Tracy Hickman, the New York Times bestselling coauthor of the original Dragonlance Chronicles, and Richard Garriott, the award-winning video game designer of Ultima, combine their talents to present Blade of the Avatar—a series of novels that serve as an epic prequel to the Shroud of the Avatar fantasy video role playing game.
Abandoned by the mighty Avatars and their Virtues, the people who remained were left defenseless in an untamed land. That is, until the Obsidians came. Through dark sorcery and overwhelming force the Obsidian Empire brought order to chaos, no matter the cost.
Aren Benis is a Captain in the Obsidian Army who has discovered a magical sword that only he can wield—the Sword of Midras, a blade once used by the legendary Avatars. Now, to understand the true nature of the ancient weapon, Aren must track down his empire’s enemies—and question everything he’s ever believed and done as an Obsidian…
TRACY HICKMAN and LAURA HICKMAN have been publishing game designs, books, and stories for over thirty-two years. In addition, Tracy is a New York Times bestselling coauthor of many novels, including the original Dragonlance Chronicles, Dragonlance Legends, Rose of the Prophet, and Darksword trilogies as well as the seven-book Deathgate Cycle. Tracy and Laura live in Utah.
RICHARD GARRIOTT is a video game designer, collector, and private astronaut. He began designing computer games while still in high school and turned his interest into a professional career that earned him legendary status in the video game industry. In 2006 Richard was awarded with two industry honors for his work in the games business: selection into The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards.