Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Jakirian Series

The Jakirian series is heroic fantasy set on the world of Yos, with its unique ecology and twin suns, where all metal is magical and where control of magic is the basis for power.

The Calvanni was first published in Australia in 2006. Readers have had to wait a long time for the sequel.

Now I am happy to announce the wait is finally over!

Naked Reader will be publishing the follow on book from The Calvanni, Scytheman, and also the third book in the series, Sorcerer. All three will be available both as electronic and also print-on-demand. The nice people at Naked Reader have also agreed to do both US and UK/Australian English versions! How cool is that?

For years I have been getting emails from people saying 'I loved the Calvanni, when is the second book coming out?' Well Scytheman has been burning a hole in my hard drive for a long time. Finally I can email all those people back!


The publication schedule is:
Flight of The Phoenix (prequel novella): May (electronic)
The Calvanni: June 2011 (electronic & POD)
Scytheman: December 2011 (electronic & POD)
Sorcerer: June 2012 (electronic & POD)

The events in The Calvanni are set thirty years after the fall of the once vast Bulvuran Empire, when Kelas is divided into waring sardoms, and the ancient enemy of Man, the Eathal, plot their long-awaited revenge.

The Druids have monopolized power, outlawing the ancient practice of Sorcery, once the domain of the Bulvuran nobility.

An unknown evil – once contained by the Emperors – is now reaching to ensnare new victims.

In The Calvanni, first of the series, it is Storm Season on the world of Yos, when the twin suns eclipse and the planet is plunged into bitter cold. It is usually a time of quiet, when the wise lock their doors, praying for the demons of the red sun-goddess Uros to pass them by. Yet deep in the Caverns of Maht, Hukum, the Sorcerer-Lord of cavern-dwelling Eathal, plots his attack on the world of men.

Cedrin, a street-wise calvanni (knife-fighter), is summoned to the secret underground tunnels of the Brotherhood of the Night. There, Cedrin is forced to join Hukum’s attack against the rulers of his native Athria. Caught between the threat of death and his suspicions that all is not what it seems, he must try to keep his friends Marken and Skye alive and escape.

When Cedrin makes his escape he comes face-to-face with Hukum’s minion Raziin, a fearsome mercenary. His world is shaken as Raziin’s Sorcerous attack triggers the awakening of his own powers. Cedrin survives, but must now flee not only the wrath of the rulers of Athria, but also Raziin and the Brotherhood of the Night.

Ellen, daughter of the assassinated Athrian Sarlord, is named as heir before his death. She struggles to assert herself as the new ruler, little suspecting the civil war that will be unleashed on Athria within days. Ellen’s father warned her never to reveal her hidden powers of Sorcery, but as Hukum’s minions close in, she has little choice. She is forced to flee persecution at the hands of the Druids.

Both Cedrin and Ellen head for the ancient capital of Raynor, soon to come under attack by Hukum’s armies. Pursuing both Cedrin and Ellen is Raziin, eager to escape his bondage to Hukum and convinced by a powerful prophecy that Cedrin holds the key to an artifact of untold power. . .

I hope you enjoy the ride!

For more background on the world of Yos, check out my first post on Yos.

10 comments:

Amanda Green said...

Chris, we're thrilled to be able to publish the books, truly.

MataPam said...

And the rest of us are thrilled to be able to get our sweaty little hands on it.

I especially like the POD option, as I'm the only one in my family who'll read e-books.

Congratulations!

Jim McCoy said...

Love the fact that these are being released in treeware format! This is gonna get expensive...

Chris McMahon said...

Hi, Amanda. It is going to be fantastic to get these out. I have felt really bad about all the people who bought The Calvanni or got it out through the library and have been waiting for the second book. Being able to get Scytheman and Sorcerer out is going to be fantastic.

Chris McMahon said...

Hi, Matapam. The POD is great. I like to have a hard copy to stick on my shelf, but I will also be getting hard copies for the Aus libraries who have The Calvanni. I'm sure there are many frustrated people who are wondering if book 2 will ever arrive.

Chris McMahon said...

Hey, Jim. I love that term - treeware:) Our leafy friends have made very brave sacrifices in the name of writing.

I can't tell you how good it is going to be to get this work out there. And to write book 3! That ends on a hell of climax:)

Louise Curtis said...

"All three will be available both as electronic and also pint-on-demand."

Mmm. . . pints. . . now I'm thirsty.

Louise Curtis

Chris McMahon said...

Louise - Doh! I have given away my inordinate love of Guinness pints:) Now where's the bar!

Dave Freer said...

Yay! Congrats!

Chris McMahon said...

Hey, thanks Dave!