Here’s the cover for the next Talon Stormbringer book, The Screaming Moragul. The story is named after the ghostly ship that will give Talon and his crew trouble from beyond the grave. It’s my version of The Flying Dutchman. The ship is named after a carrion bird of my invention for Llurien, where all the Stormbringer stories are set. Look for this to be released later this year.
The Ever Fiend has been released today! Hopefully this will be the start of a great career. You can help out by grabbing a copy. Click the button to buy from your preferred vendor, or if you’re smarter, you’ll just join my mailing list and get an eBook copy for FREE!
Self-Publishing Review had this to say: “Randy Ellefson has really made himself a name to watch with this title as his debut. With strong writing, strong characters, this is a strong introduction to Talon Stormbringer and what to expect in his upcoming series. This is a wholly professional product with a beautiful cover and a great amount of care taken on the piece throughout. It’s great to see a fantasy read with this amount of love poured into it, with the skill and know-how to make it gleam. A stand-out for dark fantasy, Talon Stormbringer brings the thunder in his first proper outing. Let’s hope to see more of his adventures and misadventures very, very soon! 4.5 stars”
I just got my first editorial review for The Ever Fiend from SPR, at 4.5 stars.
Some of the best comments:
“The Ever Fiend is a fantastic (pun intended) first showing from debuting author Randy Ellefson, starting off the Talon Stormbringer series with a bang. Our anti-hero lead is an enigmatic and charismatic rogue…Talon is a balanced character that can pull the story along on his personality alone. Luckily for Talon, the story doesn’t need the help – it’s a fun, creative world…The writing is generally very strong…The ground it covers is covered extremely well, meeting every major expectation and more which most readers will find extremely satisfying.”
“Randy Ellefson has really made himself a name to watch with this title as his debut. With strong writing and strong characters, this is a strong introduction to Talon Stormbringer and what to expect in his upcoming series. This is a wholly professional product with a beautiful cover and a great amount of care taken on the piece throughout. It’s great to see a fantasy read with this amount of love poured into it, with the skill and know-how to make it gleam. A stand-out for dark fantasy, Talon Stormbringer brings the thunder in his first proper outing. Let’s hope to see more of his adventures and misadventures very, very soon!”
“While most in Talendor slumbered, Talon Stormbringer crept through a hallway dark with flickering shadows, his human ears and eyes alert. He’d already slipped undetected past a jhaikan and a mynx, undeterred by their ferocity and taste for man-flesh. Even the dozen sleeping riven in the courtyard hadn’t given him pause, when even fully armored knights would have turned away. The little monsters were infamous for stirring at the slightest sound and waking to become like a whirling dervish of steel, not unlike what Talon himself could unleash from the sword he gripped in one hand.
Now he heard nothing, not even his own passage, the supple black leather pants and tunic he wore never squeaking as he crept toward the doorway and his prize—the gold figurine of a great bird of prey, said to be magical and worth a fortune. Stories in taverns had piqued his interest but also warned him of the dangers, the greatest of those being the wizard whose white tower he now prowled. Some said Viland Shadowbreaker enjoyed unsavory habits when few were looking, his public persona of benevolent charm masking a dark truth. But men with great secrets often hide things of greater importance than their private sins.”
I uploaded the map for The Ever Fiend (Talon Stormbringer, #1) to the website today. Have a look! Now when characters call him “the Nyborian,” you can see where that means he’s from. The story takes place in Talendor and includes a sorelia (one of my races) from the Sorelian Forest.
I should be doing this for every story, including these not only within the books but here on the site.
This will start my publication career – after literally three decades of writing (not just this book, I swear!) and creating the world of Llurien where this takes place. So, you know, I feel no pressure whatsoever.
Only a fool steals from a wizard.
Talon Stormbringer thought he knew the risk of stealing from Viland Shadowbreaker – until he got caught. The wizard will spare him if Talon performs a service – fetch the deadly silver elixir from the Everway, a supernatural land that Talon assumed wasn’t real. Only children believe the stories about what lies within – lost souls, corrupted magic items, and mysterious destinations that most people never escape. Ruling over it all is the Ever Fiend, a bogeyman that people use to scare unruly youngsters into behaving.
Talon agrees to go, if only to stop Viland from doing something unholy with the potent elixir once retrieved. Joining him are a band of people he can’t trust. Their leader, a sorelia with nefarious plans of his own. The sorelia’s battle-trained mynx, a large cat who obeys only its master. An alluring swordswoman who wants to enchant her blades with the elixir. A cocky guard whose bravado might prove more liability than asset. A warrior kryll whose curiosity about the elixir might cost him more than his life. And a tortured Knight of Coiryn who seeks redemption in a place where most are damned. Of all the things they might discover on their journey, one is the most obvious and yet the hardest to learn…
The cover for The Ever Fiend (Talon Stormbringer) is done! This is actually a self-portrait. Let me know what you think.
Once I have a blurb written, I’ll launch the book’s page here with more info, including chapter 1. I think publication will be November 1st, with pre-orders starting three months before that, in early August.
The book has gone into pre-production: beta-readers, editing, proofreading, and formatting (print and eBook), though I guess that latter is actually production. I’m excited to launch this career after so many years of work.
I just finished writing The Ever Fiend (Talon Stormbringer) a few minutes ago! Technically I have editing to do, then letting it sit a month before a final review with fresh eyes, but the actual writing is done. After that it goes to beta-readers, an editor, and proofreader. And then I format it. And then I’m fully done with it, but I consider all of that to be my work as a publisher as much as an author.
Next up I return to The Art of World Building. I’ll be wrapping up volumes 1 and 2 in succession as both are mostly written. After that I think I return to Talon and another book I recently planned: The Screaming Moragul. It’s actually realistic that I could have four books done this summer, though Talon’s books are novellas, The Ever Fiend coming in at almost 25,000 words. That makes it easier to get them done.
To celebrate I will watch Game of Thrones in a few minutes!
Before 2016 is over, I’ll have a free eBook available to all newsletter subscribers. The book will be a Talon Stormbringer novella. As I’m spending this year writing five of them, I haven’t decided which it will be yet.
The Ever Fiend, being written now, is a good candidate, with Talon being forced into entering the supernatural Ever Way in pursuit of Silver Elixir, a powerful magic item made all the more valuable for how perilous it is to acquire.
Four of the books will go on sale in 2017 at the same time (I think), but one is reserved for the newsletter. You can sign up now and receive instant notification when I make the book available.