New free Sword and Sorcery Kindle books for 2017-06-17:

Techromancy Scrolls - 1 & 2 Starter Bundle
by Erik Schubach
$0.00, 640 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (2 reviews), #6 in > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy
This starter bundle features the first two books in the Techromancy Scrolls series, Adept and Soras.

Adept:
Almost three thousand years after an extinction level event on Earth, mankind seeks to regain its former glory, in a new world where magic and technology collide.

Laney Herder, a commoner in the realm of Wexbury, finds herself thrust into the world of nobles and knights. At the side of her Lady Celeste, Knight of the Realm, she goes on an epic journey from being a simple chicken farmer to one of the greatest heroes of the realm, while helping the Lands of Sparo avoid a second Great Mage War.

Can kindness and innocence, defeat the oncoming storm?

Soras:
Laney Herder and Lady Celeste, are called upon by the Lupei of the Mountain Gypsies as their Soras, to help free their leader who had been kidnapped, and to stop a war between the realms of Sparo and the Gypsies.

Again, Laney is thrown into a world and politics that seem alien to her. She must follow her heart to do the right thing when all seems lost in a foreign land, when she stands against the swords of a nebulous enemy and the magic of one of the most powerful magic users of all time.

Can patience and understanding prevail in the face of an impending war that could change the face of the modern world?


Chubby Wizard: Wrath Of The Manticore
by Bruce Leslie
$0.00, 186 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (2 reviews), #161 in > Literature & Fiction > Humor & Satire > General Humor
Some call him the fat wizard, and others call him the portly prestidigitator. His name is Nor, and he prefers to be known as the Chubby Wizard. Along with his steadfast companions Bruce the bard and Kris the Elf-Kin, the Chubby Wizard protects Nydium from the most grave threats. When a manticore threatens the stability of the realm, the heroes set off to stop the foul beast from the Darklands. During their quest the group learns that the Chubby Wizard has unfortunate family ties and keep hearing about a mysterious wager. They run afoul of dwarves, get the cold shoulder from elves, and have to make a risky bargain with a gnome to advance their cause. When they discover the beast that is their adversary is in league with a necromancer, the stakes become much higher than first imagined. Will the odd collection of heroes save the realm or will the Chubby Wizard serve as an oversized snack for the manticore?

“It’s a book, it has words and everything!” - Sean Keenan, Hero Movie Podcast

“It read about half of one of Bruce’s books, it was pretty good.” - Tom Norris, When Nerds Collide

“I prefer audiobooks.” - Adam Portrais, Nerd Talk Now


Fury of the Falcon (The Falcons Saga Book 5)
by Court Ellyn
$0.00, 540 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #170 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
The fifth and final volume of the Falcons Saga brings this sweeping fantasy series to its stunning conclusion.

With Kelyn wounded in an attempt to barter for peace and Thorn recovering from his struggle against forces from the abyss, defeat and despair encroach. The human armies are stretched to their limit, and Lothiar’s horde relentlessly presses against their last stronghold.

Amid the carnage, Carah is determined to mend the wounds sundering her family and risks a journey across hundreds of miles of ogre-infested territory. When Lothiar’s schemes pay off and Carah finds herself in the dreaded pit, her brother Kethlyn proposes an all-or-nothing campaign deep behind enemy lines to rescue her.

As the War Commander and his desperate army prepare to make this final stand, events race toward a destiny no one expects. Either victory or defeat will usher in a new age…


Echoes of the Forsaken (Mystic Legends Book 1)
by Eric Magliozzi
$0.00, 268 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #347 in > Literature & Fiction > Horror > Dark Fantasy
Entombed beneath the ruins of an ancient city, a mystical orb awaits with an insatiable appetite for entrapping souls. A mysterious order has guarded it for over five hundred years, praying its ominous cravings remain suppressed. When the king of the Deviskari, an insular race shunned for their dark magic, discovers the tomb, he falls under the thrall of this sinister creation and then threatens to devour the souls of every living being in Morlanthea.

Deveryn never thought to return home after years of self-exile, that was, until Kehlyra, a woman who has loved him since childhood, pleads for help in stopping the infected king from waging war on the land. Apprehensive of confronting the wicked ways of his kinsmen, Deveryn reluctantly agrees and suddenly finds himself battling fierce creatures and malicious men, all in the pursuit of ridding the world of this hellish orb. But every choice has a consequence, and his decisions may end up condemning them all.


A Warrior's Quest (Dardanos: The Laquazzeana Book 1)
by Calle J. Brookes
$0.00, 159 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (18 reviews), #13 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
She was going to die.

Aureliana Adrastos knew it, and would meet that death face-to-face, sword in hand.

