Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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 sentenced to stay at the school on the top of Mount Ding Fa.

Having spent months in the presence of the necromancer, Lei Kui, Ma Shou feels that the darkness of the shunned mystic has followed him. It is hoped that the Supreme Astralmancer Che Wen Tai will be able to sever the threads of the necromancer’s enchantment, but they seem spun of the essence of the Spirit of Death itself, and they seem to be pulling Ma Shou ever nearer to the depths of the Infernal Regions.

All the while, the mysterious Bone Tree looms over the school, promising the ruination of the land and the destruction of its people.  For Ma Shou, it is a beacon, a marker at the gates of the eternal prison of the damned.  The souls of the dead seek release.

In the summer of the Celestial Year 280, Ma Shou disappeared from the school on Mount Ding Fa without a trace.


Four Barbarian Generals (Celestial Empire Book 3)






Han Quan’s dragon has been put to rest.  The Empire beholds a moment of peace, a brief hour of victory, though at great cost.  

The Imperial City has suffered significant damage from the dragon’s assault, the turmoil between the Five Kingdoms has escalated in the face of a continuing rise of dark forces now attributed as a curse upon the Song Dynasty, and Han Quan himself remains at large.  Pursuit of the geomancer uncovers secrets connected to the persisting influence of the late Scholar General, and to the School of the Seven Mystics itself. 

While the Phoenix continues to rise through Xu Liang, the dragons of the mortal plane begin to awaken.  And as the southern kingdoms unite and rise against Xu Liang and his barbarian allies, the people of Ji continue to look to their ‘Silent Emperor’, some believing that he is favored by the gods, even above the Empress herself. 

With Ying threatening to turn away from the Mandate and Du promising to join the southern rebellion, it seems that the heart of the Empire stands alone, unaware that the efforts of the Barbarian Generals will help determine the outcome of this battle between kingdoms. 



Five Kingdoms (Celestial Empire Book 2)






With the Celestial Swords and their bearers united, Xu Liang heads for his homeland.  Having lost his spiritual connection with the Empress, he is unprepared for the severity of Chaos’ grip on the land and its people.  Fear is spreading throughout Sheng Fan.  War is in the air.  There is dissension in the ranks of the Empire and Xu Liang’s favor with the Empress seems to be in question, his once influential position now tenuous.  

The coming together of the Blades seems for naught while enemies from within threaten to tear apart his allegiance with the outsiders he dared to bring into Sheng Fan by spreading dangerous rumors.  It seems that Xu Liang can do little more than watch as the Dragon continues to rise, every hour clawing its way deeper into the heart of the Empire, which slowly rends itself apart with the governors of the Five Kingdoms taking up arms against each other, as well as against the Song Dynasty.  Those allied by the Swords must put Chaos to rest—be it an actual dragon, or war itself—but first they must find peace within themselves and amongst each other.



Six Celestial Swords (Celestial Empire Book 1)





Inspired by the rising chaos in Sheng Fan, Xu Liang, mystic and officer of the Imperial Court, leaves his homeland for the barbarian outer lands in search of four magical blades to unite with two sacred weapons already in the possession of the Empire. His plan is to bring all of the blades together and return them to Sheng Fan as a symbol of unity that will bolster the people’s faith in the Imperial family and assist against the surge of dark forces.  

Complicating his plan is not the finding of the blades, but finding them with bearers; foreigners who have no intention of parting with them and less intention of serving an Empire they’ve scarcely heard of.  It becomes Xu Liang’s task to ally himself with these barbarians of the outer realms and unite them with his cause, as well as with one another.  

Only the complete reunion of all six blades and their fated bearers can stand against chaos, rising like a dragon from slumber beneath the foundation of a nation unprepared.