Elsewhen Press has just announced they will be publishing a new novel of mine early next year.
A bit of a departure from my previous two novels (which were an urban fantasy duology), this one is the first instalment of a brand new epic fantasy series titled ‘The Avatars of Ruin’.
You can read their announcement by clicking here. It includes more details, including a lovely map of the world I created.
Bloodsworn will be available on all ebook formats from the 8th of January and as a paperback on the 8th of March 2021. This beautiful cover was designed by Alison Buck.
“Everyone from Jalard knew what a bloodoath was. Legendary characters in the tales people told to their children often made such pacts with the gods. By drawing one’s own blood whilst speaking a vow, people became ‘Bloodsworn’.
And in every tale where the oath was broken, the ending was always the same. The Bloodsworn died.”
It has been twelve years since The War of Ashes, but animosity still lingers between the nations of Sharma and Gavendara, and only a few souls have dared to cross the border between them.
The villagers of Jalard live a bucolic existence, nestled within the hills of western Sharma and far away from the boundary which was once a warzone. To them, tales of bloodshed seem no more than distant fables. They have little contact with the outside world, apart from once a year when they are visited by representatives from the Academy who choose two of them to be taken away to their institute in the capital. To be Chosen is considered a great honour… of which most of Jalard’s children dream.
But this year the Academy representatives make an announcement which is so shocking it causes friction between the villagers, and some of them begin to suspect that all is not what it seems. Just where are they taking the Chosen, and why? Some of them intend to find out, but what they discover will change their lives forever and set them on a long and bloody path to seek vengeance…