The Sleeping God (#1)

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Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane are members of the Mercenary Guild, both veterans of numerous battles and missions, each a master of martial arts. And more than that, Dhulyn and Parno are Partners, a Mercenary bond that can only be broken by one or both of their deaths. Their past lives are supposed to be irrelevant—but Dhulyn and Parno have histories and secrets that may make all the difference between success and failure in the mission that awaits them…


“Combining classic heroic fantasy with a metaphysical twist, [THE SLEEPING GOD features] abundant swordplay and [a] strong, entertaining partnership.”

Publishers Weekly

“A new series of high fantasy and adventure with a hero and heroine cursed with secrets and blessed with natural and magical talents, wit, and bravery. Libraries interested in series SF may want to get in on the ground floor and add this title to their fantasy collections.”

Library Journal

“The highly talented Dhulyn and Parno are great fun to watch as they wade through their adventures.”


“I’m giving in to my baser instincts and indulging in a bit of shameless cheerleading. Since I want more books like these. [...] Implausibly competent, fundamentally decent characters kicking ass and taking names, wandering the world and saving it […] well-rounded characters both male and female! Derring-do! Heroic (maybe-not-quite) last stands! Come one, come all….”

“Violette Malan shines with a rich pairing of characters in Dhulyn and Parno […] their relationship is especially well done, with a deapth and realism that is frequently lacking in the depiction of long-term relationships in fantasy.”

Fantasy Literature

“A thoughtful interpretation of the hero’s quest theme […] a slower paced but interesting adventure tale that highlights the importance of tradition and working together toward the common good.”

Monsters Critic

“I can recommend to those who enjoy a good political intrigue fantasy. Malan manages to pull off an intriguing story of politics, love and the fate of the world without being clinched.”

Fantasy Book Spot

“A fun read with a great combination of danger, intrigue, humor, and more. The pace only slows long enough for readers to catch a breath before picking up with more action. Violette Malan’s THE SLEEPING GOD is a great choice for good fantasy reading.”

Wantz Upon a Time

“Another excellent read. It’s science fiction fantasy at its best. There’s a wonderful bit of world-building here, and lots of sword-fighting. There’s love, poison and fully-drawn characters, both good and bad and in-between. Malan’s written a classic fantasy novel that manages to be fresh and compelling. I highly recommend THE SLEEPING GOD.”

Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author

“Malan showed a seamless mastery [and] enviable skill with action and setting.”

Julie Czerneda, author of IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS

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