The Knights of Abaddon
The Knights of Abaddon
Young adult fantasy: book one of The Keeper's Chronicles. The story of a young man raised in a corrupt world. Christian elements.
Young adult fantasy: book one of The Keeper's Chronicles. The story of a young man raised in a corrupt world. Christian elements. Read more
Hi, I’m Ron, the author of The Knight’s of Abaddon. It’s the first book in a fully planned nine book series called The Keeper’s Chronicles. The Keeper's Chronicles is a story about the fallen state of humanity where right and wrong is no longer discernible from one another. The series follows protagonist Tagorin Avar, an orphan raised into early adulthood inside the workings of a bandit collective where survival is hinged upon what we (society at large) would perceive as wrong doing.
I started the work on this book because I was very interested in understanding the forces of good and evil, elements I enjoyed with all my favorite childhood stories; Star Wars, King Arthur, and Batman. What those stories tended to have in common is the very clear, distinct division between good and evil and their battle for dominance, particularly within an individual. But I also felt those stories (with the minor exception of Batman) in large part fell short of building and creating the environment we have in our society, where good and evil are not clearly discernible, but rather in the murky middle. What happens to a person in this kind of world? How do they navigate that world? And more importantly, what happens to the person who is able to identify the divisions, the differences between good and evil in a world that doesn't recognise it, or more worrisome, uses the lens of law to promote evil? That's exactly what this series is about--a corrupt world that has lost its morality.
I began working on the first book (The Knights of Abaddon) as a senior in high school, in the spring of 2006. Initially a short story submitted for a writing contest (which I didn't win), it would become the foundation for what is now an immensely complex story. In march 2007, while attending college, I began to plan what (at the time) I believed was going to be a three-part series. Fantasy was the medium I selected because I believed it would allow me the most freedom to explore the battle of good and evil. Initially, mythology and one of the most common themes in Arthurian lore became the backbone; the end justifies the means. It provided a good starting point for building this world of moral grayness. I then continued to plan for the remainder of that year, accumulating nearly two binders worth of information about character, places, and of course, the story arch. And then a new element found its way into the story, and it couldn't have been a better one.
I became a Christian in late 2007. I realized that the mythological elements I had been incorporating into my story were Christian elements. (I can't go too much into detail otherwise the reading experience shall be ruined). Though much of the original story remained intact, I felt compelled to incorporate a story about good and evil that has been around for over two-thousand years; the fall of man, the constant inner struggle between good and evil, and the journey to redemption. More planning ensued, and finally, in the spring of 2009, the first draft was completed. A few friends read and critiqued, and I myself distracted by my studies (I was still attending college) the book was set aside while I finished my last year of undergraduate work and student teaching. After graduating and some time after, I began the work of finely tuning the manuscript and the story arch beyond the first book, which brings us to date.
The Keeper's Chronicles will be nine books upon the completion of the story. Nine is a very significant number and will play a vital role in the series as it progresses; being an English teacher by trade, I'll take a moment and tell you that nine is important. Nine is that magical number every mother knows--it's the birth of a hero. And for you theologians out there, there are nine fruits of the spirit which can be found beginning in Galatians 5:22.
I hope you have all enjoyed this insight into my life and work and that you are as excited as I am to see this story come to life.
The Knight's of Abaddon is the first book in a nine book fantasy series, titled The Keeper's Chronicles. The Keeper's Chronicles will be geared towards young adults and beyond and focuses on aspects that are universal to any coming-of-age story; the consequences of choice, the value of friendships, and the journey to adulthood. The story aims to explore morality and more importantly, the struggles an individual experiences when attempting to discern the difference between good and evil in a collective world where neither is clearly defined or upheld.
Here is a summary description of The Knights of Abaddon:
With the final hammer stroke of the Battle at Ancleed, Dedalus returned to Hoethra and seized the empty Grand Throne. His ascendancy tossed Aldure into a slow-spreading darkness and split the land in two, forcing civil war between the north and south. Murder and thievery became commonplace throughout the land as the Band of Kings was abolished and the Magistrate forever replaced by a single commune of handpicked corrupt officials known as the Imperium. The Order of the White Riders, led by knight commander Felix Alric, forever abandoned their honor-bound duty as peacekeepers and pledged loyalty to King Dedalus. Together with the authority of the new Grand King, the Imperium and the White Riders outlawed the practice of the Old Way—an offense punishable by death.
But to Tagorin, none of this matters. Orphaned long before he could remember, the life of a bandit is all he knows. Justice he learned, is getting ahead to survive—by any means possible. Together, he and his life-long friend Dagon climb the ranks of the bandit collective that raised them, seeking glory, riches, and fame. Little do they know, their journey will lead them to a deadly confrontation with the Grand King himself. Their choice will determine the fate of Aldure.
Risks and challenges
The challenge is publishing the material. Please read the biography section to understand a bit more in detail about the purpose of the series. I want to accomplish self publishing as it allows more control from the author's perspective and maintains the integrity of the material. The second challenge with publication is advertisement. Thankfully, Createspace offers authors great tools to get this done!
I plan to publish with Createspace; independent publishing with Amazon. Createspace provides many effective tools for publishing and marketing, and do so at a very reasonable cost. Funds raised will go to the implementation of publishing and the marketing associated with the book. As Createspace is well known and overseen by Amazon, it will have wide accessibility and a support team behind the project without the hassle and delay a normal publishing company and author would otherwise experience.
100% funding will provide the following services from Amazon's Createspace:
High Quality Trade Paperback
Professional Book Cover
Kindle-Ready File Conversion
PDF Interior Support Service
Author's Advantage Book Interior
Comprehensive Copyediting Plus
The remaining funds will be used for promotions on Facebook and local news papers.
Publishing with Createspace means less risk to you--it means that I have a say in when and how the book is published. With a direct channel into Amazon, the book will have a large potential audience and a team behind the product which ensures quality. Of course, publishing the material is only one part of the equation--getting the word out is necessary too. That's why some of the funding will be allocated to local newpapers and Facebook ad purchases.
Please note--unsuccessful funding will not prevent this book from publication--it will however, severely delay it's publishing.
WILL I SUCCEED?
I believe I am very capable of triumphing over the barrier of self-publication as I have worked on this project for 5 years. The series is well planned and with a very specific purpose. Having worked on this project for this length of time, I believe my passion and drive for the success of this publication is well demonstrated.
If you have any questions that were not addressed above, please feel free to contact me--I am happy to answer any of your questions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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