Category Archives: Demonsouled

new monsters in SEVENFOLD SWORD: SWORDBEARER?

Will SEVENFOLD SWORD: SWORDBEARER have new kinds of monsters?

After all, past FROSTBORN/SEVENFOLD SWORD books have introduced the urvaalgs, the spitfangs, the ursaars, the urdhracosi, and many others.

So the answer is yes. Of course SEVENFOLD SWORD: SWORDBEARER will have new kinds of monsters.

But, man! These new monsters are creepy. I think they’re the creepiest monsters since the motaylakars back in MASK OF SPELLS. 🙂

-JM

Reader Question – are DEMONSOULED and THE GHOSTS set in the same world?

Michael emails to ask if DEMONSOULED and THE GHOSTS are set in the same world:

I have a few questions about the demonsouled books, are they set in the same world as the ghost series? They both mention malrags and seem to have similar world rules.

They are not. I started writing DEMONSOULED in 2001, the GHOSTS in 2006, and back then the only way to publish anything was through traditional publishing. Because I never managed to sell SOUL OF TYRANTS to a traditional publisher, I figured that the series was dead and forgotten and I could safely reuse some of the concepts in THE GHOSTS. I did have this vague idea that Mazael and Caina were on different continents on the same world.

But! Jump ahead to 2011, and I discovered self-publishing. I decided then that DEMONSOULED and THE GHOSTS would be in different worlds. In hindsight, it might have been good for marketing to have the series take place in the same world, but that would have been hard, because Mazael and Caina come from very different kinds of civilizations.

Mazael’s world is more medieval, while Caina’s is more Early Modern than anything else. There’s nothing on the scale of political organization like the Empire or the Magisterium in Mazael’s world, and while Barellion is the largest city Mazael visits in DEMONSOULED, it would be at best a mid-sized provincial city in Caina’s Empire. Also, the way the world works is different – I don’t think I’ve ever actually used the word “magic” in the GHOSTS. Mazael’s world also has many different non-human races – Elderborn and San-keth and soliphages and dragons and so on, while Caina’s world has only humans (albeit some humans have been mutated or altered through sorcery).

But the early books in THE GHOSTS series do share some ideas with DEMONSOULED, since when I wrote those books I figured that DEMONSOULED was out of print and SOUL OF TYRANTS would never be published, so I could safely recycle some ideas.

Michael also asks if we will see more DEMONSOULED books:

Final question, Will we see more of the demonsouled world or is that group of books done?

Yes. Eventually. I think maybe after CLOAK GAMES is done in 2018? I definitely have lots of ideas for new DEMONSOULED books, but the trick is to find the time to write them. So many ideas, to little time! 🙂

FROSTBORN: THE SHADOW PRISON updates

I am now past 120,000 words in the rough draft of FROSTBORN: THE SHADOW PRISON. Still not done, but getting closer!

I did some math, and at 120,000 words, even incomplete FROSTBORN: THE SHADOW PRISON is already the 5th longest book I’ve ever written, with SOUL OF SWORDS the longest at 149,000.

But we’ve still got a ways to go with FROSTBORN: THE SHADOW PRISON, so I’m looking forward to seeing where in the Top 5 it will land! Another 29,000 words, and it will be the longest book I’ve ever written.

-JM

 

more on ebook sales 2016, DEMONSOULED

Some more about ebook sales for 2016.

FROSTBORN was my bestselling series at 66% of the total, with THE GHOSTS/GHOST EXILE coming in at 12.2%. In a close third was the DEMONSOULED/MASK OF THE DEMONSOULED series at 11.7% of the total.

DEMONSOULED OMNIBUS ONE was the bestselling book out of the entire series, since it was on sale earlier in the summer.

SOUL OF DRAGONS the bestselling individual book, and MASK OF DRAGONS was the bestselling book of the MASK OF THE DEMONSOULED trilogy.

(I’m detecting a theme. I should write more about dragons!)

It’s been 16 years since I first wrote DEMONSOULED, so it’s very gratifying that it’s still selling after all these years. Thanks everyone!

-JM

 

How many DEMONSOULED books?

In today’s mail came a question asking how many total DEMONSOULED books there are.

Right now there are ten DEMONSOULED books in two series, and both series are finished.(So, no waiting for it to be finished! 🙂 The first series, the DEMONSOULED series proper, has seven books. The second series, MASK OF THE DEMONSOULED, is a trilogy with three books.

The first book DEMONSOULED is free on all ebook platforms if you want to give it a try.

-JM

MASK OF SPELLS now available!

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Available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon GermanyAmazon CanadaAmazon AustraliaBarnes & NobleKobo, iTunes, Google Play, and Smashwords.

Click here to read the first chapter of MASK OF SPELLS.

Mazael Cravenlock is the last of the Demonsouled, and defeated a great dark power to save the world.

But with that dark power dead, a new one rushes to takes its place, led by the sinister Prophetess of Marazadra.

And unless Mazael stops her, the Prophetess will use the Mask of Marazadra to summon her wicked goddess, plunging the world into darkness…

-JM

MASK OF SPELLS excerpt

Let’s close out the week with a short excerpt from MASK OF SPELLS:

Perhaps Mazael could not trust her…but he could trust to her hatred.

Common enemies, Richard Mandragon had once told Mazael, made for a safer alliance than friendship or bonds of blood. The old lord had ruled the Grim Marches with an iron hand for nearly twenty years, so he had been right about that.

On the other hand, his teachings had twisted his son Lucan, so perhaps Mazael ought to take them with a grain of salt.

-JM

MASK OF SPELLS book description

Here is the book description for MASK OF SPELLS!

Mazael Cravenlock is the last of the Demonsouled, and defeated a great dark power to save the world.

But with that dark power dead, a new one rushes to takes it place, led by the sinister Prophetess of Marazadra.

And unless Mazael stops her, the Prophetess will use the Mask of Marazadra to summon her wicked goddess, plunging the world into darkness…

-JM

MASK OF SPELLS excerpt

Editing MASK OF SPELLS today, so let’s have a short excerpt!

“Among you, only Lady Romaria has been to the underworld before, so I must warn you of some of the more common dangers. A wide variety of mushrooms grows in the underworld. Some of them glow. Do not eat any of the mushrooms, glowing or otherwise.”

“While I may not possess your wisdom,” said Sigaldra, “I like to think I have at least sufficient wisdom not to eat a glowing mushroom.”

“You would be surprised.”

-JM