Sanctuary Series

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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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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 am Reading the book master and in chapter 24 Cyrus and vara are in the waking woods and he makes mention of fighting with Alaric in a crypt. Is this in any of the books because I don't remember it.

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    1. No, it's not. I kind of assume that being adventurers, they probably had some that took place between the books (because there are definite gaps between the books). So that's one that never made it onto the page. There are surely others.

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    2. vaste too talks about an adventure against the avatar of the god of death in a temple. does that feature in any of the books. Also speculation but i think well see malpravus escape from his prison in ghosts

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    3. That one is actually in Sanctuary Tales! The story titled SAVAGES.

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    4. Funnily enough I hit this one as part of my reread a few weeks ago. I still really love that story.

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    5. I figured as much. Thanks for replying.

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  2. Will you go back to having the series sold through kobo?

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    1. Yes, it should be back around mid-November.

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    2. Awesome thanks for replying!!! Can't wait!

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  3. Great books, very glad I found them via the sale(?) A couple of questions, that hopefully aren't spoiling anything you have planned.

    1. Is Boreagann just a creation of Bellarum? I was looking out during the Alaric parts of Legends to see whether I could spot his origins, but didn't spot them, unlike the others.

    2. Were more details as to Vidara's end planned? I wasn't entirely sure where her actions at the end came from, other than fear, as they seemed at odds with her personality up until that point.

    3. What happened to Elisabeth in the end? I'm assuming she lived a quiet life in Emerald Fields or something?

    P.s. I still haven't quite forgiven you for Erith :(

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    1. 1. Yep, Boreagann was just one of Bellarum's creations. Once they got to godhood, some of them experimented with making life or reshaping it (Yartraak and Mortus had entire realms of their creations, for example) so Boreagann was one of Bellarum's attempts. I doubt he made many.

      2. The problem with staging a betrayal like Vidara's, which is supposed to blindside Cyrus (and the audience) just before the final battle, ripping away two of his key advantages, is that if you leave too many clues, the audience gets it ahead of time. Too few, and you get questions about it into perpetuity. Alas, this remains one of the most frequently asked questions about LEGEND, telling me which side I landed on, but unfortunately, I can't think of many ways I could have made it more obvious without really tipping my hand to it and making the audience see it coming sooner. I probably could have explained it better afterward, but I just assumed Bellarum's brief explanation during their last battle (if I made the explanation longer, it slows the pacing of the final fight, which is another thing writers tend to try and avoid) would cover it. I appear to have been wrong.

      3. She's presumably still out there, somewhere, if not in the Emerald Fields, then in the wider world. After the torment of what happened to the Daring in MASTER, I rather assume she's done being an adventurer.

      P.S. She was a traitor and got what traitors get.

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    2. Thanks for the reply, it's nice being able to clarify parts of the story, after reading through a series of this length.

      Once Erith was confirmed to be a traitor I was fine with what she got, it was her actually being a traitor that caught me off guard for some reason. I guess because she'd been around (although not in sanctuary) for so long.

      Was there anything in particular that made you choose Vaste as the "extra" to bring along into 5 ghosts. Upon thinking of the characters that Cyrus is most close to, that are still around as options, I suppose the only two are Vaste and Terian, and Terian has other commitments, whereas as Vaste says, he had no real ties to the "present".

      I'm also quite curious about the leadership of Endeavour. At the beginning I thought that Isabelle was just an officer, although by the last few books she seems to be in charge. Did this transition happen during the war with the dark elves, or did I misunderstand and she was actually always in charge? I ask this because I can't really picture her ordering the slaughtering of the 4th guild to beat the Trials. I was curious as to whether the slaughter ever happened at all, or whether it was just a rumour, spread around the discourage attempts of the Trials. (Although obviously the Raiders and Burnt Offerings (who also seemed to have decent enough leadership) could have performed the slaughter, with the entire big three taking the blame.

      Also as I was writing this, another question sprung to mind. What happens to the staff of Eruditia(sp?) that Quinneria presumably drops in the realm of war?

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    3. You pretty nailed on Vaste - he was the one that least fit in the world as it stood by the end of LEGEND, so he was a natural choice to come along.

      Also, he makes me laugh.

      Endeavor is run by a council, of which Isabelle is a part. She can give some orders (I doubt one of them was to slaughter Retrion's Honor, but who knows? Oh. Right. I guess I do.) and act as a de facto head for her guild in times of action, as any member of their council could. Safe to say wasn't the officer that gave the order to participate in the slaughter.

      ...I'm not sure what happened to the Staff of Knowledge. I doubt it just ended up left there. I'd have to reread to see if I hinted at its fate, but I couldn't say for sure off the top of my head. I certainly can't think of any plans I have for it in books 9 and on, at least not now. Since you've brought it to my attention I might think of something, though...

