Tales from Ragaris

With Christmas fast approaching and the release of the second of the Tales from Ragaris, we thought it would be a good idea to remind you all of what makes these two offerings from author, Penelope Wallace, such perfect Christmas gifts.

We Do Not Kill Children

book-new-214x300“We do not kill children; we do not commit rape; we do not take pleasure in torment.”

Dorac Kingsbrother was one of the King’s Thirty in the kingdom of Marod. That was before he was found guilty of the murder of Lord Gahran’s three children. Though Gahran was a traitor, his children were innocent. The code of the King’s Thirty leaves no room for such a barbaric act, and for this heinous crime Dorac faces a life in exile.

The shame of such a sentence is something that Dorac can’t brook, and so he sets off on a journey to the Old Stones, the place where those that seek death meet their end. Followed by Gormad, a child in search of adventure, Dorac is not alone on his final journey.

But not everyone believes that Dorac is guilty. Gemara Kingsister, head of the Six, investigates the murder of Gahran’s children; though there is more at stake than the life of a lone warrior in this, the first of the Tales from Ragaris.

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The 10th Province of Jaryar

Front Cover 10th ProvinceTo the hall with six flames
Call the great of the nine
For an heir to the king.
They will seek for a sign.

Who should rule the powerful land of Jaryar when its childless king dies? Instead of preparing for war, the two contenders agree to that extraordinary thing, an election.

“A contest? A duel? A game of chess?”
“Yes, perhaps. A fair game.”

Fifty-one high-ranking men and women will hear the arguments, and then choose between Queen Nerranya of Marod and Duke Haras of Vard.

So everyone comes to the peaceful city of Vach-roysh, capital of the land that gave up its independence long ago – the Tenth Province of Jaryar.

They bring their prejudice and ambition, bribery and blackmail – and the prophecy uttered by a dying woman.

And murder. For this game is far from fair.

Bowing down to be raised
For the Dream, and God’s law –
But the sheep, they all wait
For mild peace or grim war.

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The Chronicles of Celadmore

Step into a world of war, magic, tribes, treachery and dragons.

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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.

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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.

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Rising Empire: Part 1

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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?

Rising Empire: Part 2

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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.

Rising Empire: Part 3

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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.

Rising Empire Trilogy (Books 1 to 3)

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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.

Shroud of Darkness

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In the realm of Celadmore, evil is stirring. The war torn land has not recovered from the last conflict as evil rises and threatens to ensnare the world of light. Venetia, favourite daughter of Queen Annalia, must fight enemies and allies alike. She must uncover truth amidst deception to discover the source of this new threat to her world before the darkness engulfs it.

Lady of Fire

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United they must stand for destruction is upon them. The realm of Celadmore faces it’s destruction as a war that none perceived is brought against them. Venetia, Queen of the Order of Anagura and Queteria, must forge a new alliance between the nations of Celadmore against the evil that Aksoth, Lord of Nether Roth, is set to unleash. The Allied Spirit of Celadmore must be raised and march once more.

End of Days

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The end is here. Aksoth’s forces roam unchecked across the plains of Celadmore; the people of Celadmore have been forced to retreat to the fallen city of Grashindorph. Revolution stirs amongst the poorest of the people; Venetia seeks to restore Gruagadon to his rightful place on the throne of Nesca and will sacrifice anything to get him there. In this final bastion, they must find victory.

Shroud of Darkness Trilogy (Books 4 to 6)

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A fantasy book trilogy that was 16 years in the making. The trilogy follows Venetia, a queen amongst her people in the fantasy realm of Celadmore. Strange occurrences in her home world have Venetia searching for answers as to whether an old evil has returned or if a new threat has arisen. This digital boxset includes Shroud of Darkness, Lady of Fire and End of Days.

When Darkness Falls

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Peace cannot survive as a new threat rises. Gruagadon is king, the dead kingdom of Nesca has been resurrected by the return of the Fallen Prince to the throne, but all is not well in the realm of Celadmore. One evil has been defeated, Venetia, Allamonto, Kania and Nodarto gave their lives, along with many others, to defeat Aksoth, but as one evil falls another rises to take its place. A new guardian brought the old age to an end, but the nature of evil is set to endure.

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren

Murder, Mayhem, and that’s just the heroine

Nicolette Mace is not your average private detective. Join in this first person, modern, crime noir world alongside policemen Fred Barlow and Harry Lee.

