The Shadowed Path by Simon Stone
Approx. 131,630 words.
Published on September 20, 2011.
The ancient, decadent empire of Prast crumbles. As it dies new and powerful nations clamour at its borders. War comes, but even that matters little as the great scourge of the Shadowland makes its presence felt. A blight upon creation, evil incarnate, it will annihilate all traces of civilisation. Only one man carries the key to stopping the Shadowland’s progress, and he doesn't even know it.