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The Return of the Horde

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A new constitution prepares Carlissa for an era of enlightenment. The harsh traditions of the past fade, and a promise of freedom stirs the air. In the space of one terrifying day, that promise is shattered in a bloodbath of fire and magic.

An ancient enemy returns with the opening of the Hell Gate. Chaos reigns as the people rally to fight a desperate battle for survival, and many wonder bitterly why the gods seem to have abandoned them. Their only hope lies with the magic of the Archmage — and his, with a free-spirited princess who never wanted to rule. She must find the strength to set aside her bard’s calling and take up a battle against impossible odds, or surrender her land and people to the Black Magus and his demons.

In Hell Gate I - The Return of the Horde, the Demon Horde returns to Carlissa with the opening of the Hell Gate. Can the land's heroes survive its sudden and brutal onslaught? And even if they do, can they stop it from conquering the world?

The Return of the Horde is the first of four novella length episodes in the miniseries Hell Gate. An earlier version of this book appeared as part of the novel Dawn of Chaos, published briefly on Amazon in 2017. The Hell Gate miniseries is also being released as a full length novel of the same name in September 2022.

Available from Andarian Publishing, Amazon Kindle, B&N, Apple Books, Kobo, and other online bookstores.

(This is the author's "official" Goodreads page for the book. ASIN B09SXFL989 / ISBN 978-1-959155-03-4.)

93 pages, ebook

First published April 1, 2017

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Tony Andarian

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All of Tony Andarian's books are available from Andarian Publishing.

I’m Tony Andarian, and I’m the author of the Sanctum of the Archmage epic fantasy novels and games. They are published by my personal imprint, Andarian Publishing.

Invested from a young age with an overactive imagination, I’ve had a life-long love of science fiction, fantasy, computer games, and writing. In my career as a computer scientist I’ve worked in areas ranging from machine learning to quantum computing.

I’m also an indie computer game developer. As Andarian in the Neverwinter Nights gaming community I released two award-winning, Hall of Fame “adventure modules” based on parts of the Sanctum saga. Their success helped convince me to explore my passion for storytelling in today’s new world of self and e-publishing.

For more information about my writing and gaming projects, visit my website at andarian.net/publishing, find me on social media at andarian.net/publishing/social, or sign up for my newsletter at andarian.net/subscribe.

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June 3, 2022
The series continues with an entertaining struggle as the hordes pour into the city. Not only an enjoyable read as the battles unfold, but good to see the underlying intrigue also remains. Read this with the next in the series as they go together seamlessly.
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