New Short Story: The Dark God, Part I: The Fall

This week’s short story—The Dark God, Part I: The Fall—has been released!

Synopsis:

Elder Amos sits in council while the First Born discuss the waves of death that have begun to overwhelm the empire. He finds few friends in his relentless pursuit of knowledge, but he knows it is the path that must be walked, even if the others are made to. What awaits such a recourse will shape the history of the realm, and herald events that will shatter the Great Fate.

You can read all of the Ancient Vestiges short stories here.

Website & Social Media Changes

Hello all!

This weekend I will be pushing several changes to this website and my social media outlets. Namely, they will centre on myself, as an author, and not a specific work. This will allow me to push more content and updates as it reflects all the work I do. There will still be considerable content for Ancient Vestiges novels and short stories—that will never, ever change—but this will be much more fluid.

However, it is time to update bookmarks.

I will be getting my own domain for the website (no more wordpress.com, yay). I will update everyone when the new domain is active.

My Facebook fan page has already changed to: https://www.facebook.com/BrendenCGardner/

My Twitter page will remain the same: https://twitter.com/TheRealGards

This also means that all of the short story links will be broken as they will be re-uploaded to the new site. You will need to navigate to them when the new site is up.

Exciting times ahead!

-Brenden Christopher Gardner

New Short Story: Rise of the Corsair, Part IV: Reign of the Overlord

This week’s short story—Rise of the Corsair, Part IV: Reign of the Overlord—has been released!

Synopsis:

Daniel Baccan is the Corsair. Embracing the moniker, he loyally serves Overlord Damian Dannars and his reckless pursuit of power. To that end, the last of the great captains has been recruited to the service of the soon-to-be Southern Nations, but despite all the secrecy, the great kingdoms of the realm are not entirely ignorant. As the realm quakes, the Corsair must rise, enforcing the will of the overlord.

You can view all of the Ancient Vestiges short stories here.

This brings an end to July’s short story arc: Rise of the Corsair. It has been a lot of fun revisiting the characters of Daniel Baccan and Damian Dannars in the formative years of their alliance. It is not a full origin story for Daniel (his childhood was only briefly explored) and while there are plans for exploring that later, it is not now.

So what is next?

Beginning on August 14, and running through to August 28, will be a three-part short story series titled The Dark God. This will be the earliest story on the timeline—very much removed, but connected to every short story. The perspective character will be Amos, and the narrative will focus on the discovery of the Animus stones in Old Mazain, the nightmares that they wrought, Emperor Archelaus’ decision to seal them away, and the arrival of the dark god, Sariel, unto the mortal realm.

This series will develop the Ancient Vestiges mythology that Darkness Rising only eluded to and some characters are aware of but only briefly discuss.

There will also be several changes to the website and content delivery next week. Do look for that!

New Short Story: Rise of the Corsair, Part III: Torn Apart

This week’s short story—Rise of the Corsair, Part III: Torn Apart—has been released!

Content advisory: This week’s installment contains graphic imagery that some readers may find disturbing.

Synopsis:

Daniel Baccan is with the only person who ever mattered: Emily.  It is so peaceful, so perfect, so wonderful. Yet not all things are meant to last, and when the choice stands before him, he must chose who and what he wants to be.

You can view all of the Ancient Vestiges short stories here.

Canadian Readers Rejoice — The Paperback Version of Darkness Rising is Now Available!

It has been a long work in progress, but I have finally secured distribution of the second edition of Darkness Rising on Amazon.ca . This means that my fellow Canadian readers will not have to deal with import charges and large shipping costs.

Canadians: Order Darkness Rising for $17.55 CAD (Prime and free shipping eligible).

I will have this in place for this Fall’s release of Chains of Fate and subsequent releases. I am also working hard to enable this for other regions (Australia, UK, and Europe are next on my to-do list).

Happy reading everyone! And, remember, that tomorrow marks the release of Rise of the Corsair, Part III: Torn Apart!

Short Story: Rise of the Corsair, Part II: Blood and Sea

This week’s short story—Rise of the Corsair, Part II: Blood and Sea—has been released!

Content advisory: This week’s installment contains graphic imagery that some readers may find disturbing.

Synopsis:

Daniel Baccan has arrived in the port-town of Lalton with fire and fury. Damian promised that the secrets and trysts of the old kingdom are hidden near the town, and it falls to Daniel to discover where they have lain hidden for three hundred years.

You can view all of the Ancient Vestiges short stories here.

Short Story: Rise of the Corsair, Part I: The Coming Tide

This week’s short story—Rise of the Corsair, Part I: The Coming Tide—has been released!

Today’s entry marks the first installment of a serialized release. These serialized stories are slightly longer, interconnected, depicting a much more ambitious story than the stand alone narratives. For the entire month of July, the origins of Lord Daniel Baccan will be fleshed out.

Synopsis:

Daniel Baccan has been summoned to the Lion Throne by King Marcus Marcanas. The young lad does not know what the king could possibly want with him, but he attends dutifully. The audience, however, is not what he expects—but the Great Fate is not without humour: for the very tides begin to churn, sending out ripples that will affect the realm for years to come.

You can view all of the Ancient Vestiges short stories here.

%d bloggers like this: