Week in the Realm: New Website Look, Summer Features Roadmap, Strength of the Mountain Excerpt, and Prelude to Darkness.

Hello and good evening readers!

The current look of my website has served well for readers on mobile devices, but it has been a little irksome for those on desktop devices. So much of my time has been devoted to Prelude to Darkness, however, I have spent some time on a face lift for the website, and that will go live this Thursday.

I am also ready to talk more at length about features that will appear on the website in between book releases. The Chronicles feature will receive its initial content in August. Chronicles is a spoiler-light appendix feature that will explore chronology, characters, families, the kingdoms, and mythology. The goal is to have an entry every week, slowly building up a bastion of information that will not go past the furthest published book. All of this will be in addition to short story releases, which will resume in early September.

This Friday I will be unveiling my fourth excerpt from Prelude to Darkness, this time drawing from Strength of the Mountain. That five chapter narrative centres on Andrew Dunctap, better known as the Black Wrath. The excerpt draws from the first chapter of his story, when he was still a reaver, and he challenged the overlord to single combat. That duel, and all the scheming and plotting that surrounded it, sets forth so many events, and compels Imperator Argath Diomedes of the Isilian Imperium to draw upon the Strength of the Mountain.

Lastly, I do have to delay Prelude to Darkness by an additional two weeks. This is time I need to make the book the best it can be.

-Brenden Christopher Gardner