11. Taunting the Devil

Book 11 of Cogs. Who holds a god's heart, holds the power to rule. Vincent promised Lord Obdurin he would help Walden take Maiten's heart, but power tempts everybody...


11.1 Breathe

11.2 Sanctuary

11.3 Immortal Intrigues

11.4 The Condemned

11.5 Paranoid Fantasies

11.6 Proposition

11.7 Close Quarters

11.8 Shroud

11.9 The Fallen

11.10 Honorable Men

11.11 The Nature of the Job

11.12 Mitigating Risks

11.13 The Deal

11.14 At Home in the Dark

11.15 Every Eventuality

11.16 Meticulous Plans

11.17 Skybridge

11.18 Burned Alive

11.19 Dead Reckoning

11.20 Shared Fates

11.21 Tobin Dragonslayer

11.22 New Scars

11.23 Ancient Enmities

11.24 Summons

11.25 Ancient Loyalties

11.26 Homecoming

11.27 Maiten’s Hall

11.28 God Touched




The players, scoundrels, and gods of Taunting the Devil:

  • Benshi Chi’Rhysin Chosen, Lord: Lord Obdurin’s predecessor as Rhysin’s chosen.
  • Cali: A member of Lord Obdurin’s advance party in Damar.
  • Carla fi’Walden: One of Councilor Walden’s daughters.
  • Chen: A soldier who died in the siege of Rasan City.
  • Cherry: A member of Lord Obdurin’s council.
  • Corsari: A talented warrior who trained as a dancer.
  • Darsoon Chi’Mason Chosen, Lord: The Lord of Adand. Mason’s chosen.
  • Death Priest: A priest in service to Omar the dead god.
  • Doran: A teenage sorcerer.
  • Duman Chi’Damorsin Chosen, Lord: The Lord of Mawtar. Damorsin’s chosen.
  • Ethan Godkin: A member of Lord Obdurin’s council.
  • Fahlim: An immortal who is aligned with Lord Obdurin.
  • Frake Chi’Rhysin Chosen, Lord: Rhysin’s first chosen.
  • Gordon Chi’Obdurin Bondsan: The first-sworn in a Rhynsian cadre.
  • Grace: Vincent’s deceased daughter.
  • Hull: A soldier who served Lord Obdurin.
  • Kilara: Vincent’s deceased wife.
  • Krista, Lord: The Lord of Lancity.
  • Lilly d’Ardel: Lord Rarick’s sister.
  • Lomar: Lilly’s son.
  • Maiten: The true god of Damar.
  • Marlan Chi’Turin Chosen, Lord: The Lord of Turintar. Turin’s chosen.
  • Mattatan Chi’Obdurin Bondsan: The first-sworn in a Rhynsian cadre.
  • Maxian Tralitson: Tralit d’Arathan’s son. A member of Lord Obdurin’s scattered cadre.
  • Mikkel: An assassin who attempted to kill Lord Rarick and failed.
  • Obdurin Chi’Rhysin Chosen, Lord: The Lord of Rhyne. Rhysin’s chosen.
  • Olinda: Lord Marlan’s wife.
  • Omar: The dead god.
  • Pete: A soldier who serves Lord Obdurin.
  • Pitan, Sah: One of the last dragon lords to be defeated during the Dragon Wars.
  • Rarick Chi’Maiten Chosen, Lord: The Lord of Damar. Maiten’s chosen.
  • Rhysin: The true god of Rhyne.
  • Sarin fi’Walden: One of Councilor Walden’s daughters.
  • Seine: One of Lord Rarick’s bastard children.
  • Snuffle: One of Doran’s bound spirits.
  • Sollen Chi’Rarick Bondsan: The first-sworn in a Damarian cadre.
  • Sorros d’Shan: An immortal who has aligned himself with Lord Obdurin.
  • Stan: A member of Lord Obdurin’s advance party in Damar.
  • Sunder: One of Rhysin’s dimin.
  • Surrat: The true god of Surrusand.
  • Tar Chi’Rarick Bondsan: The first-sworn in a Damarian cadre.
  • Thwart: One of Rhysin’s dimin.
  • Tobin Dragonslayer: A giant who works for Valan.
  • Tralit d’Arathan: The terrible black dragon.
  • Turin: The true god of Turintar.
  • Ulri Chi’Obdurin Bondsan: The first-sworn in a Rhynsian cadre.
  • Valan: Lord Rarick’s intelligence officer.
  • Vernie: A member of Lord Obdurin’s advance party in Damar.
  • Vincent: Lord Benshi’s son.
  • Walden, Councilor: A member of Lord Obdurin’s council.
  • Warwick d’Ardel: Lord Rarick of Damar’s brother.

The chronological order of the books and events in Cogs up to Taunting the Devil:


1. Malicious Designs

2. Discarded Gods

3. Brotherhood’s Curse

4. The Tyrant’s Throne

5. The Bastard Cadre

6. Zealots and Ascendants

7. The Mad God’s Playground

8. The Godslayers’ Legacy

9. The Lord of Frake’s Defiance

10. The Dead God’s Shadow

11. Taunting the Devil