The Divine Tempest – Book Excerpt


A Scholar's Journey The Divine TempestA Scholar’s Journey: The Divine Tempest

A Scholar’s Journey: The Divine Tempest is a no-holds-barred fantasy brawl. It begins when the God of Justice and Retribution opens The Abyss and unleashes a vengeful demon upon the mortal realm of Therra.

Now it is up to scholar Penndarius Greyson and his tormented protector, martial artist Soren Luna Mortalitas, to stop a crisis that would send shockwaves through the very fabric of creation. In addition, Penndarius is waging an internal battle with a disembodied presence attempting to possess his mind. The two heroes must avoid death or capture, but there is a catch: They have only one day to solve a riddle older than history before a dark host of unstoppable demons is released into the world.

The Divine Tempest includes warring factions, betrayal and redemption, and of course, Herrick Erickson-Brigl’s trademark: epic fight scenes. This is the lean, hard-hitting first installment in a series that follows Penndarius’s growth as the avatar of the God of Creation and Soren’s reclamation of his lethal family’s humanity.



As Soren raced after Penndarius, he caught sight of the young scholar’s pursuers turning toward Ed’s tower. He watched from afar as they stabbed Ed with their wicked, curved silver swords and then pushed a blade through an apparently guiltless woman’s chest.

“Damn!” he cursed under his breath. “More innocent souls.”

Penndarius was still alive, though, and Soren intended to keep it that way. He saw a green light pass between the scholar and the woman as she was stabbed through the heart. The meaning of this encounter was not lost on Soren, but it could not hold his attention for long.

The first assassin noticed Soren approaching as he was pulling his sword out of Ed’s body. He instantly recognized him and roared, “Traitor!” Then he whirled and tossed two daggers with precision.

With lightning-fast reflexes, Soren quickly raised his arms, blocking both knives. The wickedly sharp edges of the weapons glanced off the bracers on his forearms and left sparks in their wake.

Soren barreled into the assassin and grasped his entire face, palming his head like a melon, and then drove the black-cloaked man’s skull into the doorway with a dull, wet, crunching sound, which knocked him senseless. With a brutal twist, Soren rolled the man onto his shoulder and continued his assault. Despite his opponent’s limp, dead weight, Soren threw him back into the atrium of the tower. The man collided with several stacks of books and tumbled to a stop, kicking up a cloud of dust in his wake.

The other assassin figured that Soren was preoccupied and ran at the crimson-clad warrior with great ferocity. He chopped downward with his sword and would have clipped off Soren’s head had the warrior not tucked into an agile roll. The sword impacted the door frame and stuck there. Soren quickly got back to his feet, using the momentum of the roll, combined with a heavy stack of books, to push off and reverse his direction.

The assassin tugged at the sword, but time was not on his side. Soren got to him quicker than he could get the weapon out and smashed him in the chest with an open-palm attack that caused the assassin to overbalance and rock backwards. Soren grabbed him by the collar and pulled him back violently to chop down on his neck with a wicked knife-hand strike, followed closely by another. Soren let go, and the assassin rocked on his feet for a moment.

Soren then slammed cupped hands over the assassin’s ears, shattering his eardrums with the strike. The assassin hovered in the air for a brief moment as his sense of balance waned. Soren then finished off the assassin by throwing his body upward and head-butting him brutally in the face. The assassin crashed to the ground and lay still.

Soren walked to the dead woman and pulled her off Penndarius without hesitation. He reached down and slapped the scholar across the face to wake him up and followed that with another and then another slap until he saw movement.

Penndarius’s eyes flickered open, and he looked around in confusion.

“What? Where am I?” he asked as his bewilderment cleared and he blinked the fog from his eyes and looked up.

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About Herrick C. Erickson-BriglHerrick C. Erickson-Brigl

Herrick Erickson-Brigl has been reading fantasy since he first learned to read and writing it nearly as long. While in college, Herrick’s passion for writing culminated in his first novel, entitled *A Scholar’s Journey: The Divine Tempest*. He is currently completing his second book in that series.

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