Just a heads-up for anyone interested in more world-building content!
I’ve started making pages for the various realms of the War of Memory world (aka Halci). Right now I have a master page up that explains the divisions and concepts, and I’ve also done an extensive writeup on the Shadow Realm (though I plan to add more pictures eventually, like a Culture Composite). I did previously write up the Shadow Lord and the Shadow Folk separately, but it’s been a while, and it’s an important enough place to have a page of its own.
Also, I was bored and made a .gif of the book 1 art being colorized. Here, have it!
Hey! Just a quick update!
Book 4 print version is fully available! It’s a hefty tome, just 40 pages shorter than the colossal Book 3. Book 5 will be shorter, I swear! (I can contain myself! I really can!)
Also, I’ve finally set up a mailing list, which I should have done 2+ years ago. The link is also up there in the corner, above the column of books. I’ll probably only use it 2-3 times a year, for book releases or other vital updates — but it’s an important thing to have.
More culture, metaphysics and other content posting should be coming soon.
Posted in Writing
As of right now, The Drowning Dark (Book 4 of the War of Memory Cycle) is available on Amazon as an ebook and (soon) a print book! The processing tends to take longer on the print format than on the ebook format, for whatever reason.
In all, this series is a post-medieval high-magic multicultural dark fantasy, with touches of both science fiction and horror. (Okay, that’s a mouthful.) It’s just finished its ‘adventure’ phase and is beginning its ‘epic’ phase. It includes strong themes of identity, trauma, imperialism, religious conflict, LGBTQIA, and some serious body horror. I enjoy writing that last part maybe a bit too much.
If you haven’t read any but think you might be interested, check out the pages for Book 1 (The Light of Kerrindryr), Book 2 (The Splintered Eye) and Book 3 (The Living Throne)!
Anyone who knows me personally is aware that I am a lunatic perfectionist. Even in a hazy discipline like writing, I have to Make It Right — and so none of you should be surprised that while I was waiting for the Book 4 cover to be completed, I went back and did new edits of the previous three books.
I call the updates the Omega Versions — because I hope to never touch them again.
That being said, it’s important to go over what’s changed. This won’t matter for new readers, but all you stalwarts that made it through the first versions deserve to know everything.
And thus….the change log.
Finally, I am close enough to post a Teaser for book 4, The Drowning Dark!
For previous books, I included the teaser in a normal post, but as spoilery as those things are, I realized it’s not a good idea to present them that way. So the teaser is on its own page under the book’s heading on The Stories bar above — as are all the other teasers.
It’s about five pages of the first chapter, picking up immediately after the end of The Living Throne. Enjoy!
Through stresses untold and crashes unnumbered, we have fought our way here to the print cover– Ahem.
First, the card:
Edge of Dawn – Beyond the Gate. Synthpop.
Ignoring the cover, this is one of my favorite albums — and this specific song is possibly my favorite on it. I like songs for stupid character reasons sometimes, and beside my general enjoyment of the instrumentation, the kicker for me in this one is how on-point it is lyrically for a couple characters and incidents in Book 3 — specifically Enkhaelen and Geraad Iskaen. You could pretty much place this song in Enkhaelen’s mouth to sing to Geraad at the end of chapter 29.
(Yes, I do think of the story as a musical sometimes.)
With Book 4 swiftly approaching on the horizon, I decided to revisit this song as a bit of a reminder. I think the shattering sounds in the background at the end adequately sum up the action at the end of the book.
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