The Artificer's Tale is Released!

December 20, 2017

 

The first book in the companion series, Tales from the Martyr's World, is out!  The Artificer's Tale is available through Amazon and on Kindle.

 

I had a lot of fun writing this one, as it allowed me to explore a very different part of the Martyr's world, the city of Criénne in Danielle's home country of Venaissin, and, of course, the Guild of Artificers in particular.  It was strange to write about someplace warm...

 

I'm absolutely in love with Devices and the Guild that crafts them, and it has been a nagging itch to delve more deeply into their creation.  The Artificer's Tale grew from there, but it quickly became Rikard's story, more than the simple story of the very secretive Guild.

 

The Artificer's Tale ended up being a novella, although I am certain we have not seen the last of Rikard.  The other books in the Tales From series will be full-length novels, Artificer's came out short and sweet.

 

Here's the back cover blurb.  I hope you enjoy the book!

 

Rikard always dreamed of wielding one of the arcane Devices created by the enigmatic Guild of Artificers. Newly apprenticed into the Guild, he is now on the verge of mastering the closely-guarded secrets of creating the Devices.

 

But when one of the Guild’s most venerable Wards is mysteriously activated, Rikard and his fellow apprentices are concerned. What ancient menace has returned a millennium after the Ward was created? Why are the Guild Grandmasters concealing the warning?

 

When Rikard and his friends find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted, a dark truth hidden even from the Guild Masters, Rikard realizes their fate, and the fate of the Guild itself, rests in their hands.

 

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