The Trials of Ashmount

(1 customer review)

Tragedy of Cedain book 1

Praise for The Trials of Ashmount:

“In creating this complex world, brimming with nefarious characters, political backstabbing, and personal deceit, the author proves himself to be a promising new voice in grimdark fiction.” – Grimdark Magazine

“Palladino’s debut novel is a promising start to his fantasy series, and he has created a deliciously brutal, grimdark world, filled with a whole horde of colourful characters. If you are a fan of grimdark fantasy, you will lap this up like a cat to milk.” – Before We Go Blog

“This debut novel does all the right things: immerses you in a fresh and new fantasy world, develops a new magic system, describes action in fluid and thrilling ways and keeps the reader turning pages, leaving us wanting more.” – Goodreads reviewer.


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About The Author

John Palladino

Cedain is destined to collapse.


Across a world rife with blood, betrayal, and brutality, five people wade through unexpected tragedies.


An egotistical student, a fleeing refugee, a nomadic warrior, a fallen noble, and a criminal in hiding navigate the sinister dealings of politicians, two sudden wars, and nefarious lies that surface at Ashmount-a university dedicated to teaching the five branches of magic.


Survival means adapting or dying.


Fans of Joe Abercrombie and hard magic systems will enjoy navigating a morally gray cast of characters in a world on the brink of collapse.

1 review for The Trials of Ashmount

  1. Kavin

    I don’t have enough words to describe how satisfied this book left me

    The Trials of Ashmount, the debut of grimdark author John Palladino, was an amazing read, and I don’t even like grimdark!

    This story follows 5 people that live in various locations across the nation of Cedain. And they are all in crappy situations. Some of their own making, and some they are forced into.

    If you are not into blood and gore and wanton violence, you might not like this one, but if you suck it up and read it anyway, I think you will be surprised but what this author pulls off.

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