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by Nov 1, 2019Books32 comments

It’s  been a  long time since I updated everyone about how things are going. I’m chugging along on my next project, The Instrument of Omens. That’s the series name, and book one is A Testament of Steel. I’ve managed to churn out around 50,000 words of a book that should be around 150,000-160,000 total.
I also have a Patreon account ready to go, and I’ll likely kick that off in November. I might send a second early newsletter next week to let everyone know about it. For now, I plan on releasing about 1-2 chapters a week of the new book on Patreon, and once I’m done with the first novel, I’ll shift it over to Amazon and in time, over to Audible.

So what’s the book about? Ah, that’s a good question. I don’t have a cool blurb, so I’m spitballing here.

Cinder Shade never remembered his past life. His memories began the afternoon a snowtiger killed his parents. And possibly him. He awakens, bruised and battered, trapped in a well, and bereft of all memory.
All he knows is that he was meant to protect those who can’t defend themselves, to be a warrior worthy of the name.
Cinder discovers within himself a strange ability to wield a sword as if he was born with it in his hand, to speak the language of steel as fluently as a master.
When he earns a place at a presigious elven warrior academy, Cinder has a chance to further that knowledge and perhaps even humble the proud elves who believe no human is their equal. All of his hard-earned skills will be needed when strange rumblings emanate from deep in the heart of the Dagger Mountains. Some say it is the twisted zahhacks causing carnage. Others that it is the monstrous spiderkin.
Cinder discover something far worse. A dead god who has risen. Shet. And he remembers his enemies all too well. Even if they don’t remember themselves.

One last thing, if you click around my website, you’ll discover that there is now a merchandise section where you can buy T-shirts and even phone cases featuring the cover art from The Castes and the OutCastes.

 

32 Comments

  1. Stephen

    This sound’s fairly interesting, What sort of Genre blend are you going to be trying for if i may ask?

    Also Shet that sounds like the same name as in William Wild’s is it a connected universe, a twisted version? prequal/sequal? I thought your new project was going to be a new series/universe? Not that i am complaining of course you write fantastic stuff either way heh.

    I am just wondering what to expect from you in the near future and hope the series continues being just as fun.

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    • Davis

      Hi Stephen,

      The new series is epic fantasy, and in some ways it’s my homage to Wheel of Time. You’re right about the shared universe. The Castes and the OutCastes and William Wilde are part of the same reality, the Anchored Worlds, and the new series is also linked. It takes place on the world of Seminal, which is heavily referenced in William Wilde. So, yep, Shet is the same god from William Wilde and Cinder Shade is the same character that shows up in William Wilde. One guess on Cinder’s real name. Ok. I actually give it away in book 4 of William Wilde.

      Davis

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      • Stephen

        Oh interesting thank you for the response and i can’t wait to get my hand’s on it. Anything inspired by the wheel of time should only turn out well ^^.

        As a question do you still plan for it’s magic system to be different then your other two work’s thus far? AND will it also be coming to Audible as that is my way of enjoying books?

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        • Davis

          Wheel of Time is possibly my favorite fantasy series, and that might include LotR (ducks the hurled rotten vegetables). It meant a lot to me, especially the early books.

          The magic system in Instrument of Omens, the new series, is going to be similar to what has come before but expanded. In Castes, magic was intuitive but it had to be mastered. In William Wilde, it was a learned system that had to be mastered and then intuited into an art form. In this series, the magic utilizes aspects of the Castes, aspects of William Wilde, and incorporates a third progressive element from the Realms of the Rakshasas.

          Hmm? What’s that? You’ve never heard of the Realms of the Rakshasas? I see. Oops! Pretend I didn’t mention that other Anchored World.

          A Testament of Steel, the first book in the series, will come out on Audible, but I’m not sure when. A lot will depend on my finances since it costs about $9K to have a book of this size narrated by Nick. That’s assuming I produce it myself instead of going with a publisher. The other factor would be Nick’s availability, which is far, far out there.

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          • Stephen

            Yea i also really like Wheel of time (i admit i need to finish it but i have read decent way in so far).

            Also sound’s interesting i can’t wait to find out.

            Rakshasas? OH yea i have heard of it… >.< your evil! you monster now i am wondering

          • Davis

            My work is done.

          • Chase Cochran

            Awesome, I hopped on the train late and started with “A Testament of Steel” I have since went back and finished both series. I must say this is by far one of my top 3 favorite series. And the other 2 are also narrated by Nick lol.

          • Davis

            Hi Chase,

            Jumping on the train, whenever you happen to do it, means you’re never late, so welcome aboard. As for landing in the top 3 is just…I’m not sure what to say about it, but it’s amazing. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my books so much. And Nick is definitely the narrator of some wonderful books, isn’t he?

            Davis

          • Jordie

            I just finished all of your books and was honestly so blown away that I bought them even after reading them through kindle unlimited. Do you have an estimate for when book 3 of instrument of omen will come out?

          • Davis

            Hi Jordie,

            Thank you for reaching out to me, and I’m sorry for the delayed reply. In answer to your question, I’m hoping to have book 3 out by the end of the year.

            Sincerely,

            Davis

      • Andre R Verdin

        Thank you so much for the update! I’m super excited for the next series now! You are one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

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        • Davis

          Thanks, Andre! What a kind thing to say. I’ll be sure to keep on posting updates for the new series whenever I can. I’m now roughly 40% of the way done with book one.

