|BIO: Mark Teppo is the author of the Codex of Souls urban fantasy series as well as the eco-thriller, Earth Thirst. He is the showrunner for the Foreworld Saga.
He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO FOREWORLD
|The Mongoliad. Taking place in 13th century, The Mongoliad is an epic that follows a small band of warriors and mystics as they raise their swords to save Europe from a bloodthirsty Mongol invasion. Inspired by their leader (an elder of an order of warrior monks), they embark on a perilous journey and uncover the history of hidden knowledge and conflict among powerful secret societies that had been shaping world events for millennia.|
|Sinner: Two knights of the Ordo Militum Vindicis Intactae, Andreas and Raphael, soon arrive in a sleepy German village where they discover Konrad von Marburg, a vicious Church inquisitor. Though each knight journeys on a separate path, they quickly band together to confront the inquisitor as he whips the townspeople into a righteous bloodlust. Their task proves daunting, though, as the townspeople have their own long-buried secrets and sins that they want to keep hidden—even if it means allowing the sacrifice of an innocent woman.|
|Dreamer: Raphael of Acre, a young initiate of the Shield-Brethren, becomes a war hero during a vicious battle for control of a Muslim stronghold during the Fifth Crusade in Damietta. One of his companions, Eptor, is wounded in the battle and falls under the influence of strange hallucinations. When a superior plots to manipulate Eptor’s visions into war propaganda, Raphael struggles between duty to the cause and duty to his faith. Unable to reconcile his roles as Christian and soldier, Raphael seeks out an unlikely source of counsel—the great pacifist Francis of Assisi.|
|Seer. When a merchant appears at the Catalonian chapter house of the Shield-Brethren, seeking to hire guards for his caravan, young Andreas is suspicious. Knights with his martial prowess are above protecting mere cargo wagons. Yet Andreas’s wanderlust outweighs his concern, and soon the group is headed to the merchant’s mountain village — and into great danger. As the caravan approaches, a woman suffering from terrifying visions feverishly paints her latest revelation — in her own blood. Following Sinner and Dreamer, this third and final prequel to The Mongoliad reveals the painful truth that sometimes seeing what is to come is far worse than not knowing.|
|The Lion in Chains. Many were displeased with the “peace” King Richard of England brokered in the Holy Land, and his return from the Crusades wasn’t greeted with cheers, but rather shackles. Now a “guest” of the Holy Roman Emperor, the Lion-Hearted is being held for an exorbitant ransom, so much money that it seems unlikely that the silver will make its way from Britain to Germany. For converging on the caravan are a number of groups with very different motives: French troops who want the silver to continue their war with the English, mercenaries intent on causing chaos, English longbowmen looking to protect their country’s future, and Shield-Brethren hoping to ensure King Richard’s freedom.|
|The Beast of Calatrava. After a battle left Ramiro Ibáñez de Tolosa’s face terribly disfigured, the knight of the Order of Calatrava abandoned his sword for a pastoral existence. But his beastly appearance horrifies all those who cross his path—with the exception of his adoring and pregnant wife. Can he keep Louisa and their unborn child safe from the war that is coming to Iberia? As Ramiro prepares for his child’s birth, Brother Lazare of the Cistercian order searches for a means to inspire men as he travels with the crusading Templars. He seeks swords of legend–named blades carried by heroes of old–believing such symbols have the ability to rally men in a way no king could ever accomplish. But when he learns of the stories told of the mysterious monster that haunts the Iberian battlefields, he wonders what sort of power this new legend might contain–the legend of a man whose scarred face and cold demeanor cannot hide his heroic soul.|