The final installment of The Sorcerer’s Path is here.
The Sorcerer’s Path has was my entry into writing, and what a twisting, turning, path it has been. What began as a simple mental relief became the very thing that defined my future. Who’da thunk it?! None of of my old school teachers, that’s for damn sure. The book was born where many good stories originate, in a pit of bleak, hopeless despair filled with sharpened stakes made of feelings of absolute failure and self-loathing. It was not a good place to be, and I needed to find a way to climb out. The Sorcerer’s Ascension was my ladder. I had cobbled it together with rungs of imagination bound by strands of desperate need. It was a crude thing, wobbly and ready to collapse, but it got me to the top of the pit. Only, I realized I could keep building–needed to keep building. I had no idea how high it might go or what lay waiting at the top. With more than 20 books to my name, I’m still adding rungs, and there is no end in sight.
I had “ended” the series with The Sorcerer’s Destiny, but many readers felt I had done a crappy job of it. After all Azerick had endured and accomplished in his life, to have the story end with him getting a raw deal once again was less than satisfying. While I was content enough, I had to admit that maybe I could have done better. So I did. At least I hope I did. A couple of years ago, and idea came to me on how I could rescue Azerick from the Abyss and fix what I broke. That’s how Rise of the Order came into being. I wasn’t real sure how far I would take this rebirth story, but I decided an even 10 books was perfect. I said everything that needed said and gave Azerick the farewell he deserved. At least a better one than I had before.
Descent Into Chaos begins exactly where Rise left off, with Azerick having pushed The Order out of Southport only to find that an armada carrying a large army was sailing into Southport. Azerick knows the arriving force is too large for him to handle with the small group that had helped him kick out the advance legion, so he and Daebian set out to raise an army large enough to counter this newest threat. Unfortunately, Valeria is still a fractured kingdom and it has not yet fully recovered from the Second Gods War waged some twenty years ago. With a
ragtag “army” at his back, Azerick strikes at The Order in an insurgency he hopes will prove costly enough to force the invaders to leave Valeria. Unfortunately, he underestimates The Order’s resolve and strength. If that were not bad enough, Princess Sylvian Attar, the very same sorceress that spirit-punted Azerick off her ship, decides to take the field and deal with the troublesome sorcerer herself.
Azerick soon finds himself on the losing end of more than one beat down and has to admit his tactics are not going to win the day much less the war. The Order is aptly named, so he decides it is time to inject some chaos right into its very heart.