A new constitution prepares the land of Carlissa for an era of enlightenment. The harsh traditions of the past are fading, and a promise of freedom stirs the air.
In the space of one terrifying day, that promise is shattered in a bloodbath of fire and magic.
Thousands of years ago, an epic battle was fought between good and evil. The demon lords had opened a door to the realms of hell itself, and their horde threatened to overrun the earth. But the Kalarans, led by the hero Calindra, destroyed their hellgate and drove them from the world.
The Great War has long since been lost to myth and legend. The Church struggles for relevance as the people forget their covenant with the gods. A renaissance of freedom and learning stirs the air in the modern age of Carlissa, led by the royal family, and the wisdom of the Archmage.
Many breathe deeply of that air. Princess Randia prepares, not for a loveless marriage of state, but for a life of music and theater with her beloved fiancee at her side. And Orion, a young scholar seeking escape from a traditional merchant family, begins a new career as a professor of philosophy.
All of that comes to an end when a dome of shimmering magic appears in the capital city. In the chaos that follows, the people fight desperately for their very survival, and wonder bitterly why the Archmage seems to have abandoned them.
Their only hope lies in reaching him — and with a young princess who never wanted to rule. She must find the strength to set aside her bard’s calling and take up a battle against impossible odds — or surrender her land and people to the Black Magus and his demons.
Dawn of Chaos finally brings the award-winning Sanctum of the Archmage role-playing games to the world of fantasy fiction. Buy it now and don’t miss this exciting first novel in the saga!
The Kindle version of Dawn of Chaos has been prepped and is ready to go, along with the updated fourth edition of the prequel, Prologue to Chaos. Both are planned for release next weekend, on or about April 8th, along with several days of free or discounted promotions.
Amazon also gives me a couple of extra days each quarter to make Prologue to Chaos a free download, in addition to my regular “Free on the First” promotions. The next of these promotions will be on:
Sunday, January 8th
If you have an old copy of the prologue, this is a great opportunity to download the new and re-titled third edition. Just go to the “Manage your content and devices” link in Amazon under “Your Account,” and select “Actions… Delete” on your pre-3rd edition copy. (This should have the old title “Dawn of Chaos,” and the book’s old B&W cover with red borders.) Then visit the link below to download the 3rd edition, which features a new title and cover, as well as a full stylistic re-edit. 🙂
I’m happy to announce that the remake of my NWN adventure module, Sanctum of the Archmage 2: The Quest, is now complete and out for beta test. If all goes according to plan I should be able to post it for general release sometime next month.
The update includes version 4.2 of both Sanctum of the Archmage Chapter 1: The Sight, and Chapter 2: The Quest. When released they will both be included on my project page for The Sight, which will be updated to reflect that it now includes both modules.
The updates to Chapter 1 are mostly in the form of gameplay improvements. The changes to Chapter 2, however, constitute a remake that is similar in scope to the version 4 changes to The Sight. They feature new and re-built areas, new and expanded quests, new custom content, and lore changes to bring the story more in line with the novels. They also include a significant revamping of custom content to use the same integrated CEP and Project Q architecture as the first module.
Thanks to everyone for their patience. I hope you enjoy it!
After a couple of weeks of fairly intensive work, I’ve (tentatively) completed work on the remake of Sanctum of the Archmage 2, now titled The Quest. After a play-test this week to make sure there are no major bugs, I’m going to prepare the module for beta-test and subsequent release. Anyone interested in participating in the beta test, please feel free to comment here, or to PM me on my NeverwinterVault account.
I’m also currently editing and working on production of the now completed and first full-length novel in the series, Sanctum of the Archmage: Dawn of Chaos. If all goes according to plan it should be available on Kindle toward the end of the summer, probably in September.
I’m pleased to present the first draft of the cover to my upcoming novel, Dawn of Chaos:
The titling is rough and only notional for now. The final version will be more consistent with the series intro, Prologue to Chaos. My illustrator Charles Imbro is is working on a color version of it for the final cover. I’m also planning to include the black and white illustration in the text in the appropriate scene.
Momentum is picking up on writing the climax to Dawn of Chaos! “The Last Stand” was running long, so I decided to break all but its last and climactic scene out into a separate chapter. The result was Chapter 21: The Terrible Truth, and it’s now complete. Chapter 22: The Last Stand will complete the climax. After that all that remains are the three chapters of the denouement.
The book is working out to be longer than I’d planned, but in a good way. The current word count with four chapters to go is 116,577 words. The final draft will probably end up around 130k.
Also, stay tuned for an announcement! I’m hoping soon to be able to release a first draft of the cover art for the new novel.