The first book in a series of high-adventure novels set in the Eberron™ Campaign setting. The Crimson Talisman is the first title in a new Eberron™ series, that focuses on war-torn souls who have known nothing but a world in chaos. Each book in this series will focus on the aftermath of The Last War, in which every realm of the Eberron setting fought a bitter and long-lasting battle.
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In a world no more than a whisper away from our own, the Islands of Grand Britannia have been reduced by the ancient Plague Wars to a land of deep forests and a handful of small cities, governed by a powerful totalitarian Authority, based in the central city of Londonborough. Chad Mundy, a young teacher is sent to the remote city of Petra Dumnoniorum, to replace a colleague believed to have committed suicide. It soon becomes evident that there are darker, more sinister secrets locked up in the claustrophobic world of the Academy.
Omara's people shun all belief in the power of gods and magic, and the Deliverers, led by Simon Wargallow, pledge to put to death all heretics. When Korbillian flees his magical land of Ternannoc in the midst of a catastrophic destruction, he takes refuge on Omara and begins a quest to save this planet from its inevitable fate - the same as that of Ternannoc. Battles erupt in the clashes between destruction and salvation, from the fishing village of Sundhaven to the plateau of Xennidhum.
It is on this planet, where only the Windmasters can summon the devastating power of rain, gale, thunder, and lightning, that the last surviving remnants of humankind have come, fleeing the destruction of their empire at the hands of the alien Csendook. And it is here the human race will be resurrected...or exterminated. The sorcerers of this barbaric, inhospitable world have vowed to cleanse Innasmorn of the uninvited "abomination".
Omara is on the brink of war as the terrible forces of Anakhizer gather in the west. Against their assembled might, Simon Wargallow and a handful of allies journey secretly into the forbidden lands, bearing the rod of power. They enter the Deepwalks, an ancient and terrifying forest, where they learn the real nature of the horrors that threaten to engulf Omara. At last they must reach the edge of their world, where they are forced to confront the ultimate evil.
Chaos gathers like a dark cloud above Omara - as the evil Anakhizer prepares to unleash a storm of wizard war upon the last stronghold of the human race. Only the stolen power of Orhung's rod can bring salvation to the doomed world. But the wondrous instrument lies in the perilous deplanes beneath the nice. And Brannog, now King among the Earthwrought - along with a beautiful girl possessing remarkable gifts - must embark on a dangerous quest to battle the ultimate in corruption and return hope to his land.
The wicked city of Xennidhum has fallen - and now Simon Wargallow believes his world is saved. But a new evil has risen to threaten the beleaguered land of mystery and miracle. For out of the wastes of ice comes dire news of a powerful sorcerer king who will unleash the forces of chaos on the unstable empire. And one man, the son Omara's doomed lord, must shed his disguise and regain his rightful throne before humanity's final cry.
The epic adventure reaches its zenith, as humankind fights for its very existence. The fearsome armies of the Csendook, sworn destroyers of the human race, have discovered their hidden sanctuary, all but guaranteeing their victory. With the final confrontation at last at hand, the renegade hero Ussemitus struggles to unite humans and the warriors of Innasmorn. But in the face of impending doom, the corrupt master of Man's last citadel seeks to harness the dark and elemental powers of the planet called Mother of Storms in his attempt to win back an empire.
Adrian Cole's acclaimed Star Requiem series welcomes listeners to Innasmorn, a planet where the elements are worshipped as gods...and where mankind is considered the enemy. As the last remnants of humankind face extinction at the hands of a ruthless alien foe, the ultimate battle is building. The terrible Csendook destroyers have gathered in the Warhive, a huge gladiatorial arena, ready to vanquish their enemy.
Adrian Cole's acclaimed Star Requiem series welcomes listeners to Innasmorn, a planet where the elements are worshipped as gods...and where mankind is considered the enemy. In the impenetrable West of Innasmorn lies the forbidden city of Shung Hang - a mystical place shrouded in legend...and guarded by the winged warriors of the last goddess, the Aviatrix. Pursued by the relentless death machine of the corrupt prime consul Zellorian, the last remnants of an exterminated mortal race make their way across a perilous, devastated land.