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"​A gripping tale of intrigue, with a fresh new take on a magical world."

- Booklist, Starred Review

Winner of the 2018 IPPY silver medal for Best SciFi/Fantasy/Horror


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For thousands of years, Golem Mages ruled the volcanic mountain ranges of Ingleheim, but when Herrscher Heinrich declared himself Führer, he took measures to ensure he would be the last with the power to bend golems to his will.

Twenty years later, his regime uncovers the resting place of an Alpha Golem with the power to burn the life force out of anyone caught in its destructive gaze. Katja, a passionate Golem Expert, is tasked to help bring the Alpha under the Führer’s control. She is determined to keep it out of his murderous hands and has no choice but to team up with a nameless and faceless soldier, trained in the efficiently ruthless discipline of Steinkamp. A word synonymous with death.

The pair challenge immense power, but their most trying task is learning how to trust in a world where everyone is afraid of you—or wants to kill you.

what readers are saying . . .

The cohesiveness Barron brought to the main location of Ingleheim really immersed me in the best way. The golem creatures are also very cool. This aspect of the story really made this book something different from anything I have read before.

- Amazon Customer 

One of my favourite books read in 2018 . . . refreshingly unique and a lot of fun to read. Her strong female protagonist will also resonate with a lot of female readers and, combined with the intriguing cast of characters and the well-described world, makes it a great overall read. Highly recommend giving it a shot.

- Amazon Customer 

I enjoyed tremendously having a decent-sized book that I could get stuck into . . . quite an epic in fact.

- Netgalley Reviewer 

It's the very essence of a "pageturner". K.E. Barron can understand what classic elements a good story needs while still delivering with something that just feels . . . unique and natural. It's hard to tell who is actually the most important character in this novel, and to me, that's the sign of a great book.

- Amazon Customer 

A very good, very nicely written tale of redemption, faith, and adventure, about overthrowing a tyrant and pursuing greatness. Would recommend.

-  Netgalley Review 

I loved it, the characters were so real and had so much personality. It was grimy but not so dark no one had any redeeming qualities. The magic and the golems were so cool and you even felt for the rocks. I am so happy I read this and am buying the author's next as we speak because I didn't want this one to end.

- Amazon Customer 



K.E. Barron wanted to be a writer her entire life, but she chose to be an accountant instead. Now she divides her time between writing books and balancing them. She grew up in Fernie, British Columbia and now lives in Red Deer, Alberta, working as a financial analyst and writing fantasy books in her spare time. Her interests are vast and varied, ranging from the aesthetics of eighteenth-and nineteenth-century period pieces to the scholarly realms of evolutionary psychology, anthropology, economics, and religion. These eclectic inspirations are all part of the magic and cultural realism of her fantasy novels.

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