Category Archives: Mask of Swords

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

15 years of DEMONSOULED

It just occurred to me that I started writing DEMONSOULED in August of 2001.

Fifteen years! Man. A lot has changed since 2001.

One of those changes is that unlike in August 2001 in August 2016 someone bought at least one copy of a DEMONSOULED book every day worldwide. I like to consider that a good change. 🙂

Thanks everyone! When I started DEMONSOULED in 2001, I had no idea I would still be working on the series 15 years later.

-JM

another MASK OF DRAGONS excerptI

In today’s excerpt from MASK OF DRAGONS, someone tries to help Mazael learn from his past mistakes:

“Disappointing. If you don’t get better at this game, Mazael Cravenlock, you’re going to lose.”

“And what game is that?” said Mazael, his patience wearing thin.

“Why, the same game your father played,” said the woman. “One of the games he designed. The game of gods. The game of dark powers. He won it, of course…but he’s dead now, and many of his opponents were very, very sore losers.”

-JM

DEMONSOULED reading order, so far

Someone asked about a complete DEMONSOULED reading list. Including short stories and novellas, it would be:

THE WANDERING KNIGHT
THE TOURNAMENT KNIGHT
THE RANSOM KNIGHT
DEMONSOULED (book 1)
THE DRAGON’S SHADOW
SOUL OF TYRANTS (book 2)
SOUL OF SERPENTS (book 3)
SOUL OF DRAGONS (book 4)
SOUL OF SORCERY (book 5)
SOUL OF SKULLS (book 6)
SOUL OF SWORDS (book 7)
THE SERPENT KNIGHT
MASK OF SWORDS (book 8)
MASK OF DRAGONS (book 9, coming in March)

-JM

MASK OF SWORDS now available!

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I am pleased to report that MASK OF SWORDS is now available at Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia,Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, Apple iTunes, and Smashwords.

Read the first chapter of MASK OF SWORDS right here.

MAZAEL CRAVENLOCK has prevailed over terrible foes and now rules the Grim Marches with a firm hand. Yet ancient evils are stirring in the shadows, freed at last by Mazael’s own deeds of valor. Unless Mazael fights with all his strength, the world will fall.

ADALAR is weary of war, has seen too many friends and comrades die. Yet dark forces are stirring in the shadows, and unless Adalar defends his lost home, those under his protection will perish.

SIGALDRA is the last holdmistress of the Jutai nation, the final defender of her people. Now the darkness comes to devour the final remnant of Sigaldra’s home and family. Even Sigaldra’s courage may not be enough to turn aside the shadows.

For the goddess has been freed at last, and her servants are eager to slay in her name…

-JM

final update for MASK OF SWORDS

MASK OF SWORDS is done! Look for it to start appearing at the various retailers this week. The good Lord and the weather permitting, the new-release newsletter (with coupon code for a free short story) should go out on Friday.

Until then, here’s the book description for MASK OF SWORDS:

MAZAEL CRAVENLOCK has prevailed over terrible foes and now rules the Grim Marches with a firm hand. Yet ancient evils are stirring in the shadows, freed at last by Mazael’s own deeds of valor. Unless Mazael fights with all his strength, the world will fall.

ADALAR is weary of war, has seen too many friends and comrades die. Yet dark forces are stirring in the shadows, and unless Adalar defends his lost home, those under his protection will perish.

SIGALDRA is the last holdmistress of the Jutai nation, the final defender of her people. Now the darkness comes to devour the final remnant of Sigaldra’s home and family. Even Sigaldra’s courage may not be enough to turn aside the shadows.

For the goddess has been freed at last, and her servants are eager to slay in her name…

-JM

MASK OF SWORDS table of contents

The final table of contents for MASK OF SWORDS:

Chapter 1: We Are Free

Chapter 2: The Lord of the Grim Marches

Chapter 3: War Unending

Chapter 4: The Last of the Jutai

Chapter 5: Old Friends

Chapter 6: The Iron River

Chapter 7: Tunneling

Chapter 8: Hrould

Chapter 9: Bones and Ashes

Chapter 10: Painted Masks

Chapter 11: The Circle

Chapter 12: Prophecy

Chapter 13: Surrender

Chapter 14: Heart’s Blood

Chapter 15: Siege

Chapter 16: Wrath of the Demonsouled

Chapter 17: Fall

Chapter 18: Charge

Chapter 19: A Mask of Swords

Chapter 20: Debts To Pay

Epilogue: A Rigged Game

-JM

MASK OF SWORDS progress update

Looks like MASK OF SWORDS will be about 93,000 words long, which puts it at 4770 Kindle locations and 244 Nook pages.

It will also include update versions of the Glossary of Characters and Glossary of Locations from SOUL OF SWORDS. Many people have told me they found the Glossaries helpful, and I have to admit that I found them helpful while writing MASK OF SWORDS, especially when I couldn’t remember if a certain character got killed off in book 6 or 7. 🙂

-JM