My name is Nicolette Mace, though the city knows me as the Raven Siren. I’m the youngest private investigator most people have ever come across. I’ve been in hospital more times than I have been in a school class room. I was playing with guns when I was four years old; I knew how to drive cars at seven. I’ve spent most of my life running around the toughest and meanest streets this city has to offer and they haven’t found something that can kill me yet.

I am Nicolette Mace, I am the Raven Siren and nothing is going to stop me from taking my revenge.

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Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren series (in chronological order)

  1. Beginnings
    1. Medusa
    2. Siren’s Call
    3. Shadow
    4. A Shot in the Dark
    5. From Out of the Ashes
    6. The Murder of Michael Hollingsworth
    7. The Case of Mrs. Weldon
    8. Hunting the Priest Killer
  2. Siren, Fred & Harry Saga
    1. Manhunt
    2. A Friend in Need
    3. Gangster’s Paradise
    4. Murder in the First
    5. Sabrina
    6. Ring of Fire
    7. Return of McGregor
    8. Last Train Home
    9. Til Death do us Part
    10. How do you solve a problem like Siren?
  3. Kevin Metis Saga
    1. When 3 become 2
    2. Ballad of Fallen Angels
    3. Case of the Welsh Corgi
    4. Murder at the Cricket Club
    5. Backtrack
    6. Once Upon a Dream
    7. Witchcraft
    8. Me, Myself and Fred
    9. Friends will be Friends
    10. Money
  4. Family Matters Saga
    1. Thicker than Water
    2. The Shortest Day
    3. Play it Again
    4. Maneater
    5. A Hard Day’s Night
    6. Ghosts
    7. Easy Come, Easy Go
    8. Dancing in the Moonlight
    9. Deceiving Appearances
  5. Midnight Saga
    1. Midnight Runner
    2. Charlie, Whisky, Tango
    3. Double Down
    4. New City, New Faces
    5. At the Point of a 9mm
    6. Siren’s Last Stand
    7. The Streets of the Living
  6. Derek Long Saga
    1. Dire Wolf
    2. Red Rag
    3. Epic Struggle
  7. Lily & Rose Saga
    1. Fred’s Story
    2. Rick’s Story
    3. Siren’s Story
    4. Harry’s Story
    5. Reunion
  8. Legacy
    1. Lily’s Story
    2. Rose’s Story
    3. Rick’s Story
    4. Harry’s Story
    5. Fred’s Story
    6. Siren’s Story
    7. Epilogue

 

Other Siren titles

  1. Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 1
  2. Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 2
  3. Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 3
  4. Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 4
  5. Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 5

The Children of Ribe

21733921_10159258246735024_1761480074_oSet in Viking Denmark before the invasion of Britain, the Children of Ribe is a Viking saga for both children and adults alike. Following the adventure traditions of Enid Blyton and Arthur Ransome, the Children of Ribe books are perfect for engaging even the most reluctant of readers. Packed with characters who are easy to identify with, mythic creatures, fairy tales, Viking culture, historic places, danger, family, honour, duty, betrayal, love and magic.

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When fate knocks at the door, it doesn’t matter how old you are or whether you want to go on an adventure or not.

The town of Ribe is the home of four children whose lives are turned upside down when Dalla Ingeborgsdotter arrives in the town. The tales of the storyweavers are no longer just stories to be recited by the fireside and the long peace between the tribes of Denmark looks sure to be shattered.

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The Children of Ribe is a Viking Saga for children bringing the culture and mythology of the Danish Vikings to life. The book series has been influenced by Enid Blyton, Arthur Ransome, Susan Cooper, J R R Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.

Based in Denmark during the time of the Vikings, these books are tales of magic and danger that are suitable for children from the ages of seven and up to read on their own but also perfect for people to read to children from the age of 4.

The Children of Ribe is a modern fairy tale that brings elements of Danish folklore and mythology to life mixed with elements of Viking culture. These books have been designed to help children with dyslexia to read. You can watch author C.S. Woolley talking about dyslexia and reading from FATE, book 1 in the Children of Ribe series here: https://youtu.be/EcnKLKa5c98

Whether you are interested in Vikings, studying them at school, or are simply shopping for the perfect gift for your favourite bookworm, the Children of Ribe series is just what you are looking for.

