The Rise of the Red Shadow by Joseph Lallo
Series: Book of Deacon, Volume 0.5.
Approx. 180,290 words.
Published on July 30, 2013.
Before he was a legendary assassin and mythic hero, the creature known as Lain was just a simple malthrope, frightened and alone. The Rise of the Red Shadow tells the story of his tragic youth, beginning with his days on a plantation in Tressor and following him through the painful tragedies and thrilling trials that would one day lead him to greatness in the pages of The Book of Deacon.