Crucible of Dust marks my first novella in the setting of the Clockwork Ascendancy, a fantasy world in the throes of an industrial revolution. The Holy Ascendant, the appointed ruler of the Clockwork Ascendancy, struggles to hold together a fractious empire intent on tearing itself apart. Steam-powered war machines called avatars stride alongside soldiers on the battlefield, wreaking havoc on their foes.
Worse yet, a terrible cataclysm has torn a hole in the fabric of reality in the lands of the Order of the Penitent Blade. No one knows what caused it, but the horror of the event has driven everyone to the edge, and there are whispers of terrible creatures, monsters of the Aetherium that seek to undo creation.
Enter Hammond Flynn, a former knight of the Penitent Blade. Fleeing the destruction of his homeland, he has abandoned and buried everything he once was. But when a powerful criminal syndicate kidnaps Flynn, events are set in motion that will force him to return to the place he has done everything to forget. A crucible of dust awaits Flynn, and it will either destroy, or remake him.
I plan on writing two more novellas to introduce the major characters in this setting, and then I will begin on a full length novel. As my first novella, I learned a lot about writing and e-publishing, which I’ll share in future posts. For now though, it’s a thrill to get my first novella out there. It’s a single step, but getting started is almost always the hardest part.
And as always, please feel free to share any feedback you might have. I’d love to hear from you!