New Book Giveaways!

To mark the release of The Slaves of the Horned God, I am conducting two paperback giveaways at Goodreads.

Giveaway #1

The first giveaway is a copy of The Slaves of the Horned God and The Heirs of Lydin, Book 1 and 2 of the Ap’Lydin Chronicles.

The Slaves of the Horned God by Aidan Hennessy

The Slaves of the Horned God

by Aidan Hennessy

Giveaway ends November 11, 2017.

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Giveaway #2

The second giveaway is a copy of The Heirs of Lydin, Book 1 of the Ap’Lydin Chronicles.

The Heirs of Lydin by Aidan Hennessy

 

The Heirs of Lydin

 

by Aidan Hennessy

 

Giveaway ends November 12, 2017.

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Journey to the Slaves of the Horned God

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There is about a month until the release of The Slaves of the Horned God and just like my previous post, where I gave an overview of Polnygar’s journey, what follows is material related to Bellaydin’s story.

After his traumatic experiences in Wishapton, Bellaydin will find himself relegated to the royal court, where he must contend with the both politics and war alongside the great nobles of the realm, and a group of similarly aged squires.

These squires come from the Great Houses of Emparia. Some of these Houses I have already detailed in a previous post, the rest are described below.

House Highcrown

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“Blood Will Out”

House Highcrown was once a powerful family, descended from a favoured illegitimate son of one of the last Tyron Kings. However, their decision to side with Henry de Morcor during the Emparian Civil War nearly destroyed the entire House.

The current Duke, Wulfric, lost his father and both his brothers during the Emparian Civil War and with his death the title will most likely pass to much distant relatives. The closest of these is Gaheris Highcrown, Wulfric’s two-year old grand-nephew. The grandson of Wulfric’s younger brother Emeth, Gaheris is keep away from court by his grandmother, Thea, and has little contact with the duke.

Lesser Houses pledged to House Highcrown include House Bluetowers and House Borrowdale.

House Mainstream

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“The True, The Loyal”

Anson Mainstream’s father was the famed Sir Barrison Mainstream, known as “The Iron Boar”.  Sir Barrison fought under King Henry in the Emparian Civil Wars. His reward for service was one of the minor Earldoms, Warding.

Lesser Houses pledged to House Mainstream include House Hastang and House Dekard.

House Tallcastle

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“Unyielding, Unbroken”

Lord Edmund Tallcastle was Henry de Morcor’s closest battle companion in the Emparian Civil War, and upon Henry gaining the crown Tallcastle was named Emparia’s premier Duke and the King’s closest advisor. Edmund’s only legitimate child married Henry, and despite her premature death and the deaths of her children, Tallcastle remained the King’s closest advisor, holding the position of Lord Chancellor.

Lesser Houses pledged to House Tallcastle include House Ballick and House Viensbury.

House Zalltor

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“Ours is the Glory”

House Zalltor were latecomers to the Emparian Civil Wars, only declaring themselves after Henry de Morcor had already won the Battle of Goriinch Hill. Despite this, their immense wealth was to prove crucial to the new King’s attempts to keep his crown. As a reward they were gifted the Dukedom of Georgeton, vacant since the death of Kalen Tyron, the most persistent of the Tyron pretenders.

Oswin Zalltor, Duke of Georgeton, is Lord Treasurer, holding the purse strings of the kingdom, and his three sons are influential figures at court.

Lesser Houses pledged to House Zalltor include House Withers, House Fenbridge and House Moorsworth.

 

The Slaves of the Horned God is due for release in early November.

Journey to the Slaves of the Horned God

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The Slaves of the Horned God is due to be released later this year. It is now in the editing stage but in the meantime, I am going to post a series of lead-in articles, just as I have done for The Heirs of Lydin and The Grey Mage.

These articles will cover places, themes and characters encountered by Polnygar and Bellaydin as they continue their journey.

First up is Polnygar, whose journey takes her to Selvarial, the fabled oasis-city of the Selvara and from there to the vast Infinite Caliphate, the desert empire whose borders touch the edges of the known world.

During her travels, she will meet people such as Celine de Lerid, Captain of the Leridian Chevaliers, Emir Omar al’Dazhi, ruler of Qar Arrid and Samir bin Adil, wealthy trader and old friend of Aelzandar.

Look for articles on these and more in the coming months.

Coming soon: The Slaves of the Horned God

2017 will mark the release of The Slaves of the Horned God, the second installment in The Ap’Lydin Chronicles.  Below is the cover and preliminary blurb: Watch for this book later in the year, and check back at this site for further updates!

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The battle for Wishapton has been won but for Bellaydin Ap’Lydin, the victory has come with a deeply personal cost. He will need all his courage to survive the trials ahead; the capital awaits him, and he must navigate the treacherous politics of the royal court. The Horned God’s minions may have retreated but, as Bellaydin will learn, they do not rest.

