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Rising Empire: Part 1 is the first book in the Chronicles of Celadmore series. It is a part of a trilogy that acts as the prequel to Shroud of Darkness. Though it is the first book in the series it was the third book that C.S. Woolley wrote in the series (the first two being Shroud of Darkness and Lady of Fire).

The Rising Empire trilogy wasn’t just written to provide a little history and context to the rest of the Chronicles of Celadmore, it was written as there are lots of things in the overall plot of the series that needed to be established before C.S. Woolley could write about them in later books.

“I realised part way through writing the Shroud of Darkness trilogy that there would just be too much to explain and set up if I left it until the books where the events take place. I was always going to write a book about Kasnata, but it turned out that one book needed to be three.”

Not only was the storyline for the trilogy allowed to flesh out and develop going from one book to three, but it also gave C.S. Woolley the opportunity to go back and visit some elements of the plot that she had originally discounted due to the constraints of telling the story of this particular group of people in one book.

“I got to include a lot of characters that wouldn’t have gotten mentioned too heavily, maybe as a passing name, like General Misna and General Quisla; it meant that I could reveal a lot more about the characters later on and not rush to giving everything out about them in the first book. So if you think you have each of the characters figured out by the end of Rising Empire: Part 1, you might be very surprised by the other two volumes!”

Rising Empire: Part 1 has had its own mix of reviews, however two bloggers that particularly enjoyed the book took the time to give a detailed review.

It enjoyed a great review from Book Viral:

In such a competitive and popular genre it’s becoming increasingly hard to find truly original work, but Rising Empire proves a delightful exception as C. S. Woolley takes her readers on a magical quest of intrigue and high adventure. An enthralling read with a host of opulent characters, Woolley wields elegant prose to create an imaginatively rendered fantasy world that proves wholly absorbing. It’s certainly a compelling story which benefits from a well-conceived plot and one that’s sure to appeal to readers who revel in the intricacies of power and subterfuge as she brings the ambience of her imagined world to life. There’s no doubt that Woolley has a discerning eye for detail and understands the tropes of her genre, but it’s her characters that make for a truly notable read.  There’s ambition, greed, strength and weakness to be found in them and it makes for a rich tapestry that ensures her readers will become fully invested in the trials and tribulations they each face.

An epic in the making, Rising Empire is sure to be well received by fans of Woolley and is definitely deserving of your interest. It is strongly recommended!”

To read the rest of the article please visit Book Viral.

The Leisure Zone also reviewed Rising Empire: Part 1

“Book creation ratings:

* Max. total of 30 possible *
Overall total — 29.95
— Story & characters — 10
— Cover & title — 10
— Editing & formatting — 9.95
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The review —
I must read the last two books in this quality written series. If you like adventure, with good battling evil, and one whale of an ending, then read this book. The story flies by, and it’s a book you can’t put down. Who will win the day–the evil king or his valiant wife?

 

The ending of the book leaves the reader happy and anxious as we head toward the next book in this three part masterpiece. The author is to be commended for a well thought out story, that is bathed in imagery and vivid scenes. It gathers the readers and transports them to another time, long ago in a distant land.

 

My best advice is get the book and get comfortable. It’s well worth the investment of time and money. Happy reading and enjoy!!!” To read the whole article please visit The Leisure Zone.

 

You can purchase Rising Empire: Part 1 from a wide range of distributors in both digital and paperback formats, for a list of some of the major stockists please visit the Rising Empire: Part 1 page.

 

You can purchase from amazon, Smashwords, Kobo and iBooks* by following these links.
*Links to US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia iBooks services can be found on the Rising Empire: Part 1 page.

 

Did you know?
Rising Empire: Part 1 was written in just 28 days – that’s from sitting down to plan out the plot into chapters to getting the cover art down, everything edited and sent off to the printers! Rumour has it that C.S. Woolley survived on just an hour’s worth of sleep every day in order to get in done in a short space of time. She maintains, “I would have got it done faster if I hadn’t had Dexter’s Lab on in the background whilst I was writing. I can focus much better when I have the West Wing on.”

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If you already own a copy of Rising Empire: Part 1, then the fun doesn’t have to stop there! A line of Chronicles of Celadmore merchandise has been created and some of it is already available for purchase!

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A range of notecards and other posters featuring the character faces and quotes (some of which you can see further up in this blog post) are due to be released along with a range of bookmarks and postcards** slightly later this year. The notecards and posters featuring the characters are being released to raising money for charity. 50% of the profits from every sale of the notecards and posters featuring the characters are to be split between two charities – 25% of the profits going to the Broad Appeal and 25% of the profits going to the British Heart Foundation. Though we don’t have an official release date for these yet, we do know you will be able to order them for collection at the UK Indie Lit Fest (that C.S. Woolley and Steven M. Caddy are attending) and you will be able to purchase them for delivery through this site as well as through Etsy.

** the designs for the bookmarks and postcards have yet to be released.Rising Empire Kasnata, Kia and Kasna

With the weather turning colder it was only a matter of time before germs started invading the office with germs and as we had just gotten back to full strength we are seeing our numbers dwindle as sickness descends.

