In a world on the brink of madness...
In the summer of 1914, a young man beyond reproach awakens under police guardgrievously injured and accused of heinous, impossible murder.
And in a strange, distant place...
The youngest member of a penniless acting troupe has been taken prisoner by the loyal minions of a corrupt, vengeful goddess. For an ancient prophecy has divided the realm's ruling Deities into warring factions -- a prophecy thatmentions the crippled captive child ... and a youth recovering from inexplicable wounds in a British hospital bed.
The Game weaves through worlds and dimensions as it has since time immemorial -- a deadly contest of skill and manipulations thatruthlessly creates wizards, destroys human pawns...and trans transforms ordinary men, women and children into something more.
The great game of gods is afoot.
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Great portal fantasy, despite drab reading
Cool Fantasy Concept
I'm going to get the other two books in the series, but probably wouldn't get any others.
I really like the concept for these books. Read them over a decade ago, and am enjoying the concept again just as much. Ashby's reading is less than inspired - his accents are dubious at best, and the majority of the narrative is lacking. However, the religious/magical ideas in this book are very cool. Characters are decent, though not the best I've ever read. A great fun, light listen. Give these books a shot!