The Specter, the Wastrel, and the Tree


In the cheerless colds of the Northern Wastes, a group of refugees led by Orendel Stonehelm and Aragonez Ivronwine, arrive at the village of Snowbourne in search of the key to their survival. But even those with the most formidable wills cannot for long avoid their doom, and the tragic destinies of Aragonez and his companions eventually lead them to the realization only too late that one’s fate is inescapable...

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In Intriguing Inceptions, Matthew Roland unveils for the very first time, never before seen manuscripts: each an essay in the realm of epic fantasy or science fiction. The pieces were selected out of a wealth of others for both their unique composition and intriguing premises. Each and every "Inception" is the beginning of a story; each story is an endeavor, and each endeavor is an enterprise into another world...


The Mighty Shall Rise

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.