Adventure? Check. Magic? Check. Sarcasm? You bet.
Who is Never?
After years of running down dead-end clues, the rogue Never has nearly given up his quest for answers; his blood is cursed and his true name a mystery, yet no library, no healer and none who claim to know dark magics have ever been able to help...
But in The Phoenix of Kiymako Never is finally going to learn the truth.
Phoenix is Never's sixth epic fantasy adventure. In this story, Never will be thrown into a secretive new culture where he is hunted during his own search. But his father has left a dark trail to follow and if Never can survive, it will lead to both his long lost sister and the truth about his mysterious name.
When talking about the Never stories readers often mention the following in their reviews:
Who is Ashley?
I’m Ashley Capes and I'm a novelist and teacher from Australia. You might have read the previous Never books or maybe my Bone Mask Trilogy but even if you haven’t, welcome to my Kickstarter for The Phoenix of Kiymako!
When I finished writing the Never series back in 2016 with Imperial Towers I wasn’t sure there’d be another story but two years have gone by now and I think it’s definitely time for more snark and adventure as I set out to tell the tale of Never’s search for his sister.
What will you get?
Backing the project now will ensure the story is released in the best possible shape and even better, it will let you nab a copy well before everyone else!
There’s also some great perks like signed paperbacks, reader cameos and the chance for even more Never stories – check out the rewards and stretch goals for more detail :)
Once again, the amazing Lin Hsiang has produced a cover that I am thrilled to bits with – depicting Never hiding from pursuit in the bamboo forest of Kiymako.
You can see Lin’s other covers below if you’d like to get a better look at Never :D
The story is actually complete as I type this but it still needs my ultra-awesome editor Amanda to make it really shine, so rest assured your pledge will be fulfilled on time!
Total production costs of The Phoenix of Kiymako include cover art, editing, proofing, formatting and marketing. However, this Kickstarter will contribute toward costs of editing and cover art and anything above and beyond the target will go toward proofing, formatting and marketing.
Haven't read the previous books?
Don't worry, the $1 pledge includes Never's first adventure as an ebook OR if you can’t wait to start reading, you can grab his prequel story for free right here.
If we hit this stretch goal you can expect a brand new side story (featuring Never of course) detailing how his friends Tsolde and Luis take back her inn from the clutches of a greedy merchant baron.
$1,500 - UNLOCKED!!
Unlock a second side story from Never’s past – join Never and a runaway apprentice as they search the catacombs beneath his homeland for a clue to his heritage.
$2,000 - UNLOCKED!!!
A seventh adventure awaits!
This goal will ensure the creation of another new novel where Never is asked to save old flame Sacha from the Red Seed Cult – but is her promise to kill Never should they meet again enough to make him refuse?
New Stretch Goal
Never & Snow - Beginnings
This goal unlocks a story following Never and Snow as young men searching for their heritage and more - learning just how bitter rivalry between brothers can become.
Risks and challenges
The second draft of the story is complete as of the launch of this campaign so I'm confident editing will go smoothly at the end of the Kickstarter and you'll receive the novel on time.
I've released 14 other titles over my career so me and my team are a pretty well-oiled machine at this point - but if there are any delays in the planned release of May, you'll be the first to hear of it.
And it'll be a delay only.
This book is going ahead, even if it takes a lot longer than I'd like!
I'll be updating this campaign regularly and you can always contact me here or via my website below:Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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