How to Become the Dark Lord and Die Trying

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By Django Wexler

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Groundhog Day meets Guardians of the Galaxy in Django Wexler’s laugh-out-loud fantasy tale about a young woman who, tired of defending humanity from the Dark Lord, decides to become the Dark Lord herself.

Davi has done this all before. She’s tried to be the hero and take down the all-powerful Dark Lord. A hundred times she’s rallied humanity and made the final charge. But the time loop always gets her in the end. Sometimes she’s killed quickly. Sometimes it takes a while. But she’s been defeated every time.

This time? She’s done being the hero and done being stuck in this endless time loop. If the Dark Lord always wins, then maybe that’s who she needs to be. It’s Davi’s turn to play on the winning side.

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  • "All-afterburners Isekai adventure—twisty, pacey, and full of reverent irreverence for fantasy. I can't get enough."
    Max Gladstone, New York Times Bestselling Author
  • "A brash swords-and-satire romp that draws you into its rollicking adventure even as it pokes fun at the whole genre. Gamers in particular will appreciate the irreverent upending of classic roleplaying tropes."
    James L. Sutter, co-creator of the Pathfinder and Starfinder Roleplaying Games
  • "Lord of the Rings crossed with Groundhog Day, narrated by a gender-flipped Deadpool."
    Mike Brooks, author of The Black Coast
  • "Django Wexler takes the concept of progression fantasy to a whole new level in this darkly comic delight of a novel. Finding comedic, and sometimes tragic, potential in the absurdities and contradictions offered by well worn fantasy tropes, How to Become a Dark Lord and Die Trying works wonderfully as both satire and tribute."
    Anthony Ryan, author of The Pariah
  • "Ashes of the Sun is fantasy at its finest: deliciously inventive, brimming with ancient evils, fallen empires, mysterious technology, and devastating magic. Best of all, however, are its characters, each one crafted with deliberate care and developed in meaningful ways as their story unfolds."
    Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld on Ashes of the Sun
  • "Magic, mutants, and mayhem abound in Django Wexler's Ashes of the Sun, but there's also plenty of brain food to be had in this tale of a post-catastrophe world suffering under the yoke of unbending authoritarian rule. A fast-paced and highly entertaining ride through a compelling and original world"
    Anthony Ryan, NYT bestselling author of Blood Song on Ashes of the Sun
  • "Reminiscent of Final Fantasy, Masters of the Universe, and Moorcock's The Jewel in the Skull, ASHES OF THE SUN is a science-fantasy adventure brimming with everything that is weird and wonderful about a world where magic and technology have fused in the fires of a fallen civilization."
    Jonathan French, author of The Grey Bastards on Ashes of the Sun
  • "Exciting. Immersive. Epic. A perfect page turner and a phenomenal start to a new series."
    Peter Clines, author of The Fold and Ex-Heroes on Ashes of the Sun
  • "A standout.... There's no time like the present to lose oneself in the military and political struggles of the Vordanai Empire."
    Fonda Lee, author of Jade City, for on The Shadow Campaigns series
  • "Ashes of the Sun brings to life an ancient world of magic broken by war. It's a simmering post-apocalyptic fantasy that feels like the literary equivalent of a ticking time bomb. The book lights a fuse in its first few pages, slowly setting up stakes and a conflict big enough to break the bonds of love, loyalty, duty, and even family, all before the full burn of its last few chapters and the finale's thunderous explosion."
    Evan Winter, author of The Rage of Dragons on Ashes of the Sun

On Sale
May 21, 2024
Page Count
528 pages

Django Wexler

Django Wexler

About the Author

Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not writing, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts.

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