Conquist

A Novel

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Pub Date Sep 01 2024 | Archive Date Jul 15 2024

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Description

This time they invaded a new world that refused to be conquered.

Capitán Cristóbal de Varga’s drive for glory and gold in 1538 Peru leads him and his army of conquistadors into a New World that refuses to be conquered. He is a man torn by life-long obsessions and knows this is his last campaign. What he doesn’t know is that his Incan allies led by the princess Sarpay have their own furtive plans to make sure he never finds the golden city of Vilcabamba. He also doesn’t know that Héctor Valiente, the freed African slave he appointed as his lieutenant, has found a portal that will lead them all into a world that will challenge his deepest beliefs. And what he can’t possibly know is that this world will trap him in a war between two eternal enemies, leading him to question everything he has devoted his life to - his command, his Incan princess, his honor, his God. In the end, he faces the ultimate dilemma: how is it possible to battle your own obsessions . . . to conquer yourself?

This time they invaded a new world that refused to be conquered.

Capitán Cristóbal de Varga’s drive for glory and gold in 1538 Peru leads him and his army of conquistadors into a New World that...


A Note From the Publisher

‘Conquist’ was first published as a short story in the HarperVoyager anthology, Dreaming Again. The Nebula Award-winning author and editor, Jack Dann, said in the introduction to Dirk’s Stories of the Sand collection: ‘You have the proof right in your hands, this man can write!… Strasser is a master… enjoy and behold what the fuss is all about.’ The serialised version of Conquist was a finalist in the Aurealis Awards Best Fantasy Novel category. Dirk’s screenplay version of Conquist won the Wildsound Fantasy/Sci-Fi Festival Best Scene Reading Award and was a featured finalist in the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival and the Creative World Awards . His fantasy trilogy The Books of Ascension (Zenith, Equinox and Eclipse) was published in German (Heyne Verlag) and English (Pan Macmillan), and his short stories have been translated into several European languages. ‘The Doppelgänger Effect’ appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under (Tor). Dirk was born in Germany but has lived most of his life in Australia. He works in educational publishing, has trekked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu and studied Renaissance history.

‘Conquist’ was first published as a short story in the HarperVoyager anthology, Dreaming Again. The Nebula Award-winning author and editor, Jack Dann, said in the introduction to Dirk’s Stories of...


Advance Praise

What’s most interesting about this world is the way it defies all expectations and challenges the characters’ assumptions. The Spanish believe they are in purgatory, while the Inca believe it’s the realm of the sun god Inti. The truth is something more nebulous. In a search for an escape from this increasingly hostile world, Cristobal must decide where his priorities truly lie. In Conquist, Strasser tells a riveting odyssey of conquest, magic, and redemption that fans of historical fantasy will devour.

Gabriel Robertson, Aurealis 

What’s most interesting about this world is the way it defies all expectations and challenges the characters’ assumptions. The Spanish believe they are in purgatory, while the Inca believe it’s the...


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