Taking a page from classic early 80s anthologies like Larry Niven’s Man-Kzin Wars and Robert Asprin’s Thieves World, Tales of the Emerald Serpent maintains an old school feel while bringing you some of the latest talent in today’s science fiction, fantasy, and horror markets.
Set in Art of the Genre’s trademarked universe, The Nameless Realms, this anthology returns readers to the Free City of Taux, a fantasy port of cursed stones, dark plots, and a core of rich characters who share space inside the infamous Black Gate District.
This rich anthology links characters and tales in an interwoven mosaic that helps draw the reader into each story, and with authors like Lynn Flewelling, Dave Gross, Juliet McKenna, Martha Wells, Robert Mancebo, Julie Czerneda, Michael Tousignant, Elaine Cunningham, Dan Wells, Todd Lockwood, and Howard Tayler, this latest volume plumbs the depths of dark city-born fantasy like nothing ever before.
Editor and contributor R. Scott Taylor helps create the shadowed metropolis of Taux, where Razor Duelists and mailed and heavily armed Sturgeons try to hold back the tide of ghosts, Moon Cultists, and shadow magic that lurks inside the slithering coils of Wizard’s Mist. Rogues, harlots, and merchant princes share the same streets, and all watch their backs as the stones of the city call out to the living in a never ending game of cat and mouse for the true ownership of the great port.
On the final night of the Festival of a Thousand Blossoms, a foreign paladin has come to Taux. Her investigation leads to the vigilante murder of a moon priestess recently released from the stone walls of the infamous Silk Purse brothel. Our intrepid characters, themselves all suspects, must protect their own hides while also shielding the real killer. It'll be a game of wits and magic, with justice on the sword's edge.
Memories of Lankhmar, Sanctuary, and Waterdeep merge in each unfolding tale, and award winning fantasy artists Todd Lockwood, Jeff Laubenstein and Janet Aulisio bring form to each story with their incredible pen and ink renderings. Lockwood also lends his artistic vision to another epic cover that wraps this project in a package so special it’s almost too good to be true!
But don’t take our word for it, just check out some unsolicited reviews for Tales of the Emerald Serpent, Volume I.
Keith West of Adventure Fantastic writes: There's not a bad story in the lot, and some of them, such as "Between" by Todd Lockwood and "Charlatan" by Scott Taylor tell of the same events from completely different points of view. The overall effect creates a book that is greater than the sum of its parts. Along with reading some good fiction by old favorites, I've discovered some more writers whose work I'll be reading.
Lou Anders of Editor-In-Chief of Pyr Books writes: I'd highly recommend Tales of the Emerald Serpent. I like what it does and how it goes about it. It's a smart, good looking package with some real gems of fiction inside. I have no knowledge of a sequel in the works, but I'd certainly fund another Tales of the Emerald.
Andy Goldman of Lithicbee writes: If you like dueling swordsmen (and -women), magic-filled action and adventure, love both true and enchanted, and stories that work on their own and as part of a shared whole, get thee hence and pick up a copy of Tales of the Emerald Serpent. What Scott and the involved writers have accomplished is not only a solid shared-world book, but stories and characters that call out for a sequel. Here’s to a new era of shared worlds!
If you like fantasy, and you remember the days when books sang with slim stories of high adventure and burst with rich illustrations to lend solidity to every epic tale, then Tales of the Emerald Serpent Volume II, A Knight in the Silk Purse is what you’ve been longing for.
*Note: Everyone who contributes to the 'Golden Ticket' reward level or higher will receive a digital copy of Tales of the Emerald Serpent Volume One [upon request] along with any other digital products produced by this Kickstarter!
Like Tales of the Emerald Serpent, we’ve set our goal to bring you a single volume, A Knight in the Silk Purse, but over the course of the two years all our authors and artists have been working on Taux, we’ve scripted an entire series, all culminating in a final conflict that will not only decide the fate of Taux, but also the entire Nameless Realms.To accomplish this dream, we’ve built in stretch goals to ensure that our readers get to experience our epic tale in its entirety.
And we are committed to make this the most spectacular fantasy fiction Kickstarter of all time, with more stretch goals added as this project moves forward. And remember the bulk of all these stretch goals are designed to give Golden Ticket and higher level backers access to them for free! So come in, join the party, and spread the word to help us create a fully formed fantasy franchise that will go down in history as the greatest independent anthology release of all time!
Risks and challenges
As a fiction imprint working exclusively on Kickstarter, Art of the Genre has produced and fulfilled five novels using this platform in the course of a calendar year. One thing that all backers should understand is that although we will provide A Knight in the Silk Purse by December 2013, further volumes achieved through stretch goals will likely require and additional six to eight months per volume to create.
Still, this is a personal passion project for all the authors and artists involved so we are as anxious as our backers to see these volumes become a reality as quickly as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
If I don't have a copy of Tales of the Emerald Serpent Volume One, will it be made available to backers?
Yes, if you are new to this series, any backer who pledges at the 'Golden Ticket' reward level can request a digital copy of Tales of the Emerald Serpent Volume One for free once the project is fully funded.
If the stretch goal for the Tales of the Emerald Serpent RPG is met, what system will the game be in?
This is still in the works as we have several Open Game Licenses to consider and the possibility of working with a standing company to help us produce the RPG we want to make.
If I contribute to the $350 'I want art on my wall' level, what original art has already been spoken for?
Currently, the original art from Juliet McKenna, Howard Tayler, Elaine Cunningham, Lynn Flewelling, and Mike Tousignant have been claimed at this reward level.
Digital versions of Tales of the Emerald Serpent Volume I can be purchased for $4.99 on the Art of the Genre website in PDF, epub, and mobi formats. If you would like a physical copy of Tales of the Emerald Serpent you can order one from Lulu.com at a price of $14.99 in trade paperback. Both links follow:
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