Serban V.C. Enache is a Romanian author who has written An Empire Of Traitors and A Heretical Divide – books 1 and 2 in his medieval fantasy series Of Hate And Laughter.
His work reminded me of Pearseus, as the narration is done via character POV chapters. Even though preternatural forces are at work, it’s all kept within plausible limits. There are no gratuitous evil or good characters. In short, it’s a world of intrigue, struggle, ambition, politics, and war.
An Empire of Traitors
Flesh will bleed. Bones will break. Swords will turn.
An Empire Of Traitors follows several principal storylines simultaneously. It’s been eight years since the end of the civil war between the Inquisition and emperor Zygar Ferus, worshiper of blood gods – and in the five realms of the Empire things are stirring.
Driven by ambition or wounded pride, many nobles like the dog-headed serpent of Stoneweed seek to change their fortunes, even with the price of treachery. And from exile, from the heathen nations of the Lowlands, a Sunborn scion of house Mero gathers strength behind his claim. No family, great or small, shall remain indifferent to fate’s whim. It takes an emperor to rule an empire, but it takes numbers and honored oaths to keep both crown and throne.
A Heretical Divide
A Heretical Divide picks up right where An Empire Of Traitors left off.
The Inquisition proves itself a hydra of murderers and schemers. The ram’s war in the Winterlands gets mired in betrayal, and the hawk’s vengeance comes to the devil’s home under sorcery and ploy.
Even with a new emperor, the Sun Throne’s vassals are still brewing; each house following its own petty interests. Death’s breath looms upon the weak and strong, upon country and sovereign. The princes of ruin have many servants upon the earth – many souls to claim by storm and blood.
What Readers Thought
“A fantasy of epic proportions, as each character is immersed in their storyline, where battles force varying decisions. Well written and certainly detailed and entertaining.”
“The author doesn’t shy away from blood, gore and language and this gave the book a rough, raw characteristic. I never felt like it was overdone or in sacrifice of the story.”
“Enache’s An Empire of Traitors is an incredibly rich and well-woven dark fantasy. The characters are complex and the plot even more so. The worldscape is massive and very well thought out. I can’t imagine how long it took for the author to construct something like this.”
“It’s a rough and harsh land and everyone wants to elevate themselves to higher positions, however some of the methods aren’t so honourable.”
“The story is jam packed with just the right amount of fantasy, horror, and suspense that had me glued to each page as I read through this.”
“If you are in need of a good read with a lot of twists, politics, and battle, I recommend reading An Empire Of Traitors and find out the depths in which people are willing to travel in the name of honor and power.”
Serban in his own words
Born on March 25, 1989, Bucharest, Romania. Single parent child. I blame my mother for the long-ass name. Licensed in journalism. Creator of the Of Hate And Laughter series. This universe is one of infernal majesty; it’s my heart and soul. If it matters to anyone, my sun sign is Aries, moon sign is Scorpio, mars sign is Gemini.
I don’t believe in astrology.
My interests are: MMT (modern monetary theory), politics, history, literature, tv-shows, movies, games, music (from epic soundtracks to gothic metal), and I enjoy walking the green and concrete. I’m a deficit owl and social progressive. I’m also pretty good at drawing. My favorite author is Garth Marenghi (look him up). My favorite comedian is George Carlin. My favorite sitcom is NewsRadio. My favorite actor is Phil Hartman.
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