The world has not been kind to Ram’s family. Father just lost an arm. Mother can’t work. And if Ram can’t find a way to make money fast, a life of forced labor is the best any of them can hope for. His only way forward is through the darkest side of their dark world–fighting on the front lines of war against the demons, hiding with thieves and assassins in the shadows, wandering the wilds where the monsters rule. How much more will the god of the pyre ask him to sacrifice? And why, Ram wonders, should he be the one to pay?
Pyrebound is a free-to-read online serial fantasy novel set in an unusual world loosely based on the cultures of ancient Mesopotamia. The story is quite grim at points; this is a world where human civilization is perpetually hanging on by its fingernails. Injustice is common and unremarkable. With that said, I’ve put a lot of effort into making Ki an interesting place to visit, and I hope you enjoy it.
The Red Sheep
UPDATE 11/17/22: Pyrebound completed in November 2021; it’s now available as both an Amazon Kindle ebook and a (physically quite large!) print edition. I have at last acquired a Ko-fi page for people who’d like to pay me for a book they liked reading but don’t want a Kindle or paper copy. It’s also being reserialized on Royal Road to hopefully garner a broader audience. Ram’s journey is finally finished. Thanks a lot to everybody who helped him along the way.
My next story, Secondhand Sorcery, is now up on Royal Road. It’s a military fantasy about a “family” of child soldiers working as mercenaries in a world where Cold War research into the paranormal actually panned out–very different from PB. The decline of TopWebFiction has taken its toll on the indie webfiction market, and WordPress’s new “blocks” format makes editing and formatting a page quite frustrating, so I’ve gone with one of the most popular serial platforms. I intend to leave this page up indefinitely, however.