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Beforetimes: The Broodthrall

The third short story in the Beforetimes series is “The Broodthrall” in which Nix, having been indentured to the King for fourteen years, finally has an opportunity to be set free–if the deteriorating Kingdom can hold itself together long enough for the King to grant his emancipation.

New to Afterlands? The first novella in the series (Book I) will be available December 18, 2021.

Meanwhile, four short stories about what happened before the opening pages of Book I will be presented on this website for free.

Each story highlights main characters of Afterlands and reveals events leading to the end of the Continent’s twenty-year war between the King and his sister’s cult of “the Mother”.

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[Please keep in mind that Beforetimes tales may be dark as they all occur well before the “dawn”. This story carries an extra content warning for containing references to suicide, infanticide, and sexual slavery.]

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Beforetimes: The Lostling

The second prequel short story in this series is “The Lostling” in which tiny young Hyrhyn crosses paths with an unhappy stranger in the rainy winter forest. Her loneliness and compassion unknowingly set in motion events that will end the decades-long war between the beleaguered King and his bellicose sister, the Mother.

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These four short Beforetimes stories are about what happened before the opening pages of Book I, and are available on this website for free.

Each prequel story introduces main characters of Afterlands and reveals events leading to the end of the Continent’s twenty-year war between the King and his sister’s cult of “the Mother”. They are not required reading, but supplement the series.

The first full Afterlands novella (Book I) will be available December 18, 2021.

[Please keep in mind that Beforetimes tales may be dark as they all occur well before the “dawn”. This one is mostly tooth-rotting fluff, however.]

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Beforetimes: The Harrower

The first short story in the Beforetimes series is “The Harrower” in which the Mother wishes to exert power over the Continent by defying the highest Law of the land: she permits a Harrower to live under her rule. The Harrower doesn’t have a problem with that…until he realizes maybe he should.

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The first novella in the Afterlands series (Book I) will be available December 18, 2021.

Meanwhile, four short stories about what happened before the opening pages of Book I will be presented on this website as free downloads.

Each story highlights the main characters of Afterlands and reveals events leading to the end of the Continent’s twenty-year war between the King and his sister’s cult of “the Mother”.

[Please keep in mind that Beforetimes tales may be dark as they all occur well before the “dawn”.]

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Where are the Afterlands?

Afterlands is definitely a place. The mostly-forgotten histories say it’s across the Endless Ocean to the west but no one has tried to find it because it’s said to be the Land of the Harrowers, a world even worse off than the Continent, at the center of which is a volcano that spews four-hundred-foot flames.

But the mostly-forgotten histories are mostly forgotten, and therefore questionable at best, volcanoes are just a bedtime horror-story, and everyone knows the Land of the Harrowers was destroyed seventeen generations ago (which is why they came to the Continent in the first place).

Yet somehow it calls, it exists. And maybe–just maybe–it’s a place dreamed of and hoped for, beyond the desolation, where tired heroes can at long last find their peace. But for now, our heroes are stuck in a dying land destroyed by a lost war.