That was one reason why she’d kept the knowledge that she’d found her mate to herself. The grief for the life they would never have together nearly crippled her. What purpose would it serve to tell him?

It would only cause them both far more pain than Aureliana could ever hope to endure…

Ren, prince of all warrior demons, wanted the fiery Dardaptoan female for his own, and she wanted him, too. So why was the bravest female he’d ever known running from him?

He’d followed her anywhere; honor demanded it. He would stop at nothing to have her—or to keep her safe. Nothing would stand between them. Not even the warrior girl herself…




Lord Fish: Chronicles of Xax
by Ted Cross
$0.00, 72 pages, 4.6 out of 5.0 (5 reviews), #38 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends > Norse & Viking
'Dragon Play': All their lives the group of young Vikings had heard of their clan's past glories, but all they have known is the terror of being relegated to living within the shadow of a dragon's mountain. When the chieftain's daughter finds an ancient scroll showing a hidden back entrance to the dragon's lair, she and her three friends decide to sneak in and retrieve the lost talisman that holds the luck of their clan.

'Lord Fish' tells the tale of a newly-minted noble who meets his nemesis in Sir Brindor, the realm's most famous knight. Can the lowborn Lord Midas survive single combat against the deadliest warrior in history?

In 'The Stolen Castle', Lord Midas pays a visit to the long-deserted keep granted him by his new liege lord. When his entrance is refused, Midas learns that a hedge knight has taken up residence. With only his squire to aid him, Midas must find a way to take back his rightful home.

'Arrival' tells the tale of how a group of scientists from Earth first came to colonize the planet of New Eden...along with one unexpected guest.


Victor Deus (Heritage of the Blood Book 1)
by Brent Lee Markee
$0.00, 251 pages, 4.5 out of 5.0 (60 reviews), #89 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
Every culture has its legends. Those men and women whose legacies were so great that their stories have been repeated generation to generation. A person of such impact that other cultures long detached from the origins tell stories of these powerful individuals. Such is the story of Victor Deus. Unlike many such legends, there was little need to embellish the deeds he and his allies accomplished. Some remember him as a savior, some as a tyrant. There are whole worlds that worship him like a god, and others that raise him up as a devil. All of these worlds agree upon one thing though, he was fiercely protective of his allies, and swiftly dealt with his enemies.

How does one become such a figure? Loved by so many, yet feared by even more? The story is a long one, and I hope you will bear with me as the story unfolds. One thing you must know about Victor Deus is that he was not given time to be a child, for his formative years were full of training and despair. Therefore, it is there where this story begins, a boy, barely able to hold a sword, thrust into events he cannot control.

Victor Deus (Heritage of the Blood: Book One) is the first book in a series of books that follow Victor Deus and his ally's through an epic fantasy journey that will span many worlds and genres. The initial Arc will be three to four books long and will be a coming of age story for the main protagonists. Although I am starting with Victor at a young age, this will not be a young adult series. I have no plans for gratuitous sex or violence, but there will be war, and all that goes along with it.

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Heritage of the Blood: Book Two is now available!

Books in the Heritage of the Blood Series:

Victor Deus - Meet the main characters of the story Victor and Shawnrik, and learn about the world that they must grow up in.

Vitiosi Dei - War has once again ravaged Terroval. Victor and Shawnrik find themselves apart, and in very different circumstances than they ever thought they would be in. Events are transpiring across the face of Terrazil and beyond, and they are not patient enough to wait for our heroes to grow up.

Book Three(2017) - Just as one of our heroes worlds is starting to reform the others begins to fall apart.


Music and the Tree Who Loved Her: an epic fantasy
by J. A. Bennett
$0.00, 426 pages, 4.4 out of 5.0 (3 reviews), #15 in > Literature & Fiction > Humor & Satire > Literary Humor
In a world made of music, silence reigns supreme and first appearances are often deceptive. Not everything monstrous-looking is evil, and not everything fair is good.

Green was a seedling as proud as any conqueror … so begins the magnificent tale of the indomitable spirit of one tree, who after losing everything, finds himself in the middle of a deep, intricate and wondrous adventure ...
Living alone on the prairie, ignored and shunned by his own kind, Green finds comfort in the gossip of the savanna grasses, and company in the stars at night.
He doesn’t realize the ache under his bark comes from loneliness until he saves his mortal enemy’s child -- a newborn dragon maiden -- whose sweet kisses have the power to rebuild a shattered world, or destroy it.

