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Glen Dahlgren
The Game of War: the Trials of Dantess, Warrior Priest

Standlone full-size prequel to the Gold Medal Winner of the 2021 Readers' Favorite Award for YA Epic Fantasy

Never meet your heroes—especially if they're dead.

Years before the Child of Chaos makes their fateful choice, young Dantess faces his own reckoning.

Dantess wants to follow in the footsteps of his dead grandfather—a legendary priest of War—but his father forbids it. In fact, his father's hatred of War lands him in a cell within the god's temple.

The only way to free him is from the inside, so Dantess must choose: let his father die or defy his upbringing, become a priest, and win his father's freedom in the temple's deadly Game of War.

Torn between the legacies of his father and grandfather, Dantess finds that both paths hide secrets that threaten to destroy everything he cares about, including his sanity.

Dantess must decide who he wants to be—but if he's wrong, everyone will pay the price.

Barbara Blackburn, Knights of the Dinner Table

"Game of War, like its predecessor, Child of Chaos, is riveting and compelling. Introducing new, fascinating characters, adventures and relationships, Glen Dahlgren weaves another magical book that is a must-read for any fan of fantasy literature.

Cully Mack, Author of A Voice that Thunders

"The Game of War is one hell of an action-packed thrill ride... It's a heartfelt origin story, a gut-wrenching coming of age, and an exceptional character-driven epic fantasy which in many ways surpasses The Child of Chaos. I loved this book."

Jenni Clarke, Author of Colours of Rain

"Glen Dahlgren has mastered the art of storytelling."

Josh Mandel, Award-winning designer of Spider Robinson's Callahan's Crosstime Sa

"[The Game of War] is an exciting and fast-paced story packed with extended sequences that would be right at home in a Steven Spielberg movie. At the end, I was left wanting more, much more."

Lee Sheldon, award-winning Writer of Star Trek: the Next Generation

"The book is a true wonder whose fully-realized characters compel you to join its magical journey."

Lily Luchesi, USA Today Bestselling Author

"A dark, immersive, and brand new take on a hero's journey. Dantess' story will keep you reading until the sun comes up!"