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I grew up on Dragonlance and probably spent way too much time playing role-playing games. Then came the video games. But then, Nintendo was life in Toronto of '86. As a matter of fact, much of my youth could be considered "wasted" exploring escapism of one form or another.
Now I'm a full-time author living in British Columbia, Canada. I have a wife who taught me what it means to love someone unconditionally. Buddha, my grumpy but rumpled-with-love cat, likes to keep watch from a Lego castle near my desk. (Update: said Lego castle has long been dismantled. Now she basks under a sun lamp).
I suppose my favorite sagas are Harry Potter, Ender's Game, Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and Game of Thrones. I also love true-life survival tales like Into Thin Air, Shadowdivers, and Perfect Storm. As for movies, I regularly re-watch Bladerunner, Star Wars, Highlander, Aliens, Limitless, Edge of Tomorrow, Interstellar, Lost in Translation, and Margin Call.
But I've been most inspired by Harry Potter. Seriously, because if it hadn't been for HP, I'd never have dared. I simply stood on the shoulders of a giant. Thank you for writing that story, Joanne Rowling, it was extremely re-readable. I can only hope to capture my readers' imagination as you have captured mine.
When I was a kid, I dreamed I could spread my arms as wings, jump off the ground, and fly. My head was in the clouds (and in many ways, still is). It would be fair to say that my love of fantasy began then, steadily refined by movies, video games, and cozy books.
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50 thoughts on “Mercy’s Trial has launched!”
Any word on when/if the audiobook version will be released? Only see the first two on Audible. Thanks!
No word from the publisher yet, but should find out soon :)
I have just read it and it’s AMAZING!! I loved those surprises and visting a certain great grandmother(wink wink)
That’s fantastic, Alaska, glad you enjoyed it. So did you have any favorite scenes?
And I hope you’ll consider taking a brief moment to leave an honest review on Amazon; means a lot to us authors :)
I lowkey think Cry is the best. Augum is cool. Leera is my all time fav. But once again, Bridget doesn’t seem as involved in the book as Augum or Leera. No offence. Also, I don’t really like Olaf. Once again no offence. But still. It is a wonderful book. One of my favorites, and I am not even done with it yet. I just gotta say, your skill with writing from Arcane to now. Is just amazing. Just watching your skill improve drastically through out each book. Just wonderful. You are the best author bbg.
I didn’t mean to say bbg, my bad
No offense ever taken! Everyone’s allowed their own favorites and to dislike whoever they want. Cry is an interesting choice, and one I don’t hear often. He’s also a complex character who I want to flesh out more in future books, as I see a gem of a story within him that I look forward to exploring.
And thank you so much; a lot of people have been noting how far I’ve come with my craft. I think that’s from the sheer amount of words put in into the work: it’s now at 1.48 million words published!
Whoa, congrats man. Very impressive. I love writing too. You are the reason though. I used to write for fun, but it wasn’t serious, but after seeing your work, I know writing is something I love doing. Thank you so much. Even though you don’t know you are helping me. You really are, every time I read your book(s) It always inspires me. The current “Story” I’m working on is somewhat similar to your books. Only with the degree system, the first 3 degrees are exactly the same (Everything has new names) and somewhat similar moving on. But I have 30 degrees instead of 20. The Plot and characters are completely different. But there is an academy like school in mine. Please don’t be mad that my story has a similar system, your System is just so PERFECT. But anyways. Love your work so much. Also is there any way you could make a map of Endraga Ra. That place just is so cool to me. I’d explore there if I was Augum. It is just amazing. Love your work. And happy holidays :)
Not mad at all, rather flattered! I worked hard on that system to make it as balanced as possible while leaving behind some quirks which I hope to explore more in due time.
And I’ll consider posting a map of Endraga Ra. Thing is, it’s a rather crude pencil sketch and thus not exactly fit for publishing (I sketch things out, leaving the details in my head).
And I’m happy to have inspired you and wish you much luck and creativity in your writing. May you never fear of pushing yourself to come up with something that enthralls you!
It means a lot to me that you’re not mad, I’ve been stressing myself out over that (lol [lol looks like a tie fighter from starwars]) and I just finished your book, it’s honestly amazing. Like everything, there is a couple of things I didn’t like but most of it I did. I can’t wait until the next book where they learn shrink and frenzy. Gonna be epic! I will leave a review on Amazon at some point
This is just an fyi but I left an Amazon review, my first actually saying similar to the stuff I said earlier this month. Just wanted to say again good job and wish you the best wrighting the next book; hopefully books .
Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble, Chase! Means a lot to this author :)
Me: Opens Amazon to see what’s new, not expecting anything special
Also me: Sees Mercy’s Trial has launched
Still me: Ah, ah, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
*Grabs paper bag to stop from hyperventilating*
Can’t wait to hear what you think, Ben :)
Finished it recently, can’t wait for the next one.
I can’t wait to see how the trio will deal with the limitations of the Spirit of The Dragon simul. (Ex. Stamina drain, large size, being defenseless after the spell is over.)
Keep writing please!
P.S. Maybe an Arinthian Line movie series…
Finished! Wow what a ride. I love the way the characters are maturing. I left my review on Amazon. I can’t wait for the next one. Soon?
So soon! Well glad you enjoyed it, Jim, and thank you so much for taking the trouble to leave a review. Means a lot to us authors. The next one has only just begun, so probably late next year??? Not sure.
I ordered it and it hasn’t came yet, an ugh moment but SO excited
I see all these comments that say spoiler alert, normally im like whatever idrc, but here Im just like “Aight im gonna skip those all”
Yeah you definitely don’t want to spoil this one for yourself.
And hopefully that paperback comes soon!!
