Magefable is an illustrated fantasy novel about two mice and their friends on a journey filled with magic, treasure, and adventure.
Durbin has always dreamed of becoming a swashbuckling adventurer like his legendary father. But unfortunately he's stuck in the secluded valley forest of Verdancia, far away from the sway and swagger of the sea. On one fateful evening a mouse named Clove and her spear hog companion Herod stumble into his village. They had escaped from the terrible lion Sinvicious who wants to stop Clove before she can gain the full power of a geomancer--a mage with the ability to control the elements. Fire, water, wind, lightning, all can be controlled by a geomancer. They can fly, turn themselves invisible, make their skin as solid as rock, shift the earth, and even control life... Although all Clove can do at this point is make weeds move.
The next morning when Durbin awakes he finds Clove and Herod gone. Unable to resist the call of adventure, he journeys out into the woods to find them, dragging along his reluctant friend Morro the hedge hog, who would rather be sitting at home eating scones and berries. On their way they meet other new friends such as Reverie, a wounded sparrow who can mesmerize animals with his singing, and Bailey, a courageous and boisterous young squirrel who is hunting for a dragon to tame. But as Durbin and Morro seek Clove and Herod, so does Krochek the Hunter--the most vile, savage rat ever to emerge from Sinvicious's kingdom. Along with his horde of bloodthirsty rodents he will tear the forest apart in his effort to find them.
I plan on making Magefable a 63 book series, with several spin-off books and many short stories that expand the universe. I'm publishing under my own imprint so that I maintain creative control and can publish a book whenever the series deems necessary, as opposed to when a publisher wants me to.
The series continues to follow Durbin and Clove as well as a slew of friends who come and go. They travel around the world seeking the temples of the Elementals in order to gain the power of the geomancer and ultimately face the lion Sinvicious. As Clove's powers grow, Durbin begins his own quest of tracing the path of his legendary father Marcus the Brigand while hunting for and collecting unique treasures, such as a sack that holds anything, a bow that never misses its target, and a vest that gives the user a second pair of arms. In each book they overcome powerful villains and the harsh and dangerous elements of the world.
I have the first nine books fully fleshed out and titled:
Magefable: Hopefully you've already read the synopsis above :)
Talonridge: The group discovers a valley full of animal slaves, ruled over by giant hawks that live in the mountains just north of the field. With the help of a clan of hedge hogs and an escaped rabbit they attempt to defeat the hawks and free the poor animals.
Korel: The group learns the secrets of the mythical rabbits who once protected the land from the birds of Talonridge (but whom turned against their own kind) and attempt to restore peace in the kindgdom of Korel.
Terrormist: The group seeks out Sinvicious's library, hidden on an unchartable island and guarded by lightning-casting mages, all while trying to avoid the Magellan-like badger who is trying to find them.
Foxtale: The group stumbles upon a marsh ruled by a ruthless fox who lives in a massive temple and is intent on chopping the tails off of every creature around, hoping to draw out the mythical Will O' Wisp, the creature that took his tail.
Bravenwood: The group travels to the forest of Bravenwood where is fought a war between the birds, led by a ferret with a magic bow that never misses its target, and the squirrels, led by a squirrel with an amulet that makes him invincible to arrows.
Dragonsquirrel: Bailey attempts to steal a dragon egg from a mountain where dragons are bred and raised for Sinvicious's army, while the rest of the group attempt to free the mice children held captive as food for the dragons.
Inglerot: While travelling away from the mountains, members of the group disappear during the night, leading Durbin deep into the dark depths of Inglerot where lives the most vicious, savage creature that he's ever had to face.
The Mouse King: The group leads the mice children back to the castle where they were taken from to find the place overrun with an army of stoats. Together they vow to help the mice reclaim their kingdom.
Now this is where you come in--help me publish this first book and make it successful, then the rest of the series will be able to exist. I would love to be able to come back here to Kickstarter and release each book in the series! How cool would that be? And I want to give you, the readers, many chances to help change and effect the story, to put your own touch into the world of Magefable! Just check out the rewards to the right and "The Geomancer Challenge" below.
Magefable is an illustrated epic fantasy adventure. It is completed and ready to print at 210 pages. Because of the high cost of producing a full color book with so many pages I am making two versions, one full color and one a more economical black and white. Here are samples from my proof copy of the color version:
The following are the additional incentives that you can earn from your pledges:
THE GEOMANCER CHALLENGE:
Want to earn some free Magefable swag? Help me spread the word and you can! Get a friend to support Magefable (in any tier) and I'll send you a "Krochek the Hunter" trading card with your pledge of $20 or more. This card is only available in The Geomancer Challenge! Just have the person send me an email to let me know that you refered them and the card is yours!
Want more? Get three or more friends to pledge and get a bookmark featuring Wrath and the Leacher! This is also only available in The Geomancer Challenge!
Want even more!? Whoever gives the most referels gets a signed, limited edition 8"x10" print featuring Durbin, Clove, Morro, and Herod. Not only is this just available in The Geomancer Challenge, but there will only ever be one of these ever made! And you get it!
