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This is not a save-the-world story.

Outcast. Burnt. Rotspawn.
In a fading world on the brink of its end, Sunmine stands besieged by the Jungle of Rot. Tensions simmer between the Woodfolk and the Sun Empire Citizens, trapped together in these shrinking lands.
Amidst this turmoil, a figure stands out: Anpô, the sole outsider to ever come from beyond the Rot and survive.
Is he to be the doom of Sunmine, as so many claim? A cursed Rotspawn, touched from birth by the Black Rot that devours the world? Or could the bloodred whirls of ink on his chest hide the answers they need?
In this Eldritch tale of love and despair, Anpô's true nature becomes entwined with the hopes and hatred of Sunmine's inhabitants as the forces of this decaying world converge around him. Will he carve himself a place in these lands that are not his, unlocking the secrets shrouding his past? Or will he crumble under the weight of their fear and mistrust, unleashing whichever dark destiny might lurk within him?

Book cover for fantasy novel The Rot Within, in which a melanistic jaguar stalks a young man holding a knife.
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About the Author

P.T.M. Parizotto is the author of the epic fantasy The Rot Within as well as the content creator behind the YouTube channel P.T.M. Parizotto (GeekZotto), which focuses on the critical analysis of storytelling. He is currently finishing his Master's Degree in São Paulo, Brazil, and writing the sequel to The Rot Within, provisionally titled The Temple in the Void (Book 2 of the Tales of a World Devoured).

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