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George is a legendary hero… wait, no.
George is an incredibly powerful sorcerer… also no?
Okay, fine.
George is an unremarkable human bard who made a promise a long time ago.
A promise that set him on a path to find the remains of Simantiar, the greatest wizard who ever lived.
Though all that was left were bones, Simantiar was still very much alive and quite… underwhelming.
This is their story: The Fantastically Underwhelming Epic of a dead wizard and an average bard.

Eleventh Cycle (Mistland Book 1)

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GRIMDARK MAGAZINE: “Eleventh Cycle checks all the boxes of a grimdark masterpiece. It is a stunning achievement, establishing Kian N. Ardalan as one of the most exciting new voices in speculative fiction

It has been a thousand years since the last Seed abandoned their duty. The mists are closing in. Finally, the Morning Bell tolls. A new Seed is born, but is it too late? The rot eats away at mortals. The Witnesses pray so that they may not turn into one of the forgotten.

And the constricting mists infect the lands with fear. But there is more to this tale than just the Elders and their Seeds. Four mortals will have a part to play in Minethria’s fate. A farmer girl with only love in her eyes. A warrior born to the life of a refugee. A highborn stuck between the realm of gods and men. And a woman running into front lines and away from home.

Will the cycle finally be completed? Or will the mist swallow all? A seed is born and the evil is slain, so doth another cycle commence. Yet the last Seed born hath turned traitor, and the mists which had been pushed back, returneth.