Mythic’s a living mountain with a big grin and a heavy heart – Symphony’s music is stolen – rain falls flat, birds don’t sing – and it's all his fault. Preparing to enter the Long Sleep, Mythic hears music again, within a tree’s adopted daughter, of all things. Never one to keep his hands to himself, it doesn't occur to the mountain that sticking someone else’s child in his ear for a listen, might be considered rude. Not until the tree – a real Mr. Drama-Leaves – calls him a monster and tries to climb him.
Mythic might come across as a mountain one loose stone away from a rock fall, but he needs Prince Green's assistance. It's not like he's asking for the tree's branch in marriage. Just a little help constructing a mountain-sized panpipe so he can play the music contained within the child – aloud.
Oh, and for the tree to commit one or two – teeny-weeny – acts of Treeson.

Enter the living world of Symphony, where mountains, trees, rivers, all are heroes, combating love and hate, to restore music to their silent world.

Note: you don't need a kindle to read this book, you can download the free kindle reader at https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/kcp




Only a Glow (The White Warrior Series Book 1)
by Nichelle Rae
$0.00, 460 pages, 4.1 out of 5.0 (8 reviews), #36 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Epic
Azrel has big shoes to fill. Her father was once the legendary White Warrior, both famed and shamed in one lifetime because of choices he made.

Hidden from the world that only recalls his disgrace, Azrel fears for her safety. But when her only friend as a child stumbles back into her life, she’s forced into the fray of keeping the Shadow Gods from coming to power again.

Azrel's white fire magic is the only thing that can stop them, but her magic is not completely under her control.

Can the problem be resolved before the Shadows emerge and destroy the world?


Herald's Dawn (The Fable of Griffon Book 2)
by Gareth Johns, Benjamin Maunder
$0.00, 526 pages, 4.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #101 in > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > War & Military
'Blood and Sand' - Battle cry of the Battlelands

Two years, and Griffon has finally returned to his home of Tyran as both a king and a father. With his realm still healing from the occupation, and threatened by the looming darkness in the distant West, he is suddenly called to arms by his most dependable ally - the sand blown realm of Lenateth. Faced with a new threat, he must fight a war that even in victory, could yet be the doom of them all.

A new era comes, and the dawn is rising...


The Beast Lord (The God-Slayer Chronicles Book 2)
by Dan Turdean
$0.00, 674 pages, 4.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #185 in > Literature & Fiction > Horror > Dark Fantasy
After defeating the King and Queen’s army, Aerö has no choice but to take refuge inside the Beast Lords’ Lair.

There, under Estrelle’s watchful eye, Aerö must learn to control his father’s flames. The King and Queen have spent millennia planning his death, they will not wait for him to come of age and learn of his true powers.

Across the realm, the Turmenn lead by Petra follow her towards their promised sanctuary and new home.

But betrayal, pain and death follow both Aerö and Petra wherever they may go. The last Great War between the Humans, Sorcerers and Beasts has begun.

No soul in Urukk is now safe.


Kaianan (Kaianan Trilogy Book 1)
by Cara Violet
$0.00, 311 pages, 3.0 out of 5.0 (2 reviews), #267 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
Kaianan, a defiant Gorgon Princess, lives peacefully with her family on the faraway planet, Rivalex, until turning eighteen changes not only her life, but the whole universe’s path.


THE SECOND GREAT REBELION: WAR OF ANGELS VOLUME 01
by Adenilson Lemos Pelozi
$0.00, 72 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #35 in > Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Having in mind the impending apocalypse, Lucifer rebels against God by incarnating himself and build a planet with the intention of forming his infernal army to subjugate humans. To contain evil, 'four angels plus one' are sent to the planet of Lucifer to deliver him a notification which demands the end of the rebellion, if it does not comply with the order, a forced war will be unleashed taking unimaginable proportions.
War of Angels portrays the battle that the 'four angels plus one' will have to survive on a hostile planet, by being incarnated for the first time, they have to learn basic functions such as: breathing, feeding, survival to heat and cold, in addition to extensive hiking and thirst. All this process will prepare you for inevitable battles that will follow throughout the book.

Read too:
THE BATTLE OF PRINCES: WAR OF ANGELS VOLUME 02
EMPIRE OF DARKNESS: WAR OF ANGELS VOLUME 03


WAR OF ANGELS: EMPIRE OF DARKNESS VOLUME 03
by Adenilson Lemos Pelozi
$0.00, 57 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #46 in > Short Reads > 90 minutes (44-64 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
After the previous events, the 'four angels plus one' continue the mission facing various challenges on the planet of Satan, in addition to battles that are intensifying more and more against demons. However, greater difficulties will still come where the darkness increases and the evolution of the enemies progresses.

