So here is me, Allen M Werner, reading the Prologue of my new book – The Crystal Crux : Cold Knight. Hope you enjoy it. I put the video on YouTube as well and you can look me up there and follow me as well. Also be sure to follow me on AMWERNER.COM
Here is a short video with me and my grandson, E, reminding everyone to get on Amazon and pick up a Kindle version of the new book in The Crystal Crux series, Cold Knight for a special price – $1.49. Downloads on Friday, December 22, 2017.
Paperback version should be out before the end of the year.
Stand Alone, Third Book in The Crystal Crux epic fantasy series where nothing has gone well since the siege of Capua.
Pero de Alava has fallen off a mountain.
‘You are dead, estúpido. You’ll never see Anthea again.’
Anthea Manikos has been taken prisoner by the Castellan of Parthenope.
‘She had changed. The wolf wanted her to go exploring the garden. And she wanted to obey.’
Francis Whitehall lost his whole family and prays his former squire’s ship, The War Queen, is still docked at Mondragone.
“Some call me the Rose.”
Meanwhile, the Fabbro rulers, with the aid of Sinibaldus, a giant magician with a Bellerophon Crystal, continue to consolidate their power, although petty slights and warring factions between them, divide them.
‘He knew what his brother was scheming.’
Everyone has a secret and an agenda. Everyone is lying about something.
‘I can’t trust him. I can’t trust any of them, my sons most of all.’
And outside all this, the wall between reality and the supernatural is crumbling, as winged horses, scurvy crones, demonic imps and an old black dragon enter the fray, threatening to resurrect an ancient war initiated at the very beginning of Creation.
“Nephilim,” sneered Lethe. “We have not heard from that sorry lot for eons.”
The rain has never stopped falling. The good and the evil cannot escape it. What they do in the storm, is all that matters. How they survive, is this story.
‘There was no turning back. The roots and branches were pressing in closer and closer, the air growing colder and colder, nearly intolerable.’
‘‘They are unmerciful and savage. They’ll stop it nothing to get what they want.’
‘Bravest blood flows first.’
As the anticipation heightens and I put the final edits on the third book in The Crystal Crux series, I’m proud to announce that the Book Cover Reveal is this Friday, November 3, 2017.
I’m hoping to have the book out in November, but I want to make sure I’ve edited it properly and don’t regret something in the long run. The release could be pushed back to the beginning of December because of the time it will take to get through the publisher but it will be worth it – I promise!
You can still pick up Book One – Betrayal; Book Two – Blue Grotto; and the YA edition, The First Three Days. Happy Reading.
I currently have two FREE supplements to The Crystal Crux series available through Smashwords. Be sure to check it out. Download them. Read them.
Hopefully it will inspire you to read the two novels in the series, Betrayal and Blue Grotto. More books in the series are forthcoming.
Knight Dream is more PG, where as Raid on Chamonix is more R. Keep that in mind.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/730948 Link for Knight Dream
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/730762 Link for Raid on Chamonix
The Crystal Crux: Betrayal and The Crystal Crux: Blue Grotto, can be found everywhere books are sold.
The ruling family of Parthenope in The Crystal Crux series is the House of Fabbro. The family crest is a snarling, purple dragon named Sarcinus.
There are three elements to the crest to ponder.
First – it is purple. Purple was the color of the Roman Emperors and associated with royalty in Medieval Europe. It is a demanding color and expects to lead, wants to wear the crown and thinks it is the head. It often represents pride.
Second – the dragon. Commonly, dragons are symbolic of incredible strength and unyielding power, absolute. Those who swear fealty to dragons are considered lucky and blessed by this association. They are intelligent, self-determined and unbending. OPHIS DRACONEM
Third – a gold tongue. He is a seducer and exploiter of others. He uses prestige and wealth rather than intellect and rational thought to tempt and ensnare, goad, challenge, lead and mislead. Nothing is as it seems. It offers nothing more than a shine and promises of things it doesn’t intend to fulfill.
Keep those attributes in mind when reading about the exploits of the Fabbro family.
Also a special YA edition called The First Three Days.
Click here to purchase The First Three Days
More to come …
I when I begin writing a new book, especially one that is part of The Crystal Crux series, it comes with a mixture of excitement and dread. In my mind, I see it all. It’s like a movie and all the players are doing exactly what I want them to do, saying what I want them to say, looking dramatic, romantic, heroic and foolish, driving the tale forward.
