The Dark God Excerpt

The first narrative in Prelude to Darkness follows the life of a young Amos, as he finds his way in a world ruled by the iron fist of the emperor. Today’s excerpt is taken from the first story in The Dark God, titled The Fall. A seemingly ordinary day in the market square turns into anything but.

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Week in the Realm: Prelude to Darkness Update & Teaser Excerpt on May 18

Hello readers!

It has been awhile since my last update. I do get lost in my fictional world and all. I will try to do better moving forward, and I do have some updates for today.

Prelude to Darkness remains on schedule for a June 29 release. During the last two weeks leading up to the release, I will unveil the new series name and book covers for Darkness Rising and Prelude to Darkness. Further, the collection will include five books with eight different primary perspectives, which are: Continue reading Week in the Realm: Prelude to Darkness Update & Teaser Excerpt on May 18

Week in the Realm: Last Call for Short Stories, Prelude to Darkness Stories, and Book Progress

Hello readers!

Right off the hop, I would like to announce that this is the last week that my current collection of short stories will be available for consumption on the website. These, of course, are being polished and re-packaged for my next book release, Prelude to Darkness. Which leads into …

Where is the collection??  I am still working very hard on it, however, I do have to delay the release to June 30. That is a placeholder date, and I do regret another delay, but a lot of things have cropped up in my life outside of writing, and it cannot be helped.

So is there good news? Yes, yes there is.

This is the current lineup of serialized stories for the collection:

  • The Dark God — Three stories, 15,000 words.
  • The Indomitable — Ten stories and an epilogue, 55,000 words.
  • Rise of the Corsair — Five stories, 25,000 words.
  • The Black Wrath — Four Stories, 20,000 words.
  • Birth of Madness — Five stories, 25,000 words.
  • A handful of short stories — roughly 5,000 words each.

All told, the collection should reach at least 160,000 words when it is complete. To put a point of comparison, Darkness Rising counted in at 240,000 words. Thus the collection will be slightly smaller than a novel release, but it is filled with a ton of new stories, new characters and younger versions of existing characters. As the weeks go on I will be offering teasers and previews for stories in the collection.

So now that brings us to book progress. Of those roughly 160,000 words that Prelude to Darkness will encompass, roughly 120,000 of them are edited, polished and ready to publish. I am expecting to publish the book before June 30, but I do need some more time to finish the remaining 40,000 words, and perhaps add more to it, if time allows.

What about Chains of Fate? When I focused all of my efforts into Prelude to Darkness, I had half of the first draft complete for Chains of Fate. As soon as I hit the publish button for Prelude to Darkness, I will spend the rest of my efforts on Chains of Fate. I do not like to make promises — real life can strike at any time! — but I am very confident than Chains of Fate will release in 2018.

-Brenden Christopher Gardner

The Indomitable, Part X: Holy Dalia

A new short story—The Indomitable, Part X: Holy Dalia—has been released!


The war has come. Lord Theodore has struck the first blow. Justine despairs, but with Mother’s Light in her hand, hope perseveres, if only for a time.

The Indomitable, Part IX: By Steel, By Faith

A new short story—The Indomitable, Part IX: By Steel, By Faith—has been released!


Justine awakes on a trading cog bound for the southern islands. The trials of the desert still linger in her mind, but how she came to the seas is muddied. Still, larger concerns await her: Captain Boris of the Seeker is bringing her to Master Irwin Kole. Too much time has passed since the last time they met, and Justine fears what the trader knows.


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