Shadeward Expiation Pre-Order and Release

Posted by on May 1, 2020 in Announcements

The Shadeward Saga comes to an end! 10 years in the making, the Shadeward Saga is about to reach its explosive finalé with “Expiation” – the fourth and final book in the series. Expiation is available to pre-order now in ebook and paperback form. It will be released on June 15th 2020. Cover of Expiation Memorable characters, drama and excitement Expiation picks up the story after the tumultuous invasion of Amar and the impending threat from the blazing star Lacaille, but also the growing drama between Kiri and Zoella, resolving the cliffhanger at the end of Book 3. Book 4 resolves many of the mysteries of the series overall and concludes the stories of all the characters in the series. Here’s the blurb from the paperback version. The all-powerful priestesses are whipped to a white heat of vengeance in defence of their god, Lacaille, the star that blazes in the skies above. Coran and the Mobilis crew are unravelling the keys to survival, but tradition, myth and the vengeful priestesses stand in their way, as Lacaille burns ever more fiercely above them. Kiri, Meru and Zoella, tied by bonds of hatred and devotion, know they must act, but have no idea how to turn the tide of fate. The answer when they find it is wholly unexpected and horribly inevitable. I reckon it’s my best book yet and I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it! It will be launched on June 15th 2020. PRE-ORDER SHADEWARD EXPIATION IN EBOOK OR...

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Cover reveal, Shadeward Expiation

Posted by on Apr 18, 2020 in Progress Report

And here it is my friends! The cover of Shadeward Expiation. This is the final book in the series and it’s going to wrap up pretty much all the threads you’ve been following, but perhaps leave you asking just a few questions as to the wider universe of Shadeward. Each book has a particular theme and a colour associated with it. Emanation was a yellow/orange hue, with Exoneration a striking purple. Enervation had a green tinge and Expiation… well, here it is! Expiation – Ebook Cover With the conclusion of the story this will be the last book in the Shadeward Saga itself, reaching the end of the tale of my three protagonists Kiri, Zoella and Meru, the supporting cast of the crew of the Mobilis and the priestesses of Drayden. As ever, it’s full of character interaction, high stakes, drama, desperate choices, action and adventure with a dash of real science. Two of my proofreaders were reduced to tears during parts of the story, no punches are pulled in how the story pans out. So, do savour it when it arrives. We won’t be returning to Esurio for quite some time, if at all. More will come in the wider Shadeward Universe. I’m planning the ‘Hegira’ series next! On that note here’s the paperback version of the cover with the blurb included to whet your appetites! Once I have a date for the book itself I will let you know. It won’t be long. Expiation – The Paperback...

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Hegira – A brand new Space Opera

Posted by on Feb 20, 2020 in Announcements

A new Space Opera coming to you in 2021. A little while ago I asked my fans whether they would be interested in a prequel to the Shadeward Saga detailing what happened prior to the colonisation of Esurio and the exodus from Earth, or a ‘Side-quel’ set in the same era as the Shadeward Saga exploring what was going on in the rest of the Shadeward universe. Both have appeal to me, and both will be completed eventually, it was more feedback on the order of creation I was interested in. A put up a poll on twitter and facebook; both came up with different answers! I’ve decided to go for a side-quel for various reasons. Firstly, it gives me a chance to write my own Space Opera. The existing Shadeward books are planet bound (with occasional flying machines) but are essentially not a Space Opera in the classic sense. My Elite Dangerous books were, very much, a Space Opera, though obviously constrained by being set in the Elite universe and having to adhere to its lore. However, what I enjoyed most about writing in the Elite universe was the political scenarios, the variations on location afforded by multiple planets and systems, and the space travel components. Secondly, I can also, dare I say it, do a better job of the lore, background, consistency and integrity of the stories if I do it myself. Writing in the Elite Dangerous universe was fun, a huge privilege and very much a ‘bucket list’ item for me. However it was also a compromise of creativity, having to incorporate some of the ‘oddities’ of the Elite Dangerous game and the constant ‘retcons’ of the lore in question. My two Elite books had to be written effectively as stand alone novels as there was no guarantee I could hook them up because Frontier would not take a long view of ongoing narrative, something they now appear to have given up on entirely. As a result my Elite books are simply not as good as they could have been, and pale alongside the quality I achieved with the Shadeward Saga. Those of you who have read Shadeward throughout know the level of detail I have gone into in order to make those stories work. I take the lore of my worlds extremely seriously because I fundamentally believe it makes the stories better. Clearly you still have to be a good writer, but a solid foundation you can rely on is crucial. Thirdly, there seems to be no opportunity to write another Elite Dangerous novel. I have great affection for the Elite franchise, huge respect for many of the people who work at Frontier and vast debt to the loyal fans who put me in a position to write those two books. I will continue streaming about Elite, going to conventions and meeting the fans. I’d...

