It's taken a little longer than I'd hoped (unfortunately my 'day job' has to take priority), but the third book in my Song of Echoes Epic Fantasy Series comes out tomorrow! The kindle edition is available on 20th, March 2023, and the paperback will be published mid-April.
Sea of Souls is the third installment of the five book series, although as I flesh out the scope of the fourth, it might end up needing six to complete the story!
The feedback from my invaluably beta-readers reading the first draft was encouraging. Then completing the final manuscript took just about two months.
I'm really pleased with the result, if I say so myself. The story is split into 3 POVs as Elodi, Toryn and Nyomae take different paths to fight back against the threat from the north. New characters are introduced (good and bad!) as the plight of the Five Realms enters a dangerous phase.
The artwork is by Kentaro Kanamoto who has done the covers for the previous books in the series. I think it's pretty obvious that I love his work, well who wouldn't?
EXTRACT from Sea of Souls:
Elodi made her way down the rocky path to the pebble beach. She walked out to the shore as the boat grounded. The man climbed out, staggered, then fell into the water. Elodi’s heart went out to him, but she stopped herself from going to his aid. He recovered his footing and took hold of the rope. But the task of pulling the craft onto the beach proved too much. He gave up and dropped the rope. Elodi waited with her hand on her sword. Yet she doubted the poor soul could take many more steps as he slipped and stumbled on the wet stones.
Elodi called out. ‘Stop right there. Please do not take another step.’ The man straightened as best he could, but his wet cloak looked too bulky for his thin body to support. She shuffled a little closer and held out her lamp. ‘You have landed in Mund, Ward of Farrand. I am Lady Harlyn...'
So now it's onto book 4. I don't have a title as yet, but I've almost completed the plot structure and will make a start on the first draft within a week or two. I'm hoping to devote more time to writing and have set myself the target to publish by January 2024... but I won't be holding my breath :0/
You can order Sea of Souls using the button below. Please note, it will be at a special launch offer price of $2.99 / £2.50 until the end of March (a saving of 40%ish)
I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Roy is an indie author who writes the type of book he would enjoy reading himself. He writes in his spare time and would love to become a full-time author one day. He's also teacher of The Alexander Technique and athletics coach.