Angel of Death

Chapter 1
A Birth in the Midst of Death
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Zazesspur: Through the Eyes of a Child
Chapter 4
Zazesspur: Through the Eyes of a Boy
Chapter 5
First Blood
Chapter 6
The Thieves' Guild
Chapter 7
The Cult of Set
Chapter 8
Calimport: Jewel of the South
Chapter 9
Zazesspur Revisited
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Secrets Exposed and Misinterpreted
Chapter 14
Past Revealed Obscurely: Future Uncertain
Chapter 15
The Entreri Troops
Chapter 16
Meaning of a Word
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
First Murder
Chapter 20
The Viper
Chapter 21
News Races Across the Continent
Chapter 22
"To Run the Gauntlet"
Chapter 23
The Trial Continues
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
To Track a Kidnapper
Chapter 26
Exchanges on the Sea Cutter
Chapter 27
Zazesspur: Home Grounds for Thenedain and Grimwalde
Chapter 28
Destination in Sight
Chapter 29
The Osprey
Chapter 30
Waterdeep: Journey's End
Chapter 31
Final Confrontation

Author's Note

It's done at last! :)

And since it took me so long to do (sorry about that), I thought the least I could do was give a brief author's note on the how's and why's and a little piece of the history.

Angel of Death is the first novel I ever wrote. I was just a kid back then and didn't know much about how the world worked. I just knew that I liked fantasy, that I liked Dungeons and Dragons, and that I especially liked R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt series. And I thought Artemis Entreri was the most interesting villain I had ever run across. So I came up with the idea that he deserved his own story.

As I said, I was pretty naive. Back then I thought I was going to write the greatest novel ever, submit it to TSR, and become a rich and famous author. :) I did submit it, it was summarily rejected, and I was crushed. Oh well. :) In its original form it deserved to be rejected, and even now I can see glaring mistakes in it. But at heart I really think it is a good story, and despite the errors and mistakes I still have a tender spot for it.

The reader may notice that by the end of the novel Athos, though definitely changed from the innocent boy he started out as, is far from the callous and cold assassin he will become. There's a reason for this: This novel was to be the first of three - a trilogy to mirror the Dark Elf trilogy. I had in mind that the work would be titled the 'Angel' trilogy. Book 1 would be 'Angel of Darkness', book 2 would be 'Angel of Destruction', and Book 3 would be 'Angel of Death'. I intended to take poor Athos into madness and beyond, until he was transformed into the heartless killer we all know and love. Unfortunately the best laid plans of mice and men... The book was rejected, and that, as they say, was that. It laid in a corner collecting dust and it took me a good long while before I had the courage to start writing again. At the time I was really crushed because I felt I had invested so much of myself in the story. It seems silly now, though I do still love the story. Anyway, the second two books in the trilogy didn't get written and probably never will (though you never know...) I thought 'Angel of Death' was the best title of the three (which is why I was saving it for the last volume) so 'Angel of Darkness' became 'Angel of Death'.

I'm surprised that I can look back on it and be as proud as I am. I recognize now that there are plenty of mistakes, and lots of things I would have done differently, but all in all I think the story is pretty good.

It is depressing though, and there isn't a happy ending. Athos ends up becoming Artemis Entreri, the cold-blooded killer of the Drizzt novels. Again and again I've been told (by friends who have read it) that Athos is me, and that I have more in common with him than any of my other characters. I have other favorites (check out the ultra-cool Twilight Jack in Voidchaser, or the virtuous Gwydion in Tide of Darkness), but I can't deny I have more in common with Athos than any of them.

I hope you like it, and let me know what you think. (My new email address is

- Sebastian

Sebastians Other Novels In Progress:

The Adventure of the Twice-Dead Man: A Ravenloft short story, patterned after the classic Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Hector Vail and his companion Col. Pendleton must solve a horrifying and unearthly crime...
Tide of Darkness: My Planescape novel, detailing the heroic quest of Gwydion as he ventures into the 'Realms Beyond'.
Voidchaser: My Spelljammer novel, in which the Wayfarer and Twilight Jack hunt the mysterious Raver. Who is the Raver? The hunt is on...
The Mystery of the Scornful Lover: The second Ravenloft mystery in the series. Hector Vail and Col. Oliver Pendleton must unravel a ghostly mystery...
The Case of the Vanished Woman: Vail's third Ravenloft mystery. Vail and Pendleton must match wits with a deadly and malevolent mind...
Niles and the Minton Bird: Trying to do a good turn for an old school chum, Hilary Woodshem has been landed straight in the fish again, and it's up to his faithful servant Niles to save the day in this comedic short story set in Planescape. Based loosely on P.G. Wodehouse's 'Wooster and Jeeves' series.

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