Category Archives: Frostborn

SEVENFOLD SWORD: CHAMPION book description

Here’s the book description for SEVENFOLD SWORD: CHAMPION, the first book of the FROSTBORN sequel series:

Ridmark Arban is the Shield Knight, the defender of the realm of Andomhaim.

The realm is at peace after a long and terrible war, but dark powers threaten other lands.

And when a mad elven wizard comes to the High King’s court, Ridmark finds himself fighting not only for his own life, but for the lives of his family…

If all goes well, it should be out in late July!

-JM

the first five FROSTBORN audiobooks now available

I am pleased to report that the first five FROSTBORN books are now available in audio! Links are below.

FROSTBORN: THE GRAY KNIGHT available at Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon AUiTunes, and Audible.

FROSTBORN: THE EIGHTFOLD KNIFE available at  Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon AUiTunes & Audible!

FROSTBORN: THE UNDYING WIZARD available at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Australia, iTunes, and Audible.

FROSTBORN: THE MASTER THIEF available at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Australia, iTunes, and Audible.

FROSTBORN: THE IRON TOWER available at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Australia, iTunes, and Audible.

FROSTBORN: THE IRON TOWER now in audio!

I am pleased to report that FROSTBORN: THE IRON TOWER Is now available in audio book, as read by Steven Crossley. You can get it at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Australia, iTunes, and Audible.

I have to admit that of the first five FROSTBORN books, THE IRON TOWER is my favorite, so I’ve been really looking forward to this one! After all, it does have this scene:

“Was this…was this your plan?” said Mara.

“Not at all,” said Ridmark.

“Then…then you really are just a madman with a stick, aren’t you?” said Mara.

-JM

SEVENFOLD SWORD & FROSTBORN

Let’s have a little (and spoiler-free) preview of SEVENFOLD SWORD: CHAMPION.

There is a writing tool called “arc words”, where a particular phrase or word gets repeated in a book as a means of establishing a theme or a motif. A famous example is “precious” from THE LORD OF THE RINGS, where that word describes the growing corruption the Ring of Power has upon its bearer.

If you’ve read my books, you know I’m very fond of arc words. Probably the two biggest examples are “the star is the key to the crystal” and “the silver fire is your only salvation” from the GHOST EXILE series.

FROSTBORN had quite a few arc words:

-The Frostborn are returning.

-Find Dragonfall and your staff.

-One hundred thousand years of war. (I admit this one was my favorite.)

-Burn with me.

-Freedom from time and matter and law.

So here are some of the planned arc words for SEVENFOLD SWORD:

-The Guardian(s).

The Nine Cities.

-Fire, Water, Earth, Air, Life, Death, and Shadow.

-The Dark Lady.

-Thunderbolt.

-Swordborn.

-Find me again.

-The New God is coming.

-JM

SEVENFOLD SWORD: CHAMPION now underway

I am now writing the first book of the FROSTBORN sequel series, SEVENFOLD SWORD: CHAMPION.

I am 12,000 words into it, which puts me on Chapter 3 of 24. I really, really want to finish the rough draft in June, but we’ll see if I can put it off!

Here’s the first sentence of the book:

The day the quest of the Seven Swords began, the day in the Year of Our Lord 1488 when the cloaked stranger came to the High King’s court, Ridmark Arban showed his youngest son how to hold a sword.

-JM

FROSTBORN retrospective #4

Note that this post has !!!SPOILERS!!! for the first fourteen books in FROSTBORN.

I really love a good dungeon crawl. A “dungeon crawl”, if you’re not familiar with the term, his a style of RPG where a party of adventurers descends into a subterranean ruin full of monsters in search of treasure or some other goal. Perhaps the earliest example in literature is when the Fellowship of the Ring enters the ruins of Moria in THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

The concept turns up in computer games a lot. Like some of the earliest UNIX text-based games, Rogue and the Rogue-like genre, were massive dungeon crawls. (A really good book on the history of the rouge-like computer games is DUNGEON HACKS by David L. Craddock.) Even computer games that aren’t mainly dungeon crawls do often have sections where the player needs to traverse a dungeon. Like THE ELDER SCROLLS games are a big open sandbox, but they have lots and lots of dungeons.

So, since many of my favorite books and computer games feature dungeon crawls, when I started planning FROSTBORN I made sure to put in a lot of dungeon crawling.

If you’ve read through the FROSTBORN series, you have probably guessed that I really like a good dungeon crawl. In fact, of all the FROSTBORN books, I think the only ones that don’t have at least a short dungeon crawl are THE IRON TOWER, THE WORLD GATE, EXCALIBUR, and THE SHADOW PRISON. That’s only four out of the fifteen!

The biggest dungeon crawl in the entire series is FROSTBORN: THE BROKEN MAGE, when Ridmark and company arrive at the ruins of Khald Azalar in search of Dragonfall. Most of the book involves their exploration of Khald Azalar and later efforts to escape.

Someday I think I would like to write an entire series about a dungeon crawl. It would be a short series – like five or six books, and it would be an interesting writing challenge to sustain a compelling story in a single dungeon crawl.

So computer games did indeed have a strong influence on FROSTBORN.  But probably the thing that I’ve written that is most like a computer game isn’t FROSTBORN, but CLOAK GAMES: TRUTH CHAIN.

-JM

 

FROSTBORN retrospective #3

Note that this post has !!!SPOILERS!!! for the first fourteen books in FROSTBORN.

For today’s retrospective, let’s talk about the love triangle. 🙂

In the past six years, I have published millions of words of fiction, but I have gotten more email about the love triangle in FROSTBORN than anything I have ever written, ever.

Here are three most common things readers email me about:

1.) The FROSTBORN love triangle.

2.) When if ever will Caina and Kylon in THE GHOSTS have a romantic relationship?

3.) When is the next book in the series coming out?

(Also, people email me a lot about using Blu-Ray in Ubuntu Linux for some reason, even though I’ve never actually written about using Blu-Ray in Ubuntu.)

The love triangle in FROSTBORN is one of those things I actually planned out from the beginning. Most love triangles in modern fiction involve two men and one woman, and the woman has to choose between them, usually after three or four books of agonizing. I thought that would be really boring to write, so I flipped it on its head and made the triangle into two women competing for the same man.

I had never actually written a love triangle before, so what I learned is that you can get an amazing amount of narrative tension and reader engagement out of a love triangle. I’ll have to do it again in future books at some point.

I got quite a bit of angry email after the endings of THE IRON TOWER and THE WORLD GATE. But, like I said, reader engagement! 🙂

Probably the funniest quote about it is from FROSTBORN: THE MASTER THIEF:

Calliande smiled, and Morigna laughed. It made them both look radiant. An odd thing to consider now, but it was true. Jager wondered what Ridmark had done to win the loyalty of two lovely sorceresses. Still, given Morigna’s barbed tongue and Calliande’s iron will, perhaps that was a fate Jager would inflict upon no man.

-JM