For fans of Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren, regular posting has been resumed on her blog site and you can keep up with the latest thoughts and smaller adventures that she runs through in her action packed life. There is also more news on the Raven Siren filming front – yes the shorts project is going ahead under the Fastidious Monks filming label and there is a crowdfunding campaign being run on GoFundMe that C.S. Woolley has set up to help cover some of the costs. The Monks have pulled together the most expensive elements including the cameras, lighting rigs, safety equipment and sound equipment but are asking for a little bit of help getting the last few items that are detailed in the project. If you can support financially then that’s great but sharing the link on social media is appreciated too.

We have a new book review added to the site: Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction that seems to have captured the imagination and led to all sorts of discussions about strong women so naturally Joss Whedon has been greatly talked of amongst others.

As people are complaining about colds and flu and even chest infections we would like to leave you all with the thought that whiskey and a good book go and awfully long way to helping you feel better.

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Well it’s Sunday and sad to say that most of us here at Mightier Than the Sword UK haven’t had much time off at all this weekend and already Monday is looming.

There was a leak on Friday and a problem with the electrics so it’s been so we’ve had to spend ours moving things out of harms way and waiting for tradespeople to appear to help us in our time of need. Not all the problems are fixed, but we are getting there.

We’ve also lost Goldie, one of the tropical fish in the office, a golden gourami (yes we were highly imaginative in naming her) who died after what appeared to be a fit that sent her crashing around the fish tank.

So really we haven’t had the best weekend.

But we do have some good news. We’ve got a new book review up on the site Social Wealth: How to Build Extraordinary Relationships By Transforming the Way We Live, Love, Lead and Network by Jason Treu one of the non-fiction books we’ve been asked to review. If you haven’t seen the other books we’ve had the pleasure of reading then you should check out our book reviews section which has a full list of the title.

We’re also going to be launching our very own goodreads page in the not too distant future so please feel free to connect with us there. We’ll post a link when we are happy with the profile and have got it all up and running.

Those who are still doing NaNoWriMo are cross as they have lost valuable writing time with all the drama of the weekend as well as losing valuable working time on Friday. We’re hoping that next week is going to be a quiet one but who knows what tomorrow will bring – except for probably rain.

Well it has been yet another busy and exciting week here at Mightier Than the Sword UK. We’ve seen C.S. Woolley finished her NaNoWriMo challenge and quite a few of the other members of our little family get close to their 50,000 word count goal with just 9 days to go!

We have a new author coming on board, but we will have more details about that as things unfold over the next few weeks and plans come together.

The Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren book shorts are a go! We are really happy to announce that four shorts are due to be filmed before the end of the year and will be available for free on youtube and here when they are polished up to a gleaming shine for you. With a cast, crew, composer and many talent individuals involved in the project we couldn’t be more excited about what is going to be produced. As we get more details, photos and other goodies we shall post them here.

We also have a new book review on the site, Waters of Oblivion by David Lyon and believe us, this is one thriller that is not to be missed.

On a completely separate note, all of C.S. Woolley‘s books are available from a variety of different retails in multiple digital formats for a standard price of £1.90 (price may vary by a few pence) or $2.99 (as well as paperback, but they do cost more). But we also realize that not everyone has disposable income to be able to afford to pay luxuries such as ebooks. Some people may think we are being condescending but we like to give everyone access to what we produce which is why we love Noise Trade so much.

For those of you who don’t know what Noise Trade is, it was originally a site designed for musicians to share their music with the world and if people liked what these musicians produced they could leave a tip of any amount, so that people can decide how much to donate to support the artists who create such wonderful sounds. This has since been expanded to include digital books and it is our pleasure to say that we offer a selection of titles from C.S. Woolley and Harry Mirfin’s A Miracle of Grace on Noise Trade. You can download the books for free and if you like what you’ve read then you can leave a monetary tip that can be whatever amount you prefer (there is a suggested amount that is stated to act as guideline)

Happy Reading!

Well the number of shopping days that are left until Christmas are quickly dwindling away and before we know it the last posting date for Christmas cards will be upon us. There are some very smug people in the office who have finished with the rush of Christmas for the most part and merely have some items to finishing knitting before they are all prepared. Others amongst are number are still saying there is plenty of time left to go shopping.

So with that in mind we thought it appropriate to announce our latest book review is now up on the site, The Return of Knecht Ruprecht by Olivia Black and what a seasonal treat it is! Something that brings a fresh twist to Christmas and may even get those of you who are struggling to find their Christmas spirit to get in the mood before December even arrives.

NaNoWriMo continues to march on and there isn’t a day that goes by when it isn’t mentioned to some degree, mostly, we must admit, with a large amount of frustration, though there seems to have been a break through and the 50,000 word count target seems to be rapidly approaching for most.

It does mean that End of Days from the Chronicles of Celadmore may well be coming to all good retailers a lot sooner than we all hoped – watch this space for more news as it arrives and just to tempt your literary tastebuds we give you the teaser back blurb from End of Days:

The end is here. Aksoth’s forces roam unchecked across the plains of Celadmore, the Allied Spirit have been forced to retreat to the fallen city of Grashindorph. Within the city there is trouble. Leaders of each of the countries of Celadmore seek to control the city. Scheming and corruption distract the people from preparing to stand against Aksoth in one final battle. Revolution stirs amongst the poorest of the people, Venetia seeks to restore Gruagadon to his rightful place on the throne of Grashindorph. In this final bastion, they must find victory or Aksoth will purge the realm of light of all life.

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