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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.

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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.

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.

To find out more about the Chronicles of Celadmore, click here.

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.

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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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The Chronicles of Celadmore is a fantasy series based in a fictional realm, written by C.S. Woolley. The Chronicles of Celadmore falls 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 as much for those who like fantasy as it is for those that generally find the genre to be too fluffy. The gritty nature of the series will appeal to those that enjoy the Game of Thrones series and the writing style will appeal to those who enjoy the works of Tolkien, Joss Whedon and Raymond E. Feist.

The realm of Celadmore is packed full of unique languages and cultures for each of the races that exist as well as feuds and histories that will satisfy those who enjoy lots of wider reading around the series. The Chronicles of Celadmore is a series that is set to include 21 titles as well as a spin-off series under the title “The Dragonian Wars”. Each section of the Chronicles of Celadmore is broken down into trilogies, though there is an overarching plot for the whole series.

The titles in the Chronicles of Celadmore that are currently available are:

The Rising Empire Trilogy
Rising Empire: Part 1

FrontRERedesign300An empire will rise and nations will fall.

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.

Queen Kasnata is trapped in a loveless, political marriage to King Mercia Nosfa VI. Her children are held hostage by her husband to force her armies to march on his whim.

The people of Grashindorph, capital city of Nosfa, are oppressed by their king and beneath the surface of the city a revolution stirs.

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, as well as those that have been caught in the savagery of warring kings.

Can the legendary queen, Empress of the Order find the strength to fight knowing the fate of her people rests on her shoulders?

“We assume he has been alone with the queen for the last few days and yet no one seems too concerned about it. He seems to have the trust of a lot of very suspicious individuals. If I were an assassin or a spy, then that is how I would infiltrate our people.” Misna observed with a shrug.

“You are an assassin, spy and infiltrator.” Amalia said with a raised eyebrow.

“Then perhaps we should be more mindful of General Bird than we have been.”

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Rising Empire: Part 2

Front REPT2 redesignThe 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.

Leinad, the heir to the throne of Nosfa and son of Kasnata, is held hostage in the city of Grashindorph where revolution is beginning. Hermia, mother of Mercia and former Queen of Nosfa leads the revolution against her son, a revolution to end the wars and tyranny that their people suffer under. Kasna and Kia are safe from their father in the Oasis of Tulna, but Duke Kelmar DeLacey, Regent of Delma, still hunts for them.

Kasnata’s empire is growing and her legacy is being forged through war, not diplomacy, a mantle her people will carry down the ages.

But there is more at work than any mortal knows, their lives, though fleeting, will form the realm and the consequences of their actions will be felt for centuries to come.

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Rising Empire: Part 3

FrontREPT3redesignThe 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.

Neesa, the last heir of Valia, assaults the fortress of Animoore, the first outpost of Kasnata’s new empire, the haven where the son and daughter of Rathe and Kasnata were supposed to be safe. Yoav and the Eight fight to protect them, but the might of the blood moon is an overwhelming force that is feeding Neesa’s power.

The guardians have left the Ballo Fortress and move to advise Kasnata in the absence of the Abbott and Cassandra. Cassandra is headed north with Tola, Shamgar and a boy that is as dangerous as he is mysterious. The Abbott is in the Spire, waiting for events to unfold before he emerges from it.  

King Mercia Nosfa VI holds Lady Mia captive, a trap laid to capture her brother and traitor to his people, General Rathe Bird. But the king’s madness increases with every passing day, losing what is left of his mind under the influence of Neesa’s magic. Mia weeps over Joab, her heart and will broken, resigned to her fate as a unwilling second bride of the king.

Rathe, Mathias, Asahel and Helez strike at the heart of Grashindorph, undermining the power of the king, working to free Mia, as Layla and Jephthah have been dispatched to the streets of Grashindorph to find leaders amongst the people to finally start their revolution and rescue Prince Leinad from the clutches of his father.

Kasnata’s empire is rising, the people of the cities of Celadmore can taste revolution in the air as the Gibborim stirs, but how will those that have fought and died be remembered and how will the most dangerous secrets of Celadmore be buried?

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You can find out more about the characters from the Rising Empire Trilogy on the Rising Empire Characters page.

 

The Shroud of Darkness Trilogy
Shroud of Darkness

FrontSoDRedesign300Evil Stirs, and she will answer

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.

Four years after the Dragonian Wars raged across the realm of Celadmore, leaving it ravaged and ruined; Venetia, Queen of one of the five Anaguran tribes has seen evil lurking once more. She led the Allied Spirit of Celadmore to victory against the tyrant, Dragonious, but the world has changed.

Politics, deception and mistrust have separated the old alliances so now each nation stands alone. It is up to Venetia to unite not only the five tribes of Anagura, but all the peoples of Celadmore to fight against an unseen enemy that threatens to destroy the peace that she has fought so hard to achieve.

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Lady of Fire

FrontLoFRedesign300Traitors must be found, the world must be saved

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.

Venetia, Queen of Dark Fire, so sure of her victory in war may now suffer a defeat that will destroy her home realm of Celadmore.

The dark forces are gathering, their mastermind, Aksoth, has revealed himself. No Oracle predicted his coming, no warrior was prepared. Venetia must gather her companions and ally the divided nations of the realm of light or face it’s utter destruction.

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End of Days

Front End of Days 1200Mistrust runs like a fever through the city

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. Within the city there is trouble. Leaders of each of the countries of Celadmore seek to control the city.

Mistrust runs like a fever through 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 Nesca and will sacrifice anything to get him there.

Harmony is so far from their grasp that the thought of victory fades as forces, beyond the control of any mortal, clash and the future of Celadmore is decided.

In this final bastion, they must find victory or Aksoth will purge the realm of light of all life.

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You can find out more about the languages of Celadmore, including dictionaries, on our languages of Celadmore page. You can read more about the history of Celadmore here.

You can purchase all the books in the Chronicles of Celamdore in digital and paperback formats. You can also get the Shroud of Darkness Trilogy in a boxset edition.

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The next book in the Chronicles of Celadmore is the start of the Fading Dawn Trilogy: When Darkness Falls and features three Murder in March competition winners who will all see characters named after them being killed off during the book.

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