What to Read First! Where Should You Start?
There are three action-filled series to consider in this universe.
I began telling Stiger and Eli’s story in the middle years… starting with Stiger’s Tigers, published in 2015. Stiger’s Tigers is a great place to start reading. It was the first work I published and is a grand fantasy epic!
However, if you desire, you can easily start with Stiger, Tales of the Seventh, which covers Stiger’s early years. It begins with Stiger’s first military appointment as a wet-behind-the-ears lieutenant serving in the Seventh Company during the very beginning of the war against the Rivan on the frontier.
This series will see Stiger cut his teeth and develop into the hard-charging leader that fans have grown to love. It will also introduce Eli and cover some of their early adventures. These tales should in no way spoil your experience with Stiger’s Tigers... In fact, I believe they will only enhance it.
The Karus Saga is a whole new adventure set in the same universe… many years before Stiger was even born. This series tells how Roman legions made their way to the world of Istros and the founding of the empire. It is set amidst a war of the gods and is full of action, intrigue, adventure, and mystery.
THE EARLY YEARS
Tales of the Seventh
Part One: Stiger | Part Two: Fort Covenant | Part Three: A Dark Foretoken | Part Four: Tresh
Coming Soon: Part Five: Title Forthcoming | Part Six: Title Forthcoming
A nobleman from an infamous family, Ben Stiger, finds himself freshly assigned to Third Legion, Seventh Company as a lowly lieutenant in the opening stages of war between the empire and the Kingdom of the Rivan. Third Legion has been tasked with pursuing a retreating Rivan army back to the border where the empire can take the fight into enemy territory. However, a major obstacle stands in Third Legion’s path: the river Hana. The crossing is sure to be contested and dangerous. Should Third Legion fail to force a crossing, the entire campaign could grind to a disastrous halt.
This is Stiger’s first military appointment. Inexperienced, young, and unsure of himself, Stiger is ostracized by his fellow lieutenants. Worse, he’s been placed under the command of an incompetent officer. With life and reputation on the line, he must learn to understand men far beneath his station and lead them into battle. Stiger struggles not only against the enemy, but against his family's history and his own side to prove himself worthy of serving the empire he loves and earning the respect of the men he leads.
Set amidst the backdrop of an epic war, there are greater forces at work than the young Stiger can even begin to imagine, setting him on the dangerous and lonely path of destiny.
THE MIDDLE YEARS
The Stiger Chronicles – originally published as Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer
Book One: Stiger’s Tigers | Book Two: The Tiger | Book Three: The Tiger’s Fate
Book Four: The Tiger’s Time | Book Five: The Tiger’s Wrath | Book Six: The Tiger’s Imperium | Book Seven: The Tiger's Fight
Coming Soon: Book Eight: Title Forthcoming
Winner of the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Bronze Award for Fantasy!!!
The empire has endured many centuries but is now threatened by multiple wars and a major rebellion in the South.
A nobleman from an infamous family, imperial legionary officer, and a born fighter…Captain Ben Stiger finds himself reassigned from a crack legion to the rebellion simmering in the South. Placed in command of a truly terrible company, the 85th Imperial Foot, he is unknowingly sent on a suicide mission to resupply an isolated outpost, the garrison of Vrell. Along the way he must rebuild his new company, gain the respect of the men he leads, survive an assassination attempt, and fight bandits, rebels, and an agent of an evil god. His companions on this journey of discovery and adventure are one of the few remaining elven rangers and a paladin on a quest for the High Father.
The battle to save the empire and the world begins here in the first book of this exciting new series!
THE KARUS SAGA
(is a different adventure set in the same universe… )
The Karus Saga
Book One: Lost Legio IX | Book Two: Fortress of Radiance | Book Three: The First Compact | Book Four: Rapax Pax
Coming Soon: | Book Five: Title Forthcoming
Bestselling, award-winning author of STIGERS TIGERS, Marc Alan Edelheit, delivers a new action-packed fantasy epic filled with gods and magic.
One of history’s greatest mysteries, the Ninth Imperial Legion guarding Rome’s northernmost frontier in Britannia disappeared around the year 122 AD. This is their story.
Badly outnumbered, facing certain destruction, and cut off from supply, the Imperial Roman Ninth Legion Hispana is in a desperate position. Surrounded by the hostile Celtic army, Senior Centurion Lucious Grackus Lisidus Karus must lead his men to safety after unexpectedly finding himself thrust into command of the legion.
Then the unthinkable happens.
Karus and the Ninth are transported to a strange place, far away from the Britannia they knew. The legion’s deliverance from danger at first appears to be a blessing from the gods, but slowly they begin to uncover the secrets of this new land, a world that is slowly being overrun by a terrible evil.
A young woman is discovered in a dungeon, where she has been abandoned and left to starve. Inextricably linked with Karus’s own destiny, she may be the key to salvation, or worse, the instrument of destruction for the Ninth.
Cast adrift in a terrible war, Karus must find his way through the mysteries of this unfamiliar world, one that is filled with true magic, strange alien races, evil gods, and dragons. More importantly, Karus must discover his destiny and complete a desperate task set for him by a god of Rome. Should he fail, it will mean certain destruction for the Ninth, the triumph of evil, and the rise of a new order.
Lost Legio IX is the first book in this exciting series.
‘For these I set no bounds in space or time; but have given empire without end.’
—Jupiter, Virgil’s Aeneid.
THE WAY OF THE LEGEND
(is a different adventure set in the same universe… )
The Way of Legend
Book One: Reclaiming Honor | Book Two: Forging Destiny | Book Three: Paladin's Light (conclusion)
The story begins here!
Bestselling and award-winning author of STIGERS TIGERS and the KARUS SAGA, Marc Alan Edelheit has teamed up with national bestselling author Quincy J. Allen to deliver a fresh epic fantasy adventure, told from the perspective of dwarves. This action-packed series introduces a new hero, and fighter, Tovak Stonehammer.
The dwarven nations are facing extermination. Their ancient enemy has returned. The Horde is coming and, along with it, a dark tide is spreading across the world of Tanis. One by one, the free peoples of the world have fallen under a shadow, crushed by the merciless boot of the Horde.
The Syrulian Empire, the last buffer state between three dwarven nations and the advancing armies of the Horde, has fallen. Vastly outnumbered, the dwarves must undertake the Great March, uprooting their entire civilization in search of a new homeland. They hope to find a safe harbor beyond the reach of the enemy, for the nations are not strong enough to withstand the might of the Horde.
A RANGER'S TALE
A dangerous mission. A war of the Gods. An epic destiny.
When elven rangers Eli’Far and Mae’Cara are dispatched to hunt down the dangerous criminal Mik’Las, the mission seems simple enough. Mik’Las has committed the unthinkable crimes of murder and kidnap, and though he’s a former ranger and skilled in the deadly arts, Eli is confident they will bring him to justice.
But after Mik’Las flees into the human kingdom of the Castol, Eli and Mae find their mission suddenly wrought with complications. Lord Edgun, an oppressive man grinding his people under the heel of his boot, has left its people desperate. Things grow even more complicated when the elves run into Jitanthra, a strange human girl being hunted by Edgun’s men, and who has connections to a mystical outcast, an elf currently imprisoned by Edgun.
Soon, Eli and Mae find themselves unexpectedly drawn into the middle of a rebellion, a struggle between gods, and the opening stages of the dreaded Last War.