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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dryth Projects Underway

There is a tremendous amount of production happening for the Dryth Chronicles.  The Celestial Empire series is the foundation upon which a vast landscape will be established, one which spans to all the horizons of a global epic fantasy environment.

We've arrived at book four, which has been pushed to spring of this year for its release, allowing room for such projects as new character and promotional art, some redesigning of the publisher site (Raventide Books), audiobooks, and something special to be unveiled at a later time.

In audio production, watch for readings of Six Celestial Swords (Celestial Empire Book 1) and of The Bone Tree (Tales from Sheng Fan Book 1). There will be a different narrator for each. A veteran of audiobook narration has agreed to take on Six Celestial Swords, lending his experience and skill to the voices of an enormous and diverse cast. Production will not begin until late this summer. For The Bone Tree, we've teamed with a new talent, whose adventurous spirit will undoubtedly carry him far. Production for that is currently underway.

The pages here will be expanded upon slowly, but surely, once the Celestial Empire series is nearer to the release of Book 6. In the meantime, Three Fates: Celestial Empire Book 4 will be available soon.

The Kingdom of Xun has surrendered.  Tzu has pulled back and Du remains docile, but no one can say for how long.  With Ying growing increasingly disgruntled, the threat of war continues to loom over Sheng Fan.  All the while, the curse of Lei Kui continues to grow, threatening to bring the Spirit of Death itself to the mortal plane to participate in a much larger struggle, one which Xu Liang continues to become a greater part of with each decision he makes.

Three Fates
Celestial Empire Book 4

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Books of Dryth: The Bone Tree (Tales From Sheng Fan No. 1)

Books of Dryth: The Bone Tree (Tales From Sheng Fan No. 1): Ma Shou, disgraced mystic of Sheng Fan, is captured by imperial forces during the Southern Campaign of the Celestial Year 279 and...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Chronicling Dryth: The Story So Far...

Thus far, the exploration of Dryth has occurred largely within the nation of Sheng Fan.  The series begins with Xu Liang's quest outside of the borders of the Empire, in search of weapons of power to strengthen the Song Dynasty against the rise of Chaos.  The Celestial Empire books center around Xu Liang, whose goal is to help preserve the Song, a family whose future rests on a young woman risen to power prematurely.  It is during Song Da Xiao's rule that the Empire will face some of its greatest challenges.  Song Da Xiao's influence is not as strong as her father's, and at times it seems to fall within the shadow of Xu Liang's.  This creates an uneasy atmosphere for Xu Liang, who, as Imperial Tactician and sworn brother to the Empress, strives only to serve and support the Song.  He is forced to perform a political balancing act, one which is challenged all the more with the inclusion of warriors from outside of Sheng Fan.

The bearers of the Celestial Swords were a previously unconsidered element in the equation.  While abroad, Xu Liang discovered that more than one of the Blades was in the possession of western people, people whom the gods may have intended to wield the weapons.  With Sheng Fan's climate being one of self-reliance and the broad rejection of outsiders, bringing the Swords into the Empire seemed to come with the choice of defying the gods by attempting to take the weapons from their bearers or defying his culture by inviting foreigners into Sheng Fan.  Also a mystic, Xu Liang is sensitive to the culture of the gods, after which their own culture is modeled.  Ultimately, he would challenge the people of Sheng Fan rather than contest the will of the gods.
The tumultuous political atmosphere in Sheng Fan is one of many battlefields that Xu Liang has and will continue to face.  The overshadowing threat is, of course, the rise of Chaos.  Is it the dragon from Sheng Fan's creation stories?  Is it the spreading fires of rebellion?  Xu Liang dedicates himself to preparing for and acting against both options.  His actions will help to determine the future of the Empire of Sheng Fan, the fate of which will ultimately affect the fate of all Dryth.
Xu Liang's story is one thread of several, weaving the greater tapestry that is the Dryth Chronicles.

Books one through three are out now. Watch for book four in early 2017.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

You've found your way to Dryth.

        Mount your imagination and ride, fly, or project yourself over multi-cultural lands peopled by humans, elves, dwarves, centaurs, and giants.  

         Soar through skies populated with griffins, dragons, and angels.  

           Slip beneath oceans protected by spirits, merfolk, and serpents.  

    Drift across dark planes dominated by vampires, demons, werebeasts, and ghouls.

Explore the mysteries of magics arcane, mystic, and wild. 

    Adventure awaits beneath the celestial sphere of the gods, 
architects of the world and witnesses to thousands of years of history
all of it leading to a future which will be decided by the choices made by Dryth's mortal people.

Welcome to Dryth.