This is book number 1 in the Tales of Tremaine series.
All legends are born of truths. And just as much lies. These are mine. Judge me for what you will. But you will hear my story first.
I buried the village of Ampur under a mountain of ice and snow. Then I killed their god. I've stolen old magics and been cursed for it. I started a war with those that walked before mankind and lost the princess I loved, and wanted to save. I've called lightning and bound fire. I am legend. And I am a monster.
My name is Ari.
And this is the story of how I let loose the first evil.
R.R. Virdi is a two-time Dragon Award finalist and a Nebula Award finalist. He is the author of two urban fantasy series, The Grave Report, and The Books of Winter. One of his short stories is part of a collection of artists’ works to go to the moon aboard the Astrobotic Peregrine Lunar Lander in 2022. His love of classic cars drove him to work in the automotive industry for many years before he realized he’d do a better job of maintaining his passion if he stayed away from customers.
He was born and raised in Northern Virginia and is a first generation Indian-American with all the baggage that comes with. He's offended a long list of incalculable ancestors by choosing to drop out of college and not pursue one of three pre-destined careers: a lawyer, doctor, engineer. Instead, he decided to chase his dream of being an author. His family is still coping with this decision a decade later.
He expects them to come around in another fifteen to twenty years.
Should the writing gig not work out, he aims to follow his backup plan and become a dancing shark for a Katy Perry music video.
"Crafted with patience, passion, and most importantly, tremendous love. Read R.R. Virdi!" —Jim Butcher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dresden Files
“Rich world-building, plenty of action, and devious twists abound. Very highly recommended!” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of V-Wars and Kagen the Damned
"An epic like no other - grand, sweeping, dramatic, a love letter to fantasy burning with the dust and heat and mythos of South Asia. It reads like magic and tastes like saffron." —Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, Washington Post bestselling author of the Salvage Crew and the Commonwealth Empire.
"The First Binding is epic fantasy at its finest—an homage to storytelling and legend, richly told and endlessly engaging. Complex and luxuriant, this is an emotional, multifaceted gem of a book that examines the twists and turns a story takes on its journey from the truth." —Andrea Stewart, author of Bone Shard Daughter
“R.R. Virdi’s The First Binding is engrossing and beautiful, joyous and painful—always entertaining, sometimes profound. This book makes me remember why I love epic fantasy.”—Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Dune: House Atreides
"If you like your fantasy epic and seriously chonky, and make it South Asian, also make it a love letter to storytelling and legends—all told in a lush, engaging style….this is your book!" —Andrea Stewart, author of Bone Shard Daughter
"THE FIRST BINDING is a masterpiece of epic fantasy storytelling." — Michael Mammay, author of the Planetside trilogy
"If you loved The Name of the Wind and The Lies of Locke Lamora, this is your next reading addiction." — Dyrk Ashton, author of The Paternus Trilogy
"The First Binding is the first volume in a new magnificent and ambitious high fantasy series to obsess over."—Novel Notions