Hellscape: The Fifth Horseman (Chapters 1-6)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Civilization's twilight approaches, with none aware of the impending peril. All paths of faith and science point to an ending—but what if the savior of the human species was not Jewish, Christian or Muslim? What if he was not even a good man? Spanning decades, the tale of the life of Julian Andreas Würger carries him from child to man to monster to king, the subject of a bitter prophecy which he knows he cannot hope to evade. In him are commingled both hope and horror, truth and terror, and all that he touches is forever changed. Violence brings forth violence; how then can peace prevail, in this, the End of Days? St. John of Patmos wrote of a cycle's ending. Hellscape: the Fifth Horseman speaks of the final portent, of which even St. John could not bear to write. For all that lives must one day die, and the hubris of mankind must be razed to its foundations for order to rise anew from chaos and fire. Julian embodies both mankind's greatest fears of self-immolation—and its hope for a new beginning.

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The Becoming

Submitted: July 13, 2017

A family at the breaking point. A child who has never known innocence. An ending—and a beginning. Read Chapter

The End of Summer

Submitted: July 13, 2017

Another ending, and in it, sorrow for young Julian and his mentor. A familial bond heavier than fetters of iron. Read Chapter

Pariah

Submitted: July 13, 2017

Julian's loneliness deepens. Kept from Pak Aatif and sent to a hated school, will he find happiness in any form? Read Chapter

Reprieve

Submitted: July 13, 2017

Sorrow and violence produces a surprising ray of light. Julian's world grows, and happiness returns. Read Chapter

Das Geschenk (The Gift)

Submitted: July 13, 2017

A new school, new friends—and the dawn of things mystical. Read Chapter

Die Göttin (The Goddess)

Submitted: July 13, 2017

Rites of passage—a graduation, an advancement and an initiation. Julian's power grows, coiling within him like the King Cobra chosen as an emblem. Read Chapter


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