Davis Ashura is an author of such sublime depth and beauty that his works have been known to cause a tear to fall from the eyes of even the hardest of hearts.

Just kidding.

But he does write.

This humble writer, who refers to himself in the third person, resides in North Carolina, sharing a house with his magnificent wife who somehow overlooked Davis’ eccentricities and married him anyway. As proper recompense for her sacrifice, Davis then unwittingly turned his magnificent wife into a nerd-girl. To her sad and utter humiliation, she knows exactly what is meant by ‘Kronos’. Living with them are their two rambunctious boys, both of whom have at various times helped turn Davis’ once lustrous, raven-black hair prematurely white (it sure sounds prettier than the dirty gray it actually is). And of course, there is the obligatory strange, calico cat (all authors have cats – it’s required by the union). She is the world’s finest hunter of socks, be they dirty or clean. Add in the stray black kitten, and the family is complete.
When not working – nay laboring – in the creation of works of fiction so grand that hardly anyone has read a single word of them, Davis practices medicine, but only when the insurance companies tell him he can.


  1. Your story is completely awesome. I loved the way you portrayed your characters. The story leads straight to a lot of what our society deals with. I’m talking about our prejiduces towards mixed marriages in our society. It was fantastic reading and I can’t wait for your continuation of the story. Yes, it was a hit and more people get wind of it, they will be yelling for more. Unlike some other authors, please don’t make us go through 9 very long books before the main characters to find the love they have for one another.
    Kevin Fakhoury

    • Thank you for the kind words, Kevin. A writer can never get enough compliments, especially a newly published one.

      The Castes and the OutCastes is a trilogy, so no need to worry. There won’t be nine long books and the longer wait in between for certain things to possibly happen. 😉

  2. I’m in the middle of the book and really enjoying it. In fact, I am already worried that I will finish the first book and have to wait months and months for the second! You’re the second doctor/sci-fi fantasy writer I’ve stumbled upon – B. Justin Shier is the other. Somehow, I think the intelligence it takes to become a doctor shines through in the writing. Keep it up, please, and thank you for writing!

  3. I was so amused by your above biography that I had to buy your book. I have a good feeling I won’t be disappointed.

  4. Tanner Leggett

    Mr. Ashura,

    Loved the novel! Best book I’ve read since the Night Angel trilogy. Definitely looking forward to the next two books but I can commiserate with the pressing need to study/review your medical material (currently back in school in hopes of getting into a prosthetic/orthotic program).

    I also have to say I am jealous of your current home. I’m a displaced North Carolinian myself (NC State grad) and I sorely miss my NC bbq, the mountains, and 4 true seasons.

    Best of luck this year and thanks again for the superb story!

    Tanner Leggett

    • Thank you for your kind words! They mean a lot to me. My biggest fear when I published the novel was the dreaded ‘what if nobody likes it?’, and I’m gratified that so many people do like it.

      And I, too, I loved Night Angel trilogy. I basically have liked/loved everything Brent Weeks has written.

      I can understand your homesickness about NC. It’s a wonderful state with great people and beautiful weather. BBQ is pretty great, too. And the close proximity to mountains and beaches…love it! I hope someday life returns you home.

      Good luck with school. It’s a pain, but once you’re doing something you love, it’s no longer work.

      Davis Ashura

  5. Hey Doc…yes, I bought the book and find it very interesting. Since I actually know you, I am reading this with a different eye..and I find I know you better.. Anyway, it is a good read. Thanks, see you next year.

  6. Since you have been part of my healing process for many years now I was pleasantly surprised to find out that you are a “published” writer (and a pretty damned good one!). I’m almost done with Warriors and find myself rereading a lot to familiarize with all the players & places (my concentration is lacking!). Great read! Great story!—see you later. CM

    • Thanks for giving my book a chance, Charlie! I’m glad you liked it. And it’s not your concentration that’s lacking. I’ve been told the storyline and characters are pretty complicated, which is why I put a glossary in the back. Believe it or not, I have to use it myself sometimes. It’s a bit embarrassing, but there are moment when I simply can’t remember a character’s name or how they look. Anyway, have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas!

  7. I just finished your second book, and I am definitely ready for the third! Very well done! Excellent pacing, charector development, all those snazzy bywords that basically say ” it is a good read”

  8. Fantastic writing! Very fluid, solid character development, and an enthralling plot line. Personally, I don’t want their story to end! Can’t wait for the next book! Have you given any thought to expanding the series with additional novels or even additional trilogies?

