Ruin

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic


NOTE: This is the second book in the series! (Cover by RoseandStone, thanks again!)



Following the battle in Trevia one king struggles to hold onto his throne against surprise invaders while another faces a supernatural force that lingers in the darkness, preparing to strike with
its beastly hordes. Meanwhile, to the east, events are unfolding that may engulf the land of Onyx in an eternal darkness if left unchecked. All the while this greater threat slowly reveals itself
to the people of the world, gaining strength, and furthering its own sinister goal. Can the heroes and kings of the land discover this hidden enemy and stop it before it is too late, or will they
succumb to an ill fate of death and ruin?

Table of Contents

Prologue

Submitted: June 25, 2018


Note: This is a repost of a previously published work.
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I

Submitted: June 26, 2018

“Ha!” Tobias stood from his chair with a hardy laugh and flung his wine into the mighty river that flowed through the middle of Sha... Read Chapter

II

Submitted: June 27, 2018

Ren pulled dead leaves and twigs from Emily’s hair as she struggled against his touch, complaining that it hurt her. “Well,” he pul... Read Chapter

III

Submitted: June 27, 2018

“For gods’ sake,” Katrina exhaled, “you can’t just stare at the damned thing with intent.” She walked over to the soldier and... Read Chapter

IV

Submitted: June 27, 2018

Zila took a long swig of wine from her cup as she leaned against the cold surface of the rock. Isaac watched her features bath in the moo... Read Chapter

V

Submitted: June 28, 2018

Evander rubbed his chin thoughtfully as the iron gates closed over the dark waters, their blackness rippling against the force with which... Read Chapter

VI

Submitted: June 29, 2018

“I’m no renowned scholar, but neither am I a fool. Something about this group is strange.” Jorge mumbled under his breath. Leora ga... Read Chapter

VII

Submitted: June 30, 2018

Astrya wandered through the dark corridors of the Temple of Order and watched the torch light flicker against the walls as her shadow dan... Read Chapter

VIII

Submitted: July 01, 2018

“This is pure madness.” The shaggy-haired man called Leif paced about the old stone apartment in frustration. “Like this will do us... Read Chapter

IX

Submitted: July 02, 2018

Isaac made his way toward the structure up ahead cautiously, hoping to find safe refuge within. This dark world was still alien and hosti... Read Chapter

X

Submitted: July 04, 2018

“So you’ve all seen this before?” Zila gently stroked Isaac’s hair as he lay nearly lifeless in her cot, the distress in her voic... Read Chapter

XI

Submitted: July 04, 2018

Janus watched the old prefect rummage about through piles and piles of old papers, scrolls, and books, searching for something that only ... Read Chapter

XII

Submitted: July 04, 2018

Astrya watched as men with heavy axes and bars pried the old wooden barriers from the front of the temple doors. For days they had been a... Read Chapter

XIII

Submitted: July 04, 2018

“Good gods!” Avery exclaimed as they uncovered the tarp to reveal the massive carcass of the monster. “What is that, that... Read Chapter

XIV

Submitted: July 04, 2018

Osiris crossed his arms as he watched the rebels unclasp the heavy iron door and draw it back, the screeching of the old, ruste... Read Chapter

XV

Submitted: July 04, 2018

Astrya stood in front of the large sanctuary and stared up at the carving engraved into the side of the mountain. She admired the majesty... Read Chapter

XVI

Submitted: July 04, 2018

Zal scurried back around the low wall and huddled beside Leora, the rain pattering off his cloak lightly, just as it did the others, crea... Read Chapter

XVII

Submitted: July 04, 2018

“This isn’t…can’t understand why you’re so…” the words faded in and out of Isaac’s mind, a young, familiar voice, bouncin... Read Chapter

XVIII

Submitted: July 04, 2018

Polyann watched the sun peak above the horizon as she shouldered her bag once again, preparing to set out on the final trek that would le... Read Chapter

XIX

Submitted: July 04, 2018

“Pull, pull!” Demarcus shouted as the men heaved the solitary soldier from the black liquid. His head was still submerged, but the to... Read Chapter

XX

Submitted: July 04, 2018

Isaac rested himself uneasily against the shaft of his spear, leaning his weight against it and uncertain of how long it could hold him. ... Read Chapter

XXI

Submitted: July 04, 2018

Astrya sipped her tea in quick, successive motions, savoring each taste for only a moment before her next drink. The herbs used in making... Read Chapter

XXII

Submitted: July 04, 2018

Osiris took each step slowly close behind Calista. They descended into the main room of the old inn where they were greeted by Leif, who ... Read Chapter

XXIII

Submitted: July 05, 2018

Janus’ head was sore, his legs numb, his back aching, and his arms weak, yet he forced himself to walk onward in hopes of fin... Read Chapter

XXIV

Submitted: July 07, 2018

Isaac felt the rush of wind against his face and heard the thundering hooves beneath him as he trailed the boar hard across the small cle... Read Chapter

XXV

Submitted: July 10, 2018

Camden’s boots echoed against the wooden floor loudly in the mess hall, bouncing about in its vast emptiness as he paced back and forth... Read Chapter

XXVI

Submitted: July 19, 2018

“Alright then, what’s the plan?” Zila stood over the map that was sprawled across two tables that had been shoved togethe... Read Chapter

