Black Bottle by Anthony Huso

By Anthony Huso

Dark and wealthy, epic in scope, with Black Bottle Anthony Huso has crafted a fable like no different, teeming with unthinkable horrors and fashionable wonders.

Tabloids bought within the Duchy of Stonehold declare that the excessive King, Caliph Howl, has been raised from the lifeless. His consort, Sena Iilool, either blamed and celebrated for this act, unearths macabre cult has sprung up round her.

As this news spreads, Stonehold—long thought of unimportant—comes to the eye of the emperors within the southern nations. they've got discovered that the seed of Sena’s vast energy lies in an occult e-book, and they're wanting to declare it for his or her own.

Desperate to guard his humans from the southern possibility, Caliph is drawn right into a summit of the world’s leaders regardless of the data that it's a trap. As Sena’s strange activities threaten to resolve the summit, Caliph watches her slip via his arms into madness.

But is it really madness? Sena is playing a perilous video game of procedure and deceit as she makes an attempt to outwit a strength that has spent millennia preparing for this present day. Caliph is the single connection left to her former existence, yet it’s his blood that Sena wishes to see her plans via to their explosive end.

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Voltmeter tried to pick up his previous train of thought. Ah, yes. Acquiring power. Once in a while, a kingdom would end up being run by a decent, compassionate man who abhorred war and violence. The kind of man who thought that conflicts could be solved by diplomacy and negotiation. At first glance, it might seem that men like these would be pushovers for an Evil Overlord. But no. Nice guys invariably had the sense to install brutal killers—men like Lord Logan—to head up their armies. Their defenses were often well organized.

That was power. The way Voltmeter saw it, anyway. He didn't want to be a Lord. He wanted people to lord over. The world is full of megalomaniacs who aspire to positions of power. The good news is that most of them never achieve it. At best, they merely get to abuse their apprentices and perhaps send their children to bed without supper. A lucky few will succeed as tax collectors, and fewer still may reach assistant headmaster at some public school. But in places like Rassendas, and Angostura, and Deserae, the real authority was in hereditary positions.

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