In a world where mages rule through expensive wands and rote memorization of spells learned in elite magic schools, Oag of Oswick forges his own path by reverse engineering the most basic and ancient of spells. Soon he’s more powerful than the archmage of Merl. Kings fight to buy his loyalty. Will Oag succumb to temptations and become just another entitled, self-serving archmage? Or is he a true wizard, capable of imbuing downtrodden peasants with magical gifts?

Are the immortal bloodsuckers at the head of the empire right to fear Oag and his odd assortment of friends?

This epic progression fantasy web serial is a rough draft in progress, aka a preview. I did create a thorough outline and world build and thematic plan, but I know from the experience of writing the Torth series that I have blind spots. I expect to revise and retcon chapters.  Your feedback will help.


If you find this work sold as an ebook, please report the theft to the retail store site and alert the true author, Abby Goldsmith.


This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.


Certified Human. No part of the text of this book was generated by machines. It is all conceptualized, outlined, written, and edited by an author with an actual wetware brain.


Cover art illustration by Leda Chung. Used with the artist’s permission.