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10th Province of Jaryar Released

It’s out now! Get your copy of the 10th Province of Jaryar today, just in time for Christmas.

Front Cover 10th ProvinceTo the hall with six flames

Call the great of the nine

For an heir to the king.

They will seek for a sign.

Who should rule the powerful land of Jaryar when its childless king dies? Instead of preparing for war, the two contenders agree to that extraordinary thing, an election.

“A contest? A duel? A game of chess?”

“Yes, perhaps. A fair game.”

Fifty-one high-ranking men and women will hear the arguments, and then choose between Queen Nerranya of Marod and Duke Haras of Vard.

So everyone comes to the peaceful city of Vach-roysh, capital of the land that gave up its independence long ago – the Tenth Province of Jaryar.

They bring their prejudice and ambition, bribery and blackmail – and the prophecy uttered by a dying woman.

And murder. For this game is far from fair.

Bowing down to be raised

For the Dream, and God’s law –

But the sheep, they all wait

For mild peace or grim war.

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The Children of Snotingas

WyrdHQ_HWCHistorical fiction for kids. Set in Britain before the Viking invasion in the year that Mercia chose to break away from Northumbria, the Children of Snotingas is a children’s adventure series in the best tradition of Enid Blyton and Arthur Ransome in the time of the Anglo-Saxons.

Filled with adventure, action, war, betrayal, friendship, political intrigue and love that changes alliances, it is the ideal book for children between the ages of 7 and 13 as well as adults that never grew up.

Wyrd mock upThe series starts in 626AD as the influential kingdom of Mercia is just beginning to form.  Set in Snotingham (now known as Nottingham) the series follows the children who live in the settlement through the battles and betrayals that saw King Penda create the most powerful Anglo-Saxon Kingdom.

Step back in time to the age of King Penda, when the kingdom of Mercia was born.

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Life in Anglo-Saxon England is far from fair. There are strict classes that all people fall into. At the top there are the kings, then the thanes. After the thanes come the warriors, then the ceorls, and at the very bottom are the slaves. Women are not equal to men; and then there are the prisoners.

The books, like the Children of Ribe series, have been formatted to help children who have dyslexia to be able to read a little more easily and give them an opportunity to engage with literature. Why children with dyslexia? You can read about it in C.S. Woolley’s own words here or you can see her talking about it (and reading) here.

The Children focuses on a select number of children and a sprinkling of adults that you can read more about in our characters section below.

Hild mock upThe Children of Snotingas series aims to provide a fictional books that are not only enjoyable for children to read, but are also as accurate as possible to help support the National Curriculum of the United Kingdom. The books feature information on:

  • everyday village life
  • the different classes that existed in Anglo Saxon society
  • the different duties and jobs of these classes
  • the difference between men and women
  • weapons used in battles
  • historical place names
  • Anglo Saxon character names
  • People that were alive at the time and shaped the fate of the country
  • Marrying between tribes and nations to try and forge alliances
  • Beliefs
  • Other cultural elements
  • Wildlife and threats

 

 

The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow

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The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow – historical fiction set in Victorian Cheshire. Steeped in local history, the series starts in the same year that Queen Victoria ascended the throne. Following Lady Sarah as she arrives in England for the first time in her life, these books not only mention local events, but global ones that shaped the world we live in today.

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From the formation of the police force to the Opium wars, the Victorian age is one that makes for an interesting backdrop to this mystery series that holds the influences of Jane Austen and Agatha Christie at the heart of it.

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Each book in the series is priced at £5.99 (signed) direct from the online store (£7.99 from Amazon) plus delivery.

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The 10th Province of Jaryar

Front Cover 10th ProvinceThe wait is over! Yes, the anticipated sequel to We Do Not Kill Children by Penelope Wallace is finally here.

The 10th Province of Jaryar is the second book in the Tales from Ragaris series and is sure to delight those who enjoyed Wallace’s debut novel (we think it’s a better book than the first, but then we might be a little biased).

This second tale from the world of swords without misogyny is set in a different part of the world to the first book and confronts more themes that are especially prevalent in a world where elections are common place and often taken for granted.

To the hall with six flames

Call the great of the nine

For an heir to the king.

They will seek for a sign.

Who should rule the powerful land of Jaryar when its childless king dies? Instead of preparing for war, the two contenders agree to that extraordinary thing, an election.

