Needle Ash

The saga of the Eternal Dream continues…

Michael, prince and high captain of militaristic Artalland, risks his life to save his men when a battle plan fails, and in so doing achieves victory for his stern father. Instead of praise, Michael is stripped of his commission, his only path to prosperity as a second son of the royal house. Confused and dejected, he returns home convinced that the failed battle plan, as well as his ejection from the army, are the result of a conspiracy against the kingdom by the enemy nation of Ferralla. On the way, he runs into one of his battlemages, a strange and stubborn woman named Sharona who believes wholeheartedly that the gods want her to act as Michael’s personal bodyguard and save him from some future threat.

 

Art by Brad Lynn

Michael resolves to save his father and his kingdom, but betrayal lurks behind every corner, and it becomes clear the conspiracy against him extends beyond the confines of the mundane world, to the realm of the ancient dark elves, bathed in everlasting twilight. There, as in the waking world, things are not as they seem…

 

Needle Ash is a trilogy of books that act as a follow-up to my classic fantasy novel, The Water of Awakening, but knowledge of the first book is not required to understand this new story. Needle Ash features different protagonists but some returning auxiliary characters in a new, thrilling story of war and intrigue. Interior illustrations were created by artist Brad Lynn.

Map by David V. Stewartf National Novel

 

Needle Ash was originally constructed as part of National Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) as a means of demonstrating how fast a creative cycle can actually happen. The goal of the work was to plan, write, revise, and publish a novel in 30 days. This differs from NaNoWriMo’s normal goal of 50,000 words in that includes both the

revision phase, and more importantly, the publication phase of book creation. It missed the mark slightly in that it ended up being three books that were published in 60 days, a step up from the original goal.

 

Book 1 on Amazon

 

Book 2 on Amazon

 

Book 3 on Amazon

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