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UPDATE III: Paperback available.
UPDATE II: Now available on Apple iBooks.
Why not go and pick up a copy?
It should start appearing in other stores, eg Kobo and iBooks over the next day or so. I will update links here as they become available.
The Slaves of the Horned God will be released in a week or so. Can’t remember where our heroes are as the second novel begins? Here’s some “refresher reading”. Be warned: the may be considered mildly spoilerific…
Enduring the hostility of Ivellios and other conservative members of the elven aristocracy, Bellaydin and Polnygar soon find themselves on the run, as a mysterious cult dedicated to the Horned God marks them both for death.
Polnygar stows away on the ship of Baron Augustin Bauer, a visiting Emparian envoy. From here she journeys to Macrodonia, where she joins the archmage Aelzandar and the scribe Hebu in the pursuit of a missing magical artifact. They find themselves in Ralom, and face the treacherous Ivellios once again.
Bellaydin, meanwhile, accompanies Sir Geoffrey Keslin and Kahlaf el’Laan to the lands of Emparia and Goriinchia where they are captured by the Goriinchian servants of the Horned God, led by the brothers Aonghus and Cathan Culainn. Aonghus’s daughter, Morgan, assists Bellaydin and Geoffrey’s escape to Wishapton.
In Wishapton, Bellaydin meets his cousin William and the Dukes of Alariat and Oldharbour, and then endures a terrifying siege of the city as the Goriinchians bring war to the lands of Emparia. The tide is turned as the Duke of Oldharbour returns from the queen’s side with reinforcements.
The battle is won… but the war is not yet over.
To mark the release of The Slaves of the Horned God, I am conducting two paperback giveaways at Goodreads.
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.
Giveaway ends November 11, 2017.
See the giveaway details
The second giveaway is a copy of The Heirs of Lydin, Book 1 of the Ap’Lydin Chronicles.
Giveaway ends November 12, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter one of these, or maybe even both, by heading straight to the links provided.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
It’s often funny how interests can bleed over into one another, to the point where one almost becomes indistinguishable from the other.
Outside of writing, one of my hobbies is genealogy. Having done my own research, and built on that of other family members, I now have a tree of over 4,000 people linked to myself. It became a bit of an obsession, really. I love to see how the generations all interconnect.
With families being central to a lot of plot threads in The Ap’Lydin Chronicles, I started to build a rough family tree to keep track of who so-and-so’s father, daughter, cousin, etc. As the writing for The Slaves of the Horned God developed, a lot of these connections became important, and so the tree developed further.
So now the fictional tree is at over 400 individuals (a small snippet to the right). Perhaps I went a bit overboard?
*(First cousins once removed. Now you know.)
A good few rounds of editing is intended to turn a turd of a first draft into a polished manuscript for publishing. Sometimes, however, you don’t catch everything. Sometimes you don’t find them until you release your work into the wide world.
So here, in no particular order, are some things I’ve learned from my current works after their releases:
Why are you so irritating?
Sometimes a character you hope people will find charming and amusing, they instead will find annoying. Really annoying. Even after you think you’d already ‘fixed’ him. So, best to tone him down for the next instalment. (I’ll protect the fictional character’s identity by leaving him nameless)
Let’s get going already!
First entries in series often suffer from the dreaded pacing disease that is called the slow start. Let’s get moving quicker, next time, sans the infodumping.
Why is everyone shouting at me?!
This one is simple. Too! Many! Exclamation! Marks! In! Dialogue! Hopefully everyone cools off a bit next time.
Um…shouldn’t you be dead?
Sometimes people get injured. Sometimes they get injured badly. Sometimes they don’t get any treatment. Mysteriously, they live anyway. (Just…no)
Happily The Slaves of the Horned God won’t have any of these issues. (Now let’s make sure it doesn’t have a whole bunch of new issues…)