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A bronze-age mercenary company battles their way through a land of monsters. Book One of new epic Military Fantasy Series.
A bronze-age mercenary company battles their way through a land of monsters. Book One of new epic Military Fantasy Series.
A bronze-age mercenary company battles their way through a land of monsters. Book One of new epic Military Fantasy Series.
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Tooth and Blade 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.   

Book One of Tooth and Blade is in the final stages of editing, and will be ready exclusively for Backers in December - before it's published and available to the public! 

NEW Stretch Goal: $8000  - We will produce an Audiobook edition of Tooth and Blade: Book One, which will be free to ALL backers!

MINI Stretch Goal ACHIEVED! 100 Backers- We will commission an additional art piece based on a scene in the book, which will sent as a hi-res digital download to ALL backers!

Stretch Goal ACHIEVED!  $4000- Additional Bonus Content. See "Stretch Goal" section below for details.

The warriors of the Tooth and Blade will fight for Ostora, to protect the people of this land from the dangers that stalk it. And somehow, if they live, they will find a place for themselves in this fresh country.

But there's a long road ahead for Captain Pelekarr of the cavalry and Damicos of the foot soldiers, if they're to establish the fledgling company's reputation and navigate the local barons' intrigues. The Kerathi military has pulled out, and the barbarian tribesmen are massing for battle. Every day brings new threats, from forest behemoths that can devour a horse, to packs of pale apes that are far more cunning than they seem.

And somewhere, deep in the vast wilderness beyond the coast, lies a lost settlement with a source of wealth and power that will change not only Ostora, but the entire world. If the Tooth and Blade can claim it, they'll become legends.

They might die trying.

Keltos - A young cavalryman with nothing to lose, from a disgraced family in the old country. He comes to Ostora to regain honor, if that's possible, by the edge of his bronze sword. He and his best friend and fellow bannerman, Makos, are always at the heart of the action next to their captain.

Pelekarr - Aristocratic captain of the cavalry arm of the Tooth and Blade, Ios Pelekarr has a tactician's mind and a poetic flair. He leads his men cautiously in the absence of the generals he once relied on, but will face brutal challenges and dilemmas that stretch his morality to the breaking point.

Damicos - Captain of the Tooth and Blade's infantry, a grim brigade of shield-and-spear hoplites that will face any danger for the promise of gold. Damicos is pragmatic and cunning, but the dangers he and his men now face force him to learn the ways of this new land more quickly than he thought possible.

Cormoran - The most experienced veteran of the fledgling company, a spearman who's lost more comrades to the monsters of Ostora than he cares to count. On the inside, though, he's generous and loyal.

Perian - A fierce and wild woman of the White River tribe of Ostora, who makes a commitment to guide the company in return for help along her path as a shaman. A commitment that will have farther-reaching consequences than anyone realizes...

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

  • For the Kickstarter 1st Edition of Tooth and Blade: Book One we have commissioned a detailed Map of Ostora by fantasy cartographer Jessica Khoury to be included both in the text and as a separate Backer reward.  
  • 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.

Formats

  • Ebooks will be in both Kindle and ePub formats for reading on any device.  
  • Paperback copies will be fulfilled through Amazon POD. 

Trilogy Status

  •  Book One is approximately 500 pages, and in the final editing and formatting stage. It will be ready for delivery beginning of December. 
  •  Book Two is completed, and Book Three is in the early draft stage. Both will be available in 2019.

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 marks our publishing debut, soon to be followed by Book Two and Book Three. Along with Tooth and Blade, we'll soon be publishing Shad's YA Fantasy series The Sixlands Trilogy (book one is called Ice and Steel), as well as rereleasing some of his awesome past titles. 

We are just beginning our quest for new epic stories, and will add additional titles to our library soon--from Shad and a few other amazing authors we've teamed up with including Algor Dennison, writer of the hit Denver Burning series. 

Help launch BARDE PRESS from the ground floor, and you can be part of the exciting new world of indie publishing.

  •  $4,000  -  ACHIEVED! We will include an Appendix at the end of Book One, complete with military roster, pantheon of Kerathi gods, list of Ostoran clans and territories, Kerathi calendar, Ostoran calendar, and more.
  •  $8,000  - We will produce an Audiobook edition of Tooth and Blade: Book One.
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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 just need help filling out the rest of the trilogy and launching it well. Cover art this good isn't cheap!

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    NEW AWARD - Limited Hardcover Edition

    Get a special Limited Hardcover Edition of the book, hand numbered and autographed by the author. Each of the 12* books created will be dedicated to an individual month of the Ostoran calendar, and include a unique card with the history of your month. Each book will feature a beautiful dust jacket to keep it clean. Hardcover edition is available ONLY to Kickstarter Backers - Includes ebook, 3 additional ebook titles, map, cover art, PLUS name in acknowledgments.

    *10 available individually, 1 delivered to Dedication tier, 1 to Recurring Character tier.

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    NEW REWARD - Original Monster

    Your written or sketched design of an original monster/beast/creature will be featured in one of the upcoming books* in the series, all but ensuring the glorious demise of warriors in numbers unsung. Includes paperback of book one, ebook, map, cover art, 3 additional ebook titles, publisher conversation - PLUS name in acknowledgments. *Author will approve final design. Likely to appear in book 2 or 3.

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    Character Cameo

    Your likeness and name* will be used as a minor character in the book, to establish your immortality throughout the world! Includes paperback, ebook, map, cover art, 3 additional ebook titles, publisher conversation - PLUS name in acknowledgments. Female or Male character.
    *Your character's name may be modified to match style of book

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    Book One Dedication

    Tooth and Blade: Book One will be dedicated to the person of your choice. Includes 1 Limited Hardcover Edition, 1 paperback copy, publisher conversation, ebook, map, cover art, and the complete Barde Press ebook library.

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    Recurring Character

    Your name* and likeness will be used as a Recurring Character in the series, being featured in Books One and Two, and culminating in a GLORIOUS DEATH SCENE guaranteeing your immortality in warriors' song throughout the ages! Includes 2 paperback copies, publisher conversation, ebook, map, cover art, and the complete Barde Press ebook library. Female or Male character.
    *Your character's name may be modified to match style of book.

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    • Name in Acknowledgments as Kickstarter Backer
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