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By Paul Batteiger
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What is this?

This is the funding campaign for my epic fantasy novel Storm of Empire. The basic pitch for Storm of Empire is Game of Thrones meets The Avengers:

The Empire of Carinthia is not what it once was. A thousand years ago it stretched across the sea and ruled lands now all but forgotten, but now it is a shadow of its former self. Divided into a host of hostile successor states, it is an empire in name only. Now the final blow may be ready to fall, as an army of barbarians crosses the border and invades from the northlands.

In this final hour, a star crosses the sky – but not any star. This is a bearded star, an omen star, with a tail that burns so brightly the nights are like day and the sky burns with strange colors. And by the light of the star, some people find themselves transformed.

  • Karana is a junior archivist, a quiet girl who loves books and histories. Now she finds herself able to control the winds and call the lightning.
  • Arthras is one of the barbarian invaders, just one young warrior among many, but now he is stronger than any man and can cause the earth to shake at his command.
  • Thessala is a priestess of a healing order, dedicated to helping children and the sick. Now she grows stronger every day, and her skin turns to armored scales.
  • Lykaon is a hunter, a shiftless wanderer, and a drunk. Only now, when he calls upon his new power, he becomes a massive, unstoppable beast.
  • Diomedes is a thief, living hand to mouth in the slums of the imperial city. Touched by the star, he finds he can move faster and faster, and he is strong as ten men, or more.

None of them asked for these powers, and they do not know what to do with them, or how to control them. Each of them soon finds that power attracts power as rulers and would-be rulers try to gather them in, control them, and use them. War between them would have terrible consequences, but it seems unstoppable.

But then something stirs from a long slumber. Something terrible and legendary awakens, and in the midst of their conflict, these five people learn that there are things in the world stronger than they are, and that perhaps, in some way, this has all happened before...

Preliminary Cover Mock-up
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The book will combine massive action, adventure, and backstabbing political intrigue in the first book of this projected series.

Pages for the other ebooks listed as rewards can be found:

The Howling God

The Demon Star

Risks and challenges

Storm of Empire is currently a work in progress, and I project that it will be between 120,000-140,000 words when completed. At that length, it should take me between 48 and 70 days to produce it. I will write all of it myself, do all the formatting and typesetting myself, and produce all the design and graphic elements myself. I have been producing books (both ebooks and print books) for 6 years, and I have written about 20 full-length fantasy and science fiction novels in that time.

You'll have the ebook in hand by May. Print takes a bit longer with proofing and shipping, but you'll have that by June.

The challenge of this campaign for me is that I am taking this book in a new direction. I have been publishing the same kind of light pulp adventure for several years, but with this one I am stretching beyond pulp to create a novel that is still a great adventure, but with deeper world-building and more complex characters. I’ve written these kinds of books before, but they haven’t been the books that I’ve published with regularity.

My goal with this campaign is to not only produce a great story, but to increase my audience of readers and take my current readers on a new kind of journey.

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    Cameo

    You will be written into the book in a walk-on role. You decide how you want to appear, and you can even be killed off if you want. This also includes the print book and ebooks.

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    Bonus Story!

    You will get the ebooks, the print edition, and also a completed short story of no less than 2,000 words, which you can personally star in if you wish. You choose your powers and I will write it for you in the world of the novel.

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    Unique Book

    You will get a personalized print edition with margin sketches to make for a unique copy of the novel that no one else will have. Includes ebooks, star stone, and short story.

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