After a lifetime of reading mainline fantasy fiction, this is what you were looking for.
Son of a god. Raised as a rogue.
Dagger is a street kid, growing up in a city ruled by a brutal totalitarianism. He came into the world through a blasphemous ritual to resurrect his father… too bad the father in question is a bloodthirsty god whose soul was banished at the dawn of time. The boy is hidden in a guild of rogues, where an albino girl is the only person in the world who does not consider him a monster because of his red eyes. One night, the Gorgors—servants of the exiled god and incarnation of the deepest nightmares—set fire to the entire city to flush him out, and Dagger realizes that there is no refuge for him. Soon, he will realize that no one can fight against himself.
Note from the author:
I wrote a dark fantasy whose purpose was to break with tradition, the narrative addressing more existential issues rather than the old and overused formula of evil against good. In Dagger, the struggle between good and evil is not clear, nor easily identifiable. It is a tormented process, internal to the protagonist, with an outcome that is difficult to predict. I do not sell pre-cooked messages to the reader. I decided to create a story with multiple interpretations.
The saga continues with Dagger 2 – Blood Brothers, book two of the Born to Be Free series, which is now available on Amazon worldwide.
The debut saga from Walt Popester, Dagger is a new addition to the great dark fantasy tradition of Brent Weeks, Glen Cook, and Michael Moorcock.