Arden is my first fantasy novel.
It was written as my 2016 entry for NanoWrimo and the first draft clocked in at 50,430 words so I just scraped past the 50,000 goal for the competition.
I have outlines for two more books in this series, and once The Tales from the Juggernaut is complete, this is the project I expect to move on to.
WHEN THE LAST OF THE WHITE LIONS FELL THERE WAS PEACE IN THE LAND OF ARDEN, FOR THERE WERE NO GOOD MEN LEFT TO FIGHT.
In Arden’s capital city the birth right of monarchs has been replaced by the meritocracy and wisdom of trained mages.
Three years ago the Mages, gifted in elemental magic, followed the rebel Sallus, and freed the nation from the unjust rule of the king.
Peace is slowly returning to the land, but the power-vacuum of an empty throne is a temptation few could ignore, especially a Mage of ambition.
Meanwhile Bronwyn, a young graduate of the city college, worthy of the titles of Mage of the Flame and Guardian of the Peace, travels the eastern provinces the country working to restore trust in the ruling Mages and heal the rifts in the land, and the people, caused by the civil war.
When an unconscious injured stranger from the north carrying a secret coded message washes up on the shores of the village of Ashdown.
She cannot read it, or know who it for or who wrote it. Nevertheless it falls to Bronwyn to deliver the message to the ruling Mage council
As Bronwyn travels westward to the capital she faces the broken people of a hostile country. A people she has sworn to protect with magic and the law, but a people still wary of the Mage’s rule.
Not every citizen of Arden wanted a revolution. Not every citizen wants another war.
We don’t all get what we want.