A new constitution prepares Carlissa for an era of enlightenment. The harsh traditions of the past fade, and a promise of freedom stirs the air.
In the space of one terrifying day, that promise is shattered in a bloodbath of fire and magic.
An ancient enemy returns with the opening of the Hell Gate. Chaos reigns as the people rally to fight a desperate battle for survival, and many wonder bitterly why the gods seem to have abandoned them. Their only hope lies with the magic of the Archmage — and his, with a free-spirited princess who never wanted to rule. She must find the strength to set aside her bard's calling and take up a battle against impossible odds, or surrender her land and people to the Black Magus and his demons.
In Hell Gate I - The Return of the Horde, the Demon Horde returns to Carlissa with the opening of the Hell Gate. Can the land's heroes survive its sudden and brutal onslaught? And even if they do, can they stop it from conquering the world?
The Return of the Horde is the first of four novella length episodes in the miniseries Hell Gate. An earlier version of this book appeared as part of the novel Dawn of Chaos, published briefly on Amazon in 2017. The Hell Gate miniseries is also being released as a full length novel of the same name in September 2022.