Broken Ring (Book 2 of the Caliel Cycle)
One month out of every year, the constellation of the Ring rises in the night sky above the world of Caliel.
But one year out of every ten, the brightest star is missing, and the Ring becomes… the Broken Ring.
Legend whispers that any promise, any pledge, any oath made under the Broken Ring will inevitably be broken.
When Myrren Kahliana and Raine Destin took their wedding vows under the sign of the Broken Ring, they thought the tales were mere superstition. But they’re about to find out how much power an old legend can have, as fortune tears them apart and sends them across the world from each other.
To fulfill his family duty, Raine must travel to the city of Ral Vraxan, the dread capitol of all the lands that worship the god Vraxor, where assassins lurk around every corner and politics is written in blood. Competing for a high honor called the Choosing, he’s plunged into conflict with a rival who may not be what she seems… and even if he can avoid his enemies’ traps and outwit their plots, the secrets of Vraxor’s terrible priesthood may still rend the country apart in civil war.
Myrren, meanwhile, sets out on a different path, traveling to the vast, pristine wilderness of Shael to witness the marriage of her closest friend. But the journey of a lifetime becomes a nightmare, as she finds herself being pursued by a mysterious, deadly and relentless new enemy that only she can see, and that wants something from her she doesn’t even know she has.
When gods walk the earth and fate is written in the stars, can two people in love steer their own destiny?
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Dark Heart (Book 1 of the Caliel Cycle)
Three gods rule the world of Caliel.
Nimrod, once a human mage, now the god of healing and light, presides over the great cities of the west. Shayna, once a Dryad, now the goddess of nature and balance, holds sway over the vast forests of the south. And Vraxor, once a demon, now the grim god of death and darkness, rules the harsh and rugged swamps and mountains of the east.
In Vraxor’s society, where demons walk the streets along with humans and the god’s terrible priesthood rules with an iron fist, a girl named Myrren has begun to see inconsistencies in the beliefs she’s been taught all her life. Accompanied by her demonic guardian and a brash young nobleman, she sets out on a pilgrimage to escape the hardships of her world and find out for herself what the truth is.
However, what begins as a simple journey soon spins out of control, as she’s swept up in events vaster and more perilous than her darkest dreams: a life-and-death struggle for power in the highest circles of her homeland, the rise of a prophesied hero destined to destroy Vraxor’s civilization, the rediscovery of a holy symbol called the Dark Heart that’s been lost for centuries, and the ominous discovery that the enigmatic and deadly priests of Vraxor are pursuing her for reasons unknown.
As she flees for her life across the length of Caliel, Myrren will find friendship in unexpected quarters and new allies she never would have imagined. But she’ll need all the help she can get if she’s to escape her new enemies alive…
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Over the past few decades, atheism in America has seen explosive, unprecedented growth in its numbers, influence, and political clout. Daylight Atheism both springs from and taps into the passionate energy and intensity of this nascent social movement. Following in the footsteps of other bestselling atheist manifestos, it paints a compelling picture of the dangers we face from rampant, unchecked religion, weaving together barbarous verses from ancient texts with all-too-familiar stories from today’s headlines to make the case that superstitious belief is a crutch upon which we can no longer afford to depend.
In response to religious claims that atheism is too negative, that it tears down people’s faith without offering anything in return, this book also presents atheism as an uplifting and even joyous worldview, one that includes a strong moral compass governed by reason and conscience, an exhilarating freedom to steer our own destiny, and a powerful feeling of transcendent awe and wonder at the glorious vastness and complexity of the universe. Daylight Atheism metaphorically recalls the emergence of atheism from the shadows into the daylight of society’s discourse, and conveys the message that being an atheist isn’t something to be ashamed of, but something to be proud of.
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“Adam Lee has been a voice of reason for atheists (and curious Christians) online for many years and this book, as with all of his writing, makes a strong case for the atheist worldview. I suspect you’ll find it very convincing since Adam does such a thorough job of laying out the evidence against faith and sharing what many other atheists before you have said about it. Whether you’re brand new to atheism or a seasoned philosopher, there’s something in here to help you leave the darkness of faith and come into the daylight.”
—Hemant Mehta, blogger at Friendly Atheist, author of I Sold My Soul On eBay
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—Greta Christina, blogger at Greta Christina’s Blog, author of Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless
“Adam Lee’s writing has made him one of the most widely-read atheist bloggers – and rightfully so. This effort should secure him a place amongst atheism’s most informative and relatable authors.”
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“Atheists—and their argument—inspire so much fear because they’re so unknown. Unlearn your fear by reading Adam’s book and realizing that atheists really are just like everyone else. In fact, you probably know one and just don’t know it yet.”
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“To a believer, atheism can seem dark, cold, and frightening. Adam Lee opens the shutters and lets the sunlight in. Daylight Atheism speaks clearly and passionately of the joy of living a reality-based existence guided by respect for each human person. Highly recommended.”
—Mary Johnson, former member of the Missionaries of Charity, author of An Unquenchable Thirst: A Memoir