The following are the first four pages, plus four extra pages to give you a feel of what the book looks like. If you like Magefable, or know someone else who might, please support us!
The music in my video is "Five Armies" by Kevin Macleod, from the royalty-free website incompetech.com
Heimdall Thunderhammer is the pen name I'm using for writing the Magefable series. There are several reasons for this.
1) I've always invisioned the story being told by a viking so I picked a name that would invoke that image to readers.
B) My main audience is middle-grade kids and I'm sure they'd rather read an adventure book by Heimdall Thunderhammer as opposed to Travis Strout.
3) How cool would it be to go on book tours and signings dressed as a viking?
But my main reason is simply not to confuse my readers with the rest of my writing. I plan on there being a lot of books in the Magefable series, with spin offs and short stories. Travis wants to write many things, not just this series (although this is my priority). Travis might want to write a book about flower arranging, who knows? I can guarantee you Heimdall Thunderhammer will never write a book about flower arranging, so you can always know a Magefable book when you see the author's name.
10% goes to Kickstarter and Amazon for allowing me to use this wonderful site. $200 will go into paying for ISBNs for both copies of the book. The rest will go into printing and shipping costs, as well as producing the other goods offered in the project. Any extra money earned above $1000 will go towards more copies of the books and, if enough is earned, will go towards promotion and comic conventions to further show off the novel.
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SUPPORTER - Thank you for supporting Magefable! To show our gratitude we will send you all three bookmarks! (international orders please add $10)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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B&W COPY - One black and white copy of Magefable. (international orders please add $10)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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BOOKMARK SET (B&W) - One black and white copy of Magefable with one bookmark of your choice. (international orders please add $10)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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COLOR COPY - This is what you're here for, isn't it? One color copy of Magefable! (international orders please add $10)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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BOOKMARK SET (COLOR) - Color copy of Magefable with one bookmark of your choice. (international orders please add $10)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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TRADING CARD SET - Color copy of Magefable with the trading card set. (international orders please add $10)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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PRINT SET - Color copy of Magefable with 3 color art prints. (international orders please add $10)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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ULTIMATE COLLECTER'S SET - Color copy of Magefable with all 3 bookmarks, the trading card set, and the 3 color art prints. Also included is the limited edition "Leacher" trading card only available in this level as well as any incentives earned in the lower levels! (international orders please add $20)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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MULTI-READER PACK - Includes 10 copies of the black and white version of Magefable and a mix of 10 bookmarks. Great for resalers, schools, presents, or party gifts! (international orders please add $30)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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STORYTELLER SET (RABBIT) - I am currently working on the sequel to Magefable, Talonridge. How would you like to create and name a character? I have 3 rabbits that need names and character traits. In this tier you get to help me create one of them! You'll also get everything in the ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S SET as well as a special edition print featuring all 3 rabbits! Plus, you will get the ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S SET of Talonridge when it's released next year! Wow! Plus plus, one of the three characters will be in the third book of the series, Korel!Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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STORYTELLER SET (MISC ANIMAL) - I am currently working on the sequel to Magefable. How would you like to create and name a character? I have 3 enslaved animals that need names, species, and character traits (must be a mouse, squirrel, hedge hog, ground hog, or mole). In this tier you get to help me create one of them! You'll also get everything in the ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S SET as well as a special edition print featuring all 3 animals! Plus, you will get the ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S SET of Talonridge when it's released next year! Plus plus, you get to choose the fate of your characters--do they live, die, get freed, help the enemy maybe..? You're choices will help drive not only Talonridge, but the sequel Korel as well! How cool is that!? (Est. delivery date is based on the est. publishing of Talonridge, the other rewards will be sent as ready)Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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STORYTELLER SET (HEDGE HOG) - I am currently working on the sequel to Magefable, Talonridge. How would you like to create and name a character? I have 3 hedge hogs that need names and character traits. In this tier you get to help me create one of them! You'll also get everything in the ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S SET as well as a special edition print featuring all 3 animals! Plus, you will get the ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S SET of Talonridge when it's released next year! Plus plus, you will get the ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S SET of the third book in the series, Korel! Plus plus plus, help drive their fate! Do they survive until the third book? If you choose so, you get to help drive their fate in that book as well! By Thor's hammer, what a great reward! (Est. delivery date is based on the est. publishing of Korel, the other rewards will be sent as ready)Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
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LEGENDMAKER - I have an idea for a 32 page short story based off from a side plot in Magefable. Two rats get separated from Krochek's horde and need to be stopped, who can do it? Well, you get to create the characters and help me decide their fate! Only conditions to the story is that the animals are types that would likely be found in Verdancia and that the plot isn't completely ridiculous. You help me with the creation and I'll write it up, illustrate it, and publish it along with Talonridge. And guess what? You'll get the first copy, signed, along with any extras I create from the book, such as trading cards and art prints. Plus, you will get the ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S SET of Talonridge when it's released next year! Plus plus, since you're obviously a huge fan of Magefable, I'll throw in the ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S SET of the third book in the series, Korel! Odin's beard, that's a great lot of loot! (Est. delivery date is based on the est. publishing of Korel, the other rewards will be sent as ready)Estimated delivery: Aug 2014