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Welcome to a world of Machiavellian gods, corrupt rulers and reluctant heroes. A tale of epic fantasy. A history of Lathania.
Welcome to a world of Machiavellian gods, corrupt rulers and reluctant heroes. A tale of epic fantasy. A history of Lathania.
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Fantasy fiction delivered as the narrative history of a god, who has for centuries lost all patience with his small part of the world. The schemes of humans though... Well, left unchecked they get into all sorts of trouble and beings far more powerful than he have started to take note.

Three states compete for dominance over the continent of Lathania. A Republic hopelessly overextended, a Kingdom under invasion and an Empire in name only.

Kings are made and princesses forced to flee. Emperors plot expansion while a Consul plays games in the desert.

This is Lathania. A damned mess as far as our narrator is concerned. Worse, his brother is on the way with designs of his own.

The schemes of gods and men throw reluctant heros into a battle for survival as the world descends into chaos. Their struggle... 

Better that you see for yourself.

Book 1 in the series, "The Ravens of Carrid Tower" is already complete. Free PDF samples of the first three chapters are available here...

  • At this moment the manuscript is going through its second proofing and will be available in both electronic, paperback and hardcover by June 2018.
  • Cover art is complete.
  • Story boards for book 2 and 3 are finished with a clear path to conclusion of the "Empire of Gods" saga in book 5. 
  • Book 2 is being written now with a goal to publish this year.
  • The Wiki is being populated with additional information about the characters, organisations and wider "God's of Empire" universe. More artwork is needed for this however. 

The Kickstarter funding will be invested in the following:

  • Produce better looking charts and maps for the series.
  • Coordinate the character sketches and artwork to give the series a unique artistic style.
  • Bring the already completed manuscript of Book 1 to fantasy readers worldwide.
  • Produce and Publish an audio version of Book 1 on Audible. 
  • Finish the drafting of Book 2 with a dedicated period of writing for six months.
  • Create a graphic novel for the fantasy universe.

Funding of £900 is enough to publish book 1 in paperback and audio editions with accompanying artwork for the world and characters. I have set this as the funding goal because it is the minimum amount needed to make this project a reality and bring the series to readers.

With the support of the Kickstarter and Fantasy readers communities, I also have plans to bring the "God's of Empire" universe to a series of graphic novels. A funding level of £8,000 is needed to make the graphic novel happen.

Any additional funding would be of huge help and will be directly invested into developing the series, the wider universe and bringing the next four books more quickly to readers.

  • All book 1 rewards will be issued to backers in June 2018.
  • Book 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be issued as they are released.
  • The Audible version of book 1 will be sent out in September 2018.
  • The Ravens of Carrid graphic novel will be published in November 2018 should we reach the stretch funding goal.

David Black travels the world working on his projects. He's currently living and writing in a small, beautiful valley in northern Thailand.

You can follow his adventures on Youtube.

David's first book "The 21st Century Emperor", focused on ideas of freedom and financial independence, through technology and modern business.

The Ravens of Carrid Tower is his first step into fantasy and brings readers to a new world of magic and intrigue, machiavellian gods and scheming rulers. 

He wanted to tell a story about reluctant heros with their own faults and vices who faced with chaos must fight for survival on a continent torn apart by the ambitions of men and ascendants.

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The book has been featured on Kicking it Forward - http://kickingitforward.org

Risks and challenges

Book 1 is already complete, so there will be no delays in sending both the electronic and printed copies of the books.

The bonus copies of Book 2 and 3 will be issued to all eligible supporters as fast as possible after each is released. Book 1 will be issued immediately upon printing in early July 2018

Signed artwork and books will be issued a few days after the standard rewards as they need to be sent to my location first to hand sign, number and date.

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    Name in The Book

    Every supporter of the series will have their name printed in the book's acknowledgements page.

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    Advanced Copy of Book 1

    Get first access to the "Gods of Empire" series.

    Full multi format E-book of Book 1: "The Ravens of Carrid Tower".

    Plus have your name printed in the book.

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    • "The Ravens of Carrid Tower" - Book 1 (Ebook)
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    Advanced Copy of Books 1 and 2

    Get an advanced copy of book 1 one and receive first access to book 2 when it is published later this year.

    Plus get your name printed in the book's list of supporters and receive a free copy of my first non-fiction book, "The 21st Century Emperor".

    Includes:
    • Advanced Copy of Book 2 (E-book)
    • "The Ravens of Carrid Tower" - Book 1 (Ebook)
    • 21st Century Emperor (E-book)
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    First Edition Softcopy of Book 1

    Get a first edition paperback (softcopy) of "The Ravens of Carrid Tower",

    Plus all of the previous rewards including your name in the book and free ebooks of book 2 and 3.

