Bury Me Where They Fall
is the début book by author Jonathan Watts. It can be found in digital format on Amazon.
A group of soldiers enter a forest. The man they have to kill is there.
They are ambushed, only the leader survives. Alone, Amiel must continue with her mission.
She finds a new comrade, the silent and powerful warrior Jenvilno. His face hidden by a mask, he cuts a bloody path through their enemies. Together, they sail up a mighty river. Together, they seek their prey.
Trapped in the dream-world of the misty forest, Amiel becomes certain they are living out a myth from her childhood.
Is Jenvilno the noble knight, Janvier? Is the man they must hunt truly the mad king, Canus? Amiel believes so. Events and figures from her myth await them in the trees. Giant, Trickster, Priest and Savage. They are all waiting.
But nothing is happening how it should. Everyone appears distorted, darker then the myth, and her Janvier is a violent and ruthless killer. Amiel's faith is shaken, but her resolve is strong, and she knows at the end of the river she will find her answers.
But will she survive long enough to reach them?
Bury Me Where They Fall contains examples of:
- All Myths Are True Or are they? This is central to the book's theme. Is Amiel's myth happening, or is she deluded?
- Antihero: Jenvilno. He's violent and merciless. But he serves a good cause. Or does he?
- Ax-Crazy: The Savage, in Amiel's myth. But not in real life. Legion Kain is this with a capital "Ax".
- Badass Boast: When asked to state his name and deeds, Jenvilno replies with only "I am Jenvilno,"
- Big Bad: Legion Kain in real life, Canus in the myth.
- Big Good: Janvier in the myth, not Jenvilno in real life.
- Combat Pragmatist: Lokiel considers himself a master of this. Too bad Axel is better. Jenvilno is not above a bit of dirty fighting as well.
- Cool Mask: Jenvilno
- Cool Sword: Lux, Janvier's sword in the myth.
- Creepy Monotone: Jenvilno speaks in one.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Balderos against Jenvilno. At first.
- Deadpan Snarker: Axel Solarius, Lokiel the Trickster, Amiel has her moments.
- Eye Scream: Jenvilno does something to Balderos which costs him his eye. But we're never told what.
- The Faceless: Jenvilno's face is never definitively seen. Also the soldiers at Jotun's gate.
- Gentle Giant: Kain's first general, Jotun, is a huge man who befriends Amiel and the others very early in the story.
- God Is Dead: And risen again, if you believe what the Priest says about Legion Kain
- God Is Evil: Legion Kain, again according to the Priest
- I Lied: "You didn't trust a trickster to keep his word, did you?"
- Large Ham: The Great Lord Lokiel.
- Lethal Joke Character: Once Lokiel finishes with the bragging, joking and boasting, he is dangerous.
- Light Is Not Good: The Priest tells Amiel and the others that Legion Kain is an evil and sadistic god of light.
- Lightning Bruiser: Balderos.
- Master Swordsman: Jenvilno, Balderos.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It is left to the reader to decide whether Amiel's myth is happening or not, and to what extent. It could be coming true in a darker way, or it could be pure coincidence and blind faith on her part. Similarly, Jenvilno and Kain's conversation at the end could imply that the two are immortal, and constantly go through the same story time and again, with slight variations. Or Kain could be insane.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Jenvilno delivers one to Balderos.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Disarming me... is... not... enough..."
- Sinister Minister: The Priest at the Third Gate.
- The End... Or Is It?: Legion Kain is dead, but it is possible that the cycle will only begin again anew, in a different version. Conversely, it's also possible that this is truly the end of Kain, but now Jenvilno is unleashed against the rest of the world.
- The Trickster: The Great Trickster guards the Second Gate in Amiel's myth. When they reach the gate for real, they find it guarded by Lord Lokiel, self-proclaimed "Prince Of Tricksters".
- The Voiceless: Jenvilno rarely speaks, and when he does it's in a creepy monotone.
- Volleying Insults: Axel and Lokiel before they start fighting for real
- You Fight Like a Cow: When Lokiel fights Axel, they both get in on the action.