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The Way Into Chaos post

My new book, first in a new trilogy, is on sale now. Let me start with a blurb.

“It’s Epic Fantasy that reads like a Thriller” — Kat Richardson

Here’s the description from the back cover:

The city of Peradain is the heart of an empire built with steel, spears, and a monopoly on magic… until, in a single day, it falls, overthrown by a swarm of supernatural creatures of incredible power and ferocity. Neither soldier nor spell caster can stand against them.

The empire’s armies are crushed, its people scattered, its king and queen killed. Freed for the first time in generations, city-states scramble to seize neighboring territories and capture imperial spell casters. But as the creatures spread across the land, these formerly conquered peoples discover they are not prepared to face the enemy that destroyed an empire.

Can the last Peradaini prince, pursued by the beasts that killed his parents, cross battle-torn lands to retrieve a spell that might—just might—turn the battle against this new enemy?

Several free chapters start here. Go forth and sample.

And here’s the cover itself:

Cover of The Way Into Chaos

Art by Chris McGrath. Design by Brad Foltz

God, I love that cover. (Chris sells prints at very reasonable rates.) Spoiler: the art on the inside is gorgeous, too. If you want to see a larger version of the map, the artist has put it on her site.

Let’s have some backstory. When I announced that poor sales numbers meant I was not going to be writing any more Twenty Palaces novels, I kept telling readers “I hope you like my next series just as much.”

Well, no pressure on me, but the next series is here. Anyone who’s been following this blog knows it was written as part of a homeschool project with my son. I tried to find traditional publication for this book and the two sequels, and when that failed, I turned it into a successful Kickstarter.

Hold on, let me just post this to see if I’m tired of looking at it yet.

Nope. Not yet.

It has a map by Priscilla Spencer, illustrations by Claudia Cangini, and the paperback was designed by a professional (who uses the pseud “thebarbarienne” online).

Anyway, the original working title for this trilogy was Epic Fantasy With No Dull Parts, which everyone thought was funny but few understood was mostly aspirational. Most epic fantasy has a slack, touristy feel to it, and I wanted to try for something different.

But I like to think this is more than just a thriller. It’s also about empire, and how it feels to live in one, and how you come to identify with it even if you hate it.

It’s also about being invaded. In fact, one of the NY publishers who turned the book down explicitly complained about this: a portal fantasy where the enemy is magically transported to a new land? Apparently, that’s Doing It Wrong. Portal fantasies are supposed to be about protagonists invading other places, not being invaded.

Please read the sample chapters. Book 2, The Way Into Magic is out right now. So is The Way Into Darkness, book 3.

If you like the books, please tell your friends.

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Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.


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Dec. 18th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
Barbara Hambly's _Darwath_ trilogy got RID of the enemies by sending them through a portal through another dimension, while two of the protagonists had been brought to the fantasy world by a similar portal. The publisher was silly; it's been done every possible way and there's nothing wrong with any of the approaches.
Dec. 18th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
I imagine it had to do with their expectations not being met. No big.
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Dec. 18th, 2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
The enemies coming through the portal is one of the things I loved the best, though. The "why would that not happen" aspect to it is the same thing that makes me wonder why it is that aliens only invade Earth when Earth is technologically prepared to rebuff them. :)
Dec. 18th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
You made me think of KRULL. Why did you make me think of KRULL?
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Dec. 18th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
Now I have my first review on Amazon, and it's a three-star "This isn't 20 Palaces" review. Hmf.
Dec. 18th, 2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
Wow, someone finished your book in a day (or less), and posted a review before I even had the chance to finish chapter 2. I must be slacking...
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Dec. 18th, 2014 09:39 pm (UTC)
Amazon Reviews
I'm starting with A Key, An Egg, An Unfortunate Remark. I would post a review when I finish but don't see it on Amazon. Is it just not there yet? Or not going to be there?
Dec. 18th, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Amazon Reviews
I haven't uploaded it yet because it's not coming out until after the trilogy, which means the beginning of March.

It's on the to-do list!
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Dec. 18th, 2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
Ah yes I downloaded it last night and put it in my kindle app to read along with its sequels and A Key, An Egg, An Unfortunate Remark. ;D

I'll be reading it once my current book is done though I'm torn between ... trilogy and single book. Trilogy or single book first.... ;)
Dec. 18th, 2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
The single book is more light-hearted, if that affects your decision at all.
Dec. 18th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
OH and while I haven't had time to read any of them yet I have glanced at them and their layout and you definitely got your money's worth from Cover Art and physical structural layout of the ebooks.
Dec. 18th, 2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I agree.
Dec. 21st, 2014 08:41 am (UTC)
I'm really impressed Harry, I really, really liked the trilogy. Thank you!
Dec. 21st, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Please, if you would, spread the word. I could use the help.
Dec. 25th, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
And leaving another comment ... A Key, An Egg, an Unfortunate Remark was very good. It interestingly for me had a definite feel of game of Mage from World of Darkness. The way magic appeared to work was a lot like how I envisioned magic working in Mage. A lot of coincidence combined with interesting tricks. And now I need to spend time writing a nice formal review for Way into Chaos since that is the only one on Amazon I can review yet.
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