Meanwhile, Polnygar Ap’Lydin, still on the trail of the fugitive spellweaver Lord Ivellios, finds herself in the mystical desert empire of Qarld. In this unfamiliar place, she must decide who to believe, even as her trust in her own companions is shaken by unexpected revelations.  Do the Horned God’s followers still hunt her, or are there deeper and more dangerous threats beginning to surface?

Journey to the Grey Mage: Lord of the Spellweavers

In this the fourth and final preview for The Grey Mage, we meet the Spellweaver cadre and their leader, Lord Saegras li’Aelsar.

As Liderial labours under a brutal occupation, the free remnants of the Eldara nation hold court in distant Aderial. Without a King, the Eldara look to the Spellweaver caste for leadership. The greatest and most influential Spellweaver of them all is Saegras li’Aelsar.
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Saegras may be powerful, self-assured and convinced of Eldara exceptionalism, but he knows to acknowledge assistance when it is offered. An alliance with the Archmage Kelloccio put the resources of Qarld at Saegras’ disposal, a pact that would be vital when the time came to liberate Liderial.

Until then there were other pressing matters. Troubling news had come from the wild lands of Goriinchia, where a group of unaligned mages had taken possession of a Soldara ruin. Saegras and his fellow Spellweavers were alarmed by this development. There were Soldara secrets that could be dangerous in the wrong hands and when it turned out that these mages were led by Cassian, a known former pupil of the madman Rive, the situation became more serious. The Spellweavers journeyed to Goriinchia intending to remove these mages, one way or another.

Journey to the Grey Mage: Vengeance of the Goddess

vanaja_webIn our previous post on the setting of The Grey Mage, we met Cassian the Grey, leader of the unaligned mages who refuse to choose sides between Rive and Kelloccio. Now we turn to his second in command, confidant and lover, Vanaja of Tarishtia.

The Infinite Caliphate looms large in the anxieties of the people of Carurlonia, and its territories seem to stretch on forever, so much so that few realise that beyond the Caliphate, to the west, is an empire that rivals it in size.

The Tarishtian Raj has long been at odds with its neighbours, who regard the faith of the Tarishtians as a primitive form of idol worship. This belief was tested in a disastrous invasion where the forces of the Caliphate were shattered. While the faithful of Qarld is not ready to admit the existence of the Tarishtian Mother Goddess, the grandees of the Caliphate are wise enough to admit that something powerful dwells within the Forbidden City.

Wars as such ended between Tarishtia and Qarld, but raids and border skirmishes continued. After the Forbidden City itself was breached Qardleeans became aware of an assassin in their midst, one named the Vengeance of the Goddess, with a hatred of Qarld and all it stood for.

Few would have guessed that such an assassin was a young woman, scarcely more than a girl, orphaned by Qardleean raiders and using her newly discovered talent for the Art to wreak havoc across the lands of the Caliphate.

Eventually, she chose a target beyond her – the great wizard Kelloccio. Though Ralomish by birth, Kelloccio lived in the Caliphate as a guest of the great sorceress Fatima al’Naif. It was indicative of Kelloccio’s great charisma that he was able to turn Vanaja from an enemy into an ally and so she joined his retinue at the same time as another wizard, Cassian, arrived after breaking from Rive.

When Kelloccio would not allow Vanaja to continue her private quest of vengeance against her perceived foes, Vanaja left the wizard, taking Cassian, her new paramour with her. It was to the Tower of the Magi in Goriinchia they went. Here Cassian promised Vanaja the power to see her dream of revenge come true.

 

Journey to the Grey Mage: War of the Magi

At the time that The Grey Mage takes place, two and a half centuries before the Heirs of Lydin, two great wizards stand opposed to each other and other practitioners of the Art find themselves forced to choose a side.

In the frozen wastes of Skurj rules the great Archmage Rive, also known as Rive the Unholy, or Rive the Unspeakable. With his unspeakable armies and his unfathomable power, he casts a long shadow on the world of men, and his might has proved unassailable.

Only one wizard dares stand in opposition: Kelloccio the White, champion of the Resistance and protector of the innocent. Kelloccio’s ally, Fatima al’Naif, puts the considerable resources of the Infinite Caliphate at Kelloccio’s disposal, but even that might not be enough to stand against the might of Rive.

But what of those who would stand apart? What of those who would choose neither the darkness nor the light?
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Those who have chosen neutrality in this great war have retreated to the wilds of Goriinchia, and taken up in an ancient Soldara ruin. Here they pursue their own agendas, without the complications of Rive and Kelloccio’s conflict.

The most powerful of them, and acknowledged first amongst equals, is Cassian the Grey. Of privileged upbringing in Lerid, Cassian speaks little of his past, but rumors abound. It is said that he once served with Kelloccio, but more ominously that he was originally the favoured pupil of Rive.

Whatever the truth of these stories, Cassian is now a man who looks only towards the future and places the pursuit of knowledge above all, particularly knowledge of the Art. What secrets he is searching for in this tower, however, are anyone’s guess…