Archive for the ‘Chronicles of Celadmore’ Category

It’s finally here, after all the delays and other releases, the latest instalment of the Chronicles of Celadmore has arrived. Book 7 in the series is set 10 years after the events of End of Days, and is the first book in the Fading Dawn trilogy.

WDF Coming

“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.

frontwdfdesignWhen Darkness Falls is out now on the Etsy store in paperback and in digital format. It follows the characters that survived the final confrontation in the city of Grashindorph and the start of the new age for Celadmore.

Not only does When Darkness Falls launch the third trilogy in the Chronicles of Celadmore series, it is the first book to follow a male protagonist instead of a female one. In the Rising Empire story arc, the story follows Queen Kasnata. In the Shroud of Darkness story arc, the books follow Queen Venetia. The Fading Dawn story arc follows Prince Malachi.

When Darkness Falls is also the book that features the lucky winners of the Murder in March contest held in 2016. Denise Meyer, Chris Turnbull and Rainne Atkins all won the chance to be killed off in this volume of the Celadmore series.

“The battlefield; a place where heroes are made, legends thrive, myths enthral and lives are broken.”

Crimson blood spattered the white floor and a cry escaped from between cracked and bruised lips. A glinting blade clattered to the floor.

“Such needless destruction.” Amused eyes gleamed in the candlelight and a frustrated figure punched the white marble. The light was low in the Hall of Kings in the Palace of Grashindorph.

It was closer to dawn than nightfall, but the young prince was determined to master his training before he went to bed.

All things were promised to Malachi, Prince of Grashindorph and the Order. The son of two kingdoms, a son of peace and a son of war.

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We have something a little different for you all today, rather than posting about Good Friday and the symbolism of Easter, the Mightier Than the Sword UK blog is being taken over not by one of our authors, but by one of the characters.

We are handing over the blog to Cassandra, guardian of the wilds from the Chronicles of Celadmore series for a look at the downsides to being immortal, at least as far as she is concerned.

Something that all mortals seem to yearn for is a way to cheat death, to live beyond their years and often trying to gain immortality. There are some who spend their entire lives seeking eternal youth combine with eternal life, and others that come to the conclusion that they need to live longer when the autumn years of their life descend.

But no matter how they try to cheat death, they cannot escape it. But living forever is not all that it seems to be. There are several reasons that I have found that make immortality particularly unpalatable.

  1. Finding the armour you had 300 years ago is back in style and you have no idea where you left it.
  2. Keeping large amounts of gold in one location invariably leads to adventurers trying to either rob you, battle you for your gold hoard or creating grandiose myths that cause armies to try and storm your home.
  3. Keeping gold in multiple locations leads to you having to draw a map to keep track of where all of it is kept. after 100 years, people steal it thinking it is a treasure map.
  4. Being a great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother not only is a bit of a mouthful, but the only other person that can relate to how old it makes you feel is your mother.
  5. Trying to keep the same waist line over the millennia is a lot harder than most people think.
  6. Watching mortals bicker is funny at first, but after 2,000 years it becomes rather boring when the same arguments keeping coming around. You begin to wonder how it is that they haven’t worked out some kind of compromise.
  7. When someone finds your diary from your teenage years and they start gushing about discovering an ancient manuscript in a dead language that must hold the knowledge of ancients is actually quite hurtful.
  8. You have to spend your entire existence watching those that you love wither and die before your eyes. No matter how many times it happens, the pain only seems to grow as you carry more loss in your heart. It keeps growing until you stop caring and will death to take you.

Curious as to why Cassandra is so concerned with making immortality sound less attractive? You’ll be able to find out on Monday when When Darkness Falls, book 7 in the Chronicles of Celadmore is released.

WDF Coming

With things in the process of changing around the Mightier Than the Sword UK Publications offices, we’ve had some delays and reworkings of release dates. To make it slightly easier to know what’s due to be released and when here is our guide to March and April.

March 2017

The Arm Rings of Yngvar Collection is the 31st book by C.S. Woolley to be published. It contains FATE, WAR, WIFRITH, DOUBT, SKANE, SHIPWRECKED, FEAR and HOME all in a single volume.

Brother is the debut novel from Marlena R. Smith and is a Military Science Fiction story about brothers-in-arms.

