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Book in a Blog: Mandestroy 8

Will Kantal win over his king?

And will he get to fMandestroy_Book_Coverulfil his objective and become the master tactician to crack the Mandari puzzle?  Well, if these questions are burning, then fortunately for you, there is an epilogue – the answer’s right here!

Maybe not all the answers you are hoping for, but something to whet the appetite.  More on that below.

But in the meantime, let’s find out what became of Kantal’s plans.

Read on blog warrior.

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Book in a Blog: Mandestroy 7

So Kantal has survived…

…his scrape with death, and wasn’t that exciting!  For those of you who are asking where the good ol’ fight scene was, I may be keeping that up my sleeve (or indeed I haven’t written it yet).  I think I will write it and I’ll put it into a special version of Mandestroy that is only available from my website – for avid fans to enjoy.  But we’ll have to wait for that I’m afraid.

But where can we go from here?  Well, if you remember from the second blog, our general was involved in some heated discussions about a plan to leverage out those perpetually infuriating invaders – the Mandai.  He was being challenged rather sternly, and he ended up looking to his own story for confidence.  Well we’ve heard his story, so what now?  Let’s find out.

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Book in a Blog: Mandestroy 6

Where are we?

Well we’re one week behind schedule – that’s where we are.  I blame it on a web-based technical fault, but actually it was a bit of a blessing.  I was a bit behind on my final edit anyway!

Now in the novella, Kantal has found himself joining the army, which really makes absolute sense for someone with his aggressive abilities.  In fact, why didn’t he follow that path earlier?  But the problem with the army is that he is bottom of the pile and expected to obey orders, where he’s come from a world where he’s bottom of the pile and ignored.  This could be a challenge for our hard-headed hero.

But he also has an objective and a purpose – to defeat the Mandahoi.  It has always been his purpose if truth be told, but only now is he committed to that path.  And the Prince is pushing him along too!  Where will this get him?  Well, we saw a glimpse of the moment in the prologue.  It’s time to get the whole story.

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Book in a Blog: Mandestroy 5

We’ve reached the halfway point

So where are we?  Well, we are still in our young protagonist’s past – looking at his life growing up; where he has come from.  He’s no longer bullied, and he has a hell of a punch on him, but it still isn’t a life as such.  It almost was – after fifteen years he may have actually bonded with his father – but all that was ripped ruthlessly from his grasp by his jealous scheming brothers.  He was out on the streets once more, but now he is sleeping there too.

This whole life thing is not going great for our young protagonist.

But he does still have his gifted – or stolen – and impossibly valuable volume to keep him company, though he has already worn those pages dangerously thin.  But Queen Delfin was still there for him, wasn’t she?  At least, she had never spoken out against him.

Then again she was dead a thousand words, and Kantal only has her scrawled words.  It’s very possible that he’s going a bit crazy.  But maybe that is just what he needs – after all, you can’t beat a Mandahoi.  At least you can’t with your sanity intact.

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Book in a Blog: Mandestroy 4

We’re moving forward

It’s amazing how much time goes into crafting words, and yet how easily they can be devoured up.  I suppose it’s the same with anything really.  If there’s one thing that writing does give you, it’s an appreciation of just how much work goes into a book.  And yet the internet gives us the opportunity to offer bullet ratings and reviews – hours of effort appraised in a heartbeat.


Anyway – I digress once more.  Let us pore over what has happened to our General Kantal.  Well, we’ve found out that his given name is actually Jossie – a girl’s name no less!  It clearly doesn’t sit well with our hard nosed general, and he was bullied too; bullied bad.  Bad he has broken free of those shackles, and the world is his playground.

Or is it?

So the bullies will keep away from him – so what?  He still has no purpose, and he still bears the blind indifference of his family.  What excatly is he supposed to do with his life?

Well, we’ve actually already seen flashes of his his future (as you’ll have worked out), but how does he get there?  Let’s find out. Continue reading Book in a Blog: Mandestroy 4

Book in a Blog: Mandestroy 3

Is this story jumping about a bit?

Well, yes it is.  So far we have had “The Moment” which is as yet undefined (it is a moment in time, but that is all we know), and then we have “The Now”, where our key character is getting himself into sticky political waters – not his best colour.

And now we are about the enter “The Then”, which as you may have worked out, is in the past.  In particular, we are looking to General Kantal’s history for inspiration to help him in his sticky political waters.

But fear not – this is the end of the jumping about.  From this point forward there is a nice sequential trajectory.  Until we jump to “The Now” once more.

Damn – even I’m confused now!

There was a logic to it, and this is all documented on the Writing Mandestroy page, so give it a visit.  Hopefully it will clarify some things!  Anyway, let’s read on.

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Book in a Blog: Mandestroy 2

What has come to pass?

Well, we have met our protagonist, and more than that, we have interviewed him here.  He’s a prickly sort of character.  But then we’ve also witnessed his moment of revelation here, and let’s face it, he has to be half mad to do what he’s done.

But why is this General Kantal like this?  Well, that’s all in the past.  We will get there, I promise, but not quite yet.  First we must look to his present.  Who is this man outside the chaos?  And how does he fit into the world?  Let’s find out.

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Book in a Blog: Mandestroy 1

What’s the deal?

Well, by way of introducing readers to the World of Ku, and ultimately to the epic fantasy series ‘Age of Ku‘, I have been writing a novella which will be released free to all electronic book stores later this year.  When?  Okay then, I’ll commit to a date.  I’ll  make sure it’s live by the 31st July.

The book is called Mandestroy, and it is in effect a prequel to theMandestroy_Book_Cover Age of Ku  trilogy [the first book of which is called Fear’s Union].

But who says you can’t read it sooner?  Well, not me for sure.  So here’s the deal: I am going to blog this book over the coming weeks to celebrate its arrival at the end of July.  Hooray!

But more than that: because this is a “work in progress”, there’s still time to have your say and influence the outcome.  Exciting huh?  So I encourage you to leave comments and thoughts at the bottom of this post, and I’ll take the feedback on board.

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