What’s Your Favourite Fantasy Weapon?

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One of the great things about writing fantasy is the fun you can have with weapons:)

In my fantasy world Yos, where my three-book Jakirian Cycle is set, all metal is present as a magical crystal called a glowmetal. These glowmetals are a naturally occurring blend of light and metal that cannot be created or destroyed. So in the development of weapons, swords and metal armour were out. Instead I developed various classes of composite ceramic.

Lanedd – which can be used for blades. This holds a razor-sharp edge, yet avoids the brittleness of pure ceramics.

Mought – incredibly tough material that can be cast into shape as armour or used for the haft of various weapons.

The longest practical lanedd blade that can be cast using the techniques available to Glassmiths in Yos is the ‘calv’ or long-knife. This is where the world ‘calvanni’ or knife-fighter derives.

On Yos the dualist’s weapon of choice is the greatscythe. This is a staff-like weapon with twin concealed blades, one at either end. The blades shoot out and lock into place. It is operated by a mechanism central to the haft . It is also the weapon of the Suul nobility.

I had a lot of fun trying to figure out how the greatscythe worked. After all – with no forged metal – I could not very well have conventional coiled springs.

Here’s what I came up with:

The greatscythe has a central fighting grip and a release grip slightly wider than this which is operated by twisting two rings. These have a thread on the inside that operates a rod moving parallel with the axis of the greatscythe. This movement switches what is known in knife-talk as an Out-The-Front or OTF mechanism.

To make this work I needed two separate types of springs in the internal mechanism, both which had to be some sort of natural material. The first I solved with small bone ‘leaf’ springs for the catches that lock the blade into position. For the main spring that drives the blade back and forward I used a rubber strap-spring.

The greatscythe itself tapers to the ends. Two cover plates attach to a hollow cast core and cover the dual mechanisms – sealed in place with a special mought (ceramic) that melts at a much lower temperature than the mought of the haft. So if the mechanism needs to be fixed the sealing mought can be melted away to free the plate.

What your favourite Fantasy weapon?

 

 

Scytheman ebook free on Kindle!

Hi, everyone. To celebrate the release of Sorcerer as an ebook, I am offering Kindle copies of the second book Scytheman free for three days from Tuesday 4th February to Thursday 4th February (US time). I am also running a coundown deal on the first book The Calvanni, which will be available for $0.99 from Tuesday stepping back up to its usual price of $4.99 on Friday.

The third book in my Jakirian Cycle, Sorcerer, is available as a Kindle version here on Amazon.

Sorcerer front cover (Small)

Both electronic and print versions of all three books in the Jakirian Cycle – The Calvanni, Scytheman and Sorcerer – should now be up on my Amazon author page.

Here is a run down on Sorcerer. . .

Following on from events in Scytheman, Cedrin travels
north with his small but fiercely loyal court. Ellen, disinherited heir to the
throne of Athria, by his side. Having thwarted renegade Sorcerer Raziin’s plan
to seize the Spear of Carris, they must travel to the Caverns of Ranmyden to
claim it. Ancient forces awaken, intent on possessing the Spear’s ultimate
power. The Behemoth – a malign spirit – seeks to control it through its chosen
wielder Raziin. The hidden temple of Annan-Ac places powerful agents in
Cedrin’s entourage, while the last of the Jakir order, whose power was broken
by the Spear in antiquity, want it destroyed at all costs. If Cedrin can
survive the forces arrayed against him he must make the final choice — destroy
Raziin or use the power of the Spear to save Yos.

Supanova is here (and so are the ebooks)!

As I write this Supanova has kicked off at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane. I’ll be there over the weekend (9-10th November) with bright shiny new copies of my Jakirian Cycle (for those from USA, Supanova is the Australian version of ComiCon). I’m be taking pics of the cosplay and posting them next week. There are usually some great costumes, and I’m sure this year will be no exception.

I’ll be sitting at my table in Artist’s Alley (in the RICC building) with fellow Queensland writers Rowena Cory Daniells (of former MGC fame), well known for her King Rolen’s Kin series, and Cheryse Durrant, who has just released her new book The Blood She Betrayed.

The Jakirian Cycle comprises three books, The Calvanni, Scytheman, and Sorcerer. All three feature great covers by Daryl Lindquist.

Calvanni front cover (Small)Scytheman front cover (Small)Sorcerer front cover (Small)

I’m excited to say that Calvanni and Scytheman have been released as ebooks. They are available here on Amazon.

Just in case you missed it here is a run-down on the Jakirian Cycle. . .