    • Thanks for the kind words, McKay! Your message put a HUGE smile on my face! I, too, love Rukh and Jessira (especially Jessira-Rukh is the main character, but she’s my favorite), and I would love to keep their stories going. Right now I’m working on book 3, and the ending of it will determine a lot in what I can and cannot do with Arisa and the current cast of characters. I know that’s vague, but I’m trying to do my best not to give anything away. 😉



  9. OK….I have just finished Book 2 and it and Book 1 were my 61st and 62nd book in this genre this year and they rate with the best, if not the best…

    Could not stop until I finished them. I see you are working on Book #3 and all I can say to that is…


    • Sixty-two books in one genre in one year? Holy hells. When do you sleep? Anyway, I’ll get my nose back to the grindstone ;). I only have three scenes left in the first draft of book 3. It should be done by Christmas day.

      • I have a long commute and use audio books. I download to my extra IPhone and earbuds and seldom drive anywhere without listening to a story. Cannot recall the last time I turned on the radio. So I will need to wait for the audio version.

  10. Richard Covert

    I am listening to Warrior’s Knowledge and looking forward to the next book. I wish you great success in your endeavors. Thanks.

  11. This Architect-in-training just completed a decent portion of her final project while her brain was actually off delighting in the world of Arisa. I’m not sure how this model got built or those floorplans got drawn… but I think your stories must be magical to have helped that happen without great suffering. The audiobook versions are really well-narrated, to boot! I usually prefer flipping my own pages, but eyes and hands were occupied… Thanks for some great writing, sir! Onward to graduation and anticipation of your next one… 🙂

    • It’s funny how that works, isn’t it? I can’t write without listening to music, and I’m paying attention to lyrics and melody, but it helps me focus on my own words. The brain can do weird stuff. And congratulations on graduation! It’s a wonderful thing to be done with school. But then comes the real world. Yikes!

  12. Grandmaster Krieger

    Mr. Ashura,i am happily going through the castes and outcasts series for a 3rd time, I am on book 2, really excited to get my hands on book 3. I really enjoy your work, I get transported to arisa Everytime I get into the book. One thing I would love to see, would be illustrations of the Chimeras, you do an excellent job of describing them, but I personally would love to see how they should look from your mind. Keep up the good work

    • Three times? Wow! That’s awesome. Just remember July 12th won’t be here before too long.

      • Grandmaster Krieger

        I never tire of your series, and the pairing with Nick Podehl’s vocal talents just makes a complete package. You give enough detail into the story that I can imagine the entire world of Arisa, even going so far as to imagine more outcomes and different situations that the characters experience, all in my mind, and I love it. I recommend your work to anyone who will listen to me. I will always be a loyal listener/reader. Keep up the good work

        • One of these days I’ll go back to Arisa and find out how Rukh and Jessira are doing. Right now, I imagine they’re helping to rebuild Ashoka. In the meantime, I’m working on a short story about Hume, the legendary warrior who was the measure of all warriors. Hopefully, it’ll be part of an anthology that should come out in January 2017. After that, I’ll hopefully get to William Wilde, a 17 year old boy from Cincinnati, Ohio in 1986. He’s got some magical learning to do, a Necrosed to slay, and a girl to woo. Or something like that.

  13. Kartik Narayanan

    I recently started reading your books. The story and character development is great. I am looking forward to more of your books.

    I have a question – there is a lot of indian/andhra/telugu influence I see in the books. For eg: upanayanam/peddananna/peddamma/castes etc. Is this correct?

    • Hi,

      That influence is most definitely intentional since I’m Telugu. Or at least I was born in Andhra and moved to the States when I was 3.

  14. Hey, I’m just writing to say that these are some of the best books I have read in a while. I would out them up with the name of the wind, except that we’re all still waiting for the third one of that series and the first one came out nearly ten years ago… Anyway, amazing books, amazing writing. I am currently working on a book of my own. It is nowhere near your caliber of writing but I hope to get there someday. I’m writing this book for my senior project and it is still unedited and pretty rough, but I was hoping that I could get you to give me some feedback on it. That would be really awesome of you.

    Thanks, I look forward to whatever else you write in the future.

  15. Hey! I recently found your casts And outcasts series on audible. Nick Podehl is one of my favorite narrators so I usually give his works a try. But I didn’t expect it to be THAT good. I quickly ran through the trilogy, and I must say it left me disappointed when it was over. I know I still have the short stories book to read. But I just have to ask. Will we get another book about Rukh and Jessira (Crossing fingers and silently hoping for a yes) A new arc for them would be great! Especially due to the “changes” they’ve gone through. Lol I loved your work, can’t wait to see more! Cheers.

    • Hi Adrian,

      Thanks for reaching out to me. Rukh and Jessira are going to take a well-deserved rest, but their stories aren’t done. While they aren’t the featured characters in my upcoming series, The Chronicles of William Wilde, they eventually do play a prominent role. Aia and Shon show up as well. After that, there are three more series that I have planned out in which Rukh and Jessira are the main characters.
      However, I do hope you’ll give The Chronicles of William Wilde a chance. There are five books planned for the series with 3 of them already complete. William Wilde is my first step in creating a unified set of stories set in a single universe with characters that cross over into the various series, kind of like what Brandon Sanderson is doing with his Cosmere.


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