The Dark Archer, 2nd Edition

So a LOT has happened since I last posted anything here.  Been rather busy, to say the least.

To start, The Dark Archer hit a bit of a snag with the old publisher, and ended up going off sale for a time.  However, it was picked up by a new publisher and is now available once more.  This time with added awesomeness.  For this 2nd Edition of The Dark Archer, we have added a few minor lines here and there (nothing major, just bits that add depth and hearken to elements found in the upcoming sequel, The Shadow Cult), as well as a map and an index to help with keeping the characters, locations, and terms straight.

It is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as through Three Furies Press under the series name Soul of Sorrows.  You can also find The Suffering, which is a novella that comes chronologically before The Dark Archer.

 

As mentioned above, The Shadow Cult is still coming, and is currently out to beta readers.  As of right now, the cover is very nearly complete, and is looking absolutely gorgeous, so mad props to my amazing cover artist.  With that said, I’ll be posting the new cover art in my Facebook reader group first (which I will link below), but will spread that love here as well for those who are interested in seeing it when completed.

With that said, The Shadow Cult will be coming out later this year, and it is promised to be a crazy ride.  My editor actually loves it more than The Dark Archer, which is high praise…  Take my word for it.

Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for further updates…  Exciting times.

Robert Cano

If you want to join my Facebook reader group, just follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/620898828753102/

The Shadow Cult

The long awaited sequel to The Dark Archer is coming soon.  In the meantime, The Suffering and The Dark Archer are getting rereleased, and The Shadow Cult will be coming early summer 2020.

I have already begun the final book in that trilogy (keep in mind the overall series is not over yet, as I have planned a total of 3 trilogies, all of which tie together into one big arc).  This third book in Bene’s saga is called The World Soul.

However, The Shadow Cult comes very quickly.  Currently looking at a May 2020 release, The Shadow Cult brings with it a furtherance of the dark tale we became acquainted with in The Dark Archer.  With the origins surrounding Bene’s transformation into a wraith shrouded in mystery, he sets out to locate the source, and end it if necessary.  Meanwhile, a war is looming between two kingdoms, with the people of both kingdoms desiring peace, but it is already too late.  Juhalin must make a decision: reclaim her crown, which she has already turned from; or watch innocents die.

The Mists threaten.  A dormant goddess awakens.  An external battle with the shadow looms in the distance.  And the high priest has a unique power of his own.  However, we discover he is not the only enemy, for an ancient evil yet lays sleeping, and Bene’s dagger, For’dreth, refuses to offer any valuable information.

The Shadow Cult comes for Aariad.  Are you ready to face the shadow?

Genres Season Finale – Epic Fantasy

So I was on GoIndieNow’s Genres show for its final episode of the season. I get to discuss the epic fantasy subgenre of fantasy with fellow authors who write in fantasy and various other genres/subgenres. What is epic fantasy? How do we define this? And what about the worldbuilding aspect of this subgenre really helps us create this epic feeling? We talk about these things and more, so definitely check it out.

And remember to check out my works, The Shadow Cult, third book in this world and the second book in the trilogy, comes out in October.

Robert Cano, author of The Suffering and The Dark Archer.

The Shadow Cult Cover Reveal

We officially have the cover art completed for The Shadow Cult. This is quick mock-up of the cover, but this week I’ll be working further with the publisher to get the title right. That being said, please enjoy the blurb for the book and the cover. The Shadow Cult will be available in October. Be ready.

And if you have not been able to check it out yet, do go read The Dark Archer. I promise you won’t be disappointed. The story is very much about the internal. With The Shadow Cult, we look to the external. And with The World Soul (being written now), everything falls apart. Thanks for taking the time

Blurb:

The Shadow Cult comes for Aariad.

An evil grows in the south.  The Shadow Cult who created Bene are expanding their terrible ways, seeking new methods of mastery over the dark magics which course through the wraith’s body.  Theirs is a mysterious goal. And they are growing in power.  

An army is slowly bleeding into the world. An army which seeks the World Trees.  Three are said to have been birthed with the coming of light into the world of Arduil.  Just one of these ancient, magical trees will provide enough power for this army to enter into Aariad unhindered.

