9. The Lord of Frake’s Defiance

The Lord of Frake’s Defiance is the ninth book of Cogs. Vincent d’Rhyne stayed in Rasan City and lived a quiet life after the death of his father, Lord Benshi. Eight years on, the current Lord of Frake’s Defiance has need of his service and he is once again pulled into the god’s games...


9.1 A Singularity of Purpose

9.2 Fresh Meat

9.3 Benshi’s Heir

9.4 Firsts

9.5 The Tower

9.6 A Lifetime Ago

9.7 The Wicked and the Unjust

9.8 A Seat at the Table

9.9 Peace Talks

9.10 Sorros d’Shan

9.11 Allegiances

9.12 Turintar

9.13 Disconnected Shadows

9.14 A Good Man

9.15 Urchins

9.16 A Slave to Politics

9.17 In This Life and the Next

9.18 Bots

9.19 Welcome Party

9.20 Siaveen

9.21 Rough Diplomacy

9.22 Dancing Partners

9.23 Eavesdropping

9.24 Turin’s Dimin

9.25 Dim-Witted Mortal

9.26 An Impossible Position

9.27 Mortal. Immortal. God

9.28 Indulgences

9.29 Old Scores

9.30 Undue Influence

9.31 Subvocal Comms

9.32 Blind-spots

9.33 Hidden Paths to Peace

9.34 Bugs in the System

9.35 Unnatural Allies

9.36 The Will to Act

9.37 Masks

9.38 Behind the Mask

9.39 The Cost of Peace

9.40 The Will of the Gods

9.41 A Rigged Game

9.42 Chosen

9.43 Disavowed

9.44 Unshakeable Certainties

9.45 Players and Pawns

9.46 Hard Tasks


The players, scoundrels, and gods of The Lord of Frake’s Defiance:

  • Benshi Chi’Rhysin Chosen, Lord: Lord Obdurin’s predecessor as Rhysin’s chosen.
  • Calini: One of the godslayers.
  • Carla fi’Walden: One of Councilor Walden’s daughters.
  • Chen: A soldier who died in the siege of Rasan City.
  • Cherry: A member of Lord Obdurin’s council.
  • Corsari: A talented warrior who trained as a dancer.
  • Damarian Ambassador: An unnamed ambassador who was sent to Rasan City by Lord Rarick of Damar.
  • Lord Delan Chi’Turin Chosen: Turin’s first chosen.
  • Dint: One of Rhysin’s dimin.
  • Doran: A teenage sorcerer.
  • Ethan Godkin: A member of Lord Obdurin’s council.
  • Fahlim: An immortal who is aligned with Lord Obdurin.
  • Frake Chi’Rhysin Chosen, Lord: Rhysin’s first chosen.
  • Fral: A Damarian warrior.
  • Gordon Chi’Obdurin Bondsan: The first-sworn in a Rhynsian cadre.
  • Grace: Vincent’s deceased daughter.
  • Havoc: One of Rhysin’s dimin.
  • Hull: A soldier who served Lord Obdurin.
  • Kilara: Vincent’s deceased wife.
  • Luke: Vincent’s deceased brother.
  • Maiten: The true god of Damar.
  • Maria Godkin: Ethan Godkin’s deceased wife.
  • Marlan Chi’Turin Chosen, Lord: The Lord of Turintar. Turin’s chosen.
  • Mattatan Chi’Obdurin Bondsan: The first-sworn in a Rhynsian cadre.
  • Mikkel: An assassin who attempted to kill Lord Rarick and failed.
  • Obdurin Chi’Rhysin Chosen, Lord: The Lord of Rhyne. Rhysin’s chosen.
  • Olinda: Lord Marlan’s wife.
  • Omar: The dead god.
  • Pete: A soldier who serves Lord Obdurin.
  • Rapta Noland: A gun-for-hire with no loyalties.
  • Rarick Chi’Maiten Chosen, Lord: The Lord of Damar. Maiten’s chosen.
  • Rhysin: The true god of Rhyne.
  • Sarin fi’Walden: One of Councilor Walden’s daughters.
  • Siaveen Chi’Marlan Bondsan: The first-sworn of a Turintarian cadre.
  • Solquist Chi’Rhysin, High Priest: Rhysin’s high priest.
  • Sorros d’Shan: An immortal who has aligned himself with Lord Obdurin.
  • Sunder: One of Rhysin’s dimin.
  • Thwart: One of Rhysin’s dimin.
  • Torvan, Sah: A dragon lord who fought Delan Chi’Turin Chosen at the end of the Dragon Wars.
  • Tralit d’Arathan: The terrible black dragon.
  • Turin: The true god of Turintar.
  • Tysin: An acolyte in Rhysin’s Circle.
  • Ulri Chi’Obdurin Bondsan: The first-sworn in a Rhynsian cadre.
  • Valan: Lord Rarick’s intelligence officer.
  • Vincent: Lord Benshi’s son.
  • Walden, Councilor: A member of Lord Obdurin’s council.
  • Warwick d’Ardel: Lord Rarick of Damar’s brother.

The chronological order of the books and events in Cogs Web Serial up to The Lord of Frake’s Defiance:


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