After a harrowing end to a long sea journey, the famed northern warrior Ragnar Stormbringer and a force of warriors step ashore in the lands of the Petranni, a tribal people known for their workings in silver and gold. The search for plunder takes a sharp turn when homesteads, villages, and temple sites show signs of being recently abandoned.
When it is discovered that the Petranni have all taken refuge within a massive stronghold, Ragnar and the others soon fall under the shadow of an ancient, deadly adversary. Wielding his legendary war axe Raven Caller, Ragnar finds his strength tested like never before.
Stephen Zimmer’s stories always come across to me as movie novelizations. They are high on action, with careful pacing meant to ratchet up tension and propel the reader headlong into the narrative. The plot of Depths of Night is simple and straightforward, and though the characters are seldom fleshed out much, everything is there that needs to be to make the story move.
This is a low fantasy adventure novella, unapologetic and testosterone-fueled. It evokes the sword and sorcery writings of L. Sprague deCamp or early Lin Carter, with an evocative backdrop and a confident, sinewy man-of-action.
Here’s a taste —
Ragnar was created by Zimmer for the Rayden Valkyrie TV Pilot that he and his partners shot in 2017. As such, this is our first real look at the character beyond Brock O’Hurn’s portrayal in the trailer.
There is a lot to like about the character. He’s strong, fearless, resourceful. Depths of Night has just scratched the surface of his potential, and with another novella on the horizon, we can all rest assured that this is just the beginning of the saga of this axe-wielding warrior.
About the Author: Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker based out of Lexington Kentucky. His works include the Rayden Valkyrie novels (Sword and Sorcery), the Rising Dawn Saga (Cross Genre), the Fires in Eden Series (Epic Fantasy), the Hellscapes short story collections (Horror), the Chronicles of Ave short story collections (Fantasy), the Harvey and Solomon Tales (Steampunk), and the forthcoming Faraway Saga (YA Dystopian/Cross-Genre).
Stephen’s visual work includes the feature film Shadows Light, shorts films such as The Sirens and Swordbearer, and the forthcoming Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot.
Stephen is a proud Kentucky Colonel who also enjoys the realms of music, martial arts, good bourbons, and spending time with family.
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