The shadow of war grows once more. But no one knows who the enemy really is.  Or which threat is greatest.

A Little Sneak Peek into The World Soul

The World Soul is book three in the Soul of Sorrows Trilogy which begins with The Dark ArcherThe Shadow Cult is due out in October, and this current work in progress, The World Soul, will be slated for release next year.

I wanted to give a sneak peek into what’s coming in The World Soul, currently sitting at over 38k word count.  Do enjoy…  And remember to check out The Dark Archer before The Shadow Cult comes in October.  I assure you, you won’t be disappointed.

Robert Cano, author of the Soul of Sorrows Series

Faded Realm

 

Authors in Focus Podcast

Hey everyone!  Hope all of you are well during this crazy 2020.  And I do hope that you are finding ways to stay sane.

With that said, I have another soundbite for you to enjoy.  This podcast was done with fellow fantasy author J.M.D. Reid, and we discuss different aspects of writing and fantasy.  I’ll definitely be doing more as time passes, but this one was a fun one.  Please enjoy, and I’ll be back soon to post some more thoughts.

Until then, take care and stay safe!

Robert Cano

Authors in Focus Episode 4: Interview with Robert Cano by JMD Reid

Links to The Dark Archer here, just scroll to the bottom.

 

Writers Showcase Interview

So I did the interview with the amazing Christie Stratos, where we talked about my poetry, The Suffering, The Dark Archer, and a bit on the upcoming The Shadow Cult.  Most importantly, we took the time to dive further into Mental Health Awareness Month, where we discussed a bit of why it’s so important to be having these discussions, and how we need to be seeking to understand, as oppose to stigmatize, our mental health.

All too often, especially after we lose someone close to us to suicide, we find ourselves saying things like, “I never saw it coming,” or “But they seemed so happy just yesterday,” or anything in between these things.  The reality of PTSD or depression or any other mental health issue is that we often don’t see it coming, where even for those of us who are suffering from it, one moment is all it can take.

Please enjoy this interview, and remember that it is important to talk about these things.  Perhaps in open discussion, we can further our understanding of not just others who are dealing with such illnesses, but of ourselves who are dealing with these illnesses.

Thank you for stopping by.  And if you want to talk, I’m right here.

Links to The Dark Archer here, just scroll to the bottom.

Robert Cano

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Writing Grimdark, Poetry, and Something About Pillars!

This interview was with the wonderful Katie Salidas and Jason LaVelle on the Spilling Ink podcast.  We had a great time discussing my books and my love of poetry.

For those interested, I have been writing poetry for at least two decades now, and have found ways to incorporate my poetic voice into my novel writing.  This is something that I believe sets me apart as an author in the world of novels.  The depth and beauty of the scenes I create really are those rare moments in time when everything slows down and we find ourselves lost in it.

Thanks for joining me, and for watching this podcast.  Be sure to check out both Katie and Jason’s work as well, as each are wonderful authors of some amazing work.

As always, thanks for stopping by, and do enjoy our ramblings and fun times.

Robert Cano

Links to The Dark Archer here, just scroll to the bottom.

 

An Author’s Thoughts

The struggle with PTSD and depression, and how these things shaped the writing of The Dark Archer.

This video is one that I did for Facebook, posted it there and got over 30k views, but the purpose was to have an honest dialogue on not just mental illness as I deal with them, but also how these things have impacted my writing.  The last bit of the video is me reading from a section of The Dark Archer wherein I talk about how I cope with these things I can’t be rid of.

The video is just over 17 min long, but if you stick around, you’ll see you’re not the only one with demons.  We are all dealing with things, and I’m certainly no exception.  Thanks for stopping by.

Robert Cano

The First 10 Pages

This is an older panel I did with Go Indie Now’s Joe Compton, as well as some other amazing authors.  In this panel we discuss the first 10 pages, their importance, and what to do to maximize their effect on our readers.

As always, it was a good time.  Links to the other authors on the panel can be found in the notes on YouTube.  Thanks for stopping by.

The Dark Archer available for purchase here…

Robert Cano