A new stand-alone novel released by Baen November 2017.
In the time of the Ancients the universe was united, but even what still survives is shattered into enclaves–some tiny, some ruined, some wild.
Into the gaps between settlements, and onto the Road that connects all human reality and the reality that is not human and may never have been human, have crept monsters. Some are evil men; some are alien to Mankind; and some are hostile to all life, things which will raven and kill until they are stopped.
A new Leader has arisen, welding together the scattered human settlements. In his capital, Dun Add, the Leader dispenses law and justice. In the universe beyond, his Champions advance–and enforce–the return of civilization.
Pal, a youth from the fringes, has come to Dun Add to become a Champion. In his rural home he’s been able to think of himself as a warrior because he can wield the weapons of the Ancient civilization.
Pal has no idea of what he’s really getting into in Dun Add. On the other hand, the Leader and Dun Add have no real idea of what might be inside this boy with high hopes.
THE SPARK: A story of hope and violence and courage. And especially, a story of determination.
For an interview about The Spark, listen to The Baen Free Radio Hour where Dave chats with Toni Weisskopf and Tony Daniel about why he thinks this is a best book.