What happens when a group of bright but inexperienced people find themselves thrown in at the deep end, confronted by overwhelming odds with not just their own lives at stake but the existence of an ancient and benevolent nation of half a billion people?
These folk choose not to run for it, as most sensible people might, but stand up to be the best they can be, regardless of the odds against.
Occasionally, strange things can happen when you do that…
The Realms of Beliar is a tale stretching across a broad canvas and multiple books. Along the way we meet some unusual people, such as…
A man who has been dead for millennia, but nevertheless is engaged in a passionate love affair with a goddess - nearly all of whose followers have been killed by Her own Brother to protect Her.
A hugely talented nature priest and political operator who needs his ego stroking constantly to function at his best.
A seven-foot warrior, notorious as a hand-to-hand blood spiller, who is an academic by inclination - and somehow contrives to to be loyal simultaneously to senior figures on both sides of the conflict.
A knight who, despite having saved the cause she follows twice by her own selfless courage nevertheless believes she is a traitor to all she cares about.
An even more effective knight who achieves more for her cause after her defeat and enslavement than she ever did on the field of battle - where she achieved a lot.
A nasty young man who rescues a slave from an appalling fate by an unselfish act of remarkable bravery. Which he then turns to his great advantage…
Plus gods, thieves, company executives (who are also thieves by the nature of their religion), politicians, priests of many kinds, magicians of even more varieties, traitors, accountants, fanatical loyalists and many, many more.
The books are liberally sprinkled with beautiful maps, intriguing photographic images, line drawings & portraits. Many images are in rich colour in the hardbacks, while there is stylish monochrome to be enjoyed in the paperbacks. Many of the images contribute subtly to the tale we're telling and all photographs have been shot in skilful accord to a brief developed specifically for these books.