The Tales of Einarinn

Artist Geoff Taylor

I started writing this series because I was wondering if anyone else wanted to read fantasy with characters who had lives of their own, whose personal concerns were going to be at least as important to them as whatever epoch-shattering events they might be caught up in.

How about a fantasy world where politics and religion and sex are part of everydaylife, rather than cosmos-shaping forces? What about a fantasy world with change and progression, where there are developments in science and technology, philosophy and literature, quite independently of whatever it is that has wizards and princes running round in circles?

This is the world of The Tales of Einarinn

13 thoughts on “The Tales of Einarinn

  1. Hi!

    So I read through the first two Einarinn books and part of the third about 9 years ago. I absolutely LOVED them! I’ve been keeping an eye out in bookstores for them and can never find them. I just got a NOOK, and was wondering if you would be putting that series for sale in a digital format. Readers can’t help but be pulled into the world and invested in the complex characters you’ve created. I just saw that you’ve written another series, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it. πŸ™‚

    1. So glad you enjoy the books πŸ™‚

      Electronic versions? Short answer – yes, we’re working on that and The Thief’s Gamble should be out soon with the other titles following, hopefully one every couple of months.

      For the considerably longer version, explaining all the challenges and mysteries of getting a backlist out as ebooks, check out the blog posts beginning

      Happy reading – whatever you’re reading πŸ™‚

  2. Is book 5 the end of the Tales of Einarinn? I hope not, as it is one of the best fantasy series that I’ve read in a long time. Say it ain’t so!

    Wonderful Books!

    1. Thank you kindly for brightening up my Monday morning with your enthusiasm πŸ™‚

      Assassin’s Edge is the end of that particular story arc, involving Livak, Ryshad and Temar. Though you might like to check out the ebook A Few Further Tales of Einarinn which gathers together some short fiction featuring the two of them, and other characters from the Tales. Want to know exactly why Sorgrad and Gren are out for Arle Cordainer’s blood?

      The Aldabreshin Compass sequence is primarily set in the Archipelago, with new central characters but continuing in the same time line, and some folk from the Tales, notably Dev and Velindre, find themselves involved.

      Likewise, The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution sees new people tackling that benighted realm’s troubles, and existing characters naturally play a part. If you want confidential information and maybe some help from mercenaries, who else are you going to ask but Charoleia, Sorgrad and Gren?

      The Hadrumal Crisis sees the consequences of events throughout all these three series challenging Archmage Planir. Once again, you’ll see new folk faced with new challenges and familiar faces turning up as the obvious people to play their part, striving for a solution.

      So the answer to your question is really, yes, and no!

  3. Hi
    I received in the post today two certificates for short stories shortlisted for the deddington festival. Included were the kind comments you made about ‘Clarence House’ and ‘Name Recognition’.
    I wish I had been told that I had been shortlisted as I would have attended and met you.

    Thanks for the kind words

    Andrew Campbell-Kearsey

    1. Dear Andrew, good to hear from you, and it was also very good to read your stories. Both were very interesting pieces of work, and since I read all the entries blind, it was particularly interesting to discover once I’d sent in my decisions and comments, that they were the work of the same author.

      I was an invited judge, so I don’t know how the organisers went about notifying the shortlistees, so can’t shed any light there. It would have been good to meet you. Perhaps our paths will cross some other time.

      Meantime, wishing you all the best with your writing!

  4. just so you know – i’ve read all your books in print

    now it’s an e-reader

    now waiting for “the warrior’s bond” & “the assassin’s edge”

    in epub (nook) format

    any news?



    1. Good to know and many thanks πŸ™‚

      Warrior’s Bond should be out in ebook, all formats and DRM free worldwide, within a matter of weeks. Assassin’s Edge will follow as soon as we can manage that.

      Meantime, we’re also prepping a collected ebook of The Ties That Bind, the serial story I did for Aethernet Magazine, and looking at how best to group together assorted short stories.

      1. Warrior should be forthcoming in a matter of weeks, with Assassin to follow as soon as we can manage.

        Meantime, I’m prepping a collected ebook edition of The Ties That Bind, the serial story I wrote for Aethernet Magazine, and we’re considering how best to group together some short stories πŸ™‚

  5. Finally, after a few years I found the name of the book, which I read in the school library : The Thief’s Gamble. Unfortunately, only the first volume of the series has been translated into my language (Polish). I assume that the chance that the other parts will come in Polish (even in the form of e-books) is almost zero?

    1. Alas, it was only The Thief’s Gamble that was translated into Polish, and that was before the rise of ebooks. I’d never say ‘never’ but the chance of me having the resources to finance translations is very remote.

      But if a partnership opportunity arose with a Polish publisher – or one from any other country? I have control over all the rights in my first nine books these days, so I’d be more than happy to discuss possibilities… πŸ™‚

  6. Dear Juliet,

    I just re-read The Tales of Einarinn books with immense pleasure! Thank you for creating such a wonderful world and complex characters! I am beginning to re-read The Aldabreshin Compass today :-)! Do you have a new book or series in the making?

    Snowy greetings from Switzerland

    1. Hello from the Cotswolds, UK, and I’m so glad you’re enjoying the books πŸ™‚

      At the moment, I’m revising a historical mystery novel that I hope to find an agent for. While that’s out on submission, I want to write a novel set in the River Kingdom world.

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