When I finished writing The Dark Thorn, I knew I would explore its fey world of Annwn further.
At the time though, I didn’t know how much I would delve. I knew the story of its sequel novel, The Everwinter Wraith. And I knew the general story of the third book, The Splintered King. That was it.
I wrote The Unfettered Knight for Unfettered knowing it would be a prelude to The Everwinter Wraith. And I thought, “You know, Bald One, there are other stories that lead directly into the events of Wraith too. Maybe you should write those.” And the more I wrote, the more I liked the idea of collecting those stories and publishing them before Wraith.
The Twilight Dragon & Other Tales of Annwn is that collection. Besides The Unfettered Knight, the book collects three other short stories not published before. And not only that, but I also decided to tease The Everwinter Wraith by including its first three chapters!
Here is more about the book:
Upon finishing his debut novel, The Dark Thorn, author Shawn Speakman knew he would return to its world of Annwn. He does that here in The Twilight Dragon & Other Tales of Annwn. Four short stories anchor this collection of magic and darkness, conflict and shadows:
- Where an ancient dragon seeking a cure for his dying race returns to the Misty Isles of his birth—to devastating result.
- Where an unfettered knight enters Rome’s Vatican to end the threat of a vampire—who bears the darkest of secrets.
- Where an Arch Druid tracks a witch—who in turn chases a thief who has stolen dangerous books of shadow magic once thought lost.
- Where a musician is coerced to return to a past she abhors—to confront a shattered gargoyle whose past is just as broken.
All four short stories play a role in and are preludes to The Everwinter Wraith, the sequel novel to The Dark Thorn. As a bonus, the first three chapters of The Everwinter Wraith are also included in this collection.
Where Annwn will never be the same again.
As you can see, it is a rather large collection. About 60,000 words or by definition a short novel. It is available on Amazon right now as a pre-order HERE! My plan is to have the final book publish on December 25, 2014.
A huge thank you to artist Todd Lockwood, who painted another gorgeous cover for me! And yes, if there is interest, I will produce a very limited hardcover, likely numbered and signed by myself and cover artist Todd Lockwood! Post that interest below so I can gauge it.
I’m really excited about this collection. And if it is successful, I will write a similar collection before The Splintered King as well.
Visit Annwn again!