The Gods in the Jungle

General Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

By Rik Roots

Publisher : Rik's Sparky Little Printing Press

ABOUT Rik Roots

Rik Roots
Rik was born in the small village of Dymchurch on the Romney Marshes in Kent, England. Dymchurch has three Martello Towers and a station on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway. This was Rik's world for the first 24 years of his life, except for six terms away at college - the Nort More...



When a deadly plague disrupts Delesse's wedding plans, she has to fight to save her city, punish her enemies and marry the man she loves.

The jungle city of Bassakesh holds the keys to the future of the Vreski Empire. It is the sole source of the valuable Vedegga dye; it is also home to the mysterious Servants, who harvest the dye.

Delesse, the Bassakesh Governor's daughter, is marrying Loken, heir to one of the most powerful Clans in the Empire - whose leaders, Loken's own Father and uncle, are plotting to disrupt the dye harvest as part of their wider plans to win the aged Emperor's throne.

When those hasty plans go awry a terrible plague is unleashed across Bassakesh, bringing widespread death and chaos.

Aided by a collection of survivors and Servants, Delesse and Loken must travel through the jungles to face down and defeat the people who not only threaten the Empire's stability, but also ruined their wedding.

I only live part-time on Earth; for the past three and a half decades much of my spare time has been spent in my constructed world, Kalieda. In this world, I have learned to be a benificent and bountiful God, populating the place with a paradise-worth of landscapes and lifeforms to go alongside the various civilisations and societies that have grown up there. Since 1998 I have spent an unhealthy amount of time transferring Kalieda to the web. The Kalieda Encyclopaedia is the gateway for visitors to come and experience this world, with maps, descriptions, histories and languages peppered haphazardly across the site. The Encyclopaedia is a form of living book, subjected to regular review and improvement. The Kalieda novels, starting with 'The Gods in the Jungle', are intended to be a second gateway into the Kalieda world, offering people glimpses of the world through stories based on the histories and mythologies of the people who live in that world. The Kalieda novels can be thought of as the 'bottom-up' complement to the Encyclopaedia's 'top-down' approach to displaying my world to the Real World; each (novel and website) is the equal to the other.