A Broken Silence (working title) extended blurb

When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery.

Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers.

But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths.

Yet, as Caldan struggles to find himself, disparate forces stir beneath perilous skies… A malevolent sorcerer plots to conquer an empire, seeking vengeance against an ancient enemy. A fallen magistrate clinging to truth as his only hope for redemption unearths a sinister design which places his city in peril. A half mad self professed crusader wrestles with her increasing mental instability and the failure of her moral compass. A hardened leader of refugees, having saved his people from certain death, searches for a solution to the abhorrent existence forced upon them.

As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction…

A Broken Silence (working title) update and blurb

Finally finished going through all the copy edit corrections, and now I’m about 50% of the way through a final revision to tighten the writing. Then I need to make sure the POV voice in each scene is strong enough. Should be on track for a proofread in a week or two, which means an August publishing date! Exciting and scary…

W.I.P. Blurb:
When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery.

Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers.

But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths.

As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction…

A Broken Silence update

I received the marked up manuscript for A Broken Silence from Derek Prior a few days ago. He’s done a fantastic job with the line edit and there are a lot of suggested changes, and a ton of notes. I’ve been hard at it since, but it’ll still take another couple of days at least to finish my review. Next time I’ll write a shorter book!

After that I’ll need to revise again to further tighten the wording, which might take a week or two. Then then manuscript will be back with Derek for proofreading.

One thing I need to do is come up with a new title, but the ones I’ve thought of sound too cliched…

I also need to decide on a cover designer/artist. There are many good ones out there and it’s a hard choice. If I could afford Steve Stone (he did some of Steven Erikson’s covers among others) I’d go for it, but I think I need to rein in my expenses for my first book.