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Black, an epic fantasy novel

A vigilante whose life has been spent pursuing his twisted ideals of justice finds himself beholden to a dangerous enemy.

Black, an epic fantasy novel

A vigilante whose life has been spent pursuing his twisted ideals of justice finds himself beholden to a dangerous enemy.

$915
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24
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, September 24 2012 1:01 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 24, 2012

About

“The quest for justice in our society is nothing less than a war.”

                                                                                    - Jonah Saris

Thank you for your interest in my project.  I am seeking to self-publish an epic fantasy novel entitled BlackBlack is a look inside the mind of an assassin who sees himself as a protector, caught within the desperate struggle for the survival of his doomed world.  My goal is to produce this novel as a refined and professional product, and I have found an excellent editor, artist, and typesetter to assist me with that goal.  However, I need your help to cover the cost of these professionals.

She slowly drew her black swords, relishing the tortured screech of metal on metal as they slid free from their scabbards and erupted in smoky fire.

My manuscripttells the story of Lucian Kael, a killer who targets criminals but is forced to ply his trade against an innocent. Thoughts of revenge falter before the unexpected strength of his adversary, and only with with the aid of an unlikely ally can he hope to prevail. Within this alliance lies a terrible truth, and Lucian’s vengance is only the beginning.

His body was awakened and energized, seething with power and alive with anger.

The tale is a grim one, filled with action, surprises, and chilling insight into its troubled protagonist.  It will appeal to fans of sinister characters and readers of epic fantasy in general.  The story contains a brief prologue and epilogues, and is set in alternating stages that tell the present-day story of Lucian’s world as well as the tale of his transition from an innocent boy to a remorseless executioner.

Distracted by the growing portrait framed in pale moonlight on the floor, Lucian was lost in grim admiration.

Sound like something you’d like to read?  Check out some samples from the original manuscript on my blog, A Council of One.

I am presently working on the first of two planned successor novels to Black, detailing the protagonist’s continuing struggle to fulfill a debt of honor.  I’m also developing some short stories that fill the gap between Lucian’s youth and the present day (if you’d like to star in one of these, check out the Executioner and Archmage contribution levels).

Lucian relaxed his grip and drew his hands away. He now understood that the same sense of duty that was driving him to the far corners of the world had driven Thurl to pursue him.

Should my Kickstarter reach its funding goal, the novel will go directly into editing and then will be formatted for publishing after the final rewrite has been proofread.  My artist, Wanch Tran, whose stylish black-and-white portraits immediately captured my attention, will design and develop a cover image which we feel best represents the protagonist.  The targeted completion date for the project is early to mid-2013, subject to the turnaround in the editing/rewrite process.  The final product will be available digitally (in multiple DRM-free versions) and in paperback.

If you have any questions or comments, please share them with me and I’ll be happy to address them.  Don't forget to check out my blog, find me on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter for project updates.  Thank you again for your interest and attention.

David

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    PROTECTOR - A paperback copy of the completed novel. Domestic shipping included (please add $5 for Canada or $10 for all other international orders), plus all the rewards of the previous contribution levels. Additional hard copies available for $20 each.

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    INVESTIGATOR - One autographed copy of the printed novel with a personalized message. Domestic shipping included (please add $5 for Canada or $10 for all other international orders), plus all the rewards of the Vigilante contribution level. Additional personalized hard copies available for $35 each.

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    ARBITRATOR - Your name included within the body of the novel, preserved for posterity as a minor character, a memorial upon a tombstone, or something similar. Beware: not all of the characters are nice! Includes all the rewards of the Investigator contribution level.

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    INQUISITOR - A minor character with dialogue in mutiple chapters will be re-named after you, and, if you wish, their appearance can be altered to resemble yours (if such modifications fit the context of the character and the story). Beware: not all of the characters are nice! Includes all the rewards of the Investigator contribution level.

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    EXECUTIONER - A short story, to be published when completed, featuring you as an assassin in a direct conflict with Lucian, the protagonist of Black. The character will bear your name and will match your physical description as closely as you wish within the context of the story. (Note: This character has already been conceptualized for inclusion in future Lucian Kael stories, and is FEMALE. Only ladies need apply.) Includes all the rewards of the Investigator contribution level.

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    ARCHMAGE - A short story, to be published when completed, featuring you as an archmage in a direct conflict with Lucian, the protagonist of Black. The character will bear your name and will match your physical description as closely as you wish within the context of the story. (Note: This is an existing character in Lucian Kael's world, and is MALE. Only gentlemen need apply.) Includes all the rewards of the Investigator contribution level.

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