Adversaries Together: The Ascendant Realms, Book I

NaNoWriMo Map with cities (2)
The World of Syr Nebra

 Adversaries Together Sample

This last November I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. I was able to complete the 50k word challenge, which I was actually quite proud of given that I’ve never seriously attempted writing fiction. Since then, I’ve been tweaking and adding material to the work. As of right now, the manuscript sits at just over 90k words (I’m hoping to up it to 100k). I’m now in the process of creating a synopsis, finding publishers/agents to send it to, and formatting.

I’m considering self-publishing, but I feel it makes sense to at least attempt the traditional publishing route. It’s a fantasy novel; the audience for such books is huge, and the amount of people writing in the genre is equally as large. I don’t think what I’ve written is as good as others but I think it’s as good as most, if not better than some.

Here’s my back flap teaser:

There’s no such thing as magic. Yet every human clings to their faith. Avery Roth is a wanderer scratching out a living in the hinterlands of Syr Nebra, trying to avoid the religious zealots of The Cathedral and the imperial ambitions of The Seven Spires. Yet when a young woman and her paladin guardian literally run into him in the wild as they are fleeing bandits, he is entangled in a political web that only worsens the more he struggles to free himself and others from it. Roth aids the duo on their way but in so doing is drawn into the duplicitous schemes of rival realms.

This story and the series won’t have any magic as such, mostly just speculative realism. Also, I’m kinda tired of war and battling in the fantasy genre. I’ve got what I think is a minimal amount of fighting and I’m hoping to reduce it all down as much as possible. But such a move would remove the two greatest draws to the genre–wizards and warriors. Also, the standard replacement for these two qualities is egregious sex. I’ve got none of that either, so all the usual high fantasy tropes are pretty much gone.

Things I still need to do: I need to create some freehand map drawings based from the map I found of the Earth during the late Pennsylvanian. Although my story doesn’t take place on Earth, I thought it would serve as a good jumping off point. I also need to create some detail maps of the major cities (Sulecin, Rikonen, & Ardavass).

So what I’m presenting here are roughly the first fifty pages. I welcome all comments as long as they’re constructive–I’ve no interest in flaming, trolling, hollow praise, or needless negativity. If you would like to read more, just send me an email (

Adversaries Together Sample


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