The Shadow of His Hand

For centuries the oft-forgotten Unseen God has seemed distant and uncaring, but when the Realm is threatened by the all-conquering armies from Jerika, an ancient oracle is triggered. Now this foretelling is the only hope of salvation and its fulfilment lies in the trembling hands of a reluctant soldier, a princess and an infant marked by prophecy.

Set in a vivid medieval world, The Shadow of His Hand begins an epic struggle between good and evil, full of danger, romance and despair. Those caught in the grip of destiny will be required to sacrifice all, but even that may not be enough.

An Interview with Benjamin Patterson

What inspired you to write The Shadow of his Hand?

I was becoming increasingly difficult to find a new fantasy series that I enjoyed. So I decided to write the kind of book I’d like to read.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

Probably the start, the middle bit and the end.

If you met your hero in a bar, what would you talk about?

I’d say, ‘Hey, how’s it feel to meet your maker?’

If you met your villain in a bar, what would you talk about?

My villain doesn’t go to bars.

What’s one of your interests outside of writing that might surprise people who have never met you?

Major League Baseball. I could be one of the few Australians who follows it religiously.

What’s the most challenging/interesting part about living in Australia?

It’s difficult to appreciate how good we have it. I’ve traveled a fair bit. Nothing beats Australia.

What’s the last TV series that blew you away and what was so good about it?

Is it sad that I’m going to say Firefly? It was released so long ago, yet nothing tops it.

Imagine you’ve inherited a hippopotamus and one stipulation of the will is that you cannot give the hippo away or sell it to anyone. What would you do with the hippopotamus?

I don’t want to upset any Vegans, but are hippopotamus edible?

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