The Abyss is a world of chaos and conflict where weakness is purged, and failure equals death. Three Supreme Devils rule with uncontested might until a young, ambitious devil sets out on a path to overthrow them all.
Sekka of Nilas refuses to wait for the centuries it will take to amass the power she craves. She is cunning, manipulative, and willing to take risks a more prudent devil would never attempt. But ambition is a double-edged sword, and now she is bleeding out troops faster than she can replace them. Mistakes have been made, alliances broken, and she finds herself on the losing side of attrition against her enemies.
In a desperate gamble, the young devil launches a risky invasion to steal prized territory from a weakened foe, but one with ties to powerful allies. If the land grab is successful, it will catapult her over her enemies and into a higher echelon of power in the Abyss, but if she fails, she will lose everything; her land, her armies, and her life.
Sekka is a novella set in the epic fantasy series The Ever Hero Saga. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a fledgling devil in the Abyss, you’ll love this short story prelude in Jeff Pantanella’s page-turning Ever Hero Saga.
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Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2020
Pantanella’s ending was fantastic! Sekka was a fun page-turner and I really felt like I was there with her, every step of the way. A very fun escape from reality!!! Highly recommend.
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2020
I thought this book was awesome! I love fantasy and this book was so different and captured my attention throughout! I cannot wait to start the next book "The Chaos Gate" to see where it takes me. Highly recommend!
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An unlikely hero rises from the ashes of a hidden monastery and encounters a world he does not understand and powers that should be held only by long-forgotten gods.
Join Kasai as he journeys to the heart of darkness to free his sick and wounded master from unspeakable evil.
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The Chaos Gate AUDIO CLIP
Have a listen to the Prologue of The Chaos Gate. This clip was narrated by Ulf Bjorklund
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2020
Good start to what should be an epic series. I would like to see it made it to a tv show.
KIRKUS REVIEW: THE CHAOS GATE
A singular hero rises to face both militaristic and demonic enemies in this epic fantasy series opener.
In the realm of Hanna, House Conrad rules Baroqia. But Duke Gerun Shiverrig, descended from Baroqia’s original conqueror, insists that Mortimer Conrad sits on a stolen throne. Further, Shiverrig believes that military might can keep the kingdom safer than entangled mercantilism, especially where barbarians are concerned. If court allies can’t help him overthrow Mortimer and House Conrad, then perhaps the sorcerer Maugris Hennerstrum and the archdevil Sekka will.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Kasai Ch’ou is a monk of the Four Orders studying the mysteries of the Boundless under the Three Masters of Ordu. While Kasai seeks a life of balance, his 18-year-old friend Daku revels in displays of power. The Masters want all students to abide by the teachings of Aetenos, the monk who became a demigod. A prophecy says that Aetenos will return to Hanna as the Ever Hero, wielding a weapon called the Ninziz-zida, a “three-sectioned staff” with “ancient power.” Currently, the demigod is a captive on Gathos, Sekka’s homeworld.
Sekka, inhabiting the form of a human seductress, plans her return to Hanna with the help of Maugris. With war imminent, where will Desdemonia, a Sunnese mage, go to start her new life?
Pantanella pours a dark, cinematic foundation in this first volume of his series. Chapters that rotate through the sharply contrasting perspectives of Shiverrig, Kasai, and Sekka (Desdemonia joins the cast later) move the plot along.
Vivid prose offers monkish philosophy, as in the line “The Path of Ease will ensnare the undisciplined mind.” The author is equally capable of portraying demonic sex and eerie abominations, such as the envoys of Maugris. "They were physically wrong as if their bodies had been stuffed into human skin a size too small."
Readers won’t have to wait long before war breaks out, and nicely rounded characters, like Daku, get satisfying arcs. Concepts like xindu energy and Sekka’s rivalry with the Red Devil, Zizphander, prove this series can only get wilder.
A propulsive fantasy that brings revenge, raunchiness, and heroism to the forefront.