The End of the Beginning
(Sanctum of the Archmage: Hell Gate, Part IV)
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.
In Hell Gate IV - The End of the Beginning, Randia, broken by loss, must find the courage to complete a desperate quest, or see her land utterly conquered by the demon horde.
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.
The End of the Beginning is the last 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.