All Hallows’ Eve in Stickleback Hollow is the second book in the series and takes place a few weeks after the first instalment in the series, A Thief in Stickleback Hollow (which is also the perfect gift for Mother’s Day).

April 2017

April sees the delayed release of WYRD, book 1 in the Children of Snotingas series and When Darkness Falls, the long anticipated sequel to End of Days.

April is also when we see the latest instalment in the Raven Siren main narrative, the Lily & Rose Saga, following on from the Derek Long Saga and finally gives readers some answers as to what happened to Fred and Siren.

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Well February has seen us going from strength to strength for us in the Mightier Than the Sword UK offices and here is just a sample of what’s been going on.

FEAR

Fear front

Fear rises as courage fails.

Ribe has withstood all the attacks that the warriors of Hedeby and Schleswig can throw at them, but with the snows of winter set about the town, no help comes from the other towns of the Danes.

But the strength of King Viggo is failing. When victory seemed within his grasp, he is taken ill on the battlefield and the warriors withdraw. Cold, half-starved and deprived of their leader, the army at the gates of Ribe seems certain to retreat. Sibel, still a prisoner, discovers the secret of the arm ring that Viggo wears whilst the dangerous Queen Rena makes her move to seize full control of Hedeby.

Only Christian and Eva have yet to find their arm rings of Yngvar as the children reach the island of Sjœland. They know that one of the rings of Lolland is missing and know that in order to collect all eight; they will need to find the arm ring near Roskilde and return to fight Viggo and finally bring an end to war.

You can get your copy direct from out Etsy store for £5.99 in paperback and £1.80 in digital format.

HOME

home front

There’s no place like home.

The Children of Ribe have found all but the last arm ring of Yngvar, an arm ring that everyone but Sibel thinks King Viggo Odinsen has. Eva Axeldatter is the only one who hasn’t claimed an arm ring yet and time is running out for Wifrith.

It is time for the children to return home, to bring an end to the fighting and restore the peace between the tribes. But even with Ciara dead, there are still those who can stop the Children of Ribe as some people will stop at nothing when it comes to revenge.

Can Wifrith finally find redemption, and can Erland, Dalla, Eva, Christian, Riki, Pieter, Camila, Beatrix, Joas and Oleg defeat the darkness that threatens not just Ribe but all of the tribes of Denmark?

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BROTHERS

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SOLDIERS ARE THERE TO KILL AND BE KILLED

They see us only as numbers, as less than them, created to be Soldiers made to fight in their war. But we are more than that, we are brothers, we gave ourselves names.

Some of us will live through training, but some of us will die. Soldiers are there to be killed, whether from their tests or because we fail in our mission. Soldiers are there to kill, fighting in a war we didn’t ask for.

But even amongst brothers there are secrets. There is something that they are not telling me. My brothers tell me I’m special, but I just don’t see it. Soldiers are there to kill and be killed, so why am I so important? Brotherhood will be put to the test as we battle to be the best. I am a soldier, I was made to fight their war, I cannot lose.

You can get your copy direct from out Etsy store for £13.99 in paperback and £2.39 in digital format.

What we’ve done

We’ve delayed the release of Wyrd and When Darkness Falls until March to give a little bit of space between books coming out after having to delay Wyrd due to cover art issues.

We’ve added some new listings to the Etsy Store. There are three new gift set listings for the Children of Ribe books WAR, WIFRITH and DOUBT all of which feature a paperback copy of the book, a digital download code and a bronze or pewter arm ring of Yngvar all for just £35 each! Click the following links to find the gift sets for WAR, WIFRITH and DOUBT 

We’ve updated the internal pages for all the Children of Ribe books and Sabrina.

What we’re looking forward to in March

As  2017 rolls on and we head into March we are looking forward to the first book in the Children of Snotingas series, WYRD, and the 7th book in the Chronicles of Celadmore, When Darkness Falls. We also have the 8th book in the Chronicles of Celadmore, Torn Alliegance and Book 2 in the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow, All Hallows Eve in Stickleback Hollow, to look forward to.

