The motley pairing of a Teutonic Knight by the name of Lux von Junker and a Tartar soldier by the name of Fymurip Azat traverse the ruins of Starybogow looking for a sacred cross, long lost to the Teutonic Order, that is said to have holy properties. However, the duo encounter some terrifying obstacles along the way, including a notorious group that would rather have the duo dead than ever recovering the relic; not to mention the strange chemistry between the men of very different walks of life. Will they find the relic that Lux is after, and even if it does exist, will they survive the journey let alone travelling with one another to bring it back to the Grandmaster?
Robert has been publishing fiction professionally since 2003, with his first sale to Weird Tales, “The Assassin's Retirement Party.” Since then, he has sold over 25 stories to various online and print magazines and anthologies, including stories to Padwolf Publishing, The Black Library (Games Workshop), Dragon Moon Press, Marietta Publishing, Dark Quest Books, Mundania Press, Nth Degree/Nth Zine, Cloud Imperium Games, and the online magazine The Grantville Gazette, which publishes stories set in Baen Book's best-selling alternate history series, 1632/Ring of Fire. Most recently, Robert has put his editorial skills to task by co-editing the anthology Fantastic Futures 13 (Padwolf Publishing) which features science fiction and fantasy stories about Earth's potential future. From time to time, he also writes short fiction reviews for Tangent Online. He also served for seven years as an assistant editor for Weird Tales.
Robert is currently living in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Beth, their son Jason, their cat Buzz, and a menagerie of tropical fish who like to play among the ruins of a sunken Spanish Galleon. His website can be found at www.roberternestwaters.com.