What would you be willing to sacrifice for vengeance?
There’s just two more days till the official “Light Dawning” release on Kindle and paperback!
During the past few weeks, three of the four main characters were unveiled via character profile snapshots:
Today we’re wrapping up the character profile reveals with a fourth and final entry for Casterly, another unfortunate citizen trapped behind Cestia’s walls.
Hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father and take the life of a simple craftsman, Casterly has felt the flame of rebellion burn within since his family was broken apart by the knighthood.
Horribly disfigured and partially blinded after taking a stand against the soldiers who were tearing apart his home, he has abandoned Cestia’s former gods and will follow anyone offering a chance at vengeance.
Torn between the reluctant Myrr – who has no interest in calling on his inner darkness to fight the city’s occupiers – and the unhinged Erret – who will happily use any weapon at hand – Casterly’s very soul hangs in the balance.
Get an advance read of the book’s second chapter ahead of release!
We’re now only three days from the official “Light Dawning” release date – many thanks to everyone who has already pre-ordered a digital or physical copy!
With Friday’s release just around the corner, there’s still more from this grimdark horror story to be revealed. Today a full advance chapter is unveiled and can be read below. This chapter introduces the main character Tala, who was covered in a character profile reveal last week.
If you missed, the book’s opening first chapter also recently premiered online via Metalunderground.com here. You may want to read that one first to get a better grasp on what’s occurring in the city before this chapter begins, although they can be read interdependently of one another.
TRIGGER WARNING: This chapter includes a graphic depiction of sexual assault, extreme violence, pregnancy gone horribly wrong, and a dead child. If any of those scenarios will offend you, now would be the time to stop reading.
The writing of this entire book was driven forward by the power of music, and if you want to experience the chapter as it was written, be sure to hit play below.
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Heaven or hell – it’s all a matter of perspective
We’re getting very, very close to release now, but there’s still more coming before Friday! Following profiles on Myrr and Tala, today we look one of my favorite characters from upcoming grimdark novel “Light Dawning” – the unhinged Father Erret.
A missionary seeking to spread his northern religion that worships the light and focuses on reaching the limits of human potential, Erret sees the occupation not as something to fear, but rather as an opportunity to turn the city towards his god’s faith.
One of those delightfully obnoxious religious fanatics who is more devoted to his cause than even the higher ranking members of his order, Erret found himself exiled to convert unbelievers in a hostile environment far away from priests and bishops who were tired of his sermons.
If he’d had more followers, likely a religious schism would have occurred, as Erret finds the leadership of the clergy to be entirely derelict in their duties, wasting away on golden thrones when their religious text clearly commands them to spend their lives on the move in service to the light.
Unlike the vast majority of Cestia, which is in deep despair or numb indifference over the brutality of the occupation, Erret views the entire ordeal as something holy, existing in a state of religious rapture. In his view, pain is growth and a sign that you are on the right track.
In his twisted worldview, he’d happily watch the entire city burn to the ground if it meant the few remaining survivors would accept his god’s truth.
New interview explores the many facets of grimdark and the book’s four main characters
There isn’t a chosen one here certain to rise above adversity and save the world. A humble farm boy doesn’t go on an epic journey to become a sword master or arch wizard. Magic is by and large a very bad thing here, because if anyone in this particular universe finds themselves with supernatural powers, it probably means they drew the attention of some insane cosmic being far beyond human comprehension.
After the book’s opening chapter was premiered online yesterday, today we’ve got an interview up at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape.
This time we take an overview look at the four main characters, discuss how the book differs from traditional fantasy, explore the many facets of grimdark, and see the surprising reactions from advance readers.
Just eight more days till “Light Dawning” is officially released!
Get a look at daily life in Cestia from a below ground view
After the character profile for Myrr came online, now its time to get your first real taste of what to expect from upcoming grimdark fantasy novel “Light Dawning” and meet Myrr up close and personal!
In today’s stop of the book promo tour, Metalunderground.com has premiered the entire opening chapter!
Here we meet two main characters, Myrr and Casterly, as they hide in a cellar with a group of freedom fighters, hoping to simply survive the day without being discovered by the soldiers searching for them. Give it a read right here and let me know what you think!
Special thanks to U.K. progressive metal band Code and Norwegian depressive black metal outfit Shining for the music that fueled the writing sessions for Myrr’s segments of the story.
How far would you go to keep the world from knowing what’s truly inside you?
The “Light Dawning” character roll call continues! After covering Myrr last week, now we arrive at Tala, who is introduced in the second chapter.
Traveling from her monastery home, this quiet and mysterious woman was trapped in Cestia just as the occupation began.
She finds herself in a desperate situation in Cestia’s waning last days, accosted by uncaring soldiers who are unaware of the deadly danger lurking within. Stoic in the extreme after a lifetime of unimaginable hardships, she bears each new indignity of daily life without breaking.
Infested with insane whispers from a realm beyond the physical, Tala must spend every waking moment holding them back, or the world will know true despair. Even the slightest crack in her mental shield could see something anathema to stable reality slipping through. For Tala, motherhood is a gift and a curse.
The light to Myrr’s dark, Tala teaches her fellow fugitive to restrain the darkness possessing his soul, but secretly wonders if perhaps they should both give in and put their unwanted parasites to use.
You can meet Tala, Myrr, and the rest of the cast when “Light Dawning” sees official release on May 26th! Before that we’ll introduce two more characters in the coming days: the freedom fighter Casterly and unhinged missionary Father Erret.
This time we cover favorite characters and much more!
The promo tour for “Light Dawning” rolls onward as we are now less than two weeks from official release day! Today a brand new interview is online via Are You Afraid Of The Dark, the blog of author A.F. Stewart.
In this one, I discuss my favorite characters in the novel, as well as other topics like writing in multiple genres, challenges faced by all authors, and the next projects on the horizon.
One part in particular I’d like to highlight is the role of the main character Tala, who will be covered in tomorrow’s character profile reveal.
Of all the characters in the book, two stand out most to me. My favorite would probably be Tala, who is the strongest character of the bunch. Despite having been dealt a very band hand in life, she always soldiers on, and she’s managed to keep going despite extreme hardship that would have destroyed anyone else. Harboring a dangerous secret within her, she has no choice but to remain strong in face of unrelenting adversity.
Representing how so much is expected of women in a society while they are frequently treated poorly despite their contributions, Tala has to spend every waking moment working to keep a maelstrom of insane whispers and screams from spilling out of her mind. If she lets her guard down for even a split second, no matter what physical or emotional hardship being endured, she could inadvertently open a doorway between sane reality and another place filled with nightmare things. Sadly, very few will ever acknowledge her constant efforts, but if she ever lapses in her vigilance, the world will suffer for it.
Besides Tala, I loved writing the character Father Erret. Not your typical priest or cleric of a fantasy novel, Erret is an extremist who managed to anger his own religion’s hierarchy and ended up having to leave his home to spread his beliefs elsewhere. Rather than descending into despair over the city’s current condition, Erret is in a constant state of religious rapture, believing the entire invasion and occupation to be a testing of his faith and an opportunity to turn the citizens to his way of thinking. He believes pain to be the proper expression of a life worth living, and would happily watch the entire city burn if it would convert the survivors to his religion.
Be sure to catch the full interview right here and stay tuned for much more coming as we head into the May 26th release date!