XXVII

Submitted: July 20, 2018

Polyann dragged her legs over the heavy sand with as much strength as she could muster. As she observed her surroundings she wa... Read Chapter

XXVIII

Submitted: July 22, 2018


It's a bit of a longer chapter, but I'm rather pleased with how it turned out, ignoring any inevitable grammatical mistakes, of course.
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XXIX

Submitted: July 25, 2018

The night air was cold against Astrya’s flesh as she weaved her way through the bright bazaar, the sound of lively music emerging from ... Read Chapter

XXX

Submitted: July 28, 2018


It might be helpful to revisit Isaac's memory scene in chapter 17 (XVII) so that some of this is given a bit of context.
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XXXI

Submitted: July 30, 2018


This chapter is going up almost entirely unedited because I rewrote it three times and, frankly, I'm too tired to mess with it tonight.
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XXXII

Submitted: August 09, 2018

Each breath came heavy and slow as Osiris gripped the torch tightly within his fingers and began the descent downward. The uncertainty of... Read Chapter

XXXIII

Submitted: August 12, 2018

Astrya ran her fingers through her hair and pushed it back over her shoulder as she watched the military procession file into the front g... Read Chapter

XXXIV

Submitted: August 18, 2018

Astrya allowed herself to lay back on the cold stone of the carved statue, her chest heaving with each heavy breath after the n... Read Chapter

XXXV

Submitted: August 23, 2018

Footsteps echoed somewhere nearby, sliding across what sounded like a carpet or rug of some sort. They were only one pair of feet, slidin... Read Chapter

XXXVI

Submitted: August 25, 2018


Pfft, writing and doing law school at the same time isn't that hard. *collapses from exhaustion*
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XXXVII

Submitted: August 26, 2018

Isaac leaned his head against the cold, muddy wall and breathed a sigh of relief after taking a long drink of water. The last one for a w... Read Chapter

XXXVIII

Submitted: September 02, 2018


This took longer than I thought, sorry about that! Also, here goes the first real chapter of light editing, so prepare to be brought back to the days of "Legacy" level grammar mistakes.
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XXXIX

Submitted: September 03, 2018


Really long chapter--expect ton of grammar mistakes and what not, but this is the big climax that I've been building toward for a while, so I hope it turned out great. I would have split it into
two chapters but I just don't think that would've worked here. Anyway, intense scenes of violence and gore ahead!
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XL

Submitted: September 17, 2018


It's been a little bit, I know, sorry for the wait! Expect this to be riddled with errors nonetheless.
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XLI

Submitted: September 26, 2018

Night was beginning to set over the desert sky as Polyann and Solomon came to the entrance of the walled city of Sha’thel. Polyann pull... Read Chapter

XLII

Submitted: November 10, 2018


Warning: graphic images in this chapter.
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??? ???

Submitted: November 15, 2018

Wonderful were the wide-open expanses of the world. Wonderful were the high rising trees that stretched up and up to infinity. ... Read Chapter

XLIII

Submitted: November 17, 2018

“Janus, are you going to cooperate with me, or not?” Sabinus strode back and forth in front of Janus in the cell. Alba was held betwe... Read Chapter

XLIV

Submitted: November 28, 2018

The light of the morning sun blinded Janus as it peeked above the walls of Ire far in the distance. He stepped onto the walkway that led ... Read Chapter

XLV

Submitted: November 30, 2018

Camden watched the limp bodies swinging back and forth in the twilight and squeezed his gloved hand into a tight ball. He turned next to ... Read Chapter

XLVI

Submitted: December 03, 2018


It's a bit shorter, but this is really just a catch-up chapter.
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XLVII

Submitted: December 07, 2018

“What am I supposed to do then?” Polyann nagged at Solomon as he continued to pack up his newfound possessions. “I don’t know any... Read Chapter

XLVIII

Submitted: December 08, 2018

“Why?” Tobias groaned through gritted teeth. “She is an outsider—more so than my daughter, Ravana!” Astrya’s father was angry... Read Chapter

XLIX

Submitted: December 12, 2018

Polyann stepped back and gripped her chest as her heart raced at an unnerving speed. She calmed her breaths as she turned back to the wom... Read Chapter

L

Submitted: January 04, 2019

Camden sneered through heavy breaths as he stared at the waters of the spring. He had thrown his cloak to the side after ordering the sol... Read Chapter

LI

Submitted: January 08, 2019

“Oh gods.” Zila groaned as she allowed her head to fall into her hands. “This is terribly boring work.” Leaning over the tabl... Read Chapter

LII

Submitted: January 09, 2019

Nearly an eternity had passed while Osiris was suspended in what he could only recognize as blackness and emptiness, nothing but a void w... Read Chapter

LIII

Submitted: February 19, 2019

“I don’t care.” Leora said, gathering up her few belongings and shoving them into the small pack she had carried along with her on ... Read Chapter

LIV

Submitted: February 19, 2019

Camden came awake with a hot breath against his cheek to feel his hands and arms suspended in the air, held in place by what, he did not ... Read Chapter

LV

Submitted: April 08, 2019

Katrina ducked underneath an old, decrepit table and pulled her knees to her chest to hide her feet in the shadows. A few sheets of heavy... Read Chapter

Epilogue

Submitted: April 08, 2019

“How much longer will this take, I wonder?” Ern threw another arm-full of debris onto one of the many burning stacks in the old palac... Read Chapter