We are also looking forward to two appearances by C.S. Woolley. The first is at Lindow Primary School in Alderly Edge, Cheshire, where the local lass will be opening the new library for the school on World Book Day. The second is on 22nd March, when C.S. Woolley will be reading extracts from the Children of Ribe books to children as part of the grand opening at a new Boots Opticians at Handforth Dean, Cheshire.

And finally we’re looking forward to the official launch party for We Do Not Kill Children, more details will be released as we have them.

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It’s only 8 days now until Christmas, and we are all very excited here in the office, not only will we be getting a break until the New Year, but we’ve got the third batch of Nicolette Mace: the Raven Short novels coming out in just a week! But we aren’t blogging about those today. No we are taking another jaunt into the realm of Celadmore and picking up the fourth journal entry of Caslo Morgan in his New Year narrative (since there’s no Christmas in Celadmore)

If you want to catch up on the previous 16 days of our short story Advent Calendar, then check out our blog archives and you’ll find all of them there.

2650GL 19th Spregan

We were brought before Queen Annalia two days ago. I was not sure what to expect. Her reputation is that of being wise, strong and gentle yet at the same time so fearsome that even King Marlo is slightly afraid of her.

When we entered the Great Hall she was seated on a throne at the far end of the room. Her daughter, Venetia was sat at her feet pouring over maps and battle reports. Behind Venetia stood two women, one with dark skin and jet black hair, the other with skin as pale as the moon and blonde hair that shone like spun gold even under the candlelight of the hall. Both were dressed in travelling armour, light shadcrag leather over thinly beaten meran, deep chestnut in colour with light woven cloaks hanging from their shoulders.

The Lady Morrigan and the Lady Gekendra.

From the way they were dressed they had arrived not long ago, but to look at them, their faces did not show it. All four women looked undisturbed by our presence there. Jashobeam led our party as we entered. Maharai and Helez, Tusala and Hisanda, Shammah and I, the seven members of the Eight.

We knelt before the Queen and Shammah spoke to her. Lady Gekendra and Lady Morrigan seemed oblivious to our presence and Venetia was much more interested in the battle reports she held. Each member of the Eight was presented to Queen Annalia in turned, I was saved until last.

Shammah said my name and there was a change in the atmosphere. Venetia put down the battle reports; Morrigan and Gekendra stopped their conversation and stared. I have never felt so much like a tapestry before in my life. It seemed to go on for hours, but was merely minutes. Morrigan and Gekendra returned to their conversation, their attention no longer fixated on me. Venetia however did not go back to her battle reports.

Instead when Queen Annalia had finished speaking and officially naming us as the Eight, Venetia stood and asked if I would walk with her around the grounds. She was still wearing her sword and her battle armour. It was unusual for any to wear their full battle armour whilst away from the battlefield. She found it amusing that I was confused by it and explained that it was because she wanted to get stronger, and be able to move as though she was not wearing armour in battle.

There is something spectacular about her, the way she thinks and moves, the way she is still very much a child but more adult than most four times her age. She challenged me to fight as we walked around the grounds, I agreed and that duel is now set for tomorrow…it was to be a small affair, the Swordmistress adjudicating the fight but since Shammah and Lady Morrigan found out about it, most of the city is now coming to the event.

I partly think that Shammah wants to see me embarrassed in battle by the seven year old princess, but to lose to her in a duel would not be as embarrassing for me as he imagines.

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Shroud of Darkness Trilogy

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. Joined by a number of unlikely allies, who do not all get along with one another, Venetia has to fight against not only the darkness threatening to destroy her home world but the treachery of politicians, the fear in those around her, assassins that want to take her throne from her and those that would go to any lengths to try and prevent another war.

The Shroud of Darkness Trilogy contains the three volumes of the Shroud of Darkness trilogy in the Chronicles of Celadmore – Shroud of Darkness, Lady of Fire and End of Days

Shroud of Darkness

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

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

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.

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

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With just eleven days to go until Christmas, we’re taking you on yet another journey to Celadmore through the eyes of Caslo Morgan.

2650GL 20th Spregan

When I stepped out into the duelling arena today, I had never felt more adrenaline coursing through my veins than I did at that moment. The roar of the men and women of the Order, Queen Annalia and the rest of the royal family in the city sat on a platform at the far end of the arena. Flags and music filling the air.

