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He vowed himself to his god. Now the god is growing impatient . . .
The Three Lands is a diverse fantasy series on friendship, romantic
friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace. The series
is inspired by conflicts between nations during the Roman Empire and the
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Honorable Mention, One Perfect Score category, in the Rainbow
Awards 2012, for the novel Law of Vengeance.
"I find the characterisations so sharply delicious, dark and shocking and yet engaging. . . . I like to savour each part." —Clare London, author of The Gold Warrior.
"Even in Dusk Peterson's darkest stories there is hope and, when it's needed, redemption. . . . These are powerful stories, beautifully written, with characters who will linger in your memory." —Smashwords (C. S. McClellan).
"There's something very special about Dusk's dark fic. Dark, very, but
there's this smidgen of light in every cavern Dusk throws a reader, and
the brightness of that light is practically overwhelming by the time you
get to the end of the novel, and it is like crawling to the opening of
a cavern. It's like getting a miracle." —Goodreads
(K. M. Frontain).
If a god were to appear in the Three Lands, would his appearance bring an end to the fighting between nations? Or would he merely help to spark an inferno of war?
As the inhabitants of the Three Lands struggle to adjust to the appearance
of an unexpected visitor into the human world, two people will play crucial
roles in the conflict. One is a young Emorian – clever, courageous, and
affectionate – who will come to understand the Koretians with a depth and
intimacy that few others of his land can match. The second person is a
Koretian boy whom the Emorian will seek to destroy.
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Law Links (novel) | Blood
Vow (novel) | Re-creation: gift for a
slave (novelette) | Bard of Pain (novella) | Mystery
Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship
of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between
two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends
Adrian a message that will disrupt his world and send him fleeing to a
new and perilous life.
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Soldiers, spies, rebels, assassins, gods, and men who set out to break
him . . . The Lieutenant of the Border Mountain Patrol will learn that
his greatest test is himself.
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Thrust into exile and pain, young Andrew has no choice but to accept
the friendship of the very person he had vowed to kill. When he returns
with his friend to his homeland fifteen years later, though, he finds himself
in a land of conflicting loyalties . . . where a vengeful god awaits him.
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As war threatens and the foundations of his life crumble, his only hope
for rescue lies with a man who has every reason to hate Carle.
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¶ Data: 150,000 words | Publication history.
¶ Award: Honorable Mention, One Perfect Score category, in the Rainbow Awards 2012.
Forced to be a tool in a battle waged by her land's unstable King and his dangerously devious heir, Serva cannot even find refuge among her fellow slaves. Instead, she secretly explores the hidden portions of the palace. In this way, she meets an imprisoned spy who is scheduled for execution.
But when a simmering war bubbles to the surface, Serva must choose where
her loyalties lie. She must also solve the mystery of the spy's past, and
of her own future.
Adversaries. When an endangered slave visits an imprisoned spy, she discovers that she has more options in life than she had thought.
Challenge. When danger arises, an enslaved princess must reconsider
her decision to remain loyal. Upcoming.
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Re-creation: gift for a slave (Kindle edition). What can you give a slave who, by law, can own nothing?
Wildfire. He was a loyal servant of the god. But even loyal servants have their limits.
Guise. Daxis is the land of bards and of truths too painful to be faced.
Bard of Pain (Kindle edition | free Braille and DAISY editions). In the battle-weary lands of the Great Peninsula, only one fate is worse than being taken prisoner by the Lieutenant: being taken prisoner if you are the Lieutenant.
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Three Lands: an omnibus of fantasy novels set in the Great Peninsula).
Three days ago he faced death by fire. Now he faces a bigger challenge.
The Great Peninsula: series resources for The Three Lands. This page includes a chronology of events and a pronunciation of proper names.
Works set in the Three Lands world by other authors and artists.
Demon in His Lair (volume). Just started.
[Law Links and Wildfire appear here chronologically.]
Death Mask (volume).
[Blood Vow appears here chronologically.]
The Fire Before (side story). Completed. Being edited.
[Re-creation appears here chronologically.]
Touch Fire (volume). In progress.
[Law of Vengeance and Guise appear here chronologically.]
Breached Boundaries (volume).
The Golden Chain (volume). In progress.
Law-Lover (side story). Completed. Being edited.
Empty Dagger Hand (volume). In progress.
[Bard of Pain appears here chronologically.]
Unknowable (side story). In progress.
The Long Night (volume). In progress.
[Mystery appears here chronologically.]
Upcoming companion series: The Thousand Nations
Search for the Jackal (volume). In progress.
and Darkling Plain are now available here.
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