Greetings blog readers! I’m excited to announce that we have completed The Last Field of Honor, the first book in the Elf Wars Trilogy. It is over 300 hundred pages and our longest, most character packed book yet. Due to the runaway sales on the Kindle platform, we have agreed to do an early release of the Last Field of Honor, exclusively to the Kindle platform in exchange for better marketing position and more exposure. It is available now.
The Last Field of Honor will launch on all other e-device platforms at our usual launch window of early next year. We apologize for the wait on other formats, but Kindle sales have blown the other formats away. We’ve rec’d advise from many successful authors that utilizing this exclusive deal was instrumental in helping them find their audience, which is every author’s biggest challenge. That said, the terms of our exclusive agreement with Amazon does not prevent us from putting out a softcover earlier, so look for the book in about a month or so. The agreement is three months long, making The Last Field of Honor available on all formats early 2014.
The Last Field of Honor introduces more key heroes and villains who will play a part whether for good or evil in the Triloriad™. The Elf Wars also entertain the prospect of an age old war, one that has gripped the two Elvish societies leaving them teetering on the brink of annihilation. I’ve always wanted to explore this concept. What would an age old war look like? How deeply would the seeds of anger burn? What rules of warfare would the enemy nations agree to grant small but necessary reprieves from the endless war? How many sons can two nations bury before they just don’t remember what they’re fighting for anymore?
Elves seemed the obvious choice for such a war. In modern fantasy tradition Elves, live longer than other races. They count days and years far more slowly than men. The Last Field of Honor pits the Elves of the golden forests of Jui-Rae, against the Dark Elves of the black forests of Jui-Sae. This is our reader’s first extended chance to explore Shade’s homeland. It also fosters an adversarial relationship that will clash with key characters beyond the Elf Wars and into the Triloriad™ itself. There are still MANY important Elvish Trioriad™ characters.
Dark Elves have been a part of ancient mythology since Norse Mythology. J. R.R. Tolkien used the term to represent Elves that were somehow tainted by tolerating the shadows of Melkor. We’ve always been fans of the original Drow, who live in subterranean cities and were wholly evil, but we wanted to do something different. We decided putting our Dark Elves on the surface put them more in conflict with Elves who traditionally live in breathtaking forest kingdoms.
Our Elves live in Jui-Rae, a majestic golden wood with glowing Sunfire Trees, gold grasses and fiery flowers that steal the breath away. They have tall sunstone palace cities and quaint tranquil forest villages. Their borders are guarded by silent and patient rangers who perch in the trees, arrows ready, using flares to expose Unseen crossing enemy lines from Jui-Sae. Their nights light up with that sporadic flashing of flare arrows like bursts of lightning.
Jui-Rae’s beauty is legendary all over Covent. Humans and other light races come from all over the world just for a glimpse of the legendary Elvish kingdom. It is beautiful everywhere except for the south in the Ashwood, burned out long ago into both Jui-Rae and Jui-Sae, but you’ll have to read the story to find out how the Ashwood came to be…
The Dark Elves as result, needed a befitting forest kingdom which borders and is in a constant state of war with Jui-Rae. And so we first envisioned the frightening black forests of Jui-Sae, a dark wood of black-leaved and black-barked trees. A dark and mysterious border guarded by the Unseen, of a similar order to Shade, assassins who could go invisible and who lay in constant wait, ready to cut down any trespasser.
I’ve received quite a few compliments from fans on this little excerpt from Shade I: Waiting Game. A lot of readers who from this tiny blip alone want to visit Jui-Sae, and so this book is your first chance. To quoteth Shade I, chapter three, “A hedge of fear surrounded Jui-Sae, fear of its Unseen Guardians and the grisly testament of its bone-littered landscape sent men running from its borders. But Shade knew the shadowy murders were nothing but a grim warning to keep other races out of Jui-Sae, for his people sheltered many secrets. In truth Jui-Sae was a land of dark and inviting beauty, a land of rich black trees lit up by fields of midnight flowers and starlit glades…a breathtaking night kingdom where magnificent moonstone cities glowed majestically in the moonlight.”
In addition we liked the idea of Dark Elves not having to be wholly evil. Yes, they keep to themselves and don’t like outsiders, but does that mean they’re kidnapping other races for evil human sacrifices and deranged human experiments like Drow? Certainly, they can give off that evil impression, but this is also an oppressed race. A race who is used to being burned at the stake due to the color of their skin. It seems only natural that they would fight fiercely to keep their borders safe, only to protect a surprisingly civil midnight kingdom.
Overall, the Last Field of Honor is a bitter tragedy. It takes places near the end of the two thousand year old conflict, a time when two of the most honorable generals in history battle on the last field of honor. A time when dark plots hatch in the shadows of both kingdoms escalating the bloodshed and driving honor off the battlefield. A time of finger-pointing, accusation and a war spiraling out of control. A time when the two nations, tearing at each other’s throats, take a tumble of a cliff together and come to the brink of utter ruin…
Don’t miss the Chronicles of Covent updates on the official homepage revolving around the Elf Wars Trilogy that are live now! We have added updates to Characters, Races and Creatures. I’m still working on Factions and Places, but stay tuned. You may explore the new characters on the official CoC homepage here. Some of my favorites include General Ka-ling, General Sien, Shade’s old master Sadora (see left…bad Sadora, bad!), Altaar, Kamelin, Ogred the Ogre King, Savorax, Captain Anosh, Duke Qitaar and his loyal wolf Gurlik, and any member of the Bloodburners (Danzig, Winnapeg, Dennithul, Bulgarath and Murkeg, yes, I know they should be locked up).
For those of you wondering about Shade III: The Weeping Grounds, the draft is 85% complete and is Shade’s most earth-moving adventure yet. I’m taking extra time on this book because it is extra special to me, but our readers group is already ranting and raving about it. I’m going to do some more Elf Wars blogs, but we have major announcement we will unveil regarding the cover art for Shade III: The Weeping Grounds as its launch grows closer. I’m hoping to also release Shade III in mid to late 2014.
A special thanks to everyone who has shown interest and support in our insanely overgrown project so far!!!