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Elite Dangerous Lore Tour

Posted by on Jan 6, 2020 in Announcements, Lore

“How does it feel to be rich?”“Empty,’ Alex said, and Rafe Zetter laughed.“You’ll do for the Dark Wheel, Alex. You’ll do…”– The Dark Wheel by Robert Holdstock Elite Dangerous has a history and lore that dates back to the year 1984, the launch of the original Elite game. Much of this lore is hidden, buried, inaccessible – even forgotten, lost in the void. So join me, the author of the official Elite Dangerous Novels Reclamation and Premonition, on a farewell tour of the lore, alongside special guests, online and in-game, on a last final quest to rediscover the background of this decade spanning game. FAQ When? – 19:00 GMT/UTC 20:00 UK/BST Thursday – immediately after the official Frontier Thursday stream.Where? – In-game and on it, can I watch after the event? – Yep. Youtube is your friend. 🙂PC, Xbox, PS4? – I play only on PC, and do not have an account on the other systems. The Xbox and PS4 Groups are organising on Discord.Private Group? – Yes. Search for “Drew Wagar” on PC, “satcom2023” on Xbox and “Allcrowsareblack” on PS4. Apply to join the groups. (Rules apply. Strictly no PVP or player harassment in these groups. Infractions will be dealt with by immediate exclusion, no exceptions, no debate.)Which mode? – You are welcome to fly in your preferred mode; solo, private or open. (Your safety cannot be guaranteed in open mode, though we will do my best to police the private groups)Can I send you a friend request in-game? Sure. 🙂 CMDR Drew Wagar.EDSM? – Yes, you can join the Lore Tour here.Where I can find out more? – Check out Twitter, the official ED Forums post and the Discord channel.What ship? – Run what you brung, CMDR. (Recommend SRV equipped and 20+ jump range at this point). You may wish to bring a cheap ship in case of any ‘incidents’ with other players or the environment.Weapons? – You might need them, just observe private group rules as stated.Permits? – Worth getting permits for Sol, Achernar and Alioth in advance if you can. If you can’t, arrange to hitch a multi-crew ride with another CMDR who has them. (Some grind required.)Can we ask questions? – Of course. Join the twitch stream live or comment below or on the Discord.Can’t make that date! – I will upload to youtube a day afterwards for your viewing pleasure, see link above.What’s going to happen? – You will be give a system locale to rendezvous at (see below) and I will take you on a tour of the lore. You can join other CMDRs in-game or fly solo, watch live or after the event.This is hype and marketing for a new Elite Dangerous book? – Much as I would love to write on CMDR, no it’s not. I’m doing this tour because I enjoy the background lore and think it’s not...

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The Shadeward Saga comes to Audible

Posted by on Dec 4, 2019 in Progress Report

Very pleased to announce that the first book in my 4 book science fiction series, The Shadeward Saga, is now available on Audible! Shadeward Emanation is out on Audible! It’s taken quite a lot of work, more than I expected to be honest, in order to get this far, but I’m confident you’re going to enjoy this – the second of my books to be turned into an audio production and the first one I’ve narrated myself. Rather than a ‘radio drama’ style as was done with Elite: Reclamation featuring the immensely talented multiple voices of Toby Longworth, this is more of an unabridged read through by myself. It is around 13 hours long! Shadeward doesn’t feature a ‘soundscape’ other than some selected music to divide chapters and scenes, alongside a few minor sound modifications to highlight different aspects of the more complex scenes. A more traditional audiobook in other words! Memorable Characters, Drama and Excitement If you enjoyed my brand of story telling in my Elite books, you should enjoy this too. Kiri, in particular, is a woman you’ll love to hate, a memorable character in the same manner as my infamous Salomé. For those of you wondering what this book is about, it’s rather a mix of genres! It’s set on a tidally locked planet some 10 light-years away from Earth. The inhabitants are humans, but they’ve lost the knowledge and technology of their past and it’s been confused with myth, legend and religion. Over the course of the four books, those secrets are unlocked, the lost technology is found and the fate of the planet revealed.There are elements of hard science fiction, mixed with fantasy, all seen through the eyes of three young people and a cast of adventurers, priestesses and warriors. And more is coming! Now that this audible book is complete, work continues. Here is what’s incoming in the near future. Shadeward 4 “Expiation” is currently being edited and will be available in ebook and paperback in early 2020Doomdark’s Revenge, sequel to the Lords of Midnight is currently being written and is also due in 2020.The audio version of Shadeward 2 “Exoneration” is currently being recorded and will be released in early 2020.A Lords of Midnight Audiobook is also being...

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