The first in a new epic fantasy series from David R. Slayton—author of White Trash Warlock—Dark Moon, Shallow Sea is a powerful story of divine betrayal, ghosts, and self-discovery, perfect for fans of the Dark Souls series or Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.
When Phoebe, goddess of the moon, is killed by the knights of the sun god, Hyperion, all who follow her are branded heretics. With Phoebe gone, the souls of the dead are no longer ferried to the underworld, and instead linger on as shades who feast on the blood of the living.
Raef is a child of the night. He lives in the shadows, on scraps, eking out a meager existence as a thief. But when an ornate box is sequestered in the Temple of Hyperion, the chance of a big score proves too great to resist. What he finds within propels him on an odyssey across the sea and back again, altering the course of his life forever.
Seth is a knight of the sun. But unlike the others of his order, the fire of Hyperion only brings him pain. He believes he deserves this penance, exacted for his unknown origins. Tasked with recovering the contents of the box, Seth must also venture beyond the horizon if he’s to learn the truth about himself.
In a dying world divided by the greed of those in power, Raef and Seth find their destinies intertwined—and learn they might have more in common than they ever imagined.
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The moon has literally vanished from the sky in this dark and brooding fantasy tale. In a world where the gods and those who worship them are locked in battle, Phoebe, the goddess of the moon, has been murdered by the cult of the sun. Raef worshipped Phoebe, and now he seeks retribution, kidnapping a mysterious man he finds in the sun god’s temple. But unexpectedly, the stranger may hold the key to reviving Phoebe—and unlocking Raef’s heart. David R. Slayton pulls us headfirst into a grim and captivating realm where the moonlight and tides have been replaced by stranded ghouls who stalk the lightless nights. The tug-of-war between the sun and moon worshippers is filled with equally compelling characters who paint this eerie story in glorious shades of gray. But we also loved the sweet moments when Raef’s new golden-haired companion brings warmth into the story. Break out your torches and enter a world where the shadows thirst for blood.