In preparation for the Steel and Sorrow: Book Two of the Blood and Tears Trilogy launch in the next couple of weeks, I decided to create three maps of the world. These maps will be included in both the electronic and paper versions of the second book. I also plan to go back and add them to both the electronic and paper versions of Rise and Fall for anyone who purchases the books going forward.

There are several reasons why I didn’t include maps in the initial release of Rise and Fall, but in the end it doesn’t matter. What matters is that I have them now and they look awesome. Click on the maps below to see more detail. (They open in a new window.)

The first map is of the world I created.



The second map is a close-up of the Kingdom of Cadonia. I’ve only noted the major cities/landmarks that are important within the overall story.



The third map is a close-up of the continent of Hesh. Again, I’ve only noted the major cities/landmarks that are important within the overall story.



Maps have never been necessary for me (yes, I’m an anomaly within fantasy). I usually glance at them once before starting a book and then never refer to them again. However, I know they mean a lot to others. Hopefully, this will improve the reading experience for those individuals.

By the way, I wanted to thank my wife, Leah, as she took my chicken scratch rough drafts and made the awesomeness above. Thanks, babe!

So, what do you think?

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Keith says:

    Cool. I'm a spatially oriented person, so maps help me get a feel for where everything is.

  2. Mike says:

    Hah... I'm pretty sure I asked you why you didn't have maps in your first book. I know, I'm probably not the only one that asked about it.

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