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    4. really interesting qs and as here-ive been wondering about some of them myself. I know the books pretty well because ive reas them about 5 times through ;)
      in regards to philos, it wasnt mentioned in legen again but crane said godly weapons will not be a big part of the next series so its safe to guess that maybe it was buried with quinneria?
      in regards to elisabeth and isabelle, they are elves so their lifespans will extend into ghosts of sanctuary, but it was hinted that they were both giving up the life of the adventurer.
      i think vaste was chosen instead of terian because by the end of legend terian had purpose, vaste did not-it makes for a nicer ending.

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  4. Love the books- they are well written. Who would win in a duel, Alaric or Cyrus?

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    1. No contest. Cyrus wouldn't even manage to lay a sword on the Ghost.

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    2. Ah interesting. I figured it would be a closer matchup since it was implied that Alaric had a slightly harder time fighting the trials of purgatory than Cyrus did as he was at the end, heretic powers and all. It was a testament to Cyrus's effiency and combat brilliance, as well as wielding those two godly swords though I suppose, which amplifies all his physical abilities. But, Alaric has so much experience , is more practiced at magic- I think the only thing Cyrus has over him is that he has faced and killed many Gods, the pinnacle of power in the Sanctuary books ( though to be fair he had a fair share of help and second chances).

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    3. No, no - what I'm saying is - he LITERALLY wouldn't be able to lay a sword on Alaric. Alaric would phase in and out of the ethereal realm, leaving Cyrus pissed off and swinging at smoke. Cast all the fire spells, etc, he wants, swing at the super-fast rate his sword allows, if he can't put a blade on the man, there's no winning that duel.

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    4. Oh yes I agree. Alaric can't be touched, generally speaking. However , in theory , if Cyrus got the timing down perfectly he could strike Alaric at the instant he rematerliaizes, no? It would take insane foresight and timin and or the ability to suprise Alaric when he is still materialized. I've watched some other media with abilities similar to that of Alaric and that's usually how ethereal people are dealt with. So if I am understanding you correctly , you are saying that Alaric's massive experience and concrete development would allow him to safely phase in and out and trump Cyrus's genius combat iq? - or better yet simply just stay phased out all together ? I don't recall there being a time limit on Alaric's ability to remain ethereal - is it affected by his physical stamina ? Thanks For responding, this question has plagued me ever since Cyrus became a heretic.

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    5. Alaric's massive experience and the fact he has a godly weapon, too. Or yeah, he could just leave, which he'd probably do. He can remain ethereal for essentially forever, because it's Sanctuary's natural state.

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    6. By the end of the series wouldn't Cyrus also have this ability? He surely wouldn't have the skill Alaric has with it due to experience and time with the ark magic, but if you take out godly weapons, ark magic, and quartal armour (if both of them wore a copy of the Alaric's armour) and just put it at sword play and standard heretic magic, would it still go to Alaric?

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    7. No, he doesn't have it at the end of the series. It took Alaric about 10,000 years to get as good with it as he is, so Cyrus is like a babe in the woods with that at the end of LEGEND.

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    8. Also in the attack on Sanctuary Alaric stayed ethereal while he killed the dark elves in the corner.

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  5. I was just digging through some old files and found my RJC collection, and fell in love all over again.

    So now, where's the cheapest copies of Sanctuary 5.5 to Legend and Vengeful (OotB) to Hunters? Not to try and scam you out of money, just a 16 year old has almost no money so have to see how much I'd need to get up to date.

    Cheers,
    Alex

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    1. So there is one possibility to read on the (very) cheap. On Amazon you could read Sanctuary 5.5 to Legend for free if you could get them done in 30 days - Amazon has a Kindle Unlimited reading program with a free trial, so if you picked up those four books and read them really fast, you could probably get them all read in the free trial period. Otherwise its 9.99 a month after that, so even if it took you two months, you could still read all four (usual price $20) for less than $10.

      As for Out of the Box, I have no particular good news there; they are not in any sort of specialty program at the moment and they're all still full price of $5 or the foreign equivalent. They may do a rotation in Kindle Unlimited later this fall, but they may not. I have no idea yet.

      Hope this helps,
      Robert

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    1. Fortin's death was the best in my opinion. It was sad, sure. But, it was amazing when it happened. Being held by a god, "Legends never die." And then being crushed. I was amazed.

      The saddest death was Cass Ward. I was so devastated when it was revealed that it was Cass on the pole in the troll camp. Died fighting. Good lad.

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  7. I have been awaiting the Ashes of Lukessia for a while now. Any idea as to the date of release? I read The Sanctuary Saga several times haha.

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    1. I'm working on it with a co-author right now, and the first draft should be finished *today*. I'm currently editing Southern Watch #6, so I won't be able to get to the editing until the week after next, but I assure you, it'll be out as soon as I can swing it. Hopefully November at latest.