Such an atmosphere is something I had never known before. I felt like a conquering hero returning home victorious from some legendary battle; that I was King Leinad, Lord Rathe, Lord Queteria and both Lord Allamontos all rolled into one.

Venetia was stood at the far end of the arena already waiting. In her hand was her sword, the Clambria Yesma, a sword crafted for her that had carved a reputation for her in the last year as she had seen battle. A sword that no man could help but envy. My own blade, the Astana Drecsar, looks almost dull by comparison to it.

Her heavy armour was missing for this fight, instead she wore the same travelling armour that I had first seen the Lady Morrigan and the Lady Gekendra in. I had nothing but the leather armour that I wore for moving around, worn and tatty in places, older than the young princess I was about to face.

I could feel the eyes of Shammah burning into me from where he stood in the crowd. There wasn’t exactly hatred in his gaze but more a command to prove that I belonged as one of his men; that I was truly worthy of the mantle of the Eight.

Swordmistress Talrana moved to stand in the centre of the arena and beckoned both myself and the princess to approach. She explained that this was a simple duel; that three strikes that connected with our opponent would secure us a victory, but no blood was to be drawn. I looked at Venetia who smiled back at me and nodded. Happy that we both understood, Talrana raised her sword and brought it crashing down to stand in the arena floor to signify the start of the duel.

Venetia rushed at me before I had even registered we had begun. I managed to dodge sideways and watched the princess dart past and recover herself enough to aim backhand at my legs. I felt the blow connect and stumbled forward slightly. A roar arose from the crowd as Talrana acknowledged the hit. I knew Venetia would be quick to strike again, so I rolled as I stumbled to bring myself up to face the young princess. I managed to catch her off guard and strike her upon the shoulder before she could dodge the blow.

The crowd roared more. I was vaguely aware of the clink of gold in purses as bets were taken and paid as the bout between the young princess and I continued. Venetia grimaced as she felt her shoulder spasm under the weight of the blade. Without thinking she switched her sword arm from right to left, so I did the same.

She lunged again and missed, a feint to throw me off balance that would have worked on a less seasoned fighter. I parried her feint and knocked her backwards, her shock briefly registering before it was replaced by glee. Clearly it had been a long time since she had faced someone that she needed to apply herself to beat.

It took three hours before we each received a second blow from the other and we both were near exhaustion. Her hands were shaking and my legs felt weak beneath me. I knew that our duel was coming to an end. Venetia was becoming more determined to win the longer the duel was drawn out. To see her so focused gave me hope that the woman that would succeed her mother on the throne was so fierce at such a young age.

She came at me again, her blade moving quickly as she tried to drive strike after strike home, waiting for a crack in my defence, her eyes eagerly scanning for an opening. Her focus on my defence gave me an opening. With one swift, sweeping kick to the ankles, the young princess went flying backwards, my blade flowing to touch her in the centre of the chest.

Talrana raised her blade from the ground to signal the end of the duel. The noise of the crowd that had been blocked out by concentration reached my ears once more. The people began to file away discussing what they had seen. I reached out my hand to pull Venetia back to her feet, which she accepted.

It struck me how mature she was for one so young and yet how free spirited. She was smiling as she dusted herself down and half-laughed. She spoke to me as she left “Next time, you shouldn’t hold back because you are afraid of showing your true abilities in front of so many.”

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Shroud of Darkness Trilogy

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. Joined by a number of unlikely allies, who do not all get along with one another, Venetia has to fight against not only the darkness threatening to destroy her home world but the treachery of politicians, the fear in those around her, assassins that want to take her throne from her and those that would go to any lengths to try and prevent another war.

The Shroud of Darkness Trilogy contains the three volumes of the Shroud of Darkness trilogy in the Chronicles of Celadmore – Shroud of Darkness, Lady of Fire and End of Days

Shroud of Darkness

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

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

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.

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

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We’re jumping back to Celadmore today with more from the diary of Caslo Morgan from the Chronicles of Celadmore. This is the third journal entry from his New Year diary (there’s no Christmas in Celadmore), the first journal entry was published in 7th Day of Advent and the 2nd on 10th Day of Advent if you want to catch up.

2650GL 15th Spregan

We have been in the capital now for three days. The whole city seems awash with excitement at the presence of some many of the royal family at one time and the arrival of the legendary warriors of the Eight.