Think Kill Bill meets Dune . . . Heroic Fantasy in world of ceramic weapons where all metal is magical . . . In The Calvanni, the cavern-dwelling Eathal have emerged to wreak their vengeance on mankind. The fate of innocent thousands rests on finding the Scion – lost heir to the fallen Empire. The Temple has outlawed the ancient practice of Sorcery. Its Druids dominate religious and secular power, but are ill-equipped to resist an unknown evil once contained by the Emperors.

Scytheman follows on from events in The Calvanni. The city of Raynor is now in turmoil. False-Scion Osterac has declared himself heir to the fallen Empire and his supporters riot on the streets. Legions of non-human Eathal advance across the continent, destroying all in their path. The future of Yos lies in the balance and only the Scion can unite the shattered fragments of the fallen Empire. Pursued by the renegade Sorcerer Raziin, Cedrin and Ellen struggle to stay alive on a lawless continent torn by war. They are drawn toward a lethal contest for the awesome power of the Spear of Carris, where the identity of the true Scion will be revealed.

The three books follow Cedrin and Ellen as they face deeper and more hidden threats. Eventually they must face a final challenge as the most ancient secrets that bind their bloodlines are revealed.

I can’t tell you too much more about Sorcerer without spoilers.

If you are planning to attend Supanova Brisbane be sure to drop in and say hi.

The Calvanni & Scytheman ebooks are up on Amazon

Hi, everyone. I’ve finally made it through the ebook maze!

The Calvanni and Scytheman – Books 1 & 2 of the Jakirian Cycle – are now available on Amazon!

Here are the links:

Calvanni front cover (Small)Scytheman front cover (Small)

I’ll be at Supnova Brisbane this weekend – 9th & 10th November with ink-and-paper versions of all three books – The Calvanni, Scytheman and Sorcerer. Drop in and say hi:)

Sorcerer front cover (Small)

Jakirian Cycle at Supanova!

Hi, everyone. I’m planning to be at Supanova Brisbane 9-10th November with my newly hatched Jakirian Cycle (for those from USA this is the Australian version of ComiCon). I’m expecting to be hugely entertained by the cosplay and the usual antics of the crowd as I sit at my table in Artist’s Alley with fellow Queensland writers Rowena Cory Daniells and Cheryse Durrant.

The Jakirian Cycle comprises three books, The Calvanni, Scytheman, and Sorcerer. Check out the covers.

New Calvanni CoverScytheman CoverSorcerer Cover

All three are very much in the ink-and-paper realm and I’ll have a ton of copies with me at Supanova.

I’ll also have a pull-up banner designed by Daryl Linquist, who was the cover artist for the books. Check it out below.

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I love the way Daryl has touched the edges to turn the banner into an artwork.

The kindle versions should up by Supanova. I’ll be sure to make an announcement. Stay tuned for some promotional offers.

The Jakirian series is Heroic Fantasy set on the world of Yos, with unique ecology and twin suns, where all metal is magical and control of magic is the basis for power. The setting includes fantastical magical artefacts such as glowmetals, ceramic weapons and an array of new creatures.

In The Calvanni, the cavern-dwelling Eathal have emerged to wreak their vengeance on mankind. The fate of innocent thousands rests on finding the Scion – lost heir to the fallen Empire. The Temple has outlawed the ancient practice of Sorcery. Its Druids dominate religious and secular power, but are ill-equipped to resist an unknown evil once contained by the Emperors.

Scytheman follows on from events in The Calvanni. The city of Raynor is now in turmoil. False-Scion Osterac has declared himself heir to the fallen Empire and his supporters riot on the streets. Legions of non-human Eathal advance across the continent, destroying all in their path. The future of Yos lies in the balance and only the Scion can unite the shattered fragments of the fallen Empire. Pursued by the renegade Sorcerer Raziin, Cedrin and Ellen struggle to stay alive on a lawless continent torn by war. They are drawn toward a lethal contest for the awesome power of the Spear of Carris, where the identity of the true Scion will be revealed.

The three books follow Cedrin and Ellen as they face deeper and more hidden threats. Pursuing them is Raziin, a vicious renegade who seeks to claim the ultimate power of the Spear of Carris for himself. Eventually they must face a final challenge as the most ancient secrets that bind their three bloodlines are revealed.

I can’t tell you too much more about Sorcerer without spoilers.

If you are in Brisbane on the weekend of the 9-10th November, drop in and say hello. I’ll be sure to post some pictures of the weekend after the event:)