Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Brothers is Out

My third novel has just been published. It is available on Amazon as both a paperback and a kindle. The cover is by Anna Krupitsky.

Brothers is the sequel to Salamander, my second novel, unrelated to Harald, my first. The setting is about fifty years after Olver, that world's equivalent to Newton, took the first large steps towards converting magery from a craft to a science. 

For those who have read Salamander ...  . The book starts with Eirick, the thirteen year old son of Lord Iolen, stranded in Forstmark at the court of its ruler by his father's death. 

He is, as Mari later comments, a much nicer person than his father.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I really enjoyed the "beta" copy you shared with me a couple years ago and the resulting discussion. How much changed between the beta version and the final published version?

Jonathan said...

Read the beta copy; now purchased. Congratulations.

boop said...


David Friedman said...

A good deal of change over the past two years.

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Jonathan said...

Today I finished rereading "Brothers", this time the final version. Pretty good book, and definitely rereadable.

It's slightly frustrating that I often feel I don't fully understand everything that's going on -- because of the large number of characters and the complexity of their genetic and political relationships. I suppose it would help to read the book with printed diagrams of these relationships in front of me, but I don't normally feel the need of that kind of aid when reading novels.

On the plus side, I suppose the complexity makes it more rereadable. Too simple a story soon becomes dull to reread.

The system of magic is original and compares well with other depictions of magic in fiction.

Jonathan said...

When reading, I didn't notice significant changes from the beta copy; but my memory is bad, and I was reading the beta copy in 2018.

David Friedman said...


I think the most notable changes are an expansion of the siege of the citadel, including Ellen's arrival there and some moves and countermoves between besiegers and besieged, and a scene with Melia and the Queen in which it becomes clear why the Queen is barren.

I assume you realize that there is a chart of the relations within the royal family at the back of the book.