    Includes:
    • "The Ravens of Carrid Tower" (Softcopy)
    • "The Ravens of Carrid Tower" - Book 1 (Ebook)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 2 (E-book)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 3 (E-book)
    • 21st Century Emperor (E-book)
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    Audiobook of "Ravens of carrid Tower"

    Get the first copies of the audiobook version of Book 1.

    Plus E-books of the first three novels and all earlier rewards.

    Includes:
    • Audiobook version of Book 1 - "The Ravens of Carrid Tower"
    • "The Ravens of Carrid Tower" - Book 1 (Ebook)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 2 (E-book)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 3 (E-book)
    • 21st Century Emperor (E-book)
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    Signed First Edition Soft Copy

    Own an exclusive signed, dated and numbered First Edition paperback copy of "The Ravens of Carrid Tower".

    Plus get hold of all of the previous rewards.

    Includes:
    • Signed First Edition of Book 1 (Paperback)
    • "The Ravens of Carrid Tower" - Book 1 (Ebook)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 2 (E-book)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 3 (E-book)
    • Your name printed in the book.
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    Pledge £20 or more About $25

    Signed First Edition and Audiobook

    Signed first edition copy of Ravens and advanced access to the audiobook.

    Plus receive all other previous rewards including 4 E-books and your name in the novel.

    Includes:
    • Signed First Edition of Book 1 (Paperback)
    • Audiobook version of Book 1 - "The Ravens of Carrid Tower"
    • "The Ravens of Carrid Tower" - Book 1 (Ebook)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 2 (E-book)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 3 (E-book)
    • Your name printed in the book.
    • Signed softcopy of each of the five book in the series.
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    Pledge £30 or more About $38

    Signed Copies of Book 1 & 2

    Own two exclusively signed, numbered and dated first edition paperbacks.

    Plus the audio edition and advanced access to all of the other books in the series.

    In addition get every previous reward.

    Includes:
    • Signed First Edition of Book 1 (Paperback)
    • "The Ravens of Carrid Tower" - Book 1 (Ebook)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 2 (E-book)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 3 (E-book)
    • Your name printed in the book.
    • 21st Century Emperor (E-book)
    • Signed First Edition of Book 2 (Paperback)
    • Audiobook version of Book 1 - "The Ravens of Carrid Tower"
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    Signed First Editions of Each Book

    £75 is a lot to ask someone who hasn't read the book yet. So I think this is a fair offer.

    To say thank you for being one of my earliest and most generous supporters, I'll send you signed first edition copies of every book I publish in the series.

    Plus get all of the other rewards and your name in the acknowledgements.

    Includes:
    • Signed softcopy of each of the five book in the series.
    • "The Ravens of Carrid Tower" - Book 1 (Ebook)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 2 (E-book)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 3 (E-book)
    • Your name printed in the book.
    • 21st Century Emperor (E-book)
    • Signed First Edition of Book 1 (Paperback)
    • Signed First Edition of Book 2 (Paperback)
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    Pledge £150 or more About $189

    Original character and world sketches

    Signed original sketches of the city states, characters and world.

    Sketches will be divided among the backers with hand written notes about each piece.

    Plus get all other previous rewards.

    Includes:
    • Original hand drawn sketches for the series.
    • Signed First Edition of Book 1 (Paperback)
    • Signed First Edition of Book 2 (Paperback)
    • "The Ravens of Carrid Tower" - Book 1 (Ebook)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 2 (E-book)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 3 (E-book)
    • Your name printed in the book.
    • Signed softcopy of each of the five book in the series.
    • Audiobook version of Book 1 - "The Ravens of Carrid Tower"
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    Name a character after you.

    Carve your name in the history of Lathania. Have one of the prominent characters in the series will be named after you.

    Plus get a signed copy of "The Ravens of Carrid Tower" and all other previous rewards.

    Includes:
    • "The Ravens of Carrid Tower" (Softcopy)
    • "The Ravens of Carrid Tower" - Book 1 (Ebook)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 2 (E-book)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 3 (E-book)
    • Signed First Edition of Book 1 (Paperback)
    • 21st Century Emperor (E-book)
    • Your name printed in the book.
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    Original annotated paper manuscript

    Own the original annotated manuscript that was used to edit the final draft.

    The manuscript is made up of hundreds of printed pages covered in my notes, sketches and thoughts.

    Every reward offered before will also be sent to you to say thank you for your incredibly generous support.

    Includes:
    • Original annotated manuscript for the novel.
    • Signed softcopy of each of the five book in the series.
    • "The Ravens of Carrid Tower" - Book 1 (Ebook)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 2 (E-book)
    • Advanced Copy of Book 3 (E-book)
    • Your name printed in the book.
    • 21st Century Emperor (E-book)
    • Signed First Edition of Book 1 (Paperback)
    • Signed First Edition of Book 2 (Paperback)
    • Audiobook version of Book 1 - "The Ravens of Carrid Tower"
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