“A contest? A duel? A game of chess?”

“Yes, perhaps. A fair game.”

Fifty-one high-ranking men and women will hear the arguments, and then choose between Queen Nerranya of Marod and Duke Haras of Vard.

So everyone comes to the peaceful city of Vach-roysh, capital of the land that gave up its independence long ago – the Tenth Province of Jaryar.

They bring their prejudice and ambition, bribery and blackmail – and the prophecy uttered by a dying woman.

And murder. For this game is far from fair.

Bowing down to be raised

For the Dream, and God’s law –

But the sheep, they all wait

For mild peace or grim war.

You can pre-order your copy of the 10th Province of Jaryar now – set for release on the 11th of 12th 2017.

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Book Launch

On 12th November it is not only Remembrance Sunday, but the day when Peterborough is playing host to a rather unique event. C.S. Woolley is an author that hails from Cheshire but has chosen to bring the celebration of the release of her latest three books and her 70th title to Puzzles? on Bridge Street. “I love the atmosphere in Puzzles? and couldn’t be happier to be holding the launch party of my next books there.”

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There are three books that are the focus of the afternoon of celebration. A Bonfire Surprise in Stickleback Hollow and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Die from the Victorian cosy mystery series, the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow that has a touch of steampunk mixed with historical fact. Hild is the other book that is part of the celebrations and is the second book in the Children of Snotingas series, an Anglo-Saxon series for children that has been written to support the national curriculum.

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Including live music from local band, The Tinderbox, C.S. Woolley will be signing books, offering exclusive merchandise and on hand so that people can chat to her about her books, writing, her upcoming school and library visits, and what it’s like to have 70 books published. The book launch is a free event that is open to all from 1pm until 6pm. To find out more, see the facebook event page.

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Puzzles? will be open as usual so you can get drinks and nibbles from 12pm and The Tinderbox will not only be performing during the book release party, but also will be performing two sets from 7pm as Puzzles? evening entertainment.

If you want to get hold of any of C.S. Woolley’s books and merchandise then you can see the full catalogue at our Mightier Than the Sword UK store.

Friday 13th

When it comes to Friday 13th in October, you can’t help but make parallels between Friday 13th and Halloween – and no we’re not talking about the movie series.

Many of you will have seen the ridiculous statement circling the internet that claims that Halloween falls on Friday 13th for the first time in 666 years – considering that Halloween is always 31st October, it’s an impossibility that there is any truth in the statement.

Most people believe that Friday 13th is a day that promises bad luck to any and all, but what are the origins of this?

There are many theories as to why the number 13 is considered unlucky and superstitions that assign importance to the combination of 13 and Friday.

However there are notable events that have taken place on Friday 13th that could provide some indication as to why we still consider the day unlucky any why it is frequently associated with Halloween.

On Friday 13th October in 1307 hundreds of Knights Templar were arrested by King Philip IV of France (not personally).  The charges against them were varied, but the real reason for their arrest was the king wanted the money that the knights had access to. Many of these Templars that were arrested were executed.

The bombing of Buckingham Palace during the Blitz took place on Friday 13th September 1940.

You may have heard the name Kitty Genovese, if you don’t recognise the name, you may have heard the story about the woman who was stabbed to death in the street outside her apartment in Kew Gardens. Not only was the young woman (28 years old) killed in the street, there were at least 37 witnesses who either saw or heard the attack and did nothing. No one attempted to save her or even called the police. This event is referenced in the movie, the Boondock Saints and used as an example of the adage by Edmund Burke “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” If you hadn’t already guessed it, the murder happened on Friday 13th March 1964 in Queens, New York. (It should be mentioned that in recent years evidence has been presented that the police were called and the number if witnesses were lower than reported, but as a piece of folklore it adds to the Friday 13th horror)

A cyclone hit Bangladesh on Friday 13th November 1970 that killed more than 300,000 people.

On Friday 13th October 1972 a Chilean Air Force place disappeared over the Andes.

Tupac Shakur, the influential rapper famous for the songs Changes, Hit em up, Only God can judge me, Hail Mary and Life Goes On died on Friday 13th September 1996. He had been shot in a drive by shooting on 7th September.

On Friday 13th January 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise ship crashed off the coast of Italy killing 30 people.