For generations, the Wyr of Onus saw, in their visions, the corrosion of the chain that binds all worlds together. They saw the coming of the rot and the beginning of the dark times. Then, one by one, their vision was snuffed out–they died, leaving none to see the vagaries of the future.
Check out the Downloads page for the newest Spiralchain short story, Sun Setter! This tale, set ten years after the Ban on World Travel, is a bit of slice-of-life story aout the world of Pithysia, but it takes a sharp turn quickly and intriduces some of the many-layered mysteries of the farthest world in the Spiral.
This story was created as a reward for the Kickstarter campaign that funded the publication of Spiralchain: Shadowbender.
Speaking of Kickstarters… it is that time again! On October 1st, the Kickstarter for Book 6, Boltsender, will go live! Stay tuned here, on our Facebook page, and (most importantly) on Kickstarter for all kinds of awesome news in the month ahead.
I am especially excited for the special series of video updates that I am planning for Backers Only… an awesome peek inside the 8 worlds of the Spiral and inside the minds of our principle characters.
With only a few short days left before Shadowbender is loose in the world, it seemed like a fine time to take a look at the artistic process that the Spiralchain graphic designer, Andrew J. Aguirre, has employed to give our series covers both a sense of continuity and a continuous forward motion.
The cover to Gatemaker started everything. Most of the design elements seen in the Shadowbender cover got their origin story with this design. For this cover, Andrew designed the now-famous 8 orbs of the Spiral, and we used a flare (or “lit”) state to indicate which worlds the book would be focused upon–in this case, Core, Onus, and Murrod. The color of the energy field surrounding the orbs–the chain, or what Andrew calls the galaxy–is in the red family. Each book has a distinctive color–a color used to determine its slipcase cover, for those that have purchased the deluxe editions from our annual Kickstarters. The color for Gatemaker is red.
The cover to Mindshaper began the use of a new graphic element–the creeping shadow, or rot, that extends up from Nur towards subsequent worlds in the Spiral. Note that as of this book, the rot is now visibly embracing Core, indicating that Core is vulnerable to Obliviate incursions when Spiralgates are opened to and from it. Also take notice of the change in lit status on the orbs–while Core and Onus remain active, Murrod has gone dark and been replaced with a lit version of Rettik. The chain field is much brighter and more cohesive on this cover–showing that more power is required by the chain in order to keep the Spiral whole. The color for this book is white.
Things are really starting to happen on the cover to Metalbreaker. The lit orbs have shifted again (now it is Onus, Arctos, and Murrod), but look at the depth of shadow on the Rot extending to Core. The danger to Core is greater than ever before in this image… but it isn’t the most terrifying change we see. Note that the pink orb, Rettik, has started to drift out of formation–a consequence of events described in Mindshaper. Also see the way the chain field has grown in intensity–it is fighting as hard as it can to hold it all together, but that is getting almost impossible to do. The color for Metalbreaker is green.
The cover to Fatewaker really clearly depicts the events of the book. Now lit are Depal, Onus, and Murrod, and note the sinister curling of the rot up from Core to brush against Depal. This incursion into the violet world also accounts for the vastly diminished flow of energy making up the chain field. While the galaxy pattern is still there, it is faded and worn out, now that the pink orb, Rettik, has completely left alignment. The force that protects the spiral of worlds from decay has been stretched past the breaking point, and the worlds seem all the darker for it. The color of Fatewaker is violet.
Shadowbender starts the second half of the series, and its cover brings two new elements to the table. First of all, there is the terrific sense of movement as the stars around the spiral fly past us. Events in the series are rapidly escalating, and you can feel that on this cover. Note the lit orbs are now Nur, Core, and Rettik–this is the first book that doesn’t have Onus lit! And the chain field has been stripped bare to reveal the DNA-like lattice underneath–reflecting Jara’s understanding of the universe. The rot creeps now towards Onus–an ominous sign–and the signature lightning in the eyes of the Obliviate apears in that grasping shadow for the first time. Also note that Rettik has broken completely free of the structure of the spiral–the ramifications of this will be felt in this very book. The color of Shadowbender is black.
I don’t know about you… but I can’t wait to see how the cover to the next book evolves!
A brand new Spiralchain short story, War Dancer, is now available in the Downloads section! This story was produced as a stretch goal for the Fatewaker Kickstarter campaign and tells a story of Jara’s father, the Duchess Rura, and a small but powerful political secret known only to a handful of people on all of Onus.
In other news, the Kickstarter pre-order campaign for the fifth book in the Spiralchain, Shadowbender has about a week left! Head over to Kickstarter to get your copy of Shadowbender and help unlock additional exciting projects and rewards!
The latest book in the Spiralchain, SHADOWBENDER, is now live on Kickstarter for pre-order!
What happens when everything you believe about your Purpose comes apart at the seams? Steven Mollison has been many things—he’s been a student, a soldier, a police officer, and even a mystical shaper of shadows. But with the door between worlds slammed shut in his face, he and all of the other Children of the Line must consider the possibility that their future is not the grand adventure that was prophesied. After months of living mundane lives back home, the glimmering possibility emerges of a way back once more into the Spiral of Worlds. But what perils await along this new road, and what discoveries lurk in the shadows that will test Steven and his friends? When all the forces of destiny have been turned aside, what choices will be made by these young people as the darkness of the Rot closes its grip on the eight worlds? The battle to turn back the Foreverot begins here, and Steven stands at its center.
Shadowbender picks up right after the shattering conclusion of Fatewaker, and you can get your copy in e-book, paperback, hardcover, or deluxe hardcover (along with copies of the rest of the books in the series) now through the end of October by clicking over to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1152299265/spiralchain-shadowbender
And stay tuned in the next week or two for a new short story, set between Metalbreaker and Fatewaker, in our Downloads section!
Spiralchain books will be available directly from the author at the 2016 Wizard World Des Moines comic book convention! Work on Book 5 begins in earnest this month, now that the outline has come together–and more news about the short story anthology (including a title!) is coming in June! Here’s the great poster that series artist Andrew J. Aguirre made for the show!
Stop by booth C28 if you are at the convention and get any books from the series you are missing and an exclusive Spiralchain bookmark! This convention is also the debut of Jeremiah L. Schwennen’s new series, The Omnigenos Chronicles… which just may contain a few secrets of the Spiralchain!
It’s amazing to me to see that there hasn’t been a post on this website in the last year. I’ve never been great at keeping Spiralchain.net up to date, I admit, but… a whole year? That’s just awful. Especially because it has been anything BUT a quiet year for the intricate universe of the Spiralchain.
So here’s a little peak behind the curtain of all the ways that this has NOT been a quiet year!
Since the last update to this blog, the entirety of FATEWAKER was written (all 577 pages of it!).
Since the last update to this blog, FATEWAKER had a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign.
Since the last update to this blog, FATEWAKER released in e-book.
Since the last update to this blog, a new short story (Chaos Bringer) was published on our DOWNLOADS page.
Since the last update to this blog, plans for a Spiralchain card game AND role-playing game have both advanced considerably, though neither will release in 2016.
Since the last update to this blog, plans for a 2016 release of the first Spiralchain short story anthology (title as yet unknown) were finalized.
So this has not been a quiet year at all! And the year to come will be busy indeed–but hopefully I will be able to keep this site better updated. Here is the vow: New content every month in the form of interviews, behind-the-scenes articles, and updates.
Thanks for coming along for the ride.
Spiralchain: Metalbreaker is now available to pre-order on Amazon.com! I am extremely proud of this new book and the direction it moves the story, and can’t wait for you to get to know its new characters, new world… and the way that so many of the existing pieces start to click together in new (and often frightening) ways.
Metalbreaker will release in eBook EXCLUSIVELY to the Kindle format on January 5th. That same day, Gatemaker and Mindshaper will also become Kindle exclusives. The duration of this Kindle exclusivity is not yet known, but will last at least six months.
Hardcover release of Metalbreaker is expected to occur on January 15th (or thereabouts) via lulu.com and the book will become available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers within a few weeks of that point.
You can always stay up to date with where each of the books in the Spiralchain is available by checking out the Buy Spiralchain Books link at the top of this page!