The Valleur Way

Coming soon, The Kinfire Tree audiobook, once again narrated by Thomas Bestwick (AMAZING voice!).

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The Kinfire Tree

Rayne of the Mantle

RAYNE, as leader of the Mantle on Valaris, wielder of the Maghdim Medaillon, is paramount to the entire LORE series. The Infinity Mantle begins with Rayne travelling to Farinwood. He is looking for the means to stop the witch Infinity’s campaign of revenge, and hopes to find his mentor Aven still alive in the town now overcome with unnatural mist.

The lore centres around Rayne. This man, however, was raised in a society that hates anything magical. That hatred extends to even an inspiring sunset and Valaris is therefore suppressed in its freedom, but for wielders of magic it is far worse. Even a rumour of power will see a man or woman hung from the nearest tree, and vigilantism flourishes despite calls from government to bring these ‘criminals’ to trial.

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Rayne is unwilling in his power as a result, and yet the Mantle is about sorcery. Every time he ventures outside, he looks over his shoulder, he wonders when the rope will twist around his neck; is it any wonder he is unwilling? Upholding his cover as a binder of books is something he doesn’t always adhere to, because he is impatient with subterfuge.

But in Farinwood the Medaillon waits for him, and he is forced to use it. This device is old and has a history that will only become clearer later, and yet the Mantle knew enough about its power so that they understood they needed sorcerers available, in the event. Rayne, as a two year old, was brought into the Mantle, because magic wielders recognise it in others; Rayne, when he reached an age where he understood what was happening to him, also then discovered it was far too late to bow out.

He was abandoned, adopted, his father accuses him of being a dreamer, his mother is distant, and he rarely sees his sister because he needs to protect her from his truth. Gradually Rayne is gathered in until he is revealed as a powerful man with powerful ancestry. But he is angry. Where is his choice in this? He also dreams of a faraway world and cannot understand how it is possible. He dreams of a little girl there – My name is Mitrill! – and she calls to him for help. With those desperate dreams plaguing him and the needs of his world demanding action of him, while battling his past, Rayne is volatile and contradictory.

One of the most pertinent questions asked is, “Is he friend or foe?” And that answer will determine all.

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Still, this is a man with depth, and he’s good to look at, too. His fair hair and grey eyes draw the eye, and his lean strength inspires confidence. Rayne is an enigma and in the fullness of the series he will call himself a prince among demons, and yet … all is not what it seems.

Time to listen to INFINITY!

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It’s here! It’s live!!! YAY!

Hello, everyone, Infinity’s audio book is now live! I just know you will love Thomas Bestwick’s voice and will really get into the story 🙂

For those of you new to Audible, use these links to download a copy:

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If you already have an Audible subscription, click here: Audible UK

 

Or listen via Amazon: (listen to a sample!)

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Interview with Rees and Rayne’s Mother

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(Blue spoke to many Valarians in the week following the drowning and destruction of Galilan, Valaris’ capital city. After, when she collated her notes, she realised she had spoken to Rayne’s sister)

 

Blue: Hello! Forgive the interruption, but I’m moving from plot to plot informing people where to find food and fresh water. Have you been told?

Rees: You’re welcome. Come closer. We’re aware of the relief centres, yes, but I overheard others asking … you’d have to keep moving and keep asking.

Blue: I’ll do so. ‘We’? You have others with you? Are you coping?

Rees: A friend and her husband stay with me … my m-mother didn’t … we found her in the cellar with … sorry.

Blue: I’m sorry, too. What’s your name?

Rees: Rees … yes, after the priest.

Blue: Ha! Who named you? I’m guessing your father.

Rees: Yes! And my brother Rayne still teases me about it!

Blue: Where is he? Will he be joining you? Um, do you know if he …?

Rees: Rayne was here earlier, thank God. He’s fine, doing his thing. What’s your name?

Blue: Blue … but don’t ask me why! I’m only glad it isn’t ‘Green’ or ‘Pink’!

Rees: I’ll bet! And do you have somewhere to stay in all this?

Blue: I do, thank you … it will get better, I hope you know that. Sooner than we can believe right now.

Rees: I hope so. Thanks. I suppose you must be on your way. Good to meet you, and good luck.

Blue: Luck to you also.

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Rayne’s mother

 

(After checking her notes, Blue found a parallel in her interviews in Galilan. The place she interviewed Rees after annihilation was also the place she spoke briefly with an older woman before the destruction of the city and after the soltakin commenced the campaign of terror. She swiftly deduced she had had words with Rees and Rayne’s mother and was thus one of the last to have seen her alive)

 

Blue: My lady, you should be indoors. It isn’t safe.

Rayne’s mother: Can’t call anywhere safe, my dear. Walls and closed doors will not stop those fiends.

Blue: Lady, is there someone with you? Your children?

Rayne’s mother: Essie from next door. We keep each other company through everything good and bad. My children have their own lives … my daughter gallivants in the country as if she’s a spoilt rich girl and my son flits everywhere trying to be Valaris’ saviour … forgive me, I find I’m disappointed that they saw fit to … to …

Blue: Abandon you?

Rayne’s mother: Forgive me, no. Rees is a good girl and will be here as soon as she can. And Rayne … well, Rayne is what he is, isn’t he? How dare I deny that? How dare I deny our people his abilities?

Blue: My lady, where is Rayne now?

 

(The woman unfortunately returned indoors then, perhaps realising she had revealed too much. Blue has not discovered her name, and there is no image on record of Rayne’s mother)

 

Lore’s Reading Order (1)

For readers new to the LORE series, here’s the low down 🙂

There are 3 distinct series – Lore of Arcana / Lore of Reaume / Lore of Sanctum – and each set tells the tale in a different time. Yes, this is, in fact, one series (therefore LORE) and yet each set of 4 books tells a separate story. You can pick up volume 1 of any of the three and start reading from there, but if you desire the greater tale, the grand design, I do suggest starting with Lore of Arcana and journeying through to the end of Lore of Sanctum.

Let’s begin with Arcana’s four:

The Infinity Mantle

There is a darkness coming …

This is the ‘meet and greet’ beginning of it all. In this book you meet the main characters as well as a few extraordinary beings, and adventure with them as their mission begins.

The main setting is the world Valaris, with visits to worlds beyond a Rift.

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The Kinfire Tree

Kin is everything

The main character Rayne becomes someone unexpected, and it is soon apparent that his story drives the greater tale as well. Prepare for something new!

Again, Valaris is the place of conflict.

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The Drowned Throne

Throne of the Valleur

This is the book of battles! Everything ramps up, and the fighting is intense. Here the mighty Valleur Throne is unveiled, to disastrous consequences.

Look to Aqua Island on Valaris for an epic confrontation!

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The Dragon Circle

Of Flame and Fire

The final Arcana book is about loss, betrayal and ultimate change. Here Torrullin stands forth, and prepares for the worlds of hurt awaiting him in Lore of Reaume, and yet there is an ending. The Dragon Circle doesn’t leave you wondering!

While the main tale takes place on Valaris, you will visit both Ardosia and Pendulim as well.

Even as the author, I cried. I cried while writing this particular book and when I read it later as a reader 🙂

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Links to all four books are in the sidebar. Happy reading!!

Lore of Reaume’s reading order follows this post.

After Reaume, make a note of Lore of Sanctum’s reading order too 😉