world of teleportation, trees that possess telekinesis, and ethereal magic.