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    2. i thought both quinneria and cass wards deaths were pretty sad

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  8. So... I finished book 8 a few months ago and just wanted to say well done, the series is brilliant and I'm looking forward to Ashes of Luukessia and Ghosts of Sanctuary.

    However I just have one question. What actually happens to Curatio when he leaves for the ethereal realm? From my memory, I thought he just departed all of a sudden with all his things and then later we obviously find out he was in the ether and in the process of "becoming a ghost".

    I'm not sure if I'm acting stupid here haha but I don't really understand how he knows about the ether and more importantly how he actually gets there with all of belongings gone and no one knowing where he went etc. Hopefully you can clarify this or maybe I'm just missing something big.

    Thanks

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    1. He basically gets drawn into an ethereal plane, a ghostly version of Sanctuary where he can watch what's going on as he's becoming more a part of it. It absorbed his stuff, too, absorbing it into its incorporeal ether. And no one knew because - well, who would know? Other than maybe Quinneria, and she was keeping the secret of Sanctuary (whatever she knew of it) all the way to the end.

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    2. whoa whoa whoa-just re read legend and chavoron says arkaria is conneted to luukessia by a land bridge north of fertiss. does that men the scourge coild come to arkaria?

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    3. YEP. And do! Congrats, you're the first to catch this. It's referenced - albeit very obliquely - in the 1,000 Years Later Coda.

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    4. Went back to look at the maps. Good Job not putting much north of fertiss or scylax into the maps. I could see the suggestion of a new bridge as the northwest tip of Arkaria is seen on the map of Lukessia.

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    5. What?? I totally missed that!!! I'm in the process of re-reading the series now. I'm on book 5. So hopefully when I get to Legend I'll catch what you are talking about! Very interesting!!

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  9. For the 1000 years later mentioned in the preview at the end of the eighth book, how long had the heroes been 'alive' for? When they appear infront of the girl, they certainly don't act as though they are surprised to appear out of thin air. Did they live in Sanctuary for a full millennia? At what point did Vara finish recovering from her death?

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    1. You'll probably get more coverage of this in GHOSTS OF SANCTUARY, but yes, Sanctuary does appear right then. They'd lived in the ether for that time, which is essentially being formless. As for Vara's recovery, I dunno, and I don't reckon it matters much whether it was day one or day ten thousand - they haven't been corporeal at all that entire time. They've basically been floating disembodied minds.

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    2. Floating, disembodied minds, eh? Something tells me vaste has the same reaction as sienna to Bjorn and eve going at it.

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    3. This will be a thing in GHOSTS, but Cyrus's endless libido and not getting any for a thousand years will be the subject of some jokes.

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  10. Which one of your other series' would you recommend as being the most similar to Sanctuary?

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    1. Hmm, none of the others are really close in terms of setting, Arkaria being a completely new world. The rest of my series take place essentially in the modern world with fantasy twists. Girl in the Box/Out of the Box is my most popular series, and the first 3 books are free so they're the easiest to check out for nothing. Southern Watch 1-3 is dark modern fantasy that treads into horror after the first book. Mira Brand is more of a YA world-hopping kind of fantasy that jumps across universes. And then I have a first in series called VOICELESS that's more of a sci-fi far future colony world dystopia.

      So...uhm...pick one that sounds cool to you?

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  11. Finishing up my second time through the series (and I've read Tales, and the .5's). As I understand it, Requiem wasn't a guild in the modern sense so much as it was Alaric's/Chavaron's team during the fall of Sennshann. So unless I'm getting that wrong, my question is, s there any backstory about Raifa, or is Raifa a pseudonym for Jena?

    Marvelous series too. Looking forward to the next two books from the same universe. Thanks for writing them.

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    1. No, Raifa was her own person. I kinda wanted to explore how she and some of the other founding members got together and what happened around the formation of Sanctuary, but I never could find the right place for it, story-wise, in the first eight books. I *think* I have a framework for including it in the upcoming volumes, though it’s likely to come toward the end of the series arc (which...I don’t know how long we’re going to go from volume nine yet, so...) Anyway, it’s coming at some point, but Raifa was definitely not Jena.

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  12. Couple things im wondering, do we know who the god of good is? I had a theory it was Chavaron because the ark was in his realm before Alaric and Curatio took it under his command, but obviously he died and Longwell mentions in book 8 about the god of good being the last living diety, suggesting hes still around. (Not sure if this will be something covered in the next books but hey always worth asking :P).
    Also, who was the character that you found the saddest to write their death for? Mine personally was Fortin but they are your characters so which one pained you the most to kill off?
    Thanks for writing this bomb series! <3

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  13. re saddest deaths:
    fortin and cass
    re god of good
    no its not chavoron because chavoron says he believes in the god of good and the god of evil, so he is obviously not a god himself.

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