When we made our way through the streets towards the castle, the streets were lined with people cheering and throwing flowers. Shammah led Maharai, Helez and Jashobeam with more pride and dignity than I thought possible. I rode behind them and tried to look as inconspicuous as possible…I wasn’t all together very successful. Being brought to the island by order of the Elders and being known as the man who saved the life of Prince Radow isn’t really the best way to avoid being the subject of gossip. That and news of my appointment to ride with the Eight seemed to have somehow managed to reach the city of Anamoore ahead of us.

When we reached the castle there were two people waiting on the steps that I hadn’t seen before. Shammah clearly recognised them as he saluted and dismounted as he reached them. They were introduced to the rest of our party as Tusala and Hisanda. The two of them had been chosen by Shammah as the next to ride with the Eight and had been asked to meet him here to be inspected by Queen Annalia. Shammah had chosen them both as candidates to join long before Elika and Elhanan had fallen in battle. After their deaths he had contacted both of them and asked them to meet him at the castle.

Tusala struck me as very young to be riding as one of the Eight, she is barely over the age of 14, but Shammah’s judgement has been impeccable in recognising those that are worthy of riding with the Eight.

This was the first time that I had ever been to Castle Anamoore. The building itself was impressive beyond reckoning, the palace in Queteria and the palace of Ice and Light though beautiful and ornate were a complete contrast to Castle Anamoore. The whole castle was designed for battle, from the narrow streets that led up to it, to the heavy barred doors at every entrance.

Lining the entrance hall to the castle were more royal guards than I have ever seen in my life. Each of them shone more brightly in their armour than the spires of the palace of the Ice and Light, it was almost blinding. Shammah, Tusala and Hisanda were called before Queen Annalia so the rest of us were shown into guest quarters to wait until we were called for.

The princess Venetia was the one who led us through the maze of corridors in the castle. She was seven years old, a mere slip of a girl and yet she was shown more respect by the warriors that we passed than any other living member of the Order. She already wore her own blade, the Clambria Yesma; she had proven herself in battle beside those that now saluted her as she walked. She strode through her home with a stature that comes to warriors after years of forging reputations in the fires of war.

She is the only member of the royal line that seems to be in residence besides Queen Annalia. Lady Morrigan is not in the city, neither is Lady Gekendra. The gossips in Queteria, though normally accurate in their information, seem to be misinformed on this occasion.

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Shroud of Darkness Trilogy

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. Joined by a number of unlikely allies, who do not all get along with one another, Venetia has to fight against not only the darkness threatening to destroy her home world but the treachery of politicians, the fear in those around her, assassins that want to take her throne from her and those that would go to any lengths to try and prevent another war.

The Shroud of Darkness Trilogy contains the three volumes of the Shroud of Darkness trilogy in the Chronicles of Celadmore – Shroud of Darkness, Lady of Fire and End of Days

Shroud of Darkness

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

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

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.

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

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It’s just over two weeks until Christmas now, and the advent calendar continues merrily on. Today we are back in the realm of Celadmore with the 2nd diary entry from Caslo Morgan.

2650GL 11th Sprengan

I was brought before the Elders this morning. They started by presenting me with all my faults and short comings that they had noted during my training. Three hours later the Eight were brought in. Shammah was still clearly taking the loss of his brother to heart, but his grief did nothing to diminish his stature as a warrior. His entrance into the council hall was enough to impress even Queen Annalia herself; silence enveloped the room as he stepped into it. Not a soul dared to breathe as he passed by, the effect of having a living legend before those that have only heard of the war is something that I cannot even begin to describe.

Mordecai, one of the Elders, told me that the final part of my training was to ride as part of the Eight, that when the time came for my task to begin I would be called for. That riding as one of the Eight is my final test made me worried, for the first time since I arrived on the homeland, as to what my task actually would be. Not even the gossips that seem to know of every move that every soldier on the mainland makes know what it is I am being trained for.

Shammah did not look impressed that I was to join his company. It is hard to describe the look of disgust that filled his face when I was presented to him as a new member of the Eight. Before now, the Elders have not been the ones to choose who rides as one of the Eight. It has always been the leader who has suggested warriors to the royal line and vice versa, the members being chosen by the consensus. The Elders have been scrambling for years to have more power, to even place themselves as equals to the royal line. Fortunately King Marlo is too strong a man to allow them to take too much and Queen Annalia could disband them upon a whim if she desired, but still the idea that they are slowly chipping away at the structure of our government makes them no better than Valians in my opinion.