Read too:
THE SECOND GREAT REBELION: WAR OF ANGELS VOLUME 01
THE BATTLE OF PRINCES: WAR OF ANGELS VOLUME 02


THE BATTLE OF PRINCES: WAR OF ANGELS VOLUME 02
by Adenilson Lemos Pelozi
$0.00, 53 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #32 in > Short Reads > 90 minutes (44-64 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Reinoriah, Babarasuriah, Esalabathai, Endaramanam and Indarmanaia are the celestial angels who continue walking towards the north of the planet Z'Rra formed by Elel'el, but in the midst of the desert in which they stand, will have to face traps besides waging terrible battles against the demonic princes and against the second convoy of demons advancing full of fury.

Read too:
THE SECOND GREAT REBELION: WAR OF ANGELS VOLUME 01
EMPIRE OF DARKNESS: WAR OF ANGELS VOLUME 03


Garamesh and the Farmer: A Fairy Tale
by David V. Stewart
$0.00, 38 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #93 in > Children's eBooks > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths
Failing to find suitors for their fickle daughter, the king and queen hold a great contest, with the victor gaining the right to marry the princess. To the chagrin of the king, a simple farmer mysteriously gains entry into the contest and sets about winning all of the events through unconventional means. The contest takes a dark turn, however, when the king tasks the suitors with the slaying of an ancient dragon newly awakened in Black Mountain. Is the cleverness and imagination of the farmer great enough to overcome a god-like being?


WAR OF ANGELS: THE BATTLE OF PRINCES VOLUME 02
by Adenilson Lemos Pelozi
$0.00, 53 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #44 in > Short Reads > 90 minutes (44-64 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Reinoriah, Babarasuriah, Esalabathai, Endaramanam and Indarmanaia are the celestial angels who continue walking towards the north of the planet Z'Rra formed by Elel'el, but in the midst of the desert in which they stand, will have to face traps besides waging terrible battles against the demonic princes and against the second convoy of demons advancing full of fury.

Read too:
THE SECOND GREAT REBELION: WAR OF ANGELS VOLUME 01
EMPIRE OF DARKNESS: WAR OF ANGELS VOLUME 03


CALIYANA CHRONICLES
by PRIYANKA MEHTA
$0.00, 365 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #357 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
Earth is at the brink of war, when transmissions from a lost space mission begin to tell the tale of Azura and its crimson eyed Princess. Much like Earth, her kingdom too is faced with the threat of war from the mysterious but merciless Kovidans. The truth of Kovida is buried in the 3000 year old Primal War and Caliyana must race against the power hungry Seven Sages and a tribe of assassins to uncover the truth and protect not just her world but perhaps even Earth.


Child of the Moon
by Jonathon Biers
$0.00, 107 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #307 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Fairy Tales
When a child is handed a book, to her horror, when she opens the cover and gazes at a single page, she realizes that she can now see into the supernatural world. Terror ensues as demons begin stalking her every move.

That child will soon embark on a quest, holding that book in her hand. Unknown to her, it holds a secret, regarding a Witch who murdered a King’s bride. Will the child survive as she steps into a world where the mystical and mortal collide? A world in which nobody has ever returned, except for the Dark Queen: a Witch, who had been imprisoned within the pages of that book.

The child must find a Guardian. A person of the light. They had once fought the Dark Queen's army, and then placed chains about her wrists. Only now, with the help from her demons, she is about to be set free.

A mystery soon begins, regarding a Witch, a King and his bride. Why was the Witch imprisoned, and why did she kill the King’s bride? Perhaps the King's son knows, if only he can be found. Unknown too many, he holds the secret of who the Witch is. She was a woman who attempted to steal the heart of a King. When denied, she struck against the kingdom.

It is said that the King died in his sleep, and his spirit now wanders the rooms and corridors of a castle. He is searching for his lost bride. Can the child find a Guardian, and can the Guardian find the King’s son. Only time will tell.


Chronicles of Kracksos: Into Another World
by Wade Belknap Jr
$0.00, 323 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #152 in > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Fantasy
When Lyn flees for her life after an unexpected attack, she awakens in a world the likes of which she had only ever dreamed of. Where she finds that magic, dragons, and other races litter this new world, and she finds Vange, an elven protector, who's life mission is to protect those that can not do so for themselves. The two of them must work together to try to put a stop to a new threat that they are just now getting a inkling about.


Hollowspire (The Stoneriver Chronicles Book 1)
by Heather Atkinson, Steam Power Studios
$0.00, 674 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #104 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
The realms of Hollowspire and Grimwulf are in chaos, suffering after two centuries of incessant civil war.

