From Brian McClellan, author of The Powder Mage trilogy, comes the first novel in the Glass Immortals series, In the Shadow of Lightning, an epic fantasy where magic is a finite resource—and it’s running out.
"Excellent worldbuilding and a truly epic narrative combine into Brian's finest work to date. Heartily recommended to anyone who wants a new favorite fantasy series to read."—Brandon Sanderson
Demir Grappo is an outcast—he fled a life of wealth and power, abandoning his responsibilities as a general, a governor, and a son. Now he will live out his days as a grifter, rootless, and alone. But when his mother is brutally murdered, Demir must return from exile to claim his seat at the head of the family and uncover the truth that got her killed: the very power that keeps civilization turning, godglass, is running out.
Now, Demir must find allies, old friends and rivals alike, confront the powerful guild-families who are only interested in making the most of the scraps left at the table and uncover the invisible hand that threatens the Empire. A war is coming, a war unlike any other. And Demir and his ragtag group of outcasts are the only thing that stands in the way of the end of life as the world knows it.
"Powerful rival families, murderous conspiracies, epic battles, larger-than-life characters, and magic."—Fonda Lee, author of The Green Bone Saga
"Engaging, fast-paced and epic."—James Islington, author of In The Shadow of What Was Lost
"Clever, fun, and by turns beautifully bloody, In the Shadow of Lightning hits like a bolt through a stained glass window."—Megan E. O'Keefe, author of Chaos Vector
“Excellent worldbuilding and a truly epic narrative combine into Brian's finest work to date. Heartily recommended to anyone who wants a new favorite fantasy series to read.” — Brandon Sanderson
“In the Shadow of Lightning pushed all my fantasy buttons: powerful rival families, murderous conspiracies, epic battles, larger-than-life characters, and magic thoroughly embedded in a fully-realized world. McClellan is a top-tier storyteller who had me hooked from the first page until the last.” —Fonda Lee, author of The Green Bone Saga
“Brian McClellan is a master worldbuilder. His magic systems are fascinating yet strangely relatable, and his settings are evocative and realistic. Yet these are just the backdrop for a dynamic and inclusive cast of characters with intricate storylines and relationships that keep you turning pages. And if that doesn't keep one reading, the whodunit plot certainly will. McClellan is a fantastic addition to anyone's library and a must-have voice in epic fantasy.” — Charlie Holmberg, author of The Paper Magician
“Full of fast-paced action and strong world building, and will leave established fans of McClellan's work and new readers alike impatient for the next novel. Highly recommended for fans of epic fantasies.” —Booklist, starred review