A new short story—The Indomitable, Part V: The Warrior Voice—has been released!
Justine—accompanied still by Lady Amerie and Ser Marcus—return to the northern settlement after months away in the south of the new land. There they discover several sites to which the insurgents could build cities, erect fortifications, and raise fleets against King Adrian’s wrath. Yet not is all as Justine left it, and she must make the most difficult choice in her young life.
A new short story—The Indomitable, Part IV: Mother’s Light—has been released!
Justine makes camp in the dead of winter, deep within a dark forest. Lady Amerie and Ser Marcus joined with her as she searches for settlement sites. Doubts have rifled through her mind ever since she set out, but what awaits to the west may be the most jarring of all.
It has been a busy couple of weeks and there is a lot I want to discuss today, starting with The Indomitable. Simply put, not since Aerona Harkan has a character enthralled me more than Justine Deuvers. I originally intended for The Indomitable to be a four part series that would explain her origins, detail her meeting with Prophet Gabriel, and whence she lead Dalia’s forces against the Darkness. All of that content is still on the table, but it will be done much more expansively. I am still planning the back end of the narrative, but it would not surprise me if we reach part ten of The Indomitable. Thus Terror of the Black Storm and Birth of Madness series are being pushed to early 2018. They are stories that will still be included when I publish A Prelude to Darkness in March 2018, but I think there is a tremendous opportunity to delve deeply into an amazing character and journey in Justine Duvan.
A new short story—The Indomitable, Part III: The Mother—has been released!
Justine brings hot stew and hard bread to Father Curtis Lakin, who has secluded himself in his cabin, refusing all visitors save for the former knight-captain. The priest has seemingly lost all but his faith, and when talks drifts to the Mother’s hand in the fate of her children, Justine becomes disgusted and leaves. Yet as Justine soon learns, fate is not a fickle mistress who can be so easily fled.
A new short story—The Indomitable, Part II: Her Vows—has been released!
A knight-captain no longer, Lady Justine Deuvers has
betrayed her kingdom. Her own life—along with those
of her knights and the men and women gathered in the
basement of the tavern—are still at risk. She chooses to
flee with them, but what awaits will compel her to make
a choice that she must carry for the rest of her days.
You can read all of the Ancient Vestiges short stories here.