To read Toronto author David Brosbell’s new novel, The Games Master: Rise of the Black Knights, is to enter a world of sorceresses, gargoyles and dragons. Striking a delicate balance between fantasy and realism, Brosbell portrays riveting battle scenes that are captivating, but not for the faint of heart.
The Homeservice Club member is an insurance executive by day, with a passion for history and warfare kindled while studying business at university. The novel uses everyday English, simple character names and a sense of realism, to create a fantasy world that appeals to a broad audience. While fantasy readers will embrace it, he hopes mystery brains will also enjoy the surprise developments and plot twists and turns.
Brosbell’s medieval fantasy novel is his first and was ten years in the making. It takes readers on a journey with four comrades – Kruno, Ivan, Christian and Decan – following the death of The Games Master at their hands. The four find themselves in a medieval land where war is brewing between the Silver Allegiance and the Dark Realm as each looks to expand its territory. In between lies a swath of land with towns and villages where terrified residents await the outcome. Determined not to be caught in the conflict, the four comrades encounter violent battles, unique creatures and magical arsenals.
Brosbell, who is currently at work on books two and three of the Games Master series, is passionate about his Scandinavian heritage and has an ingrained love of all things Viking. He has travelled widely and enjoys weaving research and history into his fiction. Known as “the Viking” to his friends, Brosbell collects medieval weapons as a hobby.
The Games Master: Rise of the Black Knights is published by iUniverse, and is available at Indigo online in print and e-book formats.