Book Genre: High Fantasy

Slander & Steel

Title: Slander & Steel
Series: The Dark War Trilogy #0.5
Genre: , ,
Draft: 4th
Word Count: 45898
Release Date: August 2019

Synopsis:

Catessa is an assassin living in the capital of Kaloris.  When trade between Kaloris and the mines of the distant Rashan comes to a halt, she is chosen to find out why—but she sees no reason the mission should be assigned to her.

Still, the bard who chose her has information she wants. So she finds herself on an arduous journey to the harsh region of Kor-Baen, accompanied by a naïve fisherman and a ranger who won’t protect himself.

In Kor-Baen, the unlikely trio finds issues that run deeper than trade. It falls to them to prevent a mysterious war between the Rashan and their docile neighbor, Adrelia. Failure could mean the destruction of Kor-Baen and every Rashan in it.

Who is really fueling this conflict?

 

Excerpt:
Catessa stopped on top of one of the tallest buildings in the city and looked over her shoulder one last time for anyone who might have seen and followed her. There was still no one. Muffled laughter and talking came from the building she crouched on and she made her way to the gutter, sliding down to land on a pile of trash and mud in the alleyway.

She walked around to the front of the tavern and stepped inside, savoring the raucous atmosphere and the sickly sweet smell of alcohol. This place was almost like home.

She made her way immediately to the counter and saw that someone was already in her usual seat. His face was turned away from her, but the light from the nearby fireplace gave his hair a familiar reddish tint.

“You’re in my seat,” Catessa said.

 

This is basically the prequel to The Dark War Trilogy, and I consider it so because Catessa is one of the main characters. She's a totally different person between the two books, as this takes place three years prior to TDWT. It could stand on its own, as could the trilogy, but I'll be publishing it before the trilogy because the trilogy contains spoilers for this book.

The characters are cool and I really enjoy writing them. That's the main draw of this one (or the majority of my books, actually. Or books I read. I just love characters.).

I'm hoping to send it to a professional editor later this year (2019) and push it closer to being publication-ready.

 


Also in this series:

Soldiers of the East

Title: Soldiers of the East (and its following novellas)
Genre: , ,
Draft: Prewriting
Release Date: To be determined

This one is in the worldbuilding stages. It came about thanks to studying ancient history for school, wanting to write a country run by the military, and a random dream. The continent I'm building - Kersir - is based on Middle Eastern cultures, with two main countries and about four smaller countries. One of those two is run by priests while the other is run by the military, and they really don't like each other. I'm trying to keep to worldbuilding for now so that I don't get myself starting a new story just yet, but it's interesting to work on. It's been mentioned by several of my characters in their interviews because apparently it's a pretty popular book on Themar.

The general region's Pinterest board can be found here. (The below are all links to Pinterest boards.)

Alger (military-led, inspired off of Rome and Egypt)

Eilis (theocratic, inspired off of India)

Veldan (government TBD, inspired mainly off of Spain)

Rasell (government TBD, inspired off of Morocco)

Osanar (government TBD, inspired off of Ethiopia)

The Ayan (creepy gypsy fortune-teller folks)

The Eilram Brigade (an oppressive military group)

The Pastyna Regiment (the opposition to the Eilram)

The Hucan and Musgovi (shepherds and cattle herders)