Sanctuary Series

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Epic Fantasy

The world of Arkaria is a dangerous place, filled with dragons, titans, goblins and other dangers. Those who live in this world are faced with two choices: live an ordinary life or become an adventurer and seek the extraordinary. 

Cyrus Davidon leads a small guild in the human capital of Reikonos. Caught in an untenable situation, facing death in the den of a dragon, they are saved by the brave fighters of Sanctuary who offer an invitation filled with the promise of greater adventure. Soon Cyrus is embroiled in a mystery - someone is stealing weapons of nearly unlimited power for an unknown purpose, and Sanctuary may be the only thing that stands between the world of Arkaria and total destruction.

NOTICE: As of May 2017, The Sanctuary Series is going exclusive to Amazon for AT LEAST ninety days. Learn more about why HERE.

LISTED IN BEST (CHRONOLOGICAL) READING ORDER 

Defender (Volume One)
Avenger (Volume Two)
Champion (Volume Three)
Crusader (Volume Four)
Sanctuary Tales
Thy Father's Shadow (Volume 4.5)
Master (Volume Five)
Fated in Darkness (Volume 5.5)
Warlord (Volume Six)
Heretic (Volume Seven)
Legend (Volume Eight)

Ghosts of Sanctuary (Volume Nine)* - (Tentatively) Coming in 2018!

 *Forthcoming

NOTE: The Ashes of Luukessia Series - IS BACK ON! First book coming this summer!

A Haven in Ash: Ashes of Luukessia, Volume One - Coming Late Summer/Fall 2017!
 
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DISCUSSION FORUM

WARNING: SPOILERS AND SPECULATION BELOW! DO NOT PROCEED BEYOND THIS POINT UNLESS YOU'VE READ UP TO THE MOST RECENT SANCTUARY RELEASE!

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1. Be courteous. No name calling, no nastiness.

2. This page will be culled every 30 days or so for ease of reading. Older posts may be deleted at any time, but I'll try and leave them up as long as possible. If someone asks a really awesome question (subject to staff opinion on what makes up a "really awesome question") then it may stay.

Discuss, question and speculate away!


18 comments:

  1. I don't remember if I asked this the first time I read through book 8, but will we ever find out more about why vidarra switched sides? She was certainly guilty of avarice and pride, buying into her own godhood, but generally seemed a much more decent sort than the rest (along with Terrgenden)

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    1. No, I doubt I'll address it in story again as it'd be kinda weird to just dredge it up randomly in a future book, but basically she just got scared. Bellarum addressed it a little before the final fight, didn't he? She was trying to get back on his good side in a desperate hail mary kind of attempt, which obviously didn't work out too well.

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    2. Kinda what I thought, but wasn't sure

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    3. Thank you in reading Legend now and quit right at that figuring WTF. So I found this blog time to continue story

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  2. I just discovered your Sanctuary books in January and am already almost finished #8. I'm absolutely hooked. Thanks so much.

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  3. Will we ever find out exactly what happened to Curatio? Because he just was gone, books and all one day, but Alarm said he'd never left

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    1. Yeah, you find out. Finish book eight yet? Because the answer is in there.

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    2. [Spoiler Alert]
      I've read it multiple times, I know that Curatio didn't run off, that he chose to become what Alaric became, I meant specifics, since he wasn't seen (in the present, or Cyrus' flashbacks) since Chapter 68 of Warlord, with his absence confirmed at the end of Chapter 76. I assume Sanctuary didn't fade with him inside, unless he was just hiding from everyone the rest of that bool and all the way through Heretic until Vara's death and the 'destruction' of Sanctuary, which I can't see him doing. So how did he join with Sanctuary, or will it be revealed in the fullness of time?
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    3. I suppose it wasn't entirely clear, since the only times you see someone vanish it happens when Sanctuary goes, too - all of Sanctuary doesn't have to fade to "absorb" you into its essence. I had originally planned a6.5 or 7.5 volume that would have shown him reading at the end, looking up, and going. "Oh. It's you." And then vanishing in a flash of light as though a spell had taken him away (which obviously it hadn't - Sanctuary took him in after it became a pervasive presence in his mind). Of course that book got canceled, so it was never made fully clear, I guess exactly how he disappeared other than the simple line in LEGEND. But there you go, that's how it went down.

