Kuro no Ken, the second Age of Asmodeus story, was published in April 2018 in Alban Lake Publishing’s Outposts of Beyond magazine. Each story in this series is self-contained.
The story is set in Japan, several years after a “magical detonation” in Wolverhampton, UK, has flooded every part of the world with vast quantities of mystical energy. Monsters now roam at will and a terrified humanity huddles behind inadequate defenses.
In Japan, the national government has fallen and a new Warring States period has begun, with regional rulers vying for control. In the midst of this chaos, Igarashi Satsuki attempts to leverage her fame as a monster-killer into political power, so she can rebuild her family’s lost influence and begin rebuilding Japan.
Satsuki wields the infamous black sword, the Kuro no Ken, that kills whatever it cuts. The sword is Satsuki’s most prized possession, her path to restoring her family and country, but when her life-long friend and servant, Hinata, makes a terrible mistake during the sword’s regular cleaning, she will be forced to reveal her darkest secret and make the most painful decision of her life.
What is more important? The life of her only friend, or the fate of her nation?
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This issue also includes a print version of the interview I did with Alban Lake.
Publisher: Alban Lake Publishing
Date Published: April 1, 2018
Editor: Tyree Campbell
Length: 100 pages
List of Contributors
Here is the full list of who contributed to this amazing magazine.
K. S. Hardy
Click here for an alphabetical listing of all of my professionally published short stories.