Once I sit at the keys and start typing, the ability to recount it sort of ebbs and flows, one moment just pouring out of me with ease, another moment absent and recluse.
I write with storyboards. The invention of the Post-It is a godsend. By the time I get done, planning and plotting out more details, my storyboard will be covered with Post-Its that have been moved and changed a thousand times.
I know from feedback I have received that people want to hear more about Pero de Alava and Francis Whitehall. I promise to do my best to keep them front and center – BUT – the flow of the story doesn’t always work with them there. There time is coming but there are sinister forces doing much of the driving right now and there will be a great deal more revealed about them in Book Three.
(Don’t read any further if you haven’t read Book Two and don’t want to know what’s going on. Or if you’re curious and don’t care – go for it.)
Well, there is Gherardus Fabbro. He just discovered that two people whose counsel he thought he could trust, lied to him. His son, Rugerius, said he killed everyone at Capua. Turns out he didn’t. In fact, the bastard kept Anthea Manikos alive and is intending to wed her, something he was supposed to do a long time ago but didn’t.
And than there is the giant magician Sinibaldus. He really let the old commander’s trust down when he said Pero de Alava was dead, even going into detail describing his death. It was all a fraud. Now Gherardus is unsure who to trust.
And who is at his side now? Is it his faithful Provost, Guidus Salvatore, a man of impeccable honor and knowledge? No. Gherardus sent that poor man to his death, convincing him that delivering a letter to Pero in Capua was just a routine affair of state and he’d be home the next day.
Nope, Gherardus as his other son, Talento, serving as Provost now, and this wiry boy can’t be trusted at all. And he has no head for the Provost position.
We also have the voluptuous, foxy nymph Viridian who feels forsaken by everyone in her family, including her cousin and lover, Rugerius. A snarling, horny imp landed on her patio and invited her to a festival where she will meet Lord Ophis, a rich and powerful man, so saith the imp.
For those familiar with the tale, Ophis has not been seen or heard of since the beginning. Will we see a bit more of the old dragon in this book?
Rugerius Fabbro is running on hate. He’s about to ride for Eagles Pass to find the still-living Pero de Alava and bring him back, all of him or just his head, we cannot be sure.
And Pero, well, we know what happened to him. Hell of a drop. Too bad about that landing.
Anyway, I have a lot of work ahead of me. I’m not making any promises on when it will be ready until I’m getting closer to completion. I hope to have it out by Fall. Summer would be better but it’s hard finding time to write, work my regular job and sell the books I have already written – not to mention spend time with family.
Back to it!
In the novel, The Crystal Crux-Blue Grotto, the reader learns that Claire, a young, black-haired French girl living in the town of Chamonix, having recently given birth to a demonic infant that is abnormally large, pale white and hissing, was warned she would be stoned to death by her Christian neighbors if she didn’t repent and kill the abomination.
Claire, desperate and confused about the brutal attack that impregnated her, flees Chamonix with the infant. She eventually finds comfort in the cave-dwelling community of La Piscine Vivant, The Living Pool.
Her child, the abomination, rises quickly in stature and power amongst these people, being crowned King at fifteen. Sinibaldus knew of his mother’s genuine hatred for the Christian citizens of Chamonix.
Now it is time to exact revenge.
I had debated including the Raid on Chamonix in Blue Grotto but decided against it, finding it unnecessary to the story line currently developing. It does, however, make an interesting short story, a little more insight into the lives of these troubled people.
Raid on Chamonix is only available on Kindle. It is available in KDP Unlimited for free. Otherwise it is .99 cents.
If you are already enjoying The Crystal Crux series, you will find this an interesting read.
If you have not read a book in The Crystal Crux series, perhaps this will generate some interest.
I’m thinking I might produce similar supplements to The Crystal Crux story in the future to keep fans of the series satisfied waiting for the next book.
As always, if you do pick this short story – be sure to leave a review. Self-published authors need reviews.
In Betrayal, the first book of The Crystal Crux series, we don’t see or hear much use of magic or otherworldly occurrences. There are some. There are hints of heightened activity in the city of Parthenope of little tiny lizards. By the end of Chapter 4, we learn there is a sinister giant, a court magician wearing a Bellerophon Crystal. Neither the giant or the Lord of Parthenope, Gherardus Fabbro, reveal anything more about it – it simply is something they are aware of and respect the power.
