Demon Lord

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Seven blue wards have imprisoned the Black Lord in the Underworld for aeons. Now he has stolen a human child and made him a mortal god. After eighteen years of torturous training, Bane sets forth to break the wards with aid of a dark army. The Demon Lord will release Arkonen and destroy the Overworld unless an innocent young girl can turn him from his savage path...
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Words: 107,330
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458183477
About T C Southwell

T. C. Southwell was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the Seychelles when she was a baby. She spent her formative years exploring the islands – mostly alone. Naturally, her imagination flourished and she developed a keen love of other worlds. The family travelled through Europe and Africa and, after the death of her father, settled in South Africa.

T. C. Southwell has written over thirty fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as five screenplays. Her hobbies include motorcycling, horse riding and art, and she is now a full-time writer.

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Review by: Kevin Ballard on April 30, 2012 :
Absolutely amazing story from start to finish. The character depth and story is truly riveting and reading this over the last few weeks at work has been such a pleasant experience. Just bought Dark God and look forward to reading more from the series. Great piece of writing.
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Review by: R McCullough on Jan. 13, 2012 :
O My O My……….
Great book
Wish there was a button for purchasing all books in a series!
Very interesting turn on the ‘Bad’ guy!
TC – let me know should you ever want to add some free (image credits) pictures/images for inside the books – I own thousands.
You other authors also.
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Review by: Annamarie Berry on Oct. 21, 2011 :
Enjoyable read, can't wait to star on Dark God.
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Review by: cookie wilson on Aug. 13, 2011 : (no rating)
I came across one of her books totally by accident and I FELL IN LOVE!!!! I was a big Kontz fan now she is my top favorite! Now I cant stop adding more of her books to my ereader. I actually look forward for any & all of her future works Keep up the good work......
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Review by: gurgle2 on July 18, 2011 :
Overall, I enjoyed the book. I thought it was well written and exciting. Admittedly though, the story line of the terribly abusive relationship endured by the female character while trying to break through to the man who is really good inside was kind of irksome and kept me from enjoying the book even more.
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Review by: Donald Cook on July 02, 2011 :
I have read all of her published work on "Smashwords". The "Dark God" series, of which "Demon Lord" is the first, is a fast paced, fairly short, novel that is part of an much larger tapastry. Hopefully she will continue the sage in a timely manner (up to #6 have been released). I await future additions to the series with bated breath!
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Review by: Vanessa Finaughty on June 30, 2011 :
The first in a series, TC Southwell’s Demon Lord tells the story of Mirra, a young healer who cannot find it within herself to hate, and Bane, a Demon Lord who seems incapable of caring for anyone.

Bane has been sent to the Overworld by his father, the dark god Arkonen, to destroy the seven blue wards that trap him in the Underworld. What Bane doesn’t realise is that Arkonen is not his real father – Bane was stolen from his human mother at birth, raised as Arkonen’s son and trained in the usage of the dark powers, because only a human can enter the Overworld and free Arkonen from the Underworld.

Mirra, too, has been unknowingly raised to serve one purpose only: the purest and most powerful of healers, only she has a chance of turning Bane from his task.

Near the start of this story, Mirra is captured by Bane’s army of humans and dark beasts. Bane discovers that he is unable to cause her pain and, determined to discover a way in which to hurt her, he ignores his father’s orders to kill her immediately.

Despite being forced to be witness to the murder and mayhem that Bane causes all who cross his path, Mirra tries to ease the pain that using the dark power causes him. Bane, however, is convinced that she is trying to kill him, and becomes all the more cruel to her.

It’s certainly good to see local fantasy talent blooming, and, although I’m not a lover of the black and white version of ‘good versus evil’, I thoroughly enjoyed Demon Lord. Anyone who enjoys a good fantasy filled with deceit, betrayal and a little romance thrown in on the side should enjoy Demon Lord.
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Review by: Maria Sokolova on June 05, 2011 :
Amazing!I admire author's imagination and spirit!I recommend it!I almost read all her books, a few remained.I'm looking forward for more "Demon Lord"s stories.
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Review by: melissa nagtegaal on May 27, 2011 : (no rating)
I have read all the demon books and could not stop reading I was so captured. Can't wait for the next book to the series comes out.
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Review by: Tracy Falbe on Feb. 17, 2011 :
The terrible Black Lord of the Underworld is locked out of the green and living Overworld by seven wards set by ancient mages. This evil fallen God cannot rise to break these wards so he must twist and trick a human to do it for him. A woman is taken to the Underworld and her son cut from her womb. Raised by cruel demons and other creatures, this boy is named Bane. Vicious tortures and wicked tests make him strong as he grows. He looks to the Black Lord as his father, who imbues Bane with dark powers. As a human, Bane can go to the Overworld. When he is grown he becomes the Demon Lord and sets out to break the seven wards.

The only hope for the Overworld is a sweet and innocent healer girl, Mirra. Her Sisterhood of healers raised her to undo the evil of Bane with her glorious and selfless goodness. During her upbringing, she was sheltered from anger, arguments, conflict, and any unpleasantness. She is pure and giving and guileless and believes in the goodness of the world. A riveting psychological drama unfolds as these two opposing characters influence each other. Mirra is taken prisoner by the Demon Lord as he spreads terror and destruction across the world, marching from ward to ward and breaking them. Bane is intellectually stymied by Mirra's inability to hate him. She even cares for him because she cares for all things. Bane tortures her but will not kill her, despite repeated demands from the Black Lord that he do so. Gradually Bane becomes protective of Mirra although he refuses to accept that she is stirring human feelings within him.

But the progress of Mirra's good influence is slow, and Bane remains stubbornly loyal to the Black Lord. Wards continue to shatter beneath the Demon Lord's awesome power and the suffering of the world grows worse each day.

Demon Lord is a tremendous fantasy novel packed with demons, trolls, depraved humans, and scuttling horrors of the night. Massive mountain fortresses fall. Towns are ravaged. Storms toss ships at sea. Wards holding back the Black Lord are hidden in a great crashing waterfall or insulated within a colossal monolithic crystal. Mirra learns the terror of being chained to a sacrificial altar. Bane rides a demon steed. Every paragraph and chapter of this novel rushes headlong into gripping action and terrible trials as Bane and Mirra grapple with their worst fears.

Southwell's writing flows and is filled with stunning landscapes and lucid insights into the characters' tortured thoughts. And chapter by chapter the seeds of romance reluctantly germinate in the hostile soil. The age old story of a woman trying to change a man for his own good and the good of the world underpins this wonderful fantasy filled with dark horror, cruelty, and persistent hope.

Demon Lord is the first book in a series and I will definitely be reading more of T.C. Southwell's fantasy fiction. Getting a copy of this novel is as effortless as kneeling before the Demon Lord. It is a free ebook download at Smashwords.
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Review by: joan b on Feb. 12, 2011 : (no rating)
loved this book, couldnt stop reading it. Loved it enough that I had to buy Dark God , which is the follow-up.
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Review by: Taruna Lamba on Dec. 19, 2010 :
First i would like to give cover designer a 5 star for designing such a beautiful cover i guess i m in love with the cover pic. Regarding story i liked it no loved it, even though fantasy is not my cup of tea.i was surprised that its so long as the free e books normally ends up quickly so surprised that it was free. Loved this book, Must read who like some good imagination and fantasy novels and even for others it not over the top so can read it.glowing five stars
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