          Reply
  2. Ken

    I may be too late because it looks like you’ve already mapped out you current series. I was thinking that you could bring William Wilde, Serena and the others into the past with Rukh and Jesssira to change history. They find a way to the past, in the process increasing their power, to help Rukh to change destiny and save Arisa from destruction. This way you combine all my favorite characters again in a titanic struggle to right wrongs and save the universe 🙂

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    • Davis

      I briefly considered that until Jessira mentioned something in the prologue of the new series that kinda doesn’t allow for it. BTW Jessira is the reason she and Rukh landed on Earth to begin with. The Castes and the OutCastes was supposed to be its own universe, but in book one of William Wilde, when William saw a freshman in that hallway, Jessira tapped my figurative shoulder and said, “That’s me.” It literally happened like that.

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    • Kiarah

      I have just finished reading A Testament of Steel and I must say that I loved it. I am a very picky reader, but this book had practically everything that I wanted. Character’s like Cinder are what draw me. I really want to see more of him and I am interested in his path. I can’t wait for the second book. Thank you.

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      • Davis

        Hi Ken,

        First of all, thank you for giving the book a chance. Second of all, I’m glad you enjoyed it so well. That’s always a wonderful thing to hear. The second book is coming along, and I hopefully will have it out sometime in the first quarter of 2021.

        Davis

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        • William

          Hi there. I felt like you should know this I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Im constantly on the hunt for the next book to read and this filled the need perfectly. The evolution from cripple to hero was honestly inspiring. I was wondering if you plan on doing a signing in the near future and if you have any tips for a burgeoning author.

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          • Davis

            Hi William,

            Thank you for reaching out to me, and most especially thank you for giving my book a chance. One of these days, I hope to do a signing or at least have signed copies of my books available on my website. That’s sorta coming along.

            As for tips for a burgeoning author . . . oh, my. There’s a lot I’ve learned, but maybe you can be more specific?

    • Lynda Venezia

      I Love your books! When does book 3 of Instruments and Omens come out?

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      • Davis

        Hi Lynda,

        Glad you’ve enjoyed my books! As for book 3 of Instrument of Omens, I’m hoping to have it ready to toward the end of this year.

        Davis

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  3. Jordan

    Greetings!

    Im a little late to the party, but I feel like I’m missing out on something. I read castes and testament of steel, and am on book 1 of William Wilde. Throughout TOS, I found myself longing for the greater story if shokan, sera, and shet. Is there another story of this out there? If not do you plan on releasing something in the future?
    On the subject of the rakshasa can you DM a session for me? (ha!)

    Thank you for giving me the escape I’m craving thru this craziness. Loving William Wilde already!

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    • Davis

      Hi Jordan,

      Thank you for reaching out to me, and just as much, thank you for giving my stories a chance. It means more than you know to hear from those who like what I write.
      To your questions. The initial story of how Rukh and Jessira aka Shokan and Sira meet Shet isn’t written yet. That’s going to be a challenging series to write, but I will get to it one day. However, if you’re reading William Wilde, toward the end of book 2, you’re going to come across a certain someone shackled to a mountain and in book 3, you’ll run across a graceful pair of warriors.

      Davis

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      • Jordan

        Thanks for your response, I’ll look forward to it!

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  4. Matthew Harrison

    Hey Davis,

    I really enjoy this series so far and am looking forward to book 3. Is there a timline on when that book is going to be released?

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    • Davis

      Hi Matthew,

      Glad you have enjoyed the series! As for book 3, I’m hoping to having it released toward the latter part of this year or early next.

      Davis

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  5. Rares

    Hey Davis,

    I just finished the 2nd book form the Instruments of Omen series, after I finished the Castes and Outcastes series.
    I really love them: the way you write, the characters, the worlds, everything and I’m eager to read the next book in the series.

    Also, is very interesting the way the characters/worlds are linked between the series. And this is so nice, because as a reader you get emotionally attached to characters and the “sadness” of finishing a series is cleared by the joy of finding references to them in the new series.

    So, while waiting for the 3rd book, I will start reading the William Wilde series too.

    Also, I’m hoping for a movie adaptation of them 🙂

    Best,
    Rares

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    • Davis

      Thank you so much for those kind words! A movie adaptation would be a dream. And happy reading with William Wilde! BTW the freshman in the hallway in chapter one… her name indicates exactly who she is.

      Davis

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  6. Shaun osborne

    Very good story telling they are like books within books as each journey in search of truth becalmed an adventure keep on doing it great reading and escapism

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  7. Chana Black

    Loved The Castes and Outcastes, loved Instrument of Omens (eagerly anticipating Book3) Moving on to William Wilde now. I feel like I am reading out of order. Just out of curiosity, is there a preferred reading order? Have I gotten any spoilers reading this way? FYI I discovered your series on Amazon Unlimited.

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    • Davis

      Hi Chana,

      I’m so happy you found my books! Even better, you loved them. You aren’t reading them out of order. Castes is the first series. Then it’s a tossup between William Wilde and Instrument of Omens. The events occur concurrently. With William Wilde, you will see some spoilers from book 3 of Instrument, though.

      Davis

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  8. Matthew Stuckey

    Hi I love your books! I have been reading a lot of books like yours over the summer and I can definitely say that this is on my top list!! I just finished Memories of Prophecies and I am waiting on book three, while I wait I am definitely going to pick up the William Wilde series!! I hope book three of Instruments of Omens comes out soon!!!

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    • Davis

      Hi Matthew,

      Summer reads are special, and I’m so glad you enjoyed mine so much. As for book 3, it’s coming along, and I’m hoping for a December release. That all depends on how the edits go.

      Davis

      Reply

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