The Shadow God's Saga [Wattys 2015]
His name was Dralir.
His name was Dralir and they chose him.
They chose wrong.
Assumed to be the fulfillment of a prophecy, Dralir always had more than a few reasons to grow arrogant. He was strong. He had influence. To everyone he passed, he was always something less than mortal, something closer to a god. With thousands singing his praises every day, it would have been impossible not to grow vain. But, in the end, it was his vanity that doomed him.
Discovered to have darkness in his soul, the gods that trained him cast him out, left him for dead in the frigid wildernesses of the north. Their empire turned against him. In a single day, he became the enemy to thousands, a traitor to a people that had trusted him. But Dralir was never one to give up so easily. No, he would not give up his dream of fulfilling that prophecy, of becoming the avatar of a god. His time in the light was over.
it was time to embrace the darkness.
Note: The Shadow God's Saga is technically a prequel to the book Gods Rising. A great number of characters cross over, and while it is not important to read Gods Rising first, it might aid in understanding the significance of several events if you've read Gods Rising first (or, at least, a bit into the third chapter).