Greetings Otherworld travelers, and welcome to our midweek stop. Just under a week ago, a tremendous epic fantasy trilogy was completed, and it bears interest in turning about to see where it all began. If you’re interested in fantasy series with rogue magi, stalking monsters, and bitter rivalries, go back to the start to understand The Cataclysm.
Aaron Jackson delivers a world beset upon by one of the worst disasters imaginable, and then unleashes life and all its challenges upon it in The Cataclysm, the first book in a trilogy that was just recently completed. Jackson shows at once that he cares deeply about the world, even in light of the decimation he writes about. There is a richness to the lore, and to the way that characters react to the events of the disaster that occurred one hundred years before. It doesn’t just serve as a backdrop, but as an integral part of the story, and as the tale progresses, readers will see various vantage points that compare the world before to what came after.
The world has never recovered from the Cataclysm a century ago. Though the fires have died, and the famines ran their course, the scars left behind blur the lines between right and wrong.
Caldera, one of the remaining great cities of the world, trembles as the balance of power shifts. Rivals maneuver to take control of the city and will stop at nothing to come out on top.
Asher, a mercenary mage, is given a job too big to refuse. He and his companions must navigate the city’s landscape of corruption, betrayal, and political upheaval, or it’ll be their heads on the next contract.
Short stories and custom illustrations start each chapter, telling tales of the Cataclysm from dozens of cultures and different perspectives.
With a large and interesting cast of characters, and enough immersive history remaining of the world even after the cataclysm, Jackson’s work is easy to get lost in. Whether you’re looking back at the dire events that reshaped the world, or forward at the harsh reality of life on Argana that everyone must contend with, the author ropes you in, ensuring you don’t want to let go until the last page. With the second book released last month, and the third book arriving just last week, there has never been a better time to dive into this fantasy of epic proportions. Check out The Cataclysm (The Cataclysm Series Book 1) on Amazon today!
Images provided courtesy of Aaron Jackson.
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