The Glorious Empire. A nation isolated from the rest of the world and ruled by the iron fist of the relentless Clergy of Árelor, Lord of Rage and Revenge. Crime is not tolerated. Heresy and disobedience are punished with death. But the Glorious Empire is about to face the most powerful threat it has ever known: a cold and merciless man, a fanatic whose sanity is long gone, a warrior bent on revenge who has started a personal crusade to methodically eliminate all the leaders of the Clergy of Árelor and anyone who supports them.
Wherever he goes, he does not leave tracks. The Glorious Empire is not willing to make public the existence of the assassin, but his supernatural skills are very real and threaten to bring the government of the nation down and plunge it into anarchy.
Will Captain Bérinen and his group of investigators stop the maniac before no one is left to rule their homeland, or will the murderer complete his personal crusade?
Targeted Age Group:: Young adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I had been reading some roleplaying gaming material. In that matherial, I found references to a fictional God of Justice that I found atractive. Soon afterwards, a friend of mine lended me a CD from the Spanish band Tierra Santa. They had a song about a man who must take revenge for the murder of his father. Both concepts converged in my mind and lead me to write The Flaming Wrath of Arelor.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
It is very important to have characters with unique features.
The serial killer is the axis of the story and he is the concept that set the rest of the book into motion. Each member of the team of investigators that try to catch him was created in such a way that their personalities complemented each oder. They sometimes feel a bit antagonistic… I think it is important to have many characters with different personalities, because that way the reader is more likely to find a character he really likes.
“Confess, you impious heathen! Do you deny that you have tarnished the message of Árelor, Lord of Rage and Revenge?”
The prisoner, who was tied to a post and had plenty of firewood stacked at his feet, simply looked up with exasperating slowness. Despite the many indescribable tortures he had suffered, his expression was calm, and his jaw was squared in determination. He spoke in a cracked voice.
“Think what you want, fool, and finish this charade once and for all.”
The priest, dressed in red and gold, slapped the bound man.
“Your attitude offends both me and My Lord!” The priest’s eyes shone furiously. “Your life is already lost, but you can still save your soul. Confess your crime, and perhaps Árelor will forgive you!”
“All I confess is that I have fought against the lies and corruption that permeate this land.” The mouth of the condemned curved into the hint of a smile. “I do not need Árelor to forgive me.”
A tense silence set in. Both men stared at each other until the iron willpower of the sentenced forced the priest to look away. The priest turned, raised his hands and addressed the crowd that had gathered around the gallows that night.
“The heretic has refused to admit that he, in his arrogance, tried to corrupt the minds of our youth with his lies about our Clergy! I cannot but send him to Árelor, Lord of Rage and Revenge, to suffer the punishment that our wrathful Lord deems appropriate!”
The priest turned and waved his hand, causing the firewood to burst into magic flames. Tongues of fire quickly spread onto the prisoner. Despite this, he did not seem worried while he delivered his final words.
“It is not I who has to fear the wrath of the Lord of Vengeance. Listen and tremble, you who claim to act with justice on your side: one day you will fall under the avenging sword of a man acting for true faith, as will the High Clergy that manipulates the people for its own power-hungry ends. Then you will feel the wrath of the true Árelor.”
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