Edge of Oblivion by Patrick G. Laplante (Painting the Mists #9)
English | 2020| Fantasy | ePUB | 3.7 MB
Patrick Georges Laplante was born in a small town in the Canadian prairies in 1987. He began publishing Painting the Mists online under the pseudonym RedMirage in January 2018. An engineer by trade, he graduated from the University of Alberta in 2009 and completed his master’s degree in 2011. While writing and engineering have little in common, he actively utilizes his experiences and attention to detail in fleshing out a vivid world and answering the “whys,” which are often left unanswered in Xianxia fiction. As an avid vegan, he aims to prompt internal reflection in his readers through various themes like non-violence, choice, and begging the question: Is personhood restricted to humanity? And what is proper conduct, morality, and love? His work is inspired by a combination of Western fiction, Dungeons and Dragons, Chinese web novels, and various Japanese, Korean, and Chinese comics and illustrated novels. Patrick’s hobbies include: reading, board games, and taekwondo.
The Clear Sky Brush painted the world. Will one of its creations destroy it?
Gears have been turning for centuries, and war has broken out. Cha Ming and Feng Ming rush to shore up the North’s meager defenses before devils from the South overrun them. No country can escape.
In Gold Leaf City, Wang Jun has betrayed the North. He loathes his own actions, but he will do what he must to protect his beloved. He weaves a deep web while walking on the edge of a razor. A single misstep will cost him everything.
Meanwhile, Huxian rushes to complete the Candle Dragon’s trials. He fights with his life on the line because he alone knows the strength of their true enemy: a fiendish hunger that devours worlds…
Usama, who’d been chatting with a business associate at the back, walked up. “Hey, buddy!” he said, shaking Judah’s hand. “I just wanted to wish you congratulations in advance.”
“Isn’t that bad luck?” Judah asked. “I hear all of the other candidates are way more popular than I am. It’ll be a miracle if I win.”
“And who’s saying that?” Usama asked with a twinkle in his eye.
“The news?” Judah answered uncertainly.
Yama hmphed, drawing glances. “The news wouldn’t know what’s going on if it hit them upside the head with a spirit-sealing brick. They’re all mouthpieces for one candidate or another, spewing crazy rhetoric as though it were fact. There are a few sane media outlets out there, but they don’t fare very well on election years. It takes them a few decades to recover after each election.”
“He’s right,” Mary said, shaking her head in disgust. “You mostly don’t have to worry about the news and reporters, though it really would have helped if you’d spoken out against Ragthor the Bloodied. That devil-worshipping psycho deserves every bit of bad press he gets. I mean, come on! Bringing back spirit sacrifices? Bicentenary wars to cull our population?”
“He’s very popular with the middle class,” Yama pointed out. “We didn’t want to alienate them. They think very highly of their odds of survival in the bicentennial wars, given their better resources. Since our regressive tax policies already attracted the rich, it was wiser to remain silent.”
“I’m just not sure how people can take these guys seriously,” Judah said, shaking his head. “Here I am, trying to keep a clean election, but there’s Elsa of the Hive Mind here saying every spirit should be connected to a hive matrix to operate more efficiently, and everyone should get equal resources. She literally wants to enslave the entire population. Then, she weakens her case and admits it should be done slowly, first subduing ten percent of the population by random lottery to see how it works out.”
“Instantly creating a hive mind is tricky,” Usama chimed in. “We tried it once at my evil research and development company. It didn’t work out so well.”
“And then there’s the sanest of the lot, Galahad the Brave,” Judah said. “He’s all about honor and justice. Going over the entire law with a fine-tooth comb, doubling our police force, and increasing standards for judges. He’s got all this good stuff going for him, but then he wants to do unnecessary things like fine people for shaking off after peeing in the urinal.”