Knights & Necromancers 4:

They die for nothing

A rich kid's sport threatens to tear the city of Tyres apart.

By Kaden law a person’s life has a fixed price – man’s gold – a legal nicety that lets the toffs of Tyres play gruesome games with no personal consequences.

Or, so they think.

While Tyres is nominally under Kaden law, the city’s criminal organisations follow their own set of rules, one of them being payback, in spades.

Accidental witnesses to the deed that starts it all, Grace and Cera are drawn into a conflict that ignites the city’s interracial tensions, with Cera’s order of martial artists at the centre of the flaming hot mess caused by the the dead body of the local crime lord’s brother.

His revenge is focused on the rich kid’s sister and her son. Now the only thing Grace, Cera, and Crusse, the Wolf that is Tyres’s Marshal, have to do is get them out of the city as it burns around them.

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Never-ending epics getting you down?

Knights & Necromancers is only six semi-standalone short novellas

The series isn’t a multi-volume epic, each hundreds of pages, with no end in sight. It’s six stories, each around 35 000 to 40 000 words long, each one readable as a yarn in its own right, but with character arcs that span the entire series.

And I’m not going to die leaving the series unfinished. All six stories are already completed and ready and will be published over the next few months.

That isn’t to say that the world-building done here is disposable. There are more stories to be told about Alaentera and the Atani continent. Exploring a world by following the same old characters for thousands of pages with no closure isn’t the only way to write fantasy.

Tired of elves and dwarves?

You need undead beasties and kung-fu! (And a serious plot, obviously.)

Fantasy used to be cheap, short, and cheerful—back when it was called sword and sorcery, that is.

Maybe not cheerful, unless you’d call Conan hacking people and stuff to bits cheerful.

Which I would, so, hell, I’m sticking with it.

(I’m digressing again, aren’t I?)

Cheap and short. Fantasy epics have become so epic that if you’d spend as much time studying as you need to get into a single series, you’d end up with three degrees from Cambridge with a diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Bristol City College thrown in for laughs.

Scary stuff. A bit of violence. Monsters. Sorcerers and Necromancers. People you like chopping people you don’t like into tiny bits. Throw in a bit of romance there for variety and you’ve got fantasy as it should be: fun.

Be warned!

There is a hint of romance here that continues throughout the series

A little bit here, a little bit there, I wouldn’t call it the main plot, but it’s where the heart of the story lies.

(Yeah, I know. I couldn’t resist using that line. It made me laugh. So sue me.)

Characters and their relationships are the motive power of most stories, the engine that drives them. This one’s no different. Characters aren't emotionally invested in destroying zombies, wraith-knights, or wolf-beasts. The stuff that keeps them going is internal and of all the stuff that goes on in there, love is the biggie.

It’s short. It’s fun. It’s cheap. You should give it a go

If you still have doubts, Amazon lets you return a kindle ebook if you ask for it within seven days of purchase. If you aren’t satisfied with the book, the formatting, change your mind, whatever, they'll give your money back. Just go have a look at their return policy.

Still not sure?

The first story is free and the rest have generous samples

At this length each story is less a tv miniseries and more a night out at the movies. You bring the popcorn.

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