The Tooth and Blade saga is an epic fantasy series chronicling the rise of a mercenary company on hire to tame a new land... a land filled with monsters and unspeakable danger. As they move further into the unknown, the mercenaries must rely on the navigation skill of a fierce female shaman whose future may decide the fate of both the mercenaries and the entire land.
Red Valor (Tooth and Blade Book 2) is in the final stages of editing, and will be released in June!
NEW MINI STRETCH GOAL: 100 Backers - Original Short Story. Author Shad Callister has agreed to write an original short story, set in the Tooth and Blade world which will be sent to ALL Backers!
Stretch Goal Achieved! $4000 - Additional Bonus Content. See "Stretch Goal" section below for details.
The mercenaries of the Tooth and Blade are hungry for new work, but they can scarcely imagine what will be required of them next.
Splitting up to take on two campaigns at once, they head out into the wilds of Ostora once again with bronze blades and some new tactics to see them through. Pelekar and his native guide Perian go north to see what's become of a lumber camp that went silent, while Damicos teams up with a renowned explorer to seek out the lost city of Leitra deep in the interior.
Both campaigns quickly turn bloody, and the two captains are in over their heads before they realize it. There are dark forces stirring in the forest, and the capture of a barbarian prince brings with it far-reaching consequences.
There is a fierce battle coming, and it might cost the blood of every man in the company.
Pelekarr - A cavalry captain with a tactician's mind and just enough arrogance to get him into trouble. His choices force his men down paths that weaker men would fear to tread, and he must rely on the strength of his sword and his allies to make it through.
Perian - The fierce native woman who guides the company finds herself growing increasingly involved with the captain she swore to assist. But the survival of the company will depend on her ability to call forth terrible things from the forest depths, things she fears more than any other.
Damicos - Infantry captain of the Tooth and Blade who is cunning but bold to the point of greed. He will weather any danger to take the ultimate prize that Ostora has to offer, but it will place him in a position he may not be able to escape from.
Harnwe - A young archer raised in the Ostoran settlements, hired on with the Tooth and Blade as a skirmisher to enable the company's new battle strategies. She is loyal and skilled, but that may not be enough when faced with all that threatens the new troops.
Leisha - Queen of the lost city Leitra, where men ride on the backs of monsters. She holds the secret to Ostora's deepest sources of wealth and power. But she is half-mad, and all the more dangerous for it.
Keltos - Young horseman riding in the vanguard of the cavalry troops, always at the forefront of the bloodiest action. If he survives this campaign, he will be worthy of great honor, but it will cost him deeply.
Shad Callister was raised on tales of ancient mythology from the old world as well as history and folklore from the younger wilderness of America. He now writes his own stories of science fiction and epic fantasy from his home in the mountain West, exploring both the heroics of the past and the dangers of the future.
The impetus for this new entry in the up-and-coming Military Fantasy genre came from one image: a band of desperate sword and spear-era French Foreign Legionnaires facing a newly discovered land full of terrifying monsters. This quickly developed into a tale that parallels the early European settlement of the American continent, something like a French and Indian War with monsters added in to the mix. But since I'm a history buff and a stickler for realism (as far as possible in a world with monsters and mysticism), every detail of the battles in this book are based on real accounts of ancient warfare. The bronze-age weaponry, the battlefield tactics, and the characters will ring true to readers familiar with military tactics. All while being wildly entertaining, of course - after all, there are huge monsters and bloodthirsty savages infesting every corner of Ostora.
Cover Art and Maps
- The Kickstarter 1st Edition of Red Valor (Tooth and Blade Book 2) will include the original detailed Map of Ostora by fantasy cartographer Jessica Khoury both in the text and as a separate Backer reward.
- By popular demand, MORE Battle Maps hand-drawn by the author will be included throughout the text.
- The specially commissioned Cover Art by artist Jeff Brown will be part of a fantasy panorama, so that each cover of the complete trilogy will line up together as a single picture. All three covers will make a great art set.
- Ebooks will be in both Kindle and ePub formats for reading on any device.
- Paperback copies will be fulfilled through Amazon POD.
- Book Two is approximately 430 pages, and in the final editing and formatting stage. It will be released in June.
- Book Three is aiming for completion late 2019.
- Book One is available for purchase through this Kickstarter and will soon be available on Amazon and other online retailers.
ABOUT BARDE PRESS
BARDE PRESS is a small team of independent artists who love fantastic stories! Helmed by fanboys Scott Baird and Rob York, we have one goal: To find, publish, and create the best new fantasy and sci-fi stories for fellow fans and geeks... the things that we love and want to read! It's fantasy and sci-fi for fans by fans.
We've teamed up to become the official publisher of sci-fi/fantasy author Shad Callister. Tooth and Blade: Book One marked our publishing debut, with Red Valor (Tooth and Blade Book 2) as our second title. Book Three will soon follow, along with another all-new fantasy series called The Sixlands Trilogy.
Journey with us at BARDE PRESS and be part of the exciting new world of indie publishing.
- $4,000 - We will include an Appendix at the end of Red Valor similar to the first book's, with updated military roster and new content such as a chronology of battles, a Bestiary of the Monsters of Ostora, and more.
- $8,000 - We will produce an Audiobook edition of Tooth and Blade: Book One.
Watch the book trailer for TOOTH AND BLADE: BOOK ONE
Risks and challenges
The book is finished, the cover art is done. Maps and ebook formatting are in the works already. Print copies will be fulfilled by Amazon POD, which makes it pretty easy.
Barde Press is new, but the people behind it have brought many creative projects to life. We launched Tooth and Blade: Book One, our debut title, successfully and do not foresee any setbacks with our future lineup. Red Valor is nearly ready to go.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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