I have not been introduced to the other members of the Eight. Eleazar and Tulsana will not be riding with the Eight any longer either. Tulsana died this morning and went to join Elika and Elhanan in Halsanda. By Arala’s will, Eleazar lives and is growing stronger, but it will be many months before he is fit to fight again.

I am to travel with Shammah, Maharai, Helez and Jashobeam to Castle Anamoore to meet with Queen Annalia to discuss who will be replacing those that have fallen. The gossips have reported that Lady Morrigan and all the young princesses of the Order will also be there.

With the amount of supposedly secret and confidential information that is being openly discussed on the streets of Queteria, I wonder at how inept the spies of the other nations of Celadmore really are when they know nothing of our activities.

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Shroud of Darkness Trilogy

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. Joined by a number of unlikely allies, who do not all get along with one another, Venetia has to fight against not only the darkness threatening to destroy her home world but the treachery of politicians, the fear in those around her, assassins that want to take her throne from her and those that would go to any lengths to try and prevent another war.

The Shroud of Darkness Trilogy contains the three volumes of the Shroud of Darkness trilogy in the Chronicles of Celadmore – Shroud of Darkness, Lady of Fire and End of Days

Shroud of Darkness

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

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

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.

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

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Well it’s the 7th day of Advent, and our short story Advent calendar continues. For those of you that have been sharing and sending us messages about the stories, thank you, we’ve been passing on your comments to the authors, and we’ll continue to do so as we get them.

For the 7th day of our short stories, we’re taking a trip to the realm of Celadmore. There are a few stories that we have to share from C.S. Woolley’s fantasy realm, but the first of them comes from the diary of Calso Morgan, one of the characters from the Shroud of Darkness Trilogy. As there is no Christmas in Celadmore, the short stories from Caslo are his journal entries from the start of the new year, written several years before the novel, Shroud of Darkness, takes place.

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The first day of the new year, filled with such hope and promise…hope that we will see an end to the troubles on the mainland and promise that I will not be cooped up on the island forever.

It has been three years since I was called to Queteria to train for an unknown task. I was chosen for my swordsmanship, stealth abilities and horsemanship. My archery skills were called into question by the Elders upon my arrival in the city and I spent the first four months training solidly until they were convinced that I had improved by a satisfactory amount.

The training was not something that irritated me, however the attitude of the old vultures was something that gnawed at me. No one has told me what it is that I was sent here to train for, nor what was required of me before I arrived – this was told to me only this morning as my time is apparently drawing to a close here.

I was told I was expected to serve without question and die to defend my charges. I still am none-the-wiser as to whom my charges might be, but I was told I had to accept this responsibility or leave.

Leaving did not seem to be a sensible course of action, so I accepted.

There was a lot of commotion this morning as it is rumoured that the Eight have arrived on the island, or rather what remains of the Eight after they were ambushed by a force of two hundred from Hocuna. They lost two in the fighting, Elika and Elhanan are both said to have gone to Halsanda. I had never met either of them but their reputation spoke volumes for them both. Elika served as Queen Annalia’s personal bodyguard until she became Queen and was then asked to ride with the Eight. Elhanan was the brother of Shammah, the current leader of the Eight, the two having created tales of daring to rival that of the Anaguran Queens before they reached the age of testing. Shammah has led the Eight since the passing of Elisha, his mother, who led the Eight before him.

Eleazar, the youngest member of the Eight and Tulsana, his older sister, are reported to be severely injured leaving only Maharai, Helez and Jashobeam besides Shammah who are able to ride.

Considering the odds of thirty five to one, the losses are much in line with their fearsome reputation, given that none of Darnado’s men survived. I have also been told that Lady Gekendra, princess of the Order, has been dispatched as an envoy to Hocuna in response to the violence.

There seems to be more gossip mongering here than warrior training. I am more than tempted to request a transfer to undertake my sword training next week in the city of Anamoore. There is much more study and less intrigue in the capital than here.

