Broken Souls by Troy Calkins
Through fire and ice I will fight to find honor. Whether it be giants or creatures of the night, I’ll fight. Pain is my comfort, and sorrow is my companion. Death follows wherever I go. Even the sun hides from my sight.
Bothvar they call me. My journey isn’t an easy one. It follows a long and broken road full of the bones of those who I couldn’t save and those who got in my way. My blades are soaked in the blood of my enemies, but my heart is left in shattered pieces, broken by the costs of my actions. All for what? Honor? Glory? I don’t know anymore.
Maybe I have gained honor, but all I have to show for it is pain. yet I must carry on. I must earn my place among the halls of the gods so I can see my loved ones again. That is why I carry on to fight again. And I will not stop until I am reunited with them.
Whether it be giants or the gods themselves, I will always fight on.
I will do whatever it takes to save my family. Afterall, it is my fault they were enslaved. If I had only listened to my father. If I heeded his words and did what was right instead of what was easy they wouldn’t have had to pay for my mistakes with their freedom. Now it is up to me to do whatever it takes to find a way to free them.
Even if it means sacrificing myself and my own freedom. I don’t care what happens to me. I’ll gladly pay any price to save them.
Of course, I said that, but I had no idea what was going to be asked of me. What price I’d have to pay. I didn’t know what I’d have to do to save them. Even so, I’d sacrifice everything to see them free. Even my own freedom. Even my own soul. Which I will soon find out is the very price I must pay.
Join Bothvar and Lura as they go through pain and sorrow and climb mountains and cross seas, all to save and protect the ones they love. Follow their journey as they discover true love, honor, and glory.
Broken Souls is a Dark Fantasy with a bit of romance. It’s inspired by Viking culture, but it is no way an accurate portrayal of historical Viking culture. It takes place within a fantasy world that’s heavily influenced by ancient mythology and lore of many different cultures among other things. That being said, this book contains some pretty graphic and controversial topics such as slavery, sexual assault, death, war, violence, blood, mental health, drug addiction, and many other controversial topics. This novel includes The Bound Soul and The Damaged Soul which makes up the first third of the book.
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Troy Calkins was born in northern Michigan and was adopted at a young age. He never knew his birth parents and seeks to find them. During college, he developed a blood clotting disease and spend most of his time in and out of the hospital. During his time in the hospital, his form of escape was through fantasy. He spent most of his time reading and writing, building an epic world that this book takes place in. After many surgeries and procedures, he was able to return back to college and graduate to eventually write this book.