The Gamble of the Godless by Dave Maine
Avin del Bors has a problem. His brother Drew has run off to fight in a war against the wolves, even though the wolves weren’t responsible for the vicious attack against the humans on the Free Plains. Avin’s companions—the warrior Ax, one-armed sorcerer Jocen, plucky owl Ulkia, drug-addled cheetah Summon the Wind and raccoon stand-up comic Onesso—all have their own reasons for accompanying him through the animal territories across the Bladebone Mountains. Their travels will take them from the highly regimented wolf cities, to the richesse and luxury of the Equine Commonwealth, all the way to the vertiginous tunnels of the serpents’ underground Net and across the waters of the Autonomous Dolphin Collective—to whatever unknown awaits them.
What e-readers will love:
Fans of epic fantasy will get lost in The Gamble of the Godless. Featuring a highly-detailed alternate world—without a vampire, werewolf or elf in sight—Maine’s creation is utterly believable and entirely new. Maine’s effortless writing goes down easy, and readers will immerse themselves in a world that they’ll be reluctant to leave.
Why did you go indie?
After four successful literary novels, I wanted to move in a different direction—to go back to my roots. The publishing industry is a bit supicious of such leapfrogging; they like people to establish themselves, then stay put. That’s not my style. I’m less Brittany Spears and more Neil Young, so I decided to go indie and ignore the expectations.
Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
For old-school stuff, I love ERB, Lin Carter’s Callisto books, Paul O. Williams, Melanie Rawn, Katherine Kurtz. Tolkein of course, goes without saying. Terry Brooks is unfairly cast as a Tolkein clone sometimes, but we’re all Tolkein clones on some level. Nowadays, I’m fond of KJ Parker, Kate Elliot, George RR Martin—although his stories are a fair bit bleaker than mine. I try to remember that, ultimately, we’re all trying to have fun here.
DAVE MAINE aka DAVID MAINE is the acclaimed author of The Preservationist, Fallen, The Book of Samson and Monster, 1959. With The Gamble of the Godless, Dave returns to the epic fantasy genre that he grew up reading and loving. Hop aboard now, as there are plenty more adventures for Avin and his comrades in future volumes.