With only a few short days left until Christmas we are taking a brief break from short stories and giving you some extracts from the different books that we’ve been posting stories from just to give you a deeper look at the worlds our authors create.
So to start things off, we’re proud to bring you an extract from Rising Empire: Part 1, book 1 in the Chronicles of Celadmore by C.S. Woolley.
Rising Empire: Part 1 – An extract
She was born to a line of great warriors. Her mother and father were King and Queen of the warrior tribes known as the Order. In her infancy, she killed her first moorin, so the legends say. In truth, she was four, barely able to raise her spear and the creature was no more than a pup; but these things are often exaggerated.
She was marked for greatness by all around her and by the age of twelve could best any with a sword. Her training was intense. She was pushed harder than any of the other warriors upon her parents’ orders. She spent hours on horseback until she would be so tired that she had to be tied to the horse to keep her in the saddle.
She had to fight with broken swords and spears until she could grasp them no longer. By the age of fourteen, she was scarred on her arms, legs and body so badly that healers were called from outside of the Order to repair what damage they could.
At sixteen her mother was taken from this world by a sickness of the lungs and her father followed out of grief mere weeks later. She was raised to the throne of her people before she had been prepared to rule. The leaders of the nine kingdoms saw a moment of weakness; saw their chance to grasp power.
War came to the lands of Celadmore; neighbour fought against neighbour, old alliances were forsaken as men and women desired power and destruction.
Kingdoms splintered, rose and fell, of the nine great kingdoms of Celadmore, only four survived the first ten years of war, two were burnt to ash and plundered and the other three splintered into twelve.
She saw a chance to save her people from destruction in an alliance through marriage to a king who showed mercy to those that he ruled and those that he fought, King Mercia Nosfa VI.
But in this she was deceived. More than any of the other Kings and Queens, he desired an empire that spanned the width and breadth of the realm. He used her and her people as pawns in his great scheme. Their training in battle exploited to bring nations under his command.
When she tried to resist, he took her children from her and threatened to have them murdered if she did not do all that he desired. An army of women were brought to him so that he could sire children that did not share her blood and prayed that she would be killed in battle.
So she fought and thought. Fought to survive the war and power struggle that consumed the world and thought of how she could end this war and rescue her children from their father.
Her abilities and those of her warriors gave rise to the Order being named for the first of their people, the Queterians and the Anaguras. Her name was Kasnata.
She began her reign by forming six regiments within the Anaguran army. It had never been done before and has remained in place since.
Hawk, Kestrel, Vulture, Phoenix, Condor, Eagle.
All were created to serve different functions within Kasnata’s army. Hawk were the scouts, Kestrel were the intelligence and communication division, Condor were her cavalry, Eagle were the fliers, Vulture were the main force and Phoenix were her elites and Royal Guard.
Her actions caused murmurs amongst the Queterians that she was warmongering and would bring ruin to the Order, but her mind was looking beyond the Anaguran Empire, but amongst the Anaguras she was untouchable, unequalled and worshipped.
The Chronicles of Celadmore is a fantasy series based in a fictional realm, written by C.S. Woolley. The Chronicles of Celadmore fall into the epic fantasy end of the fantasy genre with some influencing elements of gothic fiction and gritty realism that combine to create a fantasy series that is for those who like fantasy and those who don’t. Some of the more fantastical elements of magic and mythical beasts are missing from the series which makes them accessible to those who normally avoid the fantasy genre. The realm of Celadmore is one that is fully formed with lots of different kingdoms that each have their own cultures, languages and religions. They also have their own histories, intrigues and relationships with other kingdoms and there is even a coalition of Free Cities that do not bend the knee to any monarch. The Chronicles of Celadmore follow the royal line of Anagura and Queteria, the founders of the tribal people known as the Order. There are also plans for a spin off series of novels under the series title The Dragonian Wars.
The nine kingdoms of Celadmore are at war. The people suffer under tyrants that strive to gain land and power in the struggle for superiority. As war threatens to tear Celadmore to pieces, Kasnata struggles to bring peace back to the realm. She fights against venality to bring hope to all those that are oppressed. Can she find the strength to fight knowing the fate of her people rests on her?
A blood moon rises and madness is unleashed The nine kingdoms of Celadmore are at war. The people suffer under tyrants that strive to gain land and power in the struggle for superiority. Kasnata, Queen of the Order and Queen of Nosfa leads her armies against the people of Delma. A war she did not want to fight, but her husband, the King of Nosfa, Mercia Nosfa VI has forced her hand.
The streets run red with rebellion. The siege of Delma has not been broken. Kasna remains a prisoner, a prize of war and a bargain chip to be used against her mother. Duke Kelmar DeLacey, the Regent of Delma, must choose between obeying his King, gone mad, and the woman he loves, the daughter of his most dangerous enemy.
The Chronicles of Celadmore (in chronological order)
The Rising Empire Trilogy
1. Rising Empire: Part 1
2. Rising Empire: Part 2
3. Rising Empire: Part 3
Shroud of Darkness Trilogy
4. Shroud of Darkness
5. Lady of Fire
6. End of Days
Fading Dawn Trilogy
7. When Darkness Falls
8. Torn Allegiance
9. Fading Dawn
Ailing Light Trilogy
10. Ailing Light
11. Ill Blowing Wind
12. Shadow of the South