The Cruel Gods

An adult gaslamp fantasy

The Cruel Gods Series is an adult gaslamp fantasy of cruel gods ruling their mortals – and the godless heathens who stand against them.

Twelve gods rule over their own unique domains and the twelve individual fantasy races who live within the Edwardian-inspired city of Chime, a city built from brick and brass and quaint Britishisms!

The first book in the series, THE THIRTEENTH HOUR, will be releasing:

October 13th, 2021


Books in The Cruel Gods Series:

The Traveler's Handbook
to Chime and Beyond
Companion Guidebook

Your guide to the city of Chime and beyond! This Handbook is a tourist guide to Chime and the domains that’ll tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the twelve domains and their mortals. The perfect companion to learn more about the world of The Cruel Gods!

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The Cruel Gods Book One:
The Thirteenth Hour
3D Books
Book One

Cruel gods rule the steam-powered city of Chime and demand worship from their mortal subjects, but when soul-sucking creatures prey on Chime’s citizens, it’ll take godless heathens to save them—before the gods take matters into their own hands.

Coming October 13th 2021 in ebook and paperback.

The Story So Far...

When the saints fail to protect the vulnerable from cruel gods, it’s down to the sinners to step up.

Kayl is one such sinner in the city of Chime, a steam-powered wonder where blasphemy and apostasy are crimes against the gods who rule it. Working for an underground group of heathens, Kayl seeks to protect the downtrodden mortals from being abused by their gods and the Wardens sworn to uphold their commandments.

One such Warden, Quen, walks the line between piety and sin in his quest to understand the apostates of Chime—and destroy them. Plagued with visions of Chime’s destruction, Quen is tasked with hunting down soul-sucking creatures preying on Chime’s citizens.

But when Kayl uncovers a plot among corrupt Wardens to enslave Chime’s poorest, she accidentally destroys a mortal’s soul using powers she didn’t know she had, becoming Chime’s most wanted—and Quen’s target.

Kayl soon discovers that her powers go beyond even divine understanding, and Quen must question his faith to find Kayl’s place among Chime’s deities and save the city he loves from the destruction yet to come.

Together, they’ll need to decide where Chime’s future belongs—with the saints or the sinners?

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About the Author

Trudie Skies has been living inside fantasy worlds ever since she discovered that reality doesn’t quite live up to the hype. Through the magic of books, she wishes to share these worlds of hope and heroes with other weary souls. Living in North East England, Trudie spends most of her free time daydreaming about clouds, devouring whatever fantasy books or video games she can get her hands on, and chasing after her troublesome dogs, who would like to reassure you they are very good boys.

Her debut YA fantasy series, Sand Dancer, was published through Uproar Books. Trudie is now writing adult gaslamp fantasy with her new series, The Cruel Gods.

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