Elder Epoch

by Zamil Akhtar

After reading Conqueror’s Blood I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep reading the Gunmetal Gods Saga. But I picked up Elder Epoch anyway and I’m glad I did. It puts the characters back in the center of the cosmos horror action where they belong.

The story was already complex, and in this book it grows even more so, reshuffling the powers of the world and adding threats from beyond the veil.

Akhtar calls it cosmic horror. I’d say it’s potion brewed from the Crusades, the Book of Revelation, and Lovecraft, with a fair few other influence seasoning the cauldron.

I guess I’ll keep reading.

Gunmetal Gods

by Zamil Akhtar

An epic fantasy twist on the Crusades, with masked magi, angels right out of Revelation (think lots of extra eyes and wings), and a healthy dose of Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones.

I didn’t devour it, but I really enjoyed it and I’m starting the second book in the series right … now.

Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands

by Dan Jones

If you love stories about ancient secret societies as much as I do, you should know the history of the Crusades. That’s where many of those stories were born. Crusaders is not a typical history book; it is a collection of stories about people. Storytelling, not academic recitation of facts. It’s a good first encounter for those new to the Crusades, and adds context for anyone who has already read some Crusader history.