And then Chapters 5 & 6 go way off course to focus on the creation of the Bellerophon Crystals themselves.
Bellerophon is a warrior of ancient Greek mythology. There are many variations, and many legends as well as storytellers of all the ancients. I embellished on Euripides tale where Bellerophon rides Pegasus to Mount Olympus. Zeus does indeed send a gadfly to sting the horse’s backside, sending Bellerophon back down to earth in a heap. It is said he survived the fall but was crippled, a beggarly figure eating his heart out, his death never recorded.
I gave Bellerophon purpose. Before he fell, he grabbed and stole esoteric particles from heaven. He then took the particles to another fallen “god”, Hephaestus. Together, they devise a plan to help Bellerophon make the earth his kingdom. Hephaestus doesn’t really care what happens on earth as long as innocent people keep dying and their blood drips down into his caves. The more war Bellerophon makes, the better for him.
And then I turned to the constellations of the night sky and pulled down Ophis from Serpens. Serpens is a unique constellation in that it is split in two halves with Ophiuchus, the serpent-bearer between the head and tail. Ophis is also, by some accounts, the ancient snake or dragon of the Bible, the one in the Garden of Eden. It seemed fitting to inject Ophis into the tale, messing up Bellerophon’s plans.
So Bellerophon’s plans get messed up, the five crystal Hephaestus created containing the esoteric particles of heaven were separated and lost during the eruption of Vesuvius, and now one Crystal, the center-stone, the Crux, is being used by the giant Sinibaldus.
And then the magic ends for awhile. Life goes on as does the “betrayal” of Pero de Alava, a well-respected Spaniard running things in Capua. All was well for Pero while Emperor Henry VI yet lived. After Henry dies, however, there is an election for a new emperor which ultimately leads to civil unrest. Pero is on the wrong side of the battle lines when he foolishly professes his support for Henry’s brother, Philip. All hell breaks loose after that and Pero doesn’t know where to turn for answers. He’s rightfully scared of what the Fabbro family has planned for him and his loved ones.
It is at this point, Pero starts having nightmares. The visions become so powerful and imposing, they affecting him during the day. He sees only death. His faith in God wanes.
And during his dive into madness and uncertainty, a letter comes from Parthenope, sending him on a suicidal quest. Pero sees this as his out, a chance to leave all his problems and ghosts behind him. He shuns the advice of his best friend, forsakes his bride-to-be, and leaves, a scapegoat taking his sins into the wilderness to save his people.
Sadly, those seeking vengeance often respond in wholehearted measures we can’t often reason or define. They’ll stop it nothing to punish all usurpers, sending a message to all who may try to oppose them in the future.
A bit a magic begins to rear itself as Pero sees things and experiences things on his quest he couldn’t imagine possible before that day. Even Francis Whitehall, during a moment of betrayal and terror, is confronted by an otherworldly tranquility he will need in order to persevere.
As one steps into Book Two of the series, Blue Grotto, the magic and otherworldly elements begin to really flow into the story. The barrier between reality and supernatural is broken, especially in magical places like the Blue Grotto.
Don’t forget, Betrayal and Blue Grotto are adult versions of the story not meant for the young and squeamish. I did create one young adult volume combining the first two books called The First Three Days. The whole series will eventually encompass ten days – ten days in the year 1198. I hope you join us on the quest. Be sure to leave a review. Authors need reviews – especially self-published authors. The more the better!
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The Crystal Crux series continues to grow!
Now that I’ve completed Books One and Two, Betrayal and Blue Grotto, as well as the YA edition combining the first two books in one volume, The First Three Days, it is on to writing the third, as yet unnamed, book.
I have the whole structure laid out and started working on the first six chapters.
Is Pero de Alava dead?
Will Francis Whitehall find his old squire before running into more trouble?
Can Gherardus, Rugerius, Talento and Sinibaldus trust one another after all the lying and backstabbing?
What will Anthea do while she waits for her upcoming wedding to the Castellan?
And what will Viridian find when she follows Didian, the black imp’s advice, and heads for Port Hell and a meeting Lord Ophis?
The Crystal Crux series is a ten day adventure. Book Three should cover days Four and Five. We should be halfway done with the journey by the end of the year. Excited? I am.