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Stories in my first Three Worlds anthology

A Wizard’s War

WizardsWar_smlThe Price of Freedom. This 30-page story is from the Distant Past, more than 3,900 years before the events told in The View from the Mirror. It portrays one of the most important moments in the Histories of the Three Worlds – the first meeting of Rulke, the greatest of all the Charon, and the young, brilliant but troubled Tensor. The outcome of that meeting will echo down the ages.

The Harrows. A little story (8 pages) from Ancient Times. It is set between the Forbidding (3,000 years before the time of The View from the Mirror) and the beginning of the Clysm (~1,500 years before). Thanks very much to Lisa Leigh for the seed from which this story grew.

A Wizard’s War. Perhaps the greatest, unquestionably the most influential, and certainly one of the longest-lived old human mancers has always been an enigma, not least because he made sure that all the records of his early life were erased. But late in his final life Mendark must have regretted it, and took care to set some parts of the record straight. Here, for the first time and in his own words, is the story of the worst deed of his life, and the deed that made him. The young Yggur also makes an appearance.

Shadow medium ebookThis 35-page story is set late in the Clysm, the 500-year war between the Aachim and the Charon that devastated Santhenar and almost wiped old humans out. The time is around 1100 years before the events of The View from the Mirror.


The Professional Liar
. A 20-page story about Llian, the hero (along with Karan) of The View from the Mirror. It is set five years after the ending of The Way Between the Worlds and shows Llian struggling to deal with a problem arising from his past reckless choices.

The Seventh Sister. This novella of about 65 pages is set seven years after the end of my epic fantasy quartet The View from the Mirror, and features two favourite characters from that series, Shand and Tallia, plus two new characters – the incredibly unlucky but gifted seventh sister, Aviel, and her friend, the brave but gawky Wilm – who will become important characters in my new epic fantasy, The Summon Stone, out in May 2016. There is no need to have read The View from the Mirror first, however this story does reveal one detail from the ending.

One Throw of the Die. This long novella of about 110 pages begins immediately after the end of The Well of Echoes 4: Chimaera, and tells the adventures of some of the main characters of that series, the Scrutator Xervish Flydd, the dwarf Klarm, Yggur, Flangers and others, as they flee for their lives, hunted relentlessly by the God-Emperor Jal-Nish. Two minor characters from that series also appear here, the young twin girls Liliwen and Meriwen. Spoiler alert – it necessarily gives away the ending to Chimaera.

A Wizard’s War also contains a timeline of the key historical events on Santhenar. The ebook is available from Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, GooglePlay, Smashwords and other retailers.

Happy reading!

 

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If you’re interested in fantasy maps, tabletop roleplaying games and world-building, check out Worldspinner (currently in the last stages of crowd-funding). They’ve raised over $60,000 so far, way more than the minimum, so the good news is it’ll soon be all go.They’re starting up an online worldbuilding tool that will allow people to design and map unique fantasy worlds in minutes.

I’m not associated with Worldspinner, however I am writing some Three Worlds stories and associated material for their site. I’ll also be creating some new Three Worlds maps which subscribers will be able to print out at home, or order large, full colour maps.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/worldspinner/worldspinner-fantasy-rpg-worldbuilder-and-map-make

 

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I’ve been thinking about writing some Three Worlds short stories for a while now, to show some old characters in a different light, introduce new ones, and resolve various mysteries that have been bugging me for some time. And, following great feedback from hundreds of people on my Facebook page, I’m going to do it.

Way mediumI plan to start writing them in May 2013, once Justice is edited and at the same time as I’m doing the planning for the View from the Mirror sequel. Many of the stories will probably be set in Iagodor. Some, I suspect, in in the impossibly ancient and wicked city of Thurkad.

The land is in turmoil because of the alien creatures – lyrinx and others – that recently came through the Way between the Worlds and are intent on carving out lands of their own … though their numbers are still small, and not everyone takes the threat seriously … but certain traitors do …

So, the time is around 10 years after The View from the Mirror. That is, nearly 200 years before Geomancer. I don’t think writing short stories will significantly delay the sequel. In fact, they’ll help me to crystallise my ideas.
They’ll be longish short stories, probably novella length – 30 to 40 pages. And initially I’ll post them as free downloads on my site and Amazon, just to see how they go. I can’t wait.
First chapters of all my books and stories: http://www.ian-irvine.com/chapters.html

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