The Mighty Shall Rise

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To reach the light beyond, he must confront the dark within.

Recruited out of his exile, young Endurian Stonehelm forges an alliance with the legendary warrior, Tyrelion Ivronwine, to retrieve the lost Sceptre of Anakämar from the White Tower in a move that will have long-ranging consequences for all of Pergelion.

Drawn into these events is the usurper, Ir-Murazôr, whose mere presence promises a long-awaited end to Endurian’s desperate search for answers. But the tormented Endurian is fighting a losing battle against a lifetime of guilt and terror, and his inevitable confrontation with Murazôr spells disaster of the worst kind.

That, combined with the ever-looming shadow that is his family’s legacy, drive Endurian to sacrifice friendship and honour for the road of madness; and in his horrific descent into darkness and despair, the true conflict manifests itself not as a struggle to right past wrongs, but as a fight for Endurian’s very soul. To master the darkness within, he must reach beyond himself to confront the Dark King and in so doing, find his true place in the world.

The Mighty Shall Rise
Matthew Roland


Author. Story-Teller. Truth-Seeker

MATTHEW ROLAND is the pseudonym of Matthew Starkey. Born in a dirty, ramshackle town in Northern California, he possesses an ardent regard for story and any form of writing—whether that be fiction or nonfiction. His further obsessions are ancient, archaic words that nobody uses anymore, reading liberal amounts of Tolkien when he can find the time, and searching for the perfect hat.

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