Attention, readers and fans of fantasy. A new world awaits your voracious reading appetites.
A world of magic and approaching doom, of darkness and corruption, of intrigue and treachery. A world rich with the vibrant colors of cultures and characters that are diverse, unique, and captivating.
The world of the Five Realms.
Chances are, you’ve heard of Jill Williamson, Christian author extraordinaire. I loved her Blood of Kings Trilogy, so imagine my thrill upon discovering she has a new fantasy series in the works. The first slice of that epic pie is available starting today.
Darkness Reigns is the first part of what will be the massive tome King’s Folly, the first book in The Kinsman Chronicles. Each of the book’s three parts, starting with Darkness Reigns, will release in ebook form between now and April, when the paperback makes its debut.
This brings to attention a trend I’ve been noticing. Serial stories. Popular in the time of Dickens, they’re experiencing a resurgence. Amazon has a series of serially published books, and I’ve seen several authors take this track.
Here’s the explanation on the series page for the serial releases:
The Kinsman Chronicles is a nine-part epic fantasy series that will release in both nine ebook parts and three paperback volumes from Bethany House Publishers. This will allow fans to keep up with the story on a more timely basis, rather than having to wait a full year between books.
The story takes place in the same world as Blood of Kings, but in another era, with a decidedly different feel and tone. In that sense, it’s cool to know there’s a connection and imagine how the threads tie the two series’ together.
You should check out Jill’s website, where you can browse through worldbuilding elements like runes, sigils, family trees, and more. Oh, and my personal favorite—a map. Because every fantasy story needs a map.
She’s also been doing a countdown to the release day. Each day’s post digs a little deeper into the story, which I think is cool.
That’s Not All
Now for the best part.
Darkness Reigns is FREE!
Let the trumpets ring out with joyful clarion call.
There are a few places where you can download the ebook:
I’m fortunate enough to be on the launch team for King’s Folly. I read Darkness Reigns last month and let me tell you, as a fantasy fanatic, I devoured every virtual page. It emblazoned a bold checkmark in all my boxes.
- A rich setting, with plenty of room for further exploration
- Entertaining and intriguing characters
- Hints of large-scale danger
- The feel that this piece of the story is but one small cog in a vast, ticking clock
- Inventive magic systems
- Layers of culture and custom, flavored with the salt of the familiar and the exotic spice of the new
Basically, if you read fantasy, this book needs to be in your life, and how can you go wrong with a free story? Something to note: it’s not squeaky clean. Darkness does reign…corruption, harems, concubines, arranged marriages, human sacrifices. Yet it’s handled with tact and skill, and never once felt gratuitous. Just something to keep in mind.
One last thing. To celebrate the official release, there’s going to be a Facebook party tonight, starting at 9 pm EST. It’s taking place at Jill’s Author Page. I’ve been to a few release parties before, and they’re a blast. You may know what I’m talking about, and if you don’t, you should head over and join the fun.
Darkness Reigns is but the first few steps upon a long journey, one that—based on what I know—will prove to be entertaining, epic, and powerful. Fantasy at its best. I’m excited to see the story unfold. Are you?
What’s your opinion on the serial release format? Do you see it growing in popularity?