Earlier today I dug into the bowels of my hard drive and unearthed something that hasn’t seen the light of day for around eight years. My 155,000 word fantasy novel manuscript “Empire”.
Most of those words were eked out on the tiny keyboard of a Psion Series 3c palmtop computer while travelling through Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and North and South America, in dodgy backpacker hostels, budget hotels and cheap cafés. There was no such thing as WiFi and netbooks!
I finished the book soon after moving to Ireland in 2000, and then life took over.
The twins — our first children — arrived around about the same time as our first mortgage, and mundane things like paying the bills took precedence. I’ve hardly peeked at “Empire” since… until now.
With a published non-fiction title on internet marketing under my belt now, I figure that this is a good time to resurrect my fiction-writing ambitions.
With that in mind I’m going to be writing to publishers and literary agents in Ireland and the UK over the coming weeks, and figured that I’d make a synopsis and the first two chapters of Empire available here for perusal / feedback / (constructive) comment.
So, you’ll find a brief synopsis of the book below, followed by a link to a PDF of the first two chapters. Let me know what you think in the comments, and if you’re an agent or publisher, and would like to see the full manuscript, just drop me a line.
Empire: a brief synopsis
Empire is a tale of heroes and assassins, tyrants and spies that unfolds against a backdrop of civil unrest and political intrigue and culminating in a showdown that will dictate the fate of the world’s greatest empire and her people.
Our heroin, Amber, has no real sense of belonging. Half elf, half human she is accepted by neither race and is plagued with questions about her true heritage. In her quest for answers she teams up with former spy turned mercenary Ryan de Brun and foreign nobleman-cum-master-thief Drew Blackthorn. The unlikely trio embark on a journey of adventure and discovery that will rock the mighty empire of Bantara to its very core.
Amber finds out she is really the daughter of Quailla, last Empress of Bantara’s Naraghorn Dynasty, and true heir to the Imperial throne. The current Emperor, a despotic tyrant called Chichoni, learns of her existence, and a massive imperial manhunt ensues.
Appalled by the treatment of the people of Bantara under Chichoni’s iron fist, Amber spearheads a revolt, capitalizing on the civil unrest to recruit a rebel army to the Naraghorn banner. Chichoni musters imperial forces to quash this fledgling rebellion, and at the walled city of Raystock on the Western Plains the two forces meet in a clash that will forge destinies.
Empire is epic in its scope, with intriguing characters, a narrative that leaves readers eager for more, and a storyline that’s crying out for a sequel… or three.
Read the first two chapters of Empire
To read the first two chapters of Empire, simply click on the link below to open up the pdf file, or right-click and save the file to your computer.
Read the first two chapters of Empire (PDF File)
Publishers / Agents, if you’d like to see more just drop me a line.