After an extended, multi-year fantasy binge David Oliver decided to write a book. He loved immersing himself in other worlds, meeting the lovingly crafted characters of his favourite authors and realised that he could help contribute to this amazing collection of work. And so he set metaphorical pen to paper (in reality he used a computer), and started writing.
The Great Hearts is what he achieved. A fantasy novel that takes the reader on a journey into the dark and twisted mind of his protagonist, Calidan Darkheart. A whirlwind adventure featuring monsters and mayhem. He hopes any new reader enjoys it as much as he liked writing it!
High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Grimdark, Military Fantasy, Coming Of Age Fantasy
The Great Hearts
Hunter. Killer. Monster. Imperator.
Imperator. A word synonymous with fear, pain, loathing and, for a chosen few, the sharp end of a blade. The voice of the Emperor, an Imperator is the perfect weapon, skilled in combat, politics and strategy and moulded by years of punishing training. They are the hidden assassins, the enforcers of the Emperor’s will.
They are the hunters of the unknown.
Calidan Darkheart is an Imperator, a self-professed killer and an adept hunter of the creatures that most citizens of the Empire do not realise exist.
Together with his hulking companion Cassius, he hunts the beast that slaughtered their home village.
Pity those who find themselves in their path.
Calidan and Cassius were bright young boys, living peaceful, happy lives in a remote mountain village, until the day everything changed. Once the screams have subsided, and with the horrors they have seen embedded in their minds, they embark on a journey of survival, fraught with danger, strange magic and dark deeds. Unbowing and undaunted they push forward, striving for power, making lifelong friendships along the way, and above all else, discovering the truth behind the magnificent, mythical Great Hearts.
Young Calidan is a boy full of hope and courage, driven by the past but not ruled by it.
Old Calidan is a bitter and twisted killer of monsters and men, his past haunting his dreams.
This is his story.
The first instalment of a new series, David Oliver’s debut novel features morally ambiguous heroes, mythical beasts and strange magic in an unputdownable, grimdark, coming-of-age adventure. Following in the footsteps of authors such as Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie and Brian McClellan, pick up a copy today and be enraptured by The Great Heart’s melding of gritty, vivid action with the soft, warm purr of a gigantic panther.