Would you rather be the conquered or the conqueror?​​​​​

In a world where gods pull the strings of mortals and people wield the power of the elements, the nation of Libera is attacked by its age-old enemy, the Kem, who lay waste to the land and its armies with their demonic powers of fire and steel.

Imharak, a blacksmith's apprentice, is forced to leave his home town when it is raided and burned to the ground.

Together with his master, Gaius, he flees into the wilderness, heading for Gaius' brother, who is caught near a city that has just been conquered by the Kem.

What troubles Imharak is not so much the invasion, but the fact that he shares the same powers as the invaders, leading him to question where he came from.

He never knew his parents - he was raised as a Liberite and destined to be a common blacksmith. 

His powers had always made him an outcast, and now he starts to think he might have more in common with the conquerors than with the conquered.

An origin myth of gods and heroes will crumble and give way to a history of tyrants, slaves and genocide. 

Soon, Imharak will find his allegiances torn between both sides. As he and Gaius journey closer to the lion's den, Imharak will discover who he really is and what he is capable of.

A bloody, harrowing adventure that takes its cues from ancient civilisations and mythologies, The Fire and the Forge is like no fantasy you've ever read.

While a lot of epic fantasy is set in a world resembling medieval Europe, The Fire and the Forge is influenced by ancient Mediterranean civilisations like Egypt, Israel, Carthage and Rome.

It owes more to the world of the Old Testament and Mt. Olympus than the world of knights, wizards and castles.

You’ll find no elves, dwarves or goblins here. No dark lords, dragon-slayers or prophecies.

You’ll find no good or evil, but only a grey sense of morality as people are forced to make life-or-death decisions in a harsh and brutal world.

From the very first sentence, this intimate, character-driven tale will dig its hooks into you and haul you along to the bitter end.

THE REALM OF NEMEROS, LIBERA (BOOK #1)

WESTERN NEMEROS AND ARDOS (BOOK #2)

Map design by renflowergrapx.

SOUNDTRACK

I've made a Spotify playlist with pieces of music I think fit the world of the book. Click here to listen. I'll continue to add to it over time, but if you're wondering what the song Longinus plays at the end of The Fire and The Forge might sound like, listen to Track 1 (Seikilos Epitaph). It's a really beautiful song and is actually the oldest complete musical composition in the world, dating to around 200 BC.

CHARACTERS

Below, I've included a list of characters and places along with pronunciations, descriptions and locations. Let me know if I've missed anything, or if there's anything you'd like me to include.

NAME

PRONUNCIATION

DESCRIPTION

NATIONALITY

Imharak

Im-har-rark or... Im-ar-rark

Blacksmith's apprentice

Asherah

Ah-sheer-rah

Warrior

Qo-Hadast

Gaius

Guy-us

Blacksmith, former warrior

Libera (Nemeros)

Bellona

Bell-own-ah

Sailor, militia captain

Libera (Nemeros)

Longinus

Lon-jin-us

Farmer

Libera (Nemeros)

Claudia

Claw-di-ya

Farmer

Libera (Imber)

Ferraros

Feh-rar-ros

God of The Fire and The Forge

Libera

Li-beer-rah

God of Storms

Marcellus

Mar-sell-us or... Mar-kell-us

Aurelia

Or-reel-ee-yah

Neben

Neh-ben

Naevius

Nay-vee-us

Merchant

Libera (Nemeros)

Crassus

Crass-us

Farmer

Libera (Nemeros)

Caelos

Cay-los

King of the Gods, God of the Sky

Nikkal

Nick-ahl

Warrior, healer

Qo-Hadast

Kotharat

Koh-tha-raht

Clan leader

Qo-Hadast

Hasdrubal

Has-droo-bull

War chief

Qo-Hadast

Decius

De-see-us

Warrior

Libera (Tenebris)

Infernos

In-fer-nos

God of the Underworld

Armentarius

Ah-men-tair-ree-us

Historical hero, also known as the Shepherd King

PLACES

NAME

PRONUNCIATION

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION

Alba

Al-buh

Small farming town

Nemeros (southern)

Daetia

Day-shee-yah or... Day-tee-ah

Coastal port

Nemeros (southern)

Numa

Noo-mah

River port

Nemeros (central)

Treber

Trey-bah

River

Nemeros (central)

Castellum

Cas-tell-um

Large coastal city

Nemeros (eastern)

Regulum

Reg-you-lum

One of the Twin Cities of the Short Lake, dual capital of Nemeros

Nemeros (central)

Sepphora

Seh-for-ris

One of the Twin Cities of the Short Lake, dual capital of Nemeros

Nemeros (central)

Dax

Coastal port

Nemeros (eastern)

Lorentium

Lore-en-tee-um

Small town

Nemeros (eastern)

Prima Pax

Pree-mah Pax

Large city, capital of Imber

Imber (central)

Urqata

Ur-ka-ta

Imber (central)

Gebal

Jeh-bahl

Nemeros (eastern)

Kinaahna

Ki-nah-na

Terran

Teh-rahn

Valley

Nemeros (eastern)

Nemeros

Nem-ah-ross

Dry bush realm

Southern Libera

Ardos

Arr-doss

Mountain realm

Western Libera

Imber

Im-ber

Hill country

Eastern Libera

Erephos

Era-foss

Desert realm

Northern Libera

Maravos

Mah-rah-voss

Sea realm (archipelago)

East of Libera

Tenebris

Ten-ah-bris

Ice realm

South of Libera

Kemet

Kem-et

Fertile river and delta country in the midst of a desert

North of Libera (mainland)

Umandra

Ooh-man-drah

Steppe country

West of Kemet (mainland)

Peleset

Pell-eh-set

Capital of Kemet

Southern Kemet

Colacos

Coll-lah-coss

Hill country

East of Kemet (mainland)

Sur

Sir

Arid coastal plain

East of Colacos (mainland)

Tsephar

Sef-far

Marshlands

North of Kemet (mainland)