UGH, I’ve had it since friday, but with all the Christmas gifts coming in my Mother thought it was a gift, so I just got it. SO excited (But i gotta do hw first) Lol
I take it you already dove in, Ethan?
And sorry for the late response, I’ve got a bad cold and it’s all I can do to keep up with the flood of emails and comments via the various social media sites.
But it also doesn’t make since, because he was able to cast it that one time in milham or belham, idk what it’s called
Oop, well get better soon. Over american thanks giving i had a fever for 6 days. So i know how it is, but I love your books so much. And Please don’t have Brandon, Haylee die. And don’t have Aug and Leera cheat on ea. other. But amazing. and no offence to olaf. idc if he dies… but i have a feeling Arthur, Naoki and Maxine will die. And Cry is cool now
I am going to be so fReAKiNg MAd if Augum hits his ceiling
Hehe, I’ll try to keep them all alive and well-behaved :)
>I am going to be so fReAKiNg MAd if Augum hits his ceiling
No reason he would hit his ceiling as long as he continues to focus :)
Did you mean to respond to a different comment, Ethan?
ye my bad, I’m almost half way through. Love it
ye my bad, I’m almost half way through. Love it so much, your work is art
Thank you so much :)
Yay!!!! I am so excited! Thank you in advance for another fantastic book!
My pleasure, Veronica, enjoy the adventure, and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts :)
Once again really good writing and over all a really good book, I feel like your books just have a way of bieng easy to connect to . I think you truly are doing a great job and hope that all goes well moving on with the series .
A supporting fan
Thank you so much, Chase, and I hope you’ll consider leaving an honest review of the book on Amazon :)
Mercy’s Trial awesome! AHHHHHH
It felt wayyy too short because it was so good!
Two typos that I noticed: (very slight spoilers)
-The new light spell Augum knows is initially referenced as 3rd degree, but is later called a 6th degree spell.
-Towards the end, Augum says “Awe and Breath of the Dragon”, when it should be “Awe and Bluster”.
Just minor things that I noticed, they dont take away from the story at all.
Ahhh! (Big spoilers)!
Spirit of the Dragon + Frenzy +Centarro will be awesome!
I loved the direction the plot took, and Spirit of the Dragon sets up for a hilarious prank on everyone back in the academy! Also, will Leera’s alchemy elective ever be useful?
E.g. Stamina refill potions? Because that’d be awesome and a great way for her to connect with her mother.
Oh and will everyone else learn Centarro?
(SPOILERS, be warned)
Continuing on, I love your story progression: each book seems to mature, as do the characters. It actually feels like a part of their lives.
And Spirit of the Dragon is perfect! The phrase is so cool, and the pose is awesome! It’s exactly as a legendary spell should be. I can already imagine the Canterrans quaking in fear!
Thank you for the typos report! I will have that fixed for the next time the book needs updating :)
The school class stuff is tricky, but I hope to implement those skill sets more in future books.
And glad you enjoyed it so much :)
Oh, and sorry to bother you, but when are you going to update the lore and spells page? I was thinking that you were going to wait a couple months for people to read Mercy’s Trial, then add spoilers.
And then some miscellaneous ideas (I don’t expect them to be added, I just think they’re cool).:
-Simul: Speed of the Dragon (just throwing a random name out).
-Teleport and the First Offensive: you teleport to where your First Offensive hits.
-Summon Weapon extension/Simul: Claws of the Dragon.
-You can summon another sword in your opposite hand, and use the flat edge as a shield (Mirror of the Dragon). (Slight Spoilers) Leera didn’t seem to know as many spells as Bridget and Augum, and I think dual-wielding would suit her better.
-Summon Weapon extension/Arcaner Simul:
-Your next sword slash creates a blade of your element that travels forward, slicing through enemies. For bows, it increases the size and speed of your next arrow by a significant amount, and makes them explode upon hitting something.
-You can surround your feet and hands in a bubble of telekinesis, increasing your strength and adding slight protection. This means you can punch through shields without injury if you have Strength active, or if your telekinesis is particularly powerful.
-Simul: Fury of the Dragon.
-Any Offensive, Push, and Slam. Emits from your mouth instead of your hands. (SPOILER): Maybe requires Spirit of the Dragon?
-Simul: Majesty of the Dragon (slight spoilers)
-Emit a constant Fear aura. Drains your stamina, emits at 0.75x your casting degree strength. For example, if Augum could cast Fear at 10th degree strength, his fear aura would be a strong 7th degree.
I love those ideas, a few of which I’ve even already considered but haven’t implemented. Thanks for taking the time to write them out; I’ll pore over them and see if I can help improve the current system :)
Even more spell ideas:
These are basically super spells that can’t be instamtly instantly cast, and instead require a certain combination of spells, alomg with immense stamina drain and a unique trigger phrase.
Higher degrees don’t need to set up lesser spell arts, they can just straight cast them.
E.g.: Earth Art – Crush of the Earth. Create two massive blocks of stone that pulverise enemies.
Also, arcanery-enhanced versions of classic weapon moves would be cool.
E.g. A special type of Mordeau (murder strike, designed to kill armoured enemies) for Augum would be pretty cool.
Sorry for all the spam :P
And thank you for writing such awesome books :)
These are lovely ideas! I’ve got more complicated spells coming down the line in terms of rituals, and the spell list is getting large and complicated, but that’s the life of a warlock, isn’t it? Thanks for the suggestions, I’ve written them down for mental parsing :)
Came out on my birthday too, so happy!
Happy birthday, Philip, and enjoy the adventure! :D
Glad you’re enjoying it!
Hi Sever, I am already half way through it. You have not disappointed. WRITE ON! Sincerely.Jim
Thank you, Jim, glad you’re enjoying it :)