Temple of the Four Elements
Temple of the Four Elements
Temple of the Four Elements is a fantasy eBook, a coming-of-age adventure in the mysterious medieval world of Arkonia
Temple of the Four Elements is a fantasy eBook, a coming-of-age adventure in the mysterious medieval world of Arkonia Read more
Dear friends, thank you so much for your support!
I decided over the past weeks to postpone the project. I feel that the characters need more time to mature and my craft in fiction writing is still too far from my potential as a writer.
Thus the campaign will be stopped and I'm so grateful to all the backers and friends who cheered me on. The book will definitely be published, it's only a question of when, not if :=)
Tandrel shriveled in fear as the earth shook the stone bridge beneath him again. He turned around and saw his father and brother desperately holding on to the side of the bridge. Tandrel felt how his feet began to slide through the solid ground. His hands reached for anything to hold on to but the stones around him fell apart. The bridge twisted and gnarled and finally collapsed in a great tremor. As Tandrel fell he could hear his father screaming his last words...
A New Kind of Story
I've read countless fantasy books. For a long time I wanted something different. Another kind of story. Not the kind where the destined hero battles the dragon and wins the love of the princess. Not the kind where the good side and the evil side fight a huge battle and one of them wins.
I wanted a fantasy book that felt real
A story where there is no clear line between the good and the evil
A story where anyone can become a hero
A story where only the kindness of the many can overcome the tyranny of the few
I never found such a story in the bookshelves... I found it in my dreams instead, the day I dreamt of Arkonia.
In Arkonia I learnt of Tandrel and his struggles. Of Hella and the ancient traditions of her people. I got to know the jolly Bavir and the mysterious Mervie and how they all came together that auspicious day in the Temple of the Four Elements.
”May this place help you remember who you truly are”
With those words, his guide from the forest left Tandrel standing at the gate. Not just any gate, but the gate to the Temple of the Four Elements. The place where aspiring youths come from all over Arkonia to learn the Arts of the Four Elements. Well, that's the official reason students enroll. Tandrel quickly learns that there are many other reasons that students come to the Temple: Dodging initation rites in their tribes, escaping arranged marriages and assassins. Or to look for dragons...
LOTR, Harry Potter, TWOT, GOT, WoW and Dota. I used to live in these fantasy worlds more than "IRL". I also studied physics, psychology, got burned out, and started a meditation company. During the past years I've been living part time in the Legends of Arkonia. Finally I can share with you my friend, this beginning of a tale so incredible just thinking of it brings me to tears.
If you enjoyed the magic of Harry Potter, the greatness of Game of Thrones and the spirituality of the Alchemist you are going to love this first journey in the epic world of Arkonia
The idea for the world of Arkonia came to me in a dream in 2012. I woke up in the middle of the night and immediately knew that I was going to create a huge fantasy series. I didn't know much more than that though... It took me three years before I had mustered enough courage to go beyond my thick layers of self critical thoughts and fears and write the first manuscript. By then I thought the first book was already finished. Hahaha... Now, after several rounds of edits and upgrades I know better... And here we are,
Where you enter the story!
Help me through the last pushes of this remarkable birth.
Back this legendary tale and you get a special version of the book: for backers only!
Preorder today and you save roughly 50% (estimated price after launch is 10$)
Hell, it's about time for a fantasy series for all the planet protectors and your support is needed my dear ambassador!
Wouldn't it be nice to look back with joy as you enter the cinema to watch the blockbuster movie "Temple of the Four Elements" a second time, nowing that you were one of the original heroic backers of this crowdfunder!
Join me and explore this gigantic world with its mysterious mountain temple, great steampunk and medieval cities, vast deserts, crystal forests, glass palaces, druids, corrupt nobles, religious fanatics, saints, and of course, rumors of DRAGONS
By backing this creation, your support makes me able to hire the best possible editor and illustrator. As you can see I have already found them:
The magical painter Sophia who will enchant the beginning of each chapter in the book with her amazing illustrations.
Can you imagine 40 epic images just like the ones here in the campaign?
The lingual wizard Chris who will be my editor and make sure each sentence draws you deeper into the mysteries of Arkonia.
Our world is on fire. Global temperature each day and the arctic is melting. Each gallon of blackwater we put in our cars and each tree we cut down fuel the flames. There will be no trees cut to create this book. Instead I move boldly together with you to the digital future.
The digital print date is set on my birthday, the 29th of April.
That is all, and as the Malagor saying goes:
"Better have a coin in my hand than a palace of glass beyond the Sea of Sand."
(I'd rather have you support me right now with 5 dollar than a thousand tomorrow!)
Or the Neyanxzari saying: "One Chrysab doesn't make for mulch but a dozen remnants makes the whole Citadel green and lush"
"May the clear skies and the gentle streams bless you"
“We have a long road ahead of us my friend, but we will celebrate every step on the way!”
The Cartographer (100 backers) REACHED, view the map below!
Logot, Cloudborn, Malagor, Edar, Neyanxzari and Daiel. There are many civilizations in Arkonia and with this map you can find your way.
Temple tour (150 backers)
I will make a video celebration from my writing temple!
The Elemental Initiates (250 Backers)
All backers get to meet the main characters in the book!
Chat with the Creator #1 (500 backers)
I will host a Q&A session through live video stream
Chat with the Creator #2 (750 backers)
Another Q&A session through live video stream
Of Oak and Stardust (Funding reached!!)
Wooooooow!!! WE DID IT! When we get here, I'll travel halfway through Sweden to the old cottage where I wrote the first manuscript in 2015 and show you the ancient Oaks that inspired me. I will also make an interview with a very special writing teacher of mine.
Stretch goal: "Scroll of the Elements" (2.000 backers)
The Compendium of the Elemental Arts for all backers!
Together with Sophy's illustrations, I will craft a beautiful handbook for the mind/body practices that are taught in the Temple of the four Elements
100 Backers: Map unlocked!
Illustrations: Sophia Fredriksson, Custom by Sophy
Video voice and production: Johan Badh
IT-guru: Erik Svalander
Cartographer: Sam Eckstrom
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenge is to reach out to you my friend, you and all your friends and lovers of fantasy. Your help is dearly appreciated in this mission so please show your friends the way to Arkonia.
The book is close to completion. What's missing? The hawk eyes of Chris, my dear editor who will get working as soon as we get close to reaching the funding goal. This is also when my dear illustrator Sophia will begin with the remaining 40 illustrations and a mind blowing book cover. Thus we have three months to complete our work before delivery in late April.
That's more than enough. If it seems like a long time, don't worry, we will keep you updated with sketches, excerpts and poems to make your wait endurable.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (29 days)