Master of the House
“Two friends with no future and two refugees with no past take over the operations of a recently murdered gangster; as their life of crime begins to catch up with them, they find that the growing gang war around them is merely the first hint at a much older and far more sinister war for the souls of all humankind.”
Master of the House is a completed fantasy fiction manuscript of approximately 250 thousand words (470 standard type pages). The story is set in an atypical fantasy realm where mankind has been relegated to holding up in massive walled City States to safeguard itself against hordes of roaming monsters. In this world, old races such as elves and dwarfs have been wiped away and mankind has only the most rudimentary knowledge of magic. The massive cities humanity has taken refuge in have become pressure cookers of intrigue and danger where only the most cunning make their way in the world.
Julian, Face, Katrina, and Hawthorne are everyday people who are faced with a growing moral dilemma in their role as minor bosses of the underworld. They are increasingly caught up in a torrent of dark and sinister forces from days long since passed. Only the appearance of the clever but completely unbalanced Dori keeps them from falling prey to their own demons. When they come to terms with the fact that no side of this conflict is guilt free they must resolve to join up with the one man in Seaside who may be dangerous enough to ensure the survival of the city. Ultimately, they discover that the living incarnation of a Deadly Sin walks the earth and is plotting to unravel the very nature of human existence.