Tales From a Thousand Worlds

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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Web Fiction Guide Listing

I have just had this blog listed over at Web Fiction Guide, a collection of links to other webfiction, as well as reviews.  Tales From A Thousand Worlds has its own listing there, where readers can recommend it, rate it and even leave reviews.

As part of the Web Fiction Guide is a link on Top Web Fiction, where the collection can be voted for weekly.

The Oasis of Broken Bones – Part Eleven

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Trees groaned and snapped, their remains toppling over as the terrible beast crashed through them in its furious charge, intent on getting a hold of Peregrine. Each charge was met by her dodging aside, weaving her way back further through the trees about the oasis.

Follow this link for Part Eleven of The Oasis of Broken Bones

Echo of the Ages – Book 1 – Part 1 – Chapter 3

Echo of the Ages

Book 1 – The Crown of Fire

Part 1 – Shadow of the Raven

Chapter 3 – The Emperor and the Raven

Kathri did not see the explosion when it occurred, not directly. The searing flash of light that accompanied it pierced even through her closed eyelids. Rather than seeing it, she felt it and heard it. A blast of pressure swirled over and around the crystal, slamming into her. Dust picked up by the blast swept across her, stinging exposed flesh as it struck. Her ears were riven by the explosion, the sound of it bouncing through the chamber, deafening in its intensity, a cacophony of noise that assaulted the senses and seemed to go on and on without end. The intensity of it rolled over her, battering at her. She clung on tight, waiting for it to come to an end.

Continue reading The Crown of Fire Part 1.4

Hammer of the Pygmies – Part Ten

Leaving behind the fallen snake, the expedition pressed on again, following the stream deeper into the cavern. If the sounds of their clash with the snake had been heard, no sign of it was forthcoming from the pygmies, neither those back at the settlement, or those that had followed them into the old temple. Sir Richard did not know why they hadn’t followed, though he was not about to question their good fortune. Perhaps it had been fear of the snake, a reaction he could well understand.

Follow this link for Part Ten of Hammer of the Pygmies

The Oasis of Broken Bones – Part Ten

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The cadaverous hermit stalked towards where Blade lay prone upon the ground, still rattled from having landed heavily. The hermit held a wickedly curved knife with a serrated edge in one hand. Set into the pommel of the knife was a blood red gem that seemed to gleam with an inner glow. The hermit’s lips curled back in a fiendish smile while within his eyes lurked evil intent.

Follow this link for Part Ten of The Oasis of Broken Bones

About Echo of the Ages

As I have just started the Echo of the Ages of the serial, I felt I should discuss it a little, of how it is structured and what it is all about.

Echo the Ages is a sprawling epic fantasy, with all that that entails.  Added to this is a lot of delving into ruins and tombs for lost relics and treasures, as that is what the starting POV character, Kathri, does for a living.

As for the structure of the story, it is in the form of a serial.  For comparison, consider a TV series that has lasted several seasons, one with an overarching plot that encompasses the length of the series..  Each book in the series is the equivalent of a single season, with an ongoing arc.  Each part is like a single episode.  It ties in with the arc mostly, but the events within it are mostly solved by the end of the part.  The chapters are like scenes in the episode.  Hopefully that makes sense.

Echo of the Ages – Book 1 – Part 1 – Chapter 2

Echo of the Ages

Book 1 – The Crown of Fire

Part 1 – Shadow of the Raven

Chapter 2 – Among Crystal Sarcophagi

The journey down the rest of the corridor, cautious due to the need to be mindful for any further traps along its length and slowed by the need to clear the webs from along it, proved uneventful. No matter how many times Kathri had descended into tombs, Hajanri or otherwise, she had never got over the nerves of half expecting a trap to go off at any moment.

Continue reading The Crown of Fire Part 1.3

The Upcoming Schedule

With the start of Echo of the Ages, it is time to announce the schedule for futures posts.  I will still be sticking to three posts a week, with the schedule for each of them as follows;

Saturday:  Echo of the Ages.  Echo of the Ages is a long term project, seeing as how it is a sprawling epic fantasy, with all that entails.  It will be the main focus of the site for now, and certainly have the longest posts.  For now it will be one day a week, though that may change depending on how it goes and how much of a backlog I can build up.

Monday:  The Deeds of Peregrine and Blade.  The story of Peregrine and Blade is far from complete.  So far we are up to the sixth story of their collection.  I have another eight that have been completed and are ready to go, and eight more besides them in various states of being written.  Even once they are done the series will continue on for as long as I have the ideas and people enjoy it.

Wednesday:  Various.  Wednesdays will be for other stories, whether standalone or ones drawn from other series.

The Oasis of Broken Bones – Part Nine

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The hooves of horses thrummed through the night, kicking up clouds of dust as the Hashalite band followed Halakir down from the hills, towards the deserts below. Ahead, they could see the gleam of moonlight reflecting off the dust kicked up by the company of guards who had departed the compound previous to them. The guards moved at a sedate pace, allowing the Hashalites to close with them.

Follow this link for Part Nine of The Oasis of Broken Bones

Hammer of the Pygmies – Part Nine

The cavern began to narrow the further they proceeded down alongside the stream, with the walls closing in around them. The fallen boulders and stones that had littered the floor around where they had entered the chamber became less of an impediment, growing fewer in number, allowing them to pick up their pace.

Follow this link for Part Nine of Hammer of the Pygmies