The Emperor’s Mask

Work is progressing quickly on the next Magebreakers novel, titled The Emperor’s Mask. These books are very quick to write, so it ought to be a matter of months. If you enjoyed The Flaw in All Magic, check back here often for updates on the release! Or just sign up for my mailing list to be notified when it comes out.

Here’s a quick blurb about the plot:

Someone is killing the non-magical members of Senate houses–those who might one day be named Protector of the Realm. And that someone is leaving taunting messages for the Magebreakers beside symbols of a shadowy organization known as the Knights of the Emperor. Under suspicion from the constabulary, Tane and Kadka are drawn into the investigation to prove their innocence.

What they find is that Audish politics are as dangerous as any Porthaven back-alley. Suddenly, they’re surrounded by the most powerful figures in the Protectorate, every one with a different agenda. Telling allies from enemies has never been harder, but Tane and Kadka will have to find someone to trust if they’re going bring the killer to justice.

Their lives–and the future of the nation–depend on it.

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The Flaw in All Magic

My latest novel is out: The Flaw in All Magic, book one of the Magebreakers series. It’s a fantasy mystery thriller set in a world of magic-powered steampunk-like technology. I’m going to be writing these (or other shorter novels like them) fairly regularly, to fill the space between longer releases, because I don’t want to go another five years between books. I hope you like it!

You can get it here on

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And here’s a synopsis:

In a city that runs on magic, it takes a man with none to solve an impossible murder.

Tane Carver was once the best student at the world’s most prestigious university of magical technology, even as a human amid elves and gnomes and sprites and more. The only problem was, he couldn’t cast a single spell. And when the truth came out, everything he’d worked for came crashing down.

But when a student is murdered on campus behind supposedly unbreakable wards, Tane is summoned to figure out how. Should be easy enough, for the man who fooled the university’s best diviners and detection spells for years. Except he’s not counting on the head constable being an old flame who isn’t so fond of him anymore. Or on Kadka, the half-crazy half-orc who insists she’s his partner—whether he likes it or not.

Not to mention the masked mage who keeps trying to kill him.

Now, Tane’s survival depends on the one truth that has never failed him. The flaw in all magic that those who have it prefer to ignore: the mage.

Outsmart the mage, and you outsmart the spell.

And outsmarting mages is what Tane does best.

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Swampling King in Paperback

The Swampling King is out in paperback.  If that’s what you’re into, grab it on Createspace (where I get a higher cut in royalties) or on Amazon if you prefer.

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The Swampling King is out now!

TSK_final3It’s live! Grab it at, or another Amazon of your choice. It’s been a big chunk of my life getting it done and I’m feeling pretty good about it! Thanks to everyone who stuck it out this long, and I hope you enjoy it.

Now I just have to make sure the next one comes a little faster. I’m starting work on the paperback immediately, and once that’s done, it’s right back to work on book two!

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It’s done!

On this, the 21st of December, 2016, I have finished the primary writing of the Swampling King.

It was a long time coming, years more than I expected, and a hundred thousand plus extra words, but it’s done.  There is still editing to do, and that will take some time, but I expect to release very early in the new year.

Not much else to say about it except Oh My God It’s DONE, I can’t believe it’s done, praise the sweet lord baby Santa Claus it’s done!

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The End is Near

I posted the same thing on Facebook, but I’m insanely close to finished, midway through writing the big finale.  In celebration, here’s a little excerpt I posted there.  It gives some information on what one of the Deeplings–the monsters of the piece–looks like, and the general unpleasantness of being near it.

Read on!

Continue reading

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I’m in a Radio Show

Some cool news:

I was approached by a nice fellow who goes by “Mandrake”, from NameSake Radio ( about him using my short story the Last Hero in their Halloween show, and I said yes because that sounded cool, and now it is happening.

The show starts earlier in the afternoon, but the dramatized reading of my story is scheduled for 7 CST/5 PST. Check out the link above if you want to have a listen, they are doing some other stuff too, such as a “music opera of War of the Worlds” to open the program, which seems pretty neat.  I know I’m excited to hear it, I hope some other folks give it a listen too!

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Almost Done

I’m closing in on the end of the Swampling King at long last.  There’s about ten more chapters to write, maybe a few more or less depending on where I put chapter breaks in the end.  I’m moving along at a good speed too, since it’s all endgame exciting stuff that has a lot of momentum and tends to write faster for me.  Currently I’m doing about a chapter a week, if I don’t run into interruptions, so I should be done writing before the end of the year.  That’ll give me time to edit and hopefully release by Christmas, which would be a solid present for myself, I think.  No firm release date yet, because I don’t want to break any promises when I get kidnapped for three months or something, but it’s getting real close.

So there’s my bi-yearly update (wow, I do not update this blog very often).  Keep your eyes peeled for the next one, which ought be “It’s done!”

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A map!

The Nine Peaks Ben Dobson 90dpi

I am thrilled to present the map of the Nine Peaks, done by the incredible Jared Blando of

The Nine Peaks is a kingdom of nine cities on nine mountains, raised above the endless Swamp by the Windwalkers centuries ago.  This map showcases a few of the details that distinguish each duchy in the Peaks:  the many levels leading up to the Godspire in the Plateaus, the sprawling vineyards beneath Orim’s Tower in Orimscourt, the frozen alpine basin of Whitelake, and more.  From these mountain cities, the Knights of the Storm wage an endless war against the Swamp-dwellers in the name of their Sky-God. The people of the Peaks are firm in the belief that destroying the Swamplings will end the attacks of the savage abominations that creep out of the mist at night: the Deeplings, monsters born of the rot and foul things that crawl deep beneath the earth.

Beneath the duchies, impenetrable mist and thick tree cover shroud the Swamp in eternal darkness.  Bands of semi-nomadic Swamplings hunt wildlife and collect fresh water in the shadow of the mountains to bring back to their Kinhome in the barren east–a haven safe from the merciless purges of the mountain people they know as “highlanders”.   But there are other dangers east of the Nine Peaks: the Deeplings are plentiful there, and they are always looking for prey.  The deepcraft practiced by some few of the Swamplings holds them at bay for now–but perhaps not forever.

Well, that description got away from me a bit, but there you have it: an overly dramatic explanation of the world of the Windwalker Legacy.  Imagine it in movie-trailer voice.  I hope you enjoy the map as much as I do!

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Swampling King cover and another excerpt


Blam, a cover.  Insanely awesome, I know.  My thanks to the very talented Janette Ramos for her amazing work.  And to further celebrate, click here for a new excerpt from the book.  And for the sake of completeness, here are excerpts one and two, posted previously.

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