The countdown to the release of Volume 3 begins! I haven’t exactly set a date for publication yet, but everything is just about ready!
Volume 3: The Ghost of Hedekira should be an exciting issue! I had a bit of trouble at first with deciding what direction I should take Volume 3 in. Originally, the plots of both Volume 3 and 4 were to be combined into a single book. The plot which now stands as the focus of Volume 3 was supposed to give an exciting “middle” to the old Volume 3. Instead, I decided that this “middle” part would be able to stand as its own novella. And I’m glad I made that choice; it gave me so much more room to expand my world and develop my characters. Not having to rush is pretty great!
Thus, the first story arc of The Golden Lands will end with Volume 4. I have aptly dubbed this arc the “Soror and Frater” arc. I guess I’m kinda alluding to the fact that, in Volume 4, John and his friends will finally face Nirak, and the quest for Soror and Frater will come to a conclusion.
Semi-spoiler, I know.
But you know what? In order for Volume 3 to be ready, we needed to have the cover for Volume 4 so that it could go in the back of the third issue.
Would you like to see? Here you go!
This is by far my favorite cover! It’s simple, but it reveals a lot.
Let’s get artistic for a moment. We can see, just by observing the covers, that John is undergoing radical, epic changes throughout the series.
Consider the cover for Volume 1:
Here we see John, lying in a pool of his own blood. He looks weak; he looks helpless. His eyes are all big, and the fear is evident on his face. He even looks a little on the younger side.
Now look again at the cover for Volume 4. His sword is brandished, he’s standing at the ready, and his cloak is flapping awesomely in the imaginary breeze. Instead of worry and fear, his face is showing evident determination. And his eyes are narrowed with courage and sincerity. What’s more, he looks tall, powerful, and more mature.
To a degree, he almost looks like a different person.
Lots of good stuff happening in The Golden Lands! I’m happy to announce that I’m six books away from having sold a hundred copies!
Keep up the support; it really means a lot to me. And thanks to all who have already purchased/downloaded Volumes 1 and 2!
Btw, Volume 1 is still a free download at Smashwords!!!