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  4. I have just finished Warlord, so compared to others I am new here. I have noted though that in Master and now in Warlord that your syntax and editing has become more "English as a Second language" in style. There are many syntax an grammatical "errors" at least in my Kindle editions. Is this a purposeful change, an error in electronic translation or done on purpose? Thanks for some GREAT escapist reads.

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    1. Not quite sure what you mean. I made the characters speak in a more high-fantasy tone as the series went along, which I guess could be classed as purposeful errors since they don't fit modern usage. Is that what you're talking about? If so, yeah, that's intentional.

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  5. When I think of troll wars, I see quinneria letting loose a bunch of spells and angry balls of fire.
    Man that would look awesome in 3D on the big screen!!!!
    (That message Is for you Peter Jackson) lol

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    1. The issue with making High Fantasy films is that unless it is really well done all of the terms (e.g Quartal, Rondanthar and plain old titans) can seem like cheezy gibberish and really ruin the film, think of anyy successful High Fantasy film other than the Lord of the Rings. Still though it is a cool idea, I think it would be pretty cool to see the troll wars more in the books, maybe through the eyes of Curatio or someone.

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  6. I must say that the Sanctuary Series is my absolute favorite Kindle E-books I have come across from Amazon. I've always loved Fantasy books since I was a child, all though I've just stuck with YA ones until now. It was very interesting to transfer from lighter novels to more grittier ones.

    I could go on talking about how many great things you did in the series (character growth, character faults, intricate plotlines, humor, etc), however there is one thing I really appreciated that was in them. Thank you for not having almost all your fantasy races be seperated into pure "evil" or pure "good"alliances.

    The only exception could be the titans, but I'd just put that down as Bellarum corrupting their people and that there was not any time for a "titan's can be good too" storyline (It's totally because there was no room for one in Sanctuary, uh huh).

    Anyways, it just really bothers me in stories where certain fantasy species like orcs, goblins, trolls, dark elves are all inherently evil. I just really like books where not everything is so black-and-white; it makes things so much more exciting without set archetypes.

    Oh, a few questions that I have: How long do dark elves live for? Or more specifically, how long until they take their "turn", as the elves would say.
    How exactly did the Ancients discover their magic and become seemingly immortal "gods" that allowed them to affect/shape their respective roles? When Mortus was killed there were direct and dire consequences; why didn't anything drastic seem to happen to the mortal realm when the other gods died?
    And is Alaric based off of someone Scottish?
    [Sorry for this long post and any typos from within it. I always type so much when I talk about something I love.]

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    1. Funny story about the titans - I kinda had to play them as pure evil because otherwise the fact that they got wiped out would have made the ending of Warlord a lot more bitter. There are titans in other lands, however, in much the same way as there are humans of different races in other lands, and you can expect to see some "good" titans in future volumes of the Sanctuary Series as we expand the story beyond Arkaria and Luukessia.

      Dark elves have a lifespan of about 1,000 years. They would "turn" about 850 - 900 or so, if they made it that long.

      Ancients discovering their magic? Thousands of years of effort and evolution, basically. I think someone gives a rapid summation of it when Alaric asks in Legend, though I can't recall.

      So, about Mortus - this is suggested in Legend, I think - he didn't sit on a confluence or hotspot of magic like the others did, in their realms. Instead, he built the tower in the Realm of Death that acted like a vacuum that hoovered up dead souls and entrapped them, creating a sort of artificial magical hotspot that he could draw from. The result of that, though, was the entrapment of all those souls, who became warped and pissed off over time. So, the reason no other gods died with consequences as dire as Mortus is because none of the others were growing their power on the souls of the Arkarian dead.

      No, Alaric isn't based off anyone Scottish. He's based off a guildmaster I had back in my MMO days.

      Hope this answers your questions, and I'm glad you enjoyed the books!

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  7. Psst...
    I know it's a secret but could you please tell me about all of these new places?
    I want to see the land beyond the 'placid/torrid' sea, the lands south of Zanzibar and north of Fertiss please can it just be a secret between us?
    luke171sanderson@gmailcom

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    1. Ah, no. Because I don't have a map yet, just a few names scrawled on paper and very little description. That's another reason it's going to be until 2019 until Sanctuary Vol. 9 comes out. I have to worldbuild...well, the rest of the world. And that takes time and thought, which I have very little of to apply at this moment.

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    2. Oh well, the secret cartography club is delayed....
      I will have to cancel those t-shit orders :)

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