and can pre-order War for the Sundered Crown here http://geni.us/B015JPB310/ (release date is November 20th)
Woah! My book sale has surpassed all expectations. Nearly 200 copies downloaded so far! A massive thank you to everyone whose bought a copy of Heir to the Sundered Crown.
Also, as of writing this, Heir to the Sundered Crown is now ranking number 4 in War & Military Action Fiction, and number 6 in Epic Fantasy in the UK. It’s also ranking number 272 in the overall Kindle list.
A new job and a book promotion
Hello, it’s been awhile since the last blog post I know, but I have had a very good reason. I landed a new and better job and so this past month my efforts have been concentrated on the big move from Cornwall to Bristol and settling into my new role as copywriter at PGI. So far things are going well and I’m getting into a routine which means I will be able to get back to the book writing soon.
Book sale starts Saturday
Also, from the 1st of August my publisher Firebound Books is having its first summer sale, and to kick things off is none other than Heir to the Sundered Crown. From the 1st to the 8th the book will be available to download for just 99p in the UK and will be just 99 cents in the USA.
For those of you waiting patiently for the next part in the Sundered Crown Saga, War for the Sundered Crown, fear not, I’m still hoping to get it finished by the end of this year and to my Wattpad fans, I also hope to finish off Terran Defenders Resurrection
Every week in August, get a Firebound fantasy or sci fi novel for only 99c! The fun kicks off on August 1st with M.S. Olney’s epic fantasy Heir to the Sundered Crown. And on August 8th you can grab Kate Cudahy’s Hannac, the sequel toHal.
Stay tuned for more amazing deals in the upcoming weeks!
This is a good little fantasy romp that reminded me of Raymond E. Feist’s “Riftwar Saga” with a dash of Jon Sprunk’s “Shadow’s Lure.” I liked the early scenes involving a young magician named Luxon with powers beyond his control. This character might be called something of a bumbler, but there is a nobility and sincerity to him that makes him instantly appealing (he reminded me of Pug from “Riftwar”).In addition to magicians there are also knights in this fantasy world. We first meet Kaiden when he is chained to a wall in a dungeon, but soon enough he’s out and about brandishing his sword and pursuing his “knightly duties.” It’s rare to have a fantasy novel feature a kind of Arthurian knight these days, so Kaiden was a refreshing character.
Overall the writing is very solid in this book. I got a strong sense of the joy of creation from the author, which sometimes leads to problems being solved on the fly. For example when Kaiden is released from prison, he reveals that he had stashed his weapons and gold in anticipation of capture. This is plausible enough, although it did kind of stand out to me as maybe a little too easy. Then again, that moment didn’t disrupt the flow of the novel for me, so I don’t consider it an issue. The point is that Matthew Olney has his eye on a story he wants to tell, and he attacks it without deviation.
This book is a rich texture of old school fantasy storytelling with some modern mythos. A good find!
The opening pages grabbed my attention and kept it a good story with great imagination. I was sorry to put it down and
looking forward to any sequel.
Creating Worlds – The World of Esperia & the Kingdom of Delfinnia Part 2
Previously, I wrote about the fun of world building, of how real life events and history has inspired me. In this post, I will be going into a bit more depth about how to introduce the little things that can make a fantasy world more believable.
No good fantasy story should be devoid of political intrigue and the world I created for the Sundered Crown Saga is full of it. Scheming barons, stupid lords and wicked villains all compete against one another for the lands greatest prize, the Sundered Crown.
In Heir, the main political narrative focuses on the aftermath of a king’s assassination and the power struggle that follows it.
For inspiration on the dirty dealings of power mad folks, simply watch the tv. With the UK general election coming up we will see perfect examples of dirty dealing, mudslinging and political wrangling, (hopefully, it will not end up with the leaders all fighting each other in mortal combat…hmm actually that sounds appealing and would make things a lot more interesting).
History in particular, is a great place to look for inspiration. Kings and Emperors were often overthrown by others greedy for the top job. George RR Martins Game of Thrones is the perfect example of a fantasy writer being influenced by real events. In GOT’s case the English War of the Roses.
How do the people live in your fantasy world? Is there a feudal system in place, which sees peasents being the slaves of the richer classes, or is people more equal? In my books, the realm of Delfinnia is more like the latter. People are not restrained by their birth and if they are talented enough, they can rise to the top.
To make a world more believable you should show how folks go about their daily lives. What jobs do they do? Where do they go for entertainment? Little things like make a world feel alive and a lot more believable to a reader.
The best part about writing fantasy (in my opinion) is that you can let your imagination go wild when it comes to the creatures that inhabit it. The best example in the Sundered Crown Saga of that are the Fell Beasts of the Void. These monsters enter into the mortal world through breeches in the fabric of reality (magic, nuff said).
I based a few of the creatures on monsters from real life fairy tales and legends. Banshees, Goblins and Pucks are the most common but for book two there are a few that, I created from my own imagination. Keep an eye out for the Nightstalkers and Gargantuans!
Righto, a quick update. I have now decided to call Book 2 in the Sundered Crown Saga the War for the Sundered Crown. The previous title, Asphodel wasn’t too popular and I have to agree that War sounds a lot better and keeps the branding somewhat. As a treat here is the finished book cover for WFTSC!
Here’s the synopsis for the novel- (subject to change)
Five years has passed since the Battle of Eclin and the crowning of King Alderlade but the Kingdom of Delfinnia remains divided and dark forces are circling waiting for their chance to strike. Only one thing can save the realm, the legendary sword Asphodel.
Luxon Edioz is now a wizard, the first of his kind in over a century and his powers grow by the day. Unfortunately for him and his mage friends hatred against magic wielders is reaching breaking point. Lynchings, executions and persecution have become common place as the scared people turn on those magically gifted. The mages are blamed for all of the Kingdom’s ills and the machinations of the scheming Baron of Champia have made matters worse.
With enemies closing in from all sides Luxon and his allies are sent on a secret mission to the city of Stormglade located far to the southwest. What they find in the city will plunge the realm into war and send Luxon on a quest to find Asphodel, before all is lost.
Copyright © Matthew Olney
Work on the novel is going well, I’d say I was about half way through at the moment. Plenty of excitement to come. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a new blog post about world building over the coming days.