Two weeks ago, Hector Park cheated death by uploading his mind to the ultra-immersive fantasy RPG game, Archemi. After exposing the rotten heart of an order of dragon knights, he’s now on the run with a young queen dragon who could one day become the most powerful mount in the game.
To get strong enough to face their enemies, they need a quest — a big one. Fortunately, trouble has a way of finding Hector, and it does — in the form of a series of brutally murdered priests, a king in desperate need of a hero, and a beautiful, fiery berserker. The risk? Huge. The payoff? More gold than a dragon’s hoard.
There’s only one problem: Archemi is haunted by the ghost of a mad developer bent on making the game his personal playground. And now that the world outside has vanished in a storm of nuclear fire, there’s no one left to stop him.
Or at least, that’s what he thinks. Because Hector isn’t the kind of man to take this shit lying down.
Dragon Award-nominated author James Osiris Baldwin writes epic dark fantasy, LitRPG, and science fiction. He is the author of the bestselling Archemi Online Chronicles(Dragon Seed, Trial by Fire, Kingdom Come) and the critically acclaimed occult horror series, The Hound of Eden.
James has historically devoured books by Ed Greenwood, Frank Herbert, Mercedes Lackey, Robert T. Bakker, Alan Moore, Eiji Yoshikawa, Margaret Weiss, Anne McCaffery, and Neil Gaiman. Like a literary locust, he chewed through every Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance novel he could get his hands on, as well as most of the science fiction shelf and a lot of nonfiction animal books.