In 2012, my satirical epic fantasy novel Disenchanted was published by 47North, Amazon's sci-fi/fantasy imprint. I had a blast writing it, and it was very well received by readers and reviewers. Disenchanted has sold over 30,000 copies and currently has 158 Amazon reviews with an average 4.2 star rating. Jason Weisberger of BoingBoing.net said that Disenchanted "kept me laughing and laughing... It's a fast-paced read that I didn't want to put down." (Read the full review here.)
I've been meaning to publish more adventures set in the land of Dis for a while, and the time has finally come!
With your help, I will be releasing not one, but two sequels to Disenchanted over the next few months. The second Dis book, Disillusioned, is nearly halfway finished. I expect Disillusioned to be about 80,000 words, or 320 pages, when it's done (by comparison, Disenchanted was only 62,000 words, or 220 pages). Disillusioned should be done and ready to ship by May 31, 2015.
The third book, tentatively titled Distopia, will be between 65,000 and 80,000 words, and should be ready to ship by July 31, 2015.
What's the Money For?
About the Books
Being assassinated doesn't have many upsides, so when King Boric is felled by a traitor, the king comforts himself with the knowledge that, like all great warriors, he will spend eternity carousing in the Hall of Avandoor. There's just one problem: to claim his heavenly reward, Boric must release the enchanted sword of Brakslaagt.
Now, to avoid being cursed to walk the land of Dis forever as an undead wraith, he must hunt down the mysterious Lord Brand who gave him the sword twenty years ago. So begins Boric's extraordinary journey across the Six Kingdoms of Dis, a walking corpse who wants nothing more than to be disenchanted and left in peace. Along the way he's advised by the Witch of Twyllic, mocked by the threfelings of New Threfelton, burned, shot at, and nearly blown to bits. But nothing can prepare him for coming face-to-face with Lord Brand. For in that moment, Boric discovers that nothing—in life, in death, or in between—is exactly what it seems.
Set a thousand years (give or take) before the events of Disenchanted, Disillusioned tells the story of Wyngalf the Bold, the legendary hero renowned for ridding the land of Dis of the scourge of dragons. The story begins as Wyngalf, a young missionary for an obscure religious sect, arrives in the port city of Skuldred. Desperate to prove his worth to his superiors, Wyngalf finds himself drafted into leading a missionary voyage across the sea to the semi-legendary land of Dis.
Accompanied by a beautiful stowaway named Evena and an oddball goblin who has been shunned by his clan, Wyngalf is continually thwarted in his attempts to proselytize by various practical concerns--chief among these being the fact that the land of Dis is being terrorized by a fearsome dragon. Wyngalf realizes that in order to prove his faith and get Evena home, he must summon the courage and resourcefulness to defeat the dragon. But what if his faith isn't enough?
Set a hundred years after the climax of Disenchanted, Distopia finds the land of Dis under the peaceful rule of King Karl, the great-grandson of Boric the Implacable. All the dragons in Dis have been slain, and the goblins, trolls and ogres have been integrated into Dissian society. Everyone agrees that things have never been better in Dis. But a young knight named Vergil, raised on tales of the heroic deeds of his ancestors, dreams of danger and adventure. When Vergil accidentally uncovers a sinister conspiracy, he realizes that the peace of Dis has been bought at a steep price—and soon he'll have all the danger he wants, and then some.
The Dis Books!
The main rewards are, of course, the books. Aren't they pretty? (Cover for Distopia is just a stand-in at this point. Final version will be prettier.)
Supporters who pledge $10 or more will receive a digital of my friend Jenn Thorson's very entertaining book There Goes the Galaxy. Supporters who pledge $75 or more will also receive a paperback copy signed by Jenn herself.
Supporters who pledge $50 or more will get a signed 18" x 24" poster with the cover art for my book Starship Grifters.
Badass Sword-Shaped USB Drive!
Supporters who pledge $75 or more will get one of these badass sword-shaped USB drives pre-loaded with a bunch of ebooks:
(Note that depending on availability, you may end up with a slightly different design.)
Bonus Book #2!
Supporters who pledge $35 or more will get a digital copy of Rick Gualtieri's irreverent and profane novel, Bill the Vampire. Supporters who pledge $100 or more will get a signed paperback copy of Bill the Vampire.
Official Dis Map!
The coolest reward, though, goes to those pledging $100 or more. An 18" x 24" autographed map of the Land of Dis, suitable for framing!
Note that this is not the final design: The final version will be much prettier and more detailed than this. And just, like, way super cool. You don't even know.
And for supporters who want to be immortalized as part of the Land of Dis: pledge $200 or more and I'll name a town or geographical feature in Dis after you. Maybe it will be the Allison Mountains or the town of Fuellhart. Let me know what you want to be, and we'll work it out. I'll put it on the official map of Dis, which will appear in both upcoming books. You'll even get a mention in at least one of the books, and of course you'll get a map poster with your name on it!
With your help, this project is going to be truly epic. Thanks in advance for your support!
Risks and challenges
This is my fourth Kickstarter. I have successfully funded and published three other novels through Kickstarter: Schrodinger's Gat, Mercury Revolts and City of Sand. Disillusioned and Distopia will be my eleventh and twelfth novels, respectively. Most of my novels have taken less than two months to write; Disenchanted took me about six weeks. I did go a few weeks over the projected deadline with City of Sand because the book ended up about 10,000 words longer than I expected, so I've padded this project by a few extra weeks just in case.
I've done this so many times that the only real risks are the possibility of health problems or some act of God (asteroid striking Earth, zombie apocalypse, etc.) that prevent me from writing. I will inform supporters of any roadblocks as I become aware of them and refund your money if I am unable to fulfill the goals of the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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