Exciting news!!! Throughout half of 2016 and all of 2017 I worked solely on my first full-length story. Finally, The Blighted City is not only ready to be released, it’s out there RIGHT NOW. Weighing in at 477 pages, the novel has everything you’d want to find in an epic fantasy story. There’s adventure, humour, horror and tears, fully-fleshed and distinct characters in a fully-realised secondary world. It’s not only a journey for the characters, it’s a journey for the reader; when you finish reading the last page, I want you to feel like you don’t want to close the book on the characters you’ve come to love. But the closing will only be temporary, because I’ve already started work on the follow-up novel. But don’t wait for the second or third book to be released before reading the first; The Blighted City is the first book of The Fractured Tapestry series, but it can also be read as a self-contained, stand-alone novel.
“To challenge the gods is to invite their wrath.”
So it is written of Lachyla, the Blighted City, in the Codex of the Ages. But who reads codices? And who really believes the tall stories of the Taleweavers?
Dagra does. He was raised on such tales, and if it’s anything to do with the gods – even a dead god – he believes every word.
When his team of sellswords are offered a contract to cross the Deadlands in search of Lachyla, he wants no part of it.
His companions aren’t so daunted by the city’s grim legend. To them, it’s superstitious nonsense. Obtaining the burial jewel from the crypt of their client’s ancestor could earn them the bounty of a lifetime and give their failing guild the reputation it desperately needs. They’re going, with or without him.
Torn between the tenets of his faith and the prospect of losing his friends on the perilous journey, he reluctantly agrees to venture to a place the gods have long since forsaken.
In the Blighted City, the laws of nature are cast into the Pit, blurring the divide between the living and the dead. Dagra’s long-held beliefs are strained to breaking point as he confronts the ghastly truth – that Lachyla’s foul seed is much darker than its legend.
The book is available in kindle format on pre-order for release on 15th Jan 2018, and as a stunning, high-quality print-on-demand paperback which is available right now.
Also on pre-order for a same-day release as the kindle edition of the novel is its companion guide, Encyclopedia Verragos, a 90-page encyclopedia for only 99c (and global equivalents). You can view Encyclopedia Verragos on Amazon via this link (if the link doesn’t yet work, try again tomorrow).
Thank you for reading my news and (hopefully) sharing in the excitement. If you’re into epic fantasy, grimdark, high fantasy, action and adventure, horror, and a sprinkling of character humour throughout (not forgetting tears; yes, you will cry, too), then The Blighted City is for you. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Or, better still, read the book and let me and the rest of the world know your thoughts by leaving a review on the Amazon listing page! Rest assured I’ll see the review, and it will make my day. 🙂
The Blighted City is for adults and mature teens.
It contains some strong language and graphic imagery.