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 year!

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

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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!


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  1. 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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    2. will we be seeing terian or aisling in the 1000 year later boook then, seeing they have lifespans of at least 1000? Keep up the great work , Robert Crane

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    3. Answering that would kind of spoil the story, wouldn't it?

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    4. more a speculation point here, godly weapons apparently grant some form of immortality so i think i can probably answer my own q.

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    5. please dont make good titans replacements for fortin and zarnn though. fortin was just too cool

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    6. There's no replacing those two.

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  2. 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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    3. 2019?! Your killing me! Ok so I know we have chatted on here and I have asked my fair share of questions but I thought I'd pop on and see if there was anything new happening... Yes I signed up for email alerts. Just patiently ( not patient at all) waiting.
      I was reading your conversation with theuknownrider and once again I'm impressed with the depth of thought you put into everything. Characters ,world building,back story..all of it! The process you have for the books makes it my top two series. So yes it's worth waiting till 2019 for book nine. Since your giving us the ashes of luukessia series.
      Also thank you for not burning out on your fans. Your still here answering questions patiently even the ones that you have addressed in book and this thread. Your willingness to continue to interact with your readers after all these books ...refreshing.
      Ok enough kudos. Get to writing sir! Can't wait to see the new places your taking us next

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    4. That was supposed to be until 2018. Whoops.

      Although, since we're not really leaving Reikonos until at least the second if not the third book...maybe it will be until 2019.

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    5. perhaps we can have a volume about where one.of the character travels the whole world...

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    6. They'll all get out of Reikonos and into the wider world eventually. Just not right away, because there are problems to solve in town first.

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    7. will shirri play a key role or was she just there to call the ghosts back? Also will the story be in different viewpoints-just curious because i quite liked the split viewpoint in legend-leaving on cliffhangers after each chapter...

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    8. Since these are gonna pretty obvious within the first few pages of GHOSTS OF SANCTUARY - yes, Shirri will factor into the story, she's not just some throwaway for LEGEND only. And yes, GHOSTS (and the rest of the series) will adopt a multiple-protagonists/viewpoint format.

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  3. Why didn't anything ever come from the child of Cyrus and Aisling kind of curious even though that didn't make it in the main books but in the side stories.

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    1. Nothing has come of it *yet*. Volume Nine kicks off a new story arc for the Sanctuary Series in 2018, and you can be assured that the child will factor into that storyline.

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    2. just speculation but depending on when aisling has the child. itwould only live to about 500, because it is only half dark elf. I think what might happen is we get someone more like cyrus descendant, just as (spoiler) terian is of the blood of garaunt. I think aisling should have just been more careful taking her ventra maq ;)

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    3. i think terian is garaunts descendant though do correct me if im wrong. Something to do with alaric giving his baby to lepos' family???

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    4. Re: Terian being Alaric's descendant: yes.

      Re: Cyrus and Aisling's child - He would live to about 500 unless he had someone who loved him, maybe someone with a longer lifespan to give him a godly weapon *HINT HINT*.

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    5. further on from that, which gody weapon is epalette-i thought dagger of justice, but then we alredy have rasnereke ward of justice?

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    6. This is sort of dealt with in FATED IN DARKNESS and mostly alluded to, I reckon, but one of those belonged to another god, because Terrgendan had given his out and had it not used in the way in which he thought it would be. So he took from a dead god's realm (I think, it's been a long time since I made this storytelling choice, like two years and twenty books ago) in order to provide a second favor in hopes it'd go better the second time around when he chose a champion.

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  4. If magic is gone will there be any way to revive or heal. I think it would be super interesting if they all had to be super careful about even taking damage. It would also make some more intense saves and rescues although it would take away from the super badass no think one man attacks Cyrus has done. I am super excited for the new books.

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    1. Magic won't be gone, per se, just curtailed. You'll have to wait and see how it plays out, but suffice it to say there will be an element of danger that previously hadn't been present in the Sanctuary books.

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    2. I hope this isnt asking too much but could i suggest you leaking small tidbits of information in your email alerts. Just a suggestion..?

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    3. Now why would I want to go and chum the waters like that? I already have all these sharks begging me to release the next Sanctuary book NOW NOW NOW OMG NOW...why would I feed them any more before I have the meal ready? It's like when we cook bacon in my house and it gets eaten one piece at a time long before breakfast is even served. No, you're just going to have to wait.

