Deep Mettle Vol I is now available to read on Royal Road®, where Jay Campbell can be found on the site under the author handle: Voidstep.
From October to December 2022, the book has been released as a bi-weekly, chapter-by-chapter serial under the volume title Pipes and Fusils.
Following publication of the final chapter to the site, a 2nd edition of the volume will soon be available on Amazon KDP in both paperback, hardback and e-book. Date to be announced soon.
Volume II, Tools of War, will begin as a Royal Road serial in January 2023, on the same bi-weekly schedule.
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Cover art by Nataša Ilinčić
NEW RELEASE DATE: 2023
Deep Mettle Vol. II - Tools of War
"Little spark . . . you are changed . . ."
Antissa has come under Ratheine attack; not from the walls, but from below - her ancient pipes.
The flooded Hub threatens collapse of the Deep under the fortress, while the scheming Sanhedrin council creeps ever closer to removing Rusper Symphin as Viceroy; the engineer whose protection of the refugees from Naemia amounts to treason.
Tool to a nation on the brink, a Naemian boy enters the desert. Armed with the Disc's arcane 'Sight', Florian Flint now takes his place on a secret task-force contingent led by the High Commander Plamen. Its urgent purpose - in nine days - to locate the hidden river system by which the Rath accessed the pipeworks: the key strategic advantage in Vorth's return to open war.
The Disc itself has other thoughts.
The Cycle Schyluscient is a prospective 5-part series of fantasy novels set in and around the isolated Inwold realms. The opening instalment of the series, Deep Mettle, will be released in 2 volumes; available from Amazon KDP in paperback and e-book formats. Cover art for both volumes is by Nataša Ilinčić.
Deep Mettle Vol I: Pipes and Fusils
1 November 2020 (Paperback)
7 November 2020 (Kindle Edition)
Deep Mettle Vol II: Tools of War
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