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Sam Sykes Books In Order

Publication Order of Aeon’s Gate Books

Tome of the Undergates (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Halo (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Skybound Sea (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Bring Down Heaven Books

The City Stained Red (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mortal Tally (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
God's Last Breath (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ale & Blood (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Grave of Empires Books

Seven Blades in Black (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gallows Black (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Author Sam Watkins was born in the year 1984, and publishes under the name Sam Sykes. His mother is Diana Gabaldon, the author of the “Outlander” series. He lives in America with his two hounds, and is probably yelling at some inanimate object or other, at any given time.

His work is from the fantasy genre and his debut novel, “The Tome of the Undergates”, was released in the year 2010.

“Tome of the Undergates” is the first novel in the “Aeon’s Gate” series, which was released in the year 2010. Lenk has a tough time of keeping control of his mismatched band of adventurers during the best of times. Kataria the Shict despises the majority of humans, Gariath the dragon man views humans to be not much more than prey, and the humans with the band are not much better. When they are not busy insulting the other’s religions, they argue about conditions and pay.

Things go much worse when an invincible demon joins up in the fray. The demon steals the Tome of the Undergates, which is a manuscript that has everything you need to open up the undergates. Whichever one of the gods, you believe in, you do not want the undergates open. The other side of the gate has many more invincible demons, which are the manifestation of all of the evil of the gods. And they are all looking to get out.

Sam Sykes writes in a unique voice, and there are not many authors who write in any way similar to him. Throughout the book, he seems to be able to do whatever he wants to and does so with flying colors.

“Black Halo” is the second novel in the “Aeon’s Gate” series, which was released in the year 2011. Lenk and his band of grouchy and mismatched adventurers got shipwrecked on an island. One that is a graveyard for dragonmen and demons alike. One that is inhabited by lizard men, and one that is filled with secrets and is about to be a battleground.

Back in the civilized Bralston, who is a very different Librarian, has been sent to learn what exactly happened to the Tome of the Undergates. He has to punish those that misused their magic. Bralston will uphold the law. The Tome is going to be read and it calls out to those that would read it and open up the gates to hell.

These books have a vivid and inventive energy that livens up some tried and true elements of other fantasy reads. For some, this was an improvement over the first novel, as the characters are in closer proximity to one another.

“The Skybound Sea” is the third novel in the “Aeon’s Gate” series, which was released in the year 2012. Lenk and his motley crew have to finally stop fighting each other and for their own survival to save the whole human race. A terrible demon has risen from under the sea and the place it came from thousands more might follow. The whole time there is an alien race plotting the extinction of mankind.

This author is able to write top notch non-stop action and develop characters who are both interesting and believable. Sykes’s writing is gross, funny, exciting, beautiful, violent, moving, and disgusting.

“The City Stained Red” is the first novel in the “Bring Down Heaven” series, which was released in the year 2015. The Aeon known as Khoth-Kapira was the closest the world had to a living god, and this was long before he got sent to hell. He possessed a vast intellect, and pioneered many of the wonders that have stuck around in the world long after he got banished.

Just about every fragment of economic, medical, and technological progress that mortal races enjoy can be traced right back to him. With all of his wonders, however, came cruelty beyond measure: horrifying experimentations, industrialized slavery, and a kind of rage that eventually made the world bow down to him.

Now, while Khoth-Kapira starts to stir, the world is shuddering at the thought of the coming disasters. The epicenter is a city called Cier’Djaal. There is a religious war between a pair of unstoppable military juggernauts brewing. Racial fury among the many peoples of the world is close to exploding. Demons are pouring in from the shadows at the front of a vicious cult that worships some dark powers.

Lenk finds that he is once again right in the middle. His fate, as well as the fate of Khoth-Kapira are intertwined while the demon tries to convince him of his honesty. He Who Makes tells him about how Lenk’s world breaks around him, and that the guy can fix it. Lenk just has to let him out so that he can help.

The book is a subversive and entertaining story and was written by an excellent author. He weaves into the story a fascinating sensitivity and heart into the tale. Sykes also examines closely the different tropes of fantasy in a way that makes the book well worth reading.

“The Mortal Tally” is the second novel in the “Bring Down Heaven” series, which was released in the year 2016. The civilization’s heart bleeds. Cier’Djaal, which was once the crowning glory of the civilized world, has been reduced to both a graveyard and battlefield. Foreign armies fight relentlessly on streets filled with bodies of the innocents that got caught up in the crossfire. Thieves and cultists fight shadow wars, aristocrats sit around just watching the world burn down from up high, and tribal armies foment just outside the walls of the city.

Lenk’s mates fight to keep the city from destroying itself, and he goes to the Forbidden East to find the demon that caused all of this. Even while he hunts for Khoth-Kapira, dark whispers are plaguing each of his thoughts. Khoth promises a world that is free of war to him, a place where he will be able to lay down his sword once and for all. Lenk continues to find it tough not to listen to it. When the gods become deaf, demons speak.

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