Category Archives: Sevenfold Sword

SEVENFOLD SWORD: a map of Owyllain?

This morning I got an email from a reader saying nice things about SEVENFOLD SWORD: CHAMPION, but asking if I intended to make a map of the realm of Owyllain, since I had previously made one of Andomhaim.

Yes. There will be a map of Owyllain. I didn’t put it out with SEVENFOLD SWORD: CHAMPION for two very good reasons.

1.) The confusion of the characters as they find themselves in a new and unfamiliar land.

2.) I hadn’t, er, actually finished it yet.

Because I do not care for drawing maps. It always feels so limiting!

Still, I’ve got a good system down, and if I need to add map elements later, I can always do so in GIMP. The map of Owyllain will be ready in time for SEVENFOLD SWORD: SWORDBEARER when it comes out in September, if all goes well.

-JM

SEVENFOLD SWORD: CHAMPION now available!

Available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon GermanyAmazon CanadaAmazon AustraliaBarnes & NobleKoboiBooksGoogle Play, and Smashwords.

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.

For the quest of the Seven Swords has begun…

-JM

SEVENFOLD SWORD: CHAMPION and FROSTBORN: THE BONE QUEST

Usually, when I release a new book, I give away a free short story (via Smashwords coupon code) to my newsletter subscribers.

For SEVENFOLD SWORD: CHAMPION, I’m going to give away a free short novel. Specifically, FROSTBORN: THE BONE QUEST, which will be the combined six THE BONE QUEST short stories and novellas: THE BONE ORCS, THE SKULL TREES, THE DAGGER JAWS, THE GHOST HALFLING, THE RUIN GATE, and THE ELDER SHAMANS.

THE BONE QUEST was an interesting experiment that I don’t think I’ll repeat.

Originally, for the FROSTBORN short stories, I wrote a new short story each time Ridmark got a new companion on his quest – THE MAGE’S TALE, THE THIEF’S TALE, and so forth. The trouble was, by the ninth book Ridmark stopped getting new companions. So I decided to try prequel stories around Ridmark’s early days as the Gray Knight, and I decided to link those stories around his quest to the Qazaluuskan Forest.

The problem was that this basically turned THE BONE QUEST short stories into a serial, and people really don’t like serials. I got a lot of complaints along the lines of “why isn’t this a novel!?”

That said, of all my short stories, THE BONE QUEST has sold the best. Sometimes the marketplace is mysterious. 🙂

So, I think FROSTBORN: THE BONE QUEST will make an excellent newsletter bonus for SEVENFOLD SWORD: CHAMPION. Subscribe to my new-release newsletter here!

-JM

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