Knights & Necromancers 6:

Dance still, die smiling

Goedeki Sibli, the Necromancer Monarch, has a plan. Kiri has the unfortunate luck of getting in the way of that plan, which draws Grace and Cera into a battle that will decide the fate of Tyres City. (Coming in 2013).

The Necromancer Monarchs do not want General Melia to win the election. The last thing they want is a war hero for Mayor of Tyres. They’d much prefer one of their own.

As Necromancers they know only one solution to their problems, one that they employ at every opportunity, with total ruthlessness: murder.

Kiri narrowly escapes the wolf-like predators sent by the Necromancers, but these are animals that are almost impossible to kill and never, ever, give up a prey whose blood they’ve tasted. Grace and Cera’s attempts to protect their friend draws them into a battle that will decide the fate of Tyres and the future of the entire Atani continent.

The Necromancers must be stopped and High Sorcerer Cadence Eli is the only one with a plan to do exactly that.


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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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