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    4. I did think that it was asking a bit too much. Its just that ive been re reading the series again an again to pick up on any last hidden points. Ive just downloaded fated in darkness which will hopefully curb some of the curiosity. I can sympathise with the bacon example-the problem being i eat the bacon

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    5. talking about curtailed magic-will the ghosts retain their magic?

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  5. I just wanna know who Cyrus slept with when he came back from Luukessia at the end of Crusader, please! I promise it won't ruin the series for me to know who, even if it's Aisling! I'll still have to keep reading to find out why. :-P Oh, and to find out if Alaric really is dead, of course...

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    1. Well, you're gonna have to wait or find someone else to tell you, because I ain't saying. Just keep in mind that the people who were reading it when it first came out had to wait over a year for MASTER. You've got about two months to wait. Maybe a little more.

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    2. Warning: spoiler. The answer to both those questions begins with an 'a'.

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    3. you should have realised by now that there were still 3 more books and cyrus says in one of the prologues or epilogues that he and vara could have had so much more time together, so really, who do you think it is going to be.

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  6. Just loved the Sanctuary Series - cried my heart out at the end! And now I'm sitting high and dry, waiting for the next ones. This Series is in my oponion one of the best in fantasy - and I have read a bunch of fantasy - started with Tolkien "The Lord of the Rings" many years ago. So I keep my fingers crossed, that in my lifetime I will get to read the ones coming up yet.Tied the time over with the "Girl in the Box"-Series, but it just does not mesmerise me as much as the "Santuary..", still it is amazing, how many ideas and stories are in your head. So now I hope, you are writing "your head off", lol.

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  7. Wait. You found it that sentimental??? WITH CHIPMUNKS??? And dont forget poor vaste who found the hedgehogs (literally) a pain in the arse! I think the humour kind of rules out much sentimentality

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    1. Well, not to me. When he was searching and missing his love so much and when she then welcomed him back as a sanctuary ghost, and he was sooo happy. Even now I get tears in my eyes, just thinking about it. LOL. Maybe I am sentimental, lol.

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    2. fair enough-the books do definately have more than just an element of realism in them.no?

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  8. Hey huge fan of your books, lucky enough to find the sanctuary books and I was hooked! Easy reading after some war and peace style books, the the girl in/out of the box to presant incarnation
    ANY WAY - just wanted to point out Google play does not even show sanctuary any more nor does it come up on authour name, real shame! Not sure if it's the change in publisher (I think they are your own co's) either way it kinda sucks as it removes demand. P.s. I work for a global book distributors so if this is not by choice be direct and kick of, if it is a shame for those who love it but more so for those who are yet to discover it! P.s.s. (feel like a dick using that) it doesn't sell if it can't be found I.e. make sanctuary profitably 😊

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    1. So, I actually went exclusive with Amazon due to some incentives they have for being all-in with them. They're going to be in for a period of about six months, I'm thinking, which means they'll be back on Google Play around November or so? It's not a change in publisher, as you're right, they're all mine - the problem is that frankly, pretty much all the book companies save for Amazon do not have great methods of getting your books in front of large quantities of people, so while I've always done decently on Google, the amount I'm making from being exclusive to Amazon from these books is probably about 1.2x-1.5x as much. Again, it's not going to be forever, but it's been a nice little boost in sales and some other incentives (Amazon UK has a massive sale on the entire Sanctuary series going on right now that's pushing its rankings up, something which Amazon doesn't offer unless you're exclusive with them) to help sweeten the pot.

      Also, I feel like I should update the back of those books where I used to talk about the Sanctuary Series not being successful - it does very well now. It's about 25-30% of my sales. It's just Girl/Out of the Box does better and is so much easier to write.

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    2. Thanks for the reply, that makes perfect sense, AMS has alot of benefits. Great to hear there doing better and reaching a wider audience. Now if we can just figure out how you can write the books as quickly as I can read them..hmm, until then I look foward to the next release in either series. Thank you for making my commute so much more enjoyable, you have become one of my favourite authours!

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    3. Thanks for the reply, that makes perfect sense, AMS has alot of benefits. Great to hear there doing better and reaching a wider audience. Now if we can just figure out how you can write the books as quickly as I can read them..hmm, until then I look foward to the next release in either series. Thank you for making my commute so much more enjoyable, you have become one of my favourite authours!

