Knights with guns! The #SummerOfSteampunk begins here.
Today marks the release of my new novella, Knight Training. This book is for the fans, since i received so much feedback from everyone wanting to see more development of the character James Gentry, who makes his first appearance in my award winning novel, For Steam And Country.
Already great reviews:
“Enjoyed reading this story of Knights in Training. Love to read about male bonding and sword fighting. Great lead character and interesting read. I recommend it. “
“For those who love For Steam and Country: Book One of the Adventures of Baron Von Monocle, this is a great way to tide you over until Book Two (whenever that comes out!). We get to read about James Gentry’s training and his involvement in the intrigues of Rislandia. It’s a very fast read, and that might be my only complaint: I wanted to see more. The story ends on a good note, so it’s not yet another to-be-continued teaser; it’s a strong and complete tale unto itself, and builds on an interesting-yet-overshadowed character from the first novel.
You’ll like it.”
“This is a great ‘coming of age’ story with a decidedly male bent. Surprising since most of this author’s other books put a female lead front and center. It was good to see a male character with dreams and goals.”
Basic premise: James always dreamed of becoming a knight, and thanks to getting caught up in a whirlwind of events in that first book, he was able to become one–at least an apprentice. He’s finding Knight Training to be a little harder than he thought, not because of the physical demands, but because of the pressure that’s put on him from so many different sources. But James refuses to give up. He puts his head down and works harder. He refuses to fail. Training gets complicated by James discovering there’s a traitor among the master knights. and I won’t spoil it further from there.
This is a very fun adventure, and also a fairly short read. If you’ve been wanting to check out my work and haven’t yet, this is a great place to start because it’s low-cost, low-time commitment. It’s a breeze to read through. The story is completely standalone, though of course people who have read For Steam And Country should thoroughly enjoy it. The book also serves as a bridge between For Steam, and book 2: The Blood Of Giants, which is going to be out in August. It also introduces a new character, Ethan von Lantern, who is crucial to the series going forward. So you won’t want to miss this!