Fabled Quest Chronicles Update!

Austin Dragon Behind The Scenes, Fabled Quest Chronicles, Fantasy, Series Overview 32 Comments

For those of you who don’t know the story, even though I have been a long-time fan of The Lord of the Rings, I hadn’t intended on writing an epic fantasy series. But I surveyed my VIP Readers’ Club and they loudly told me “Yes! Write it.”

As, with any genre I tackle I had to put my own unique spin on my new epic fantasy series. I made it simple: no dwarves (never been a fan) and no dragons (used far too much). The latter might seem strange because I am a Black guy with the Chinese last name who collects dragon knick-knacks, along with other Ancient Chinese and Japanese artistic pieces, but that's another story. What has always puzzled me with epic fantasy mythology is there are hundreds of beasts, races, and malevolent creatures (ie. manticores!) but you never see them. I wanted to change that. The European continent – British, Irish, German, Netherlands, etc. – is filled with rich and fascinating mythological history. All the creatures in the Fabled Quest Chronicles — many you’ve never heard of — are from that existing folklore. But I had to add to the Fabled Quest glossary my own mythological creations – a land kraken and a dwelf! But only two.

I always imagined the series as a trek from our world (The Lands of Man) into these magical worlds (The Lands of Fae and beyond). My plan from the beginning was the caravan would be comprised of many disparate factions — not only from the human world but the lands of fae. They all would need each other to get to legendary kingdom of Atlantea. No faction could get there by themselves – the journey was far too dangerous.

However, they would be led by one (a human) who had been to Atlantea before. The mysterious Traveler with his wolf dog companion (a dog but not really a dog at all).

Half of the journey has begun with three novels:

Through Titans’ Trail

In the Shadow of the Kings

Comes the War Wizards’ Wrath

Now to complete the dangerous journey to Atlantea.

So what’s next for Traveler’s Caravan? They have left the Lands of the Fae and stand at the threshold of the Great Forest…also known as the Giant Forest.

Since some of you have indicated that you’ll hire bounty hunters to track me down unless I finish the story I’m using the backdrop of the international National November Writers Month to jump right in. I'll do the same as I did for my Liquid Cool series: write multiple books back-to-back. In this case, I’ll write Books 4, 5, and 6 back-to-back. Unlike other fantasy writers, I have a rule not to write those 1,000 plus novels. However, the genre definitely fits with a longer novel than my sci-fi books. Also each of the Fabled Quest Chronicles books is longer than the one before it.

Just to reassure Fabled Quest fans, the books are already mapped out and in one sense, already written. I just need to plant butt to chair with fingers on the keys of the laptop and Write!

So let’s use this blog post for a quick survey.

Question: 1) Release one book at a time or 2) Release all at once?

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Austin Dragon

Author of over 20 books in science fiction, fantasy, and classic horror. His works include the upcoming military sci-fi Planet Tamers series, the epic fantasy Fabled Quest Chronicles, the cyberpunk detective Liquid Cool series, the international epic After Eden Series, and the classic Sleepy Hollow Horrors. He is a native New Yorker but has called Los Angeles, California home for more than twenty years. Words to describe him, in no particular order: U.S. Army, English teacher, one-time resident of Paris, political junkie, movie buff, Fortune 500 corporate recruiter, renaissance man, and dreamer.

Comments 32

  1. Either way is fine as long as they are released as soon as possible! I love the books and have waiting for the rest of the story! You may not write 1,000 pages but the longer they are the better with these!

  2. Definitely worth it to do one at a time. Then we can get our fix and not have such a long wait. Plus it will give people something to look forwards to.

  3. 100% one at a time. Spend the time to get them perfect, give us time to enjoy them vs rushing to the end. Looking forward to reading for sure!

  4. One at a time would be preferred. There’s a lot of proof reading and reviewing to go through before you release and why overload everyone when you can space it out appropriately.

  5. I love, love, LOVE this series! I can’t wait for the next book. Lol I’ve already reread them twice and am working on my 3rd time. I’m also rather hoping, with fingers and toes crossed, that Mr Traveler, who is about as “common” as Olorin and Curunir were, is granted his own set of tales of how he came to be the fabulous guide for the Titan’s Caravan! ^o^

  6. Well I just loved this series, my first fantasy series, my only one! And I’d love to read the next three all at once, to really live in that world and have no other distractions.

  7. One at a time so I can enjoy reading it then review before the next one.
    BTW I’m really pleased you are not going for the basic dragon idea. There are so many other fascinating creatures out there!

    1. I’m so looking forward to continue reading the story, so since releasing one at a time, probably will be faster, go for that.

  8. One at a time with short interval would be fine. You da man. Keep on writing.
    Plot twist: Cruz falls into a wormhole and saves Travelers caravan!

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      Are you reading my mind again. No, Cruz won’t be making any appearances but there is a “wormhole” like event…ooops. I’m supposed to say anything.

    1. Either/or. I love binge reading and love this series, but don’t mind waiting a short while if that’s better for you.

  9. Finisn the story release AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.. I am glad to learn you are a Black writer, I have been reader since like forever . It is nice. Now please finish the series

  10. Being able to read the next in a series right away is better for me, as I haven’t read 20 books meanwhile and don’t really remember much of that book I wanted to get into right away because the first one was so good. All at once Please!

  11. I have been known to binge read a series (usually when i discover a new author who writes a good story); however, I’d rather see the release of each book to be a singular event. My rationale being that it give us the opportunity to provide feedback on each book which you need to for the seller’s web site.

  12. Best to have them one at a time, with about a month between. That way we can savor each one, and with a published schedule, we know the next is coming, not just promised.

  13. One at a time, but please, please don’t pull a GRRM on us and make us wait years, literally, for the follow ups! Will we ever know who sits on the iron throne, and I don’t mean in the tv series!

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  14. One at a time. Hopefully with not to much time passing between them.a few weeks. Otherwise all at once wpuld be better- don’t want to loose track of the story!

  15. One at a time, please, Austin, would be perfect however, the power is in your hands! Does this mean that I’ll get three ARCs all at the same time?

    SNAP! I’m in exactly the same position as lodhim with regard to ill health, ARCs, and medication. I