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  9. Just finished the Sanctuary series, non-stop. I even had to switch from B&N (where I buy 99% of my eBooks) to Amazon. I've never purchased an eBook from Amazon before. Prior to this series, I had never heard of Robert J. Crane. But this series was FANTASTIC! The humor, emotions, and incredible characters really made the series come alive. Every book was phenomenal and caused much missed sleep. Only one book seemed to drag on and that was the one with the never-ending battle in Lukessia.
    This was my first foray into fantasy, but I will definitely read more of your work. I'm just not going to join KU to do it.
    Also, I cannot believe the rate in which you are pumping out books from multiple series!

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    1. Well, the good news is you definitely don't have to join KU to read more of my books. KU is really only there for people who read many, many books per month and aren't picky about what they're reading/discovering. For me, I'm picky as hell and most of the books I want aren't in KU, therefore I'm not a member so I just buy whatever I want on Amazon, regardless of whether it's in KU or not. The Sanctuary Series, due to its immense size, is probably one of the only series in KU where I actually make more money if you read it through their program (they pay authors by the page) than if readers buy it, but I'm just damned glad people are finding it and being riveted by it, frankly, and excited to be coming back to Arkaria in 2018.

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  10. if any of u r waiting for a book i recommend the seven realms series by chima makes me think about sanctuary all the time

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  11. quite a minor thing here but what is the name of the league that trains dark knights?

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  12. im not asking for confirmation but i suspect that the village appearing in the ashes of luukessia series will be pinraedonage (maybe something to do with either alaric or the protanians being there at one point, and the drettanden did not want to assault it with the scourge armies)

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  13. Nope. It's village we've never been to, far to the east of Pinrade (as it was called by the time Cyrus came to it).

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  14. do you draw the maps yourself or do you have an artist who does them for you? also would it be worthwhile to mark out all the portals out on the maps?

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    1. I have an actual artist take my chickenscratch drawing and turn it into something readable.

      I don't mark the portals on the map because with every book, I add to the map. For example, if you look in Defender, you'll find a very different map than the one that appears in Legend, because I ended up adding a great many towns and villages as I needed them throughout the series. There are probably a hundred or two hundred portals throughout the land of Arkaria alone. Keeping track of where every portal is could really box me in, creatively, at a time when I need there to be a portal somewhere there's not one, or need there to not be a portal somewhere I've put it on the map, so I prefer to just leave the blank spaces blank until I come up with something, story-wise, to do with them.

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  15. Hi Robert. Im addicted to Sanctuary Series. I already read all the main plot books and while waiting for next one i decided to read Terain story. I just finished "Thy Fathers Shadow" and want to start read "Faded in Darkness" but problem is, I was buyin it on google play and cant find it anymore there. Question is where i can find it to read it on my phone.
    Regards.

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    1. Unfortunately, the entire Sanctuary Series, including Fated in Darkness, is exclusive to Amazon until sometime in November, I believe. At that point, they should make their way back to Google Play. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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  16. how long do trolls naturally live for?

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    1. Until they piss off a bigger, meaner troll.

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    2. Lifespan, absent that decision, though? Fifty, maybe seventy-five years.

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    1. Isn't it named in LEGEND? Because I don't remember off the top of my head.

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  18. Hi Robert,

    Is there a release date for A HAVEN IN ASH: Ashes of Luukessia yet? Really looking forward to it and keep checking back with Amazon weekly. I've read all of the Sanctuary series (with very sleep in between and a lot of angst from my wife, apparently the light at 3am wasn't to good haha) and loved them all. Can't wait for Ghosts of Sanctuary in 2018 too.

    Thanks in advance

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    1. No release date yet, no. I'm working diligently on it with a co-author, and it's probably about 40% thru the first draft. If I had to guess, I'd say October at earliest, and it could well be later.

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  19. While re-reading the sanctuary series for the millionth time (each time is so good!) i came across something that made me think. In book 1. (i think it was book 1, might have been 2 dont quite remember) Belkan says that Larana is his daughter who of course later on we see is actually Quinerra (sorry if i spelt that wrong). This confused me a little, does that mean that Belkans daughter is actually Quinnera/Larana? Or was it that he knew that she was Quinnera like Alaric did? In that case does this mean Belkan played a bigger role than we realised, with him knowing who Larana really was?

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    1. Belkan was in on the secret, tasked with helping her keep her cover, if I remember.

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