The Fettered Flame: Genre-Bending Epic Fantasy
The Fettered Flame: Genre-Bending Epic Fantasy
The Shkode fantasy series is about dragons, wizards, lost magic, and the connections that define us. Vegan, gender, LGBT themes/heroes.
The Shkode fantasy series is about dragons, wizards, lost magic, and the connections that define us. Vegan, gender, LGBT themes/heroes. Read more
About this project
Thank you for checking out our project! Please help us fund this unique novel. This indie author loves to write, and by supporting publication of this novel you will receive a fun story to read or gift - and you will also help dreams come true. (The author frequently supports indie crowdfunding campaigns on her personal account, and loves being part of that experience.)
This campaign is to enable the editing and publication costs of Book 2 of the Shkode Trilogy: The Fettered Flame. If you’re new to the trilogy, please join us! There are rewards starting at $10 where you can get both books: The Banished Craft (shipped at campaign close) and then The Fettered Flame (shipped when complete).
So this is the author here, and I have to start with something that maybe I shouldn’t say, except I can’t hold it in! I love this book. As proud as I am of The Banished Craft, I think the sequel is better. Like, I’m totally in love with it, and really excited to share it with you. Please help me do that!
What is the Shkode Trilogy? It’s genre-bending epic fantasy, with dragons, wizards, treachery, magic, and a touch of mathematical fiction. It also weaves in social themes like gender identity, non-traditional family, non-violence, cultural identity, and animal compassion. Yes, it’s different. We hope you love it!
Here's what's in Book 2. We think there's something for you:
- More wizards and dragons: What happens to Atesh, Cor, Jwala, and the others? Find out in The Fettered Flame.
- Big plot twists: We can’t tell you! But each of the first three chapters has a huge plot twist. We think they are awesome.
- Gender themes: I promise if you like gender themes, you will love this. We’ve got gender-role-defying characters; we’ve got gay heroes; we’re serving drag – there is even a transgendered dragon. Because fantasy needs that. You need that.
- Vegan themes: Hey, fellow vegans! Hey, open-minded people! Show some love for vegan heroes and themes! The author is 100% vegan and proud - and would love your support. Learn more about animal welfare themes in Bell's writing.
- Thought-provoking subject matter: Like we said, it’s a little of everything. Dimensional theory, philosophy, non-violence / ahimsa, mental illness, class structure, on and on!
- Diversity: Should it matter than the heroine isn’t a busty blonde? Maybe not. But we think there should be heroes who are women of color too and whose focus is not sexualization. Support diverse SFF!
Still not sure? That’s alright. We really appreciate you giving this project a look. Could we ask you to mark a reminder on this project, and in the meantime follow E.D.E. Bell:
And...here's E.D.E. Bell. She's totally embarrassed by being in videos, so be nice:
Editing, illustrating, and offset printing are expensive, and we invested a lot of our own money (in addition to our Kickstarter funds) to ensure Book 1 had map and chapter illustrations (these funds were not included in the Kickstarter) and also that it could be beautifully offset printed, because the author loves the idea of fantasy literature as art. We can't invest as much this time, so we are hoping to raise enough via the campaign to maintain the same level of quality as we did with The Banished Craft. Remember, the amount pledged isn’t anywhere near the amount available for these expenses – as a lot of the funds go into providing backers the printed books and other rewards we think you will love, in addition to shipping and fees, which consume a lot of the total.
The Kickstarter funds cover:
Base amount: $7,500: With a successful Kickstarter project, we will be able to pay professional illustrator Anna Rettberg for a stunning wrap-around cover as well as cover two professional developmental edits, a line edit, and a final review.
Stretch Goal: $15,000: Ok, so why is the stretch goal so high? The base amount covers the creative costs of the book – primarily editing and illustration. It does not cover the print/paper/binding costs of a traditional, offset printed book in minimum quantities required for operation of the printing press. If we can meet our minimum Kickstarter goal, we are committed to investing in an offset print run to guarantee a high quality book – and not settle on a lower quality print-on-demand paperback. If we reach this stretch goal, we will produce some cool, Kickstarter-only swag and will give everyone a free coupon to give a friend an e-book.
Stretch Goal: $25,000: If we reach this stretch goal, we will have covered our full costs and will also be able to produce an audio book version of both The Banished Craft and The Fettered Flame. If we reach this goal, every backer will receive a downloadable copy of these two audio books in addition to their selected rewards.
What reviewers had to say about Shkode Book 1: The Banished Craft
“A wonderfully delightful and deeply imaginative tale of struggle and the quest for knowledge, set in a well-developed and complex high fantasy setting.” -G.S. Jennsen, author of Science-Fiction saga Aurora Rhapsody
“I love Bell’s sensitive and insightful exploration of compassion, connection, and relationships. The Banished Craft provides layers of thought-provoking ideas as well as good old-fashioned escapism.” -Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, bestselling author of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge
“epic fantasy that is definitely epic” – Candace’s Book Blog
“If you enjoy epic journeys, this is a book for you” – Girl of 1000 Wonders
“fun, different and exciting. Definitely a book worth reading.” – Maureen’s Books
“a layered masterpiece of epic fantasy” – Cover2CoverBlog
“a truly epic fantasy . . . lovely” – Bibliobibuli
“my first 5 star in over 2 years” – Matryoschka Heritage
Check out more reviews of The Banished Craft on Goodreads.
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Risks and challenges
Note on Limited Edition reward levels: There are only 25 Limited Edition copies available of The Fettered Flame, and 15 of The Banished Craft. While we will monitor the reward levels and close tiers as appropriate, limited editions will be signed and distributed in order of reward level first (highest to lowest dollar amount) and then by date backed within each tier. It is possible that someone may pledge to a limited edition tier and we will be out of limited editions to offer. In this case, we will work with the backer on options for a fair substitution. Again, we will work to prevent this but we wanted to be open about the possibility.
Other than that, the risks are low if the base funding goal is met. The story is already completed in first draft, and we (the publisher) have already delivered on the first book in the trilogy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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