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In Tempest Bound, humans capable of magic have been hunted nearly to extinction by those without.

Among the sprawling dunes of the West, these warlocks linger in the Shadow Sands, devising a means to rise again. In the seaside city of Breakport, assassins slither through streets, seeking to silence a woman who knows too much. And to the wintry North, the accidental discovery of a terrible secret, hidden from the world for more than a century, threatens to unravel the entire realm.

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WHAT IS TEMPEST BOUND?

Tempest Bound is the debut novel from emerging author Knowlton Thomas. The first of a two-book series called Stormwrought, Tempest Bound is a fast-paced, dark interpretation of the fantasy genre.

WHAT IS THIS CAMPAIGN FOR?

The novel is done. This campaign is a way for readers to support the author by ordering Tempest Bound at a discount and getting their hands on it before it's published.

WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO?

100% of money raised in this campaign are poured directly into the costs of the book itself, including professional art, design, editing, formatting, printing, and marketing.

ABOUT THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION

We're running a very limited quantity of these top-quality hardcovers. Each one is signed and numbered by the author and includes a themed bookmark as well as a digital copy of the book.

A QUICK SNIPPET

The king without his crown was for the first time mortal, his flesh wrinkled and sagging and his eyes dull and tired and his hair naught but white wisps floating atop his small, spotted head. I realized then that although he was alive, he was defeated—physically, emotionally, in all ways but morally—and that this would be his final act as my ruler and as the ruler of our kingdom and as an old, frail man who had seen too much evil for one life. Perhaps that is why I accepted his request, despite its absurdity, without hesitation. He asked for my life and I placed it in his shrivelled hands and did not doubt him or myself at all.

“No one can know,” he said, his voice barely above a whisper, gone as soon as it came, heard by only myself and the earth on which we stood in the middle of a forest in the forgotten corner of a kingdom I would never again see after this day. His eyes locked onto mine and they might have wept for me had they not already wept for so many things before.

“What will you tell my wife?” I asked, even though I knew the answer. “What will she tell our daughter?”

He paused a moment to stare at his feet.

“That you died for our kingdom a brave knight,” he replied, returning his eyes to mine. “And in time, that will be the truest thing ever said about you.”

I nodded. A soft breeze crossed me and I touched my face and considered that henceforth I would not know it any other way—not through a mirror or the words of my lover, but only through my fingers running along its surface. That would be a strange feeling, I thought, but hardly the strangest.

“…it was not supposed to be this way,” the frail king was saying, and I snapped back, meeting his gaze. “They promised me it would not come to this.”

The breeze grew cold and he shivered.

“It was not your choice,” I replied. “I hold nothing against you.”

The tiny king withdrew a sword from beneath his shoddy cloak and pressed its hilt into my hands. It was a simple blade, sharp and nothing else.

“Should you ever face a living thing, man or woman or child…” he trailed off, then looked to the side, toward nothing but endless trees dusted with the first snowfall of winter, and sighed. “It’s for the realm, you know. The whole damned realm. You are the final wall, Edric. The last shield.”

“I know,” I said. And I did. I knew.

Risks and challenges

The book is in the final stages of editing now. A slight delay in shipment of the hardcopies is possible, but otherwise everything is good to go.

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