The Blades of Karik
is my first short story, the tale of a young man who journeys to a far off land on a quest to defeat a dragon. Along the way he hears the names and deeds of heroes; legends and rumors of valiant heroes and terrible warriors.
The Dragon of Kveldmir was inspired by several old stories, the two most notable being ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ and the tale of Sigurd and Fafnir along with bits and pieces from other Anglo Saxon stories, folklore, and modern fantasy.
I wanted to capture the sense of a story being told within a larger world, and it helped that what was originally supposed to be a short, stand alone story shoved it’s way into the mythology and fantasy world I’ve spent the last decade piecing together.
By the time Dragon was sent in for publication several new characters had elbowed their way in and demanded to have their stories told. Karik and Revik Wyrdmaster among the most notable.
As I continued working on the following books in the series, it became apparent that Dragon had been a incomplete telling which had left out several important details, which resulted in a new edition being released.
I am also working on Oath Bound, a story based on the historical figure of Queen Asa, the mother of Halfdan the Black.
The story follows a young man named Rolf who swears his loyalty to the queen and follows her as she escapes her husband and seeks to regain her father’s throne.