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I'm almost 100,000 words into the redraft of The Unweaving. I have a couple of short scenes to write and then I'll be on the last section. Most of the 100,000 words has already been substantially revised on numerous occasions so it's in pretty good shape for the final edits. Books 1 and 2 have been rendered into US English now, and there's a new opening chapter for Book 1, the title of which has been changed to Sword of the Archon. Here's all three blurbs and covers. Books 1 and 2 are already available in paperback and e-book versions. Just click on the images in the righthand sidebar to see all the purchase options.
Deacon Shader has dreamt of the Sword of the Archon since a child, and now, as a veteran warrior, he is finally within reach of winning the holy blade in a tournament at the heart of the Templum's empire.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, plague breaks out in the streets of Sarum, and a horde of undead rises from the sacred burial mounds of the Dreamers.
Prompted by a voice from the Abyss, the liche Dr. Cadman has discovered a piece of the mythical Statue of Eingana and corrupted its power, but worse than that, an ancient enemy has noticed and turns his eyes once more upon the Earth.
Those with understanding know all too well the threat that hangs over Creation and have taken great pains to ward against it.
Shader has been prepared for the coming conflict since the day he was born. A man of prayer, deeply troubled by a contradictory faith, he is also the deadliest warrior of his generation. If only he can win the Archon's sword and come to terms with his own inner demons, he may be the last desperate hope of all the worlds.
The reavers are swarming and this time their prey is the supreme ruler of the Templum, the Ipsissimus himself.
With Shader dead and his piece of the Statue of Eingana in the hands of Shadrak the Unseen, the threat of the Unweaving of all Creation is one step nearer.
Dr Cadman realizes he’s in too deep and there’s nothing for it but to go on the offensive. If he’s to survive the coming war for the statue, what better allies could he have than an army of the living dead?
As Sektis Gandaw closes in and a clash of cultures threatens the land of Sahul, the philosopher Aristodeus still has ideas of his own that could decide the fate of all existence.
But with the passage to the heavenly realm of Araboth covered by the Abyss, nothing is as it should be. Aristodeus knows that even Shader’s death can be turned to his advantage; after all, it’s a long game, and he holds all the cards.
Shader has failed and Sektis Gandaw now holds all the pieces of the Statue of Eingana. Despair hangs like a pall over the battered armies of Sahul and Aeterna. It’s now just a matter of time …
A sliver of hope comes in the form of Shadrak the Unseen who has the means to travel to the source of the coming cataclysm, the black mountain at the heart of the Dead Lands on Aethir.
But Shader, Shadrak, and Rhiannon discover that Aethir brings a new set of challenges: the Sour Marsh—an oozing malignancy from the nightmare realm of Qlippoth; an arrogant Senate that seeks to appease rather than fight; and a volatile secret at the heart of the ravine city of Arx Gravis, a dwarf with no name who could prove the most stalwart of allies … or the deadliest of foes.
Old love has turned sour and regrets run deep. Shader is sick of killing, but can see no other way. Rhiannon’s last defense against all she has lost is a self-destructive rage; and Shadrak’s niggling conscience is causing him more trouble than he needs. Loyalties are called into question, yet all three must bury their differences if they are to find a way into Sektis Gandaw’s impregnable base and prevent the Unweaving of all things.
I've been working out of the new study for three weeks, but today it's finally taken shape with the addition of a massive print of Anton Kokarev's Nameless Dwarf painting. I spend a lot of time in this room: I write first thing, usually for a couple of hours, and then after a break I settle in for hours upon hours of editing.
I'm now up to 55,000 words completed of The Unweaving rewrite. In a day or two I should be finished with the first two parts of the book. I've been refining my plans for parts three and four, uncluttering them and keeping a clearer focus.
In preparation for the late summer release, book 1 of the Shader first trilogy, Cadman's Gambit, is only $0.99. Book 2, Best Laid Plans is $2.99. The entire trilogy will eventually be released as a single volume called Against The Unweaving, and after that I'll resume work on the second trilogy (Against the Abyss), which commences with The Archon's Assassin (a good portion of which is already written and is just in need of some redrafting).