Thorn Sigwulf of Grimwulf suddenly finds himself king after the slaughter of his father on the battlefield. Hell bent on revenge on the new queen of Hollowspire, Queen Ravenswell, the two begin an even more bitter feud, which is interrupted by the arrival of The Nameless - a shadowy, masked army of unknown origins who have brought about the fall of all other realms and are now intent on enslaving their own.

These two enemies are forced to unite in the face of a stronger, deadlier foe. The Nameless - led by an elusive figure known only as The Leader - carry a dark magic, part of their army made up of ephemera, creatures dreamed into life by The Leader's twisted imagination.

Queen Ravenswell, who carries dragon blood in her veins and with a powerful magic all her own is the greatest hope the new allied army have of defeating The Nameless.

But will it be enough to save her realm from forever being overcome by darkness?


Storm Over Olysi (The Nine Suns Book 2)
by Zackery Arbela
$0.00, 536 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #208 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery

An insane wizard. A crew of desperate men. And a Universe full of trouble!


It was supposed to be an easy job. Deliver a crate to the city of Iremnik. Try not to get killed in the process. But for Gaebrel Harrn and his crew, things are never that simple. Now they are caught in a convoluted plot by an evil wizard to use dark magic and twisted technology to overthrow a kingdom, igniting a war that would leave a world in flames.

On the run, Gaebrel and his companions will do battle against a mighty warlord who has never known defeat, face certain death in the arena against creatures unknown even to legend, while seeking to escape the clutches of a vile wizard who desires nothing more than to consume their souls.

Storm Over Olysi is the second book of the Nine Suns series. If you like fast-paced sword and sorcery adventure, set in a wild fantasy universe filled with intrigue, reckless heroism and dark supernatural forces, then you will love Zackery Arbela's page-turning series. Buy it now!


The Warfarer's Exodus: Chronicles of War 1
by Stephen Donald Huff
$0.00, 235 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #169 in > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
The Wilderlands exist in an alternate past or a possible future. Depending on perspective, it is a realm inhabited by mysterious wizards or learned disciples of a new religion evolved from the practice of ancient science. Magic or high technology rules the world.

Epsilon Three is a Holy Warfarer of the Martial Rite, the most recent Hero of Alcorde, a weeks-long festival of violence and bloodletting engaged by many competitors but won by a single triumphant combatant. Every year, Empire produces a new hero with completion of the festival’s final, most violent contest. The dubious honors of victory include both unimaginable reward and capital conviction, because Empire fears the Rite. Its maniacal rulers long ago established the brutal Ritual of Alcorde to purge its ranks. Thus, for all his martial acumen and fortune in gladiatorial combat, tradition condemns The Warfarer to permanent banishment beyond the Barricade Wall into the deadly expanse of the Wilderlands. None return.


An Uncommon Burglar
by Robert Van Dusen
$0.00, 145 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #103 in > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Fantasy
It was supposed to be a simple job.
Sarah Walker's a professional burglar, the sort of person that people who know about such things pay an exorbitant amount of money to get something that does not belong to them. There wasn't a keep, manor house or castle in the kingdom of Wolestland she hadn't seen the inside of without anyone being the wiser.
Then she found herself in a wizard's library.
Chester Cobblepot, a wizard's apprentice, is ordered by his master to track down the thief who stole a tome of ancient lore from his tower. Chester and Sarah find themselves caught up in the intrigues of wizards and nobles as something terrible starts moving in the darkness...


WAR OF ANGELS: THE SECOND GREAT REBELION VOLUME 01
by Adenilson Lemos Pelozi
$0.00, 72 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #466 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
Having in mind the impending apocalypse, Lucifer rebels against God by incarnating himself and build a planet with the intention of forming his infernal army to subjugate humans. To contain evil, 'four angels plus one' are sent to the planet of Lucifer to deliver him a notification which demands the end of the rebellion, if it does not comply with the order, a forced war will be unleashed taking unimaginable proportions.
War of Angels portrays the battle that the 'four angels plus one' will have to survive on a hostile planet, by being incarnated for the first time, they have to learn basic functions such as: breathing, feeding, survival to heat and cold, in addition to extensive hiking and thirst. All this process will prepare you for inevitable battles that will follow throughout the book.

Read too:
THE BATTLE OF PRINCES: WAR OF ANGELS VOLUME 02
EMPIRE OF DARKNESS: WAR OF ANGELS VOLUME 03


The Lay of Leanna
by Robert Van Dusen
$0.00, 83 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #88 in > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Fantasy
Listen close, dear reader, and you shall hear the tales of the old days. The days when great heroes strode the lands and monsters stalked the forests. The days before the fall of the Angalian Empire, before a simple sell-sword and her warrior husband shook the foundations of the earth...