10. The Dead God’s Shadow

The Dead God's Shadow is the tenth book of Cogs. Avril has left Frake's Defiance and Lord Obdurin’s machinations behind. He is determined to find other members of his cadre, but his quest takes him to Lancity where the dead god’s priests plan to use him to strike a blow against the true gods...


10.1 Alive Too long

10.2 The Price

10.3 Sacrifice

10.4 The Road

10.5 Destination

10.6 Matai’s Yard

10.7 Duplicates

10.8 Making Ends Meet

10.9 A Fair Trade

10.10 Regrets

10.11 Carefully Chosen Words

10.12 Little Bird

10.13 Night Terrors

10.14 Dassal d’Port

10.15 Unexpected Riches

10.16 The Side Entrance

10.17 Guide

10.18 Lancity

10.19 An End to Pain

10.20 Dealing with Death

10.21 Momentary Distractions

10.22 Omar’s Priest

10.23 Connection

10.24 Cause and Effect

10.25 Irresistible Forces

10.26 Omar’s Embrace

10.28 Into the Den

10.29 Unexpected Faces

10.30 The Wolf

10.31 Valan

10.32 The Lord of Lancity

10.35 Bonding

10.33 First-Sworn

10.34 Cadre-mates


The players, scoundrels, and gods of The Dead God’s Shadow:

  • Asdal: A tech fence based near Port who deals with salvagers.
  • Austin: A Rhynsian first-sworn in training.
  • Avril Ethanson: The first-sworn in Lord Obdurin’s scattered cadre.
  • Beads: A hunter with a talent for finding things.
  • Charsa: A young woman with ocular implants who travels Rasa.
  • Cherry: A member of Lord Obdurin’s council.
  • Dassal: A kid from Port with big dreams.
  • Davis: A hunter who works for the Company.
  • Death Priest: A priest in service to Omar the dead god.
  • Dee: Matai’s daughter.
  • Dune d’Turintar: The daughter of Lord Marlan of Turintar. A member of Lord Obdurin’s scattered cadre.
  • Ethan Godkin: A former solider and advisor to Lord Obdurin who raised Avril in the wastelands salvaging tech.
  • Feldarsin Pure: A hunter and a dualist who works with Terin.
  • Framan: A giant who has the ability to travel.
  • Gabe: A hunter with a talent for sniping.
  • Gian: A hunter.
  • Kamil Chi’Obdurin Bondsan: The first-sworn in a Rhynsian cadre.
  • Kelly: A young man from Lancity.
  • Laurill: A young woman with a talent for finding hidden information. A member of Lord Obdurin’s scattered cadre.
  • Matai: A fence who Ethan and Avril use to sell their salvaged tech.
  • Mattatan Chi’Obdurin Bondsan: The first-sworn in a Rhynsian cadre.
  • Maxian Tralitson: Tralit d’Arathan’s son. A member of Lord Obdurin’s scattered cadre.
  • Mikkel Chi’Maiten Chosen, Lord: The Lord of Damar. Maiten’s chosen.
  • Obdurin Chi’Rhysin Chosen, Lord: The Lord of Rhyne. Rhysin’s chosen.
  • Omar: The dead god.
  • Pete: Dune's spirit companion.
  • Ranora fi’Intar: An artist who travels the wastelands.
  • Rapta Noland: A gun-for-hire with no loyalties.
  • Rarick Chi’Maiten Chosen, Lord: The Lord of Damar. Maiten’s chosen.
  • Ravi: A dualist from Fralit Mars.
  • Rhysin: The true god of Rhyne.
  • Simil: A woman who tried to keep the world safe from Tralit d’Arathan.
  • Sky: A hunter who works for the Company.
  • Sorros d’Shan: An immortal who has aligned himself with Lord Obdurin.
  • Terin Pure: A hunter who works with Feldarsin.
  • Theen: The leader of a crew of hunters.
  • Thorn Chi’Mikkel Bondsan: The first-sworn of a Damarian cadre.
  • Tralit d’Arathan: The terrible black dragon.
  • Valan: The Lord of Lancity.
  • Walden, Councilor: A member of Lord Obdurin’s council.
  • Zin: A young woman who dreams of alternate realities. A member of Lord Obdurin’s scattered cadre.

The chronological order of the books and events in Cogs Web Serial up to The Dead God’s Shadow:


1. Malicious Designs

2. Discarded Gods

3. Brotherhood’s Curse

4. The Tyrant’s Throne

5. The Bastard Cadre

6. Zealots and Ascendants

7. The Mad God’s Playground

8. The Godslayers’ Legacy

9. The Lord of Frake’s Defiance

10. The Dead God’s Shadow