In the war-torn lands of Krandin, a kingdom fighting against the Worm King of the Penullin Empire and his dark magic, a stranger wakes, knowing only that his name is Stratus.
He possesses great strength and magic, but only fractured memories of his past, and a growing certainty that he is not, in fact, human.
As he explores this new world, disoriented, making few friends and many enemies, the battle for his mind will determine the fate of the world.
“Clever, funny and cheerfully brutal” — Snorri Kristjansson
“If Jack Reacher came to Westeros and started beating the hell out of everybody, you’d have Mark De Jager’s Infernal … daring, dangerous, and full of surprises” — Sebastien de Castell
“De Jager takes his time with the mystery of Stratus’s identity, punctuating the internal conflict with adrenaline-fueled action sequences that notch up the tension and suspense. This promising series launch brings the goods.” — Publishers Weekly
“Epic fantasy without any pretensions of changing literature or establishing itself in the canon, Infernal is only concerned with being entertaining. And it definitely succeeds.” — SciFiNow
“Infernal is magical, fast-paced and imaginative” — Culturefly
“Infernal proves to be an incredibly strong start for this series. With drama, mystery, bloodshed, and grim humour abound, fans who favour the likes of The Elric Saga or The Silerian Trilogy will definitely have some fun with this one” — Starburst
Desire burns in Stratus’ soul, powerful like an inferno. With his memory returning, he finally knows who—and what—he is. His is a dragon, brought low by the hand of a dark magician known as the Worm King, separated from his true love, tortured for centuries and now trapped inside the body of a human.
But with the memories of his old life comes a return of his true magic, and with it, his true form is slowly returning.
Firesky will be out in eBook, paperback, and audiobook 11 May 2021.
“If Jack Reacher came to Westeros and started beating the hell out of everybody, you’d have Mark De Jager’s Infernal… daring, dangerous, and full of surprises” – Sebastien de Castell
A daring voice in fantasy, with an anti-hero like no other
Stratus wakes alone, with no memory of his past. All he knows is his name and that he is not human. Possessing immense strength, powerful sorcery and an insatiable hunger, he sets out across a landscape torn apart by a war, as a dark magic drives the world to the brink of destruction.
Disoriented and pursued relentlessly by enemies, he will have to learn what he truly is, or risk bringing the world into ruin…
INFERNAL is the first installment of The Chronicles of Stratus, with book two, FIRESKY, coming in 2021.
About the author
Mark spends his time trying to find a balance between writing and working a full time job in the City, a process made slightly easier by his coffee addiction. With long held love of gaming and reading, the progression to writing felt entirely natural for him and he hasn’t looked back since. An ex-MP in the South African army, Mark now lives in Kent with his wife Liz (herself a published author).