Ignifer’s Rise is an epic fantasy novel set in a bleak industrial world populated by bizarre castes, where a boy with the fate of the world written in his scars must raise a legendary hero to life, and prevent the rise of an apocalypse god.
Readers have called it- “compelling … impossible to put down … like China Mieville crossed with Orson Scott Card … relentless and moving.”
It is book #1 in the Ignifer Cycle, available in print/ebook formats here:
In a dark and remorseless city splintered by brutal laws of caste, Sen is a child condemned to death. Hunted by the King for the intricate scars that cover his skin, he hides in the city’s last abbey, sheltered by misshapen Sisters who lie to keep him alive.
But he can’t hide forever. When five violent children of wildly different castes enter the abbey, their street-savvy savagery clashes with everything Sen believes, unearthing the core conspiracy: the end of the world is carved in his scars. Now an all-consuming apocalypse god is rising.
Revolution rocks the city. The blood of all castes runs in the streets. With only five broken children at his side, Sen must unite the castes in battle against the King’s aberrant creations, and risk everything he loves to change the fate written in his scars, before the gaping black jaws of the apocalypse descend.
– Gorgeous character art for each of the book’s 6 main characters.
About the author:
Michael John Grist is a 34-year old British writer and ruins photographer who lives in Tokyo, Japan. He writes dark, surreal fiction in both fantasy and sci-fi genres.
If you’ve read the book and would like to review it, I (MJG, author) would hugely appreciate it. Even a few words on one of the sites below (or your own blog/social media) about your favorite bits (i.e.- it doesn’t have to be an essay!) would be very welcome. Thanks!