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Shroud of Darkness Trilogy

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. Joined by a number of unlikely allies, who do not all get along with one another, Venetia has to fight against not only the darkness threatening to destroy her home world but the treachery of politicians, the fear in those around her, assassins that want to take her throne from her and those that would go to any lengths to try and prevent another war.

The Shroud of Darkness Trilogy contains the three volumes of the Shroud of Darkness trilogy in the Chronicles of Celadmore – Shroud of Darkness, Lady of Fire and End of Days

Shroud of Darkness

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

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

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.

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

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Front End of Days 1200With book seven in the Chronicles of Celadmore on its way, we’re talking a look back at the sixth book in the series and where everything was left in Celadmore.

There are some spoilers ahead, but we’ve tried to limit them as much as possible. If you want to avoid any spoilers and read the first six books in the Chronicles of Celadmore – here they are in chronological order with links to our etsy store, where  you can purchase them direct from us (if you click on the book titles, you’ll find a complete listing of where the books are available)

  1. Rising Empire: Part 1 – http://etsy.me/2eGMpMs
  2. Rising Empire: Part 2 – http://etsy.me/2fMWyKu
  3. Rising Empire: Part 3 – http://etsy.me/2f5uIrB
  4. Shroud of Darkness – http://etsy.me/2egwVR5
  5. Lady of Fire – http://etsy.me/2faWDpd
  6. End of Days – http://etsy.me/2fViUZo

So from this point on there will be spoilers! You have been warned.

End of Days is the end of the Shroud of Darkness trilogy and one of the most important books in the Chronicles of Celadmore series. It doesn’t just bring closure to a story arc, along with the deaths of a few characters, it also ties together the Rising Empire trilogy and the Shroud of Darkness trilogy. It provides the jumping off point from the rest of the series – everything that you know about Celadmore so far has just been build up for what comes next!

Venetia & Gruagadon

Venetia EoD Quote 1Yes, the hero and heroine of the story arc haven’t exactly had the best time of it between the death of Venetia’s son in battle, Valians trying to convince Gruagadon to murder Venetia, the loss of most of Celadmore to Aksoth’s marauding army, the disapproval of Venetia’s family and friends and Gruagadon’s own misgivings about the people of the Order. But at the end of Lady of Fire, things seemed to be working out for the two of them. They were finally married, Venetia was pregnant and only Radow seemed to have anything bad to say about the relationship. Gruagadon Quote 1But the battle is far from done and with so many people crammed into the city of Grashindorph from so many different nations it was only a matter of time until they were forced apart – Gruagadon sat on his throne in the city and Venetia out in the wilds at the mercy of the Nether kin horde. Of course, Venetia is not alone out there, and she is returned to the city in the most unexpected style to save all from disaster, but in the end there isn’t a happily ever after for the Fallen Prince and the Red Demon and death isn’t something either of them have the power to overcome.

The Guardianship of Celadmore

With time running out for Lavinia, the guardian becomes more than a little desperate and in Tatinia ascending to the mantle of guardian there realm is left an awful lot darker and without the wisdom of Kania and Nodarto. It also leaves the Abbott and Cassandra without anyone to help guide them for the first time in several thousand years.

There are a host of new characters that appear for the first time, the children of most of the royal line of the Order has travelled through the portal in Grashindorph to seal it, much like Kasnata and Rathe did at the end of Rising Empire: Part 3, but this time there were no spoils of Avner to be created as there was no power of the rising Seven Stars to be deal with.

But what does this mean for When Darkness Falls?

Well, there is Darnado still loose in Celadmore with allies amongst city leaders and a talent for surviving. Delmira and the Valians still haven’t been wiped out and with all the business at the Abbey, you can be almost certain that it has something to do with the Seven Stars. Gruagadon is king and his children are alive, along with a lot of the other members of the Order. When Darkness Falls continues a few years after End of Days, and from what we know of the plot so far, things are about to get worse than they have ever been before – and we know that how bad its been for Celadmore already. All we will say about the events of the next three books in the series is that you are going to need a few thousand tissues to help you get through the books and that C.S. Woolley will need some protective headgear. The book is also going to feature the deaths of some of fans of the series who won the opportunity to be killed off during the Murder in March event that was held earlier this year.

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