Creatures of fantasy

April 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

For those of you who like lists, here is a full list of the creatures who feature in the 2 volumes : The Vispadjinn and The Usurper.

Cryptozoology of the Lands of the Azhad


Family trees!

March 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

Need to check out the relationship between various characters in The Usurper – take a look at this useful family tree.

The Families of Borgios of Aelghir and Crixos of Arkis

Characters for The Usurper

March 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Clink the link below to get a full list of characters from volume 2: The Usurper


Alphabetical List of Characters Book 2

Character list for The Usurper

March 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Check out this useful alphabetical list of characters that feature in volume 2, The Usurper:


Alphabetical List of Characters Book 2

Character list for The Vispadjinn

March 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

Alphabetical List of Characters, Book 1

Akaromotajiron (Elf King, upper Samarin)                                                                                                    1 ix

Akiriyashimura (daughter of Eturujonakatan)                                                                                             1 ix, x

Anestinia (wife of Parienthesis)                                                                                                                        1

Angatsu (First Archbishop)                                                                                                                                1 xvi

Anja Hroddsdottr (First Mate of the ‘Valkyrie’)                                                                                           1 xiii

Aristophanes (the Eunuch, son of Parienthesis)                                                                                            1

Arnulf Maartensen (cousin of Begrid Gormsen)                                                                                           1

Ashamiritakahara (daughter of Akaromotajiron)                                                                                        1 ix

Begrid Gormsen (clan chief’s son from Varanga)                                                                                         1

Blava (witch, sister to Issel and Yurkha)                                                                                                        1 iv

Chun, Nan and Cho (Goblin family; father, mother, son)                                                                          1 xi-xv

Crixos (Duke of Arkis, King of Atelia)                                                                                                             1 xvi

Dagmar (fire elemental/witches familiar)                                                                                                       1 iv

Elghios/Elgir, Lord/Duke of Aelghir (Regent/Chancellor of Atelia, son of Borgios and Ilea)            1

Eturujonakatan (Elf King, lower Samarin)                                                                                                     1 x

Filibert Willowisp (Galagid Gnome, servant of Parienthesis, husband of Poppy)                                   1

Ghanae (mysterious, powerful witch)                                                                                                              1 p, e

Gindal (God of the Oreads)                                                                                                                               1 vi

Gulcan (the dwarf from Staithes)                                                                                                                     1 xiii

Guntar (bandit chief)                                                                                                                                          1

Hederick Grunwald/Greenwood (from Western Placidia)                                                                        1

Henrik Gallison (Sheriff of Gallisport)                                                                                                             1

Heseillah, the Enchantress                                                                                                                                 1 xii

Issel (witch, sister to Yurkha and Blava)                                                                                                        1 iv

Kagetsweyu of Mbene, Baron (Knight of Nguinae, lover of Ebu-Assotto)                                              1

Karamanis/Karaman, Captain Erimides (aide to Elghios)                                                                        1

Kaspar ‘the Red’ Olaffsen (warrior from Varanga)                                                                                      1

Kinnere Ro (retainer to Ebu-Assotto)                                                                                                              1

Lin (Goblin maid, ‘sister’ to Su, Yin and Pei)                                                                                 1

Lonia Eremecci (stowaway from Iberoa)                                                                                                      1

Mebetsu of Ebu ‘Assotto, Count (Knight of Nguinae)                                                                 1

Mihu (Oread Nymph)                                                                                                                                         1 v, vi

Nakurimotajiron (brother of Akaromotajiron)                                                                                              1 ix

Ogacho (centaur of Gindal)                                                                                                                               1 vi

Olfides, Count (betrothed to Raeyana)                                                                                                           1 e

Oracle, the (One of the Old Goddesses, serves the people of Aelghir)                                                       1 p

Parienthesis (merchant of Delphis)                                                                                                                  1

Pei (Goblin maid, ‘sister’ to Su, Yin and Lin)                                                                                 1

Peremides, Duke (later Lord) of Aelghir (Elghios’ uncle)                                                                             1 e

Poppy Willowisp (Galagid Gnome, servant of Parienthesis, wife of Filibert)                                           1

Raeyana (Elghios’ half-sister)                                                                                                                           1 e

Rashinda (daughter of Yenghis)                                                                                                                       1,

Rufio Anaconti (the poet)                                                                                                                                  1 xiii-xvi

Steychal Maartensen (sister of Arnulf Maartensen)                                                                                     1

Su/Susan Karamanis (Goblin maid, ‘sister’ to Yin, Lin and Pei)                                                                1

Takemotoratanon (son of Akaromotajiron)                                                                                                 1 ix

Tharjen Hammerskold (Captain of the ‘Valkyrie’)                                                                                      1 xiii

Thenobeia (daughter of Parienthesis)                                                                                                              1

Torovanis/Torovan, Captain Yeorghos (successor to Karamanis, aide to Yula)                                    1 xvi

Yenghis (dwarf merchant, friend of Parienthesis)                                                                                         1 ii, v

Yin (Goblin maid, ‘sister’ to Su, Lin and Pei)                                                                                 1

Yuki (Oread Nymph)                                                                                                                                          1 v, vi

Yurkha (witch, sister to Issel and Blava)                                                                                                        1 iv

Yushimitakahira (daughter of Akaromotajiron)                                                                                           1 ix

Zegred Estevich (from Jadesch)                                                                                                                      1i-vi, xiii, xv

Zoltan Huntelaar (from Jadesch)                                                                                                                     1 i-vi

Land at the time of Elghios

March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

If like me, you need a little help sometimes visualising the geography in a novel, here’s a map to help with the places mentioned in The Usurper.
The Land at the time of Elghios

Volume 2 The Usurper now out!!

March 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Usurper is now out on Amazon Kindle and this is the short code to access it.

The Usurper cover


The Usurper: Synopsis

March 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

Just to whet your appetite, here is the synopsis for volume 2.

The Usurper is volume 2 of the adult fantasy series The Azhad: Elgir.

7 years have passed since our hero Elghios acquired the power.

A series of tragic events provoke a power struggle in the kingdom of Atelia, and opposing factions intrigue to gain control. Elghios will have to forge unexpected alliances, and wage war to protect the throne, but what exactly are his motives? Will the Royal Army, faced with fantastical creatures and the cruel forces of nature, reach the city of Arkis in time to save it? Whom can Elghios trust, and can his old friends in Gallisport, Hederick Grunwald and Eremides Karamanis, still trust him?

A philosopher once said, “Only the puppeteer can see our strings”. Is this part of a greater story? If so, who is pulling the strings?

And what of the mysterious power, does Elghios control it or does it control him?

The Usurper

February 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Well, finally I have finished my revision of volume 2 of our fantasy series: The Usurper.  For those of you who have been patiently waiting – my apologies. I’ve been very busy wearing my tutor’s hat and that has slowed me down. There’s just the final proof-read to go now, plus writing the synopsis and then it will be on Amazon Kindle. As soon as we have the publishing details and the synopsis I’ll post them on this website.

I have to admit that I prefer this volume to the last, so it will be interesting to see what our readers make of it. Mick is busy with volume 3 and it will soon be time for my input on that one too.


February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Vispadjinn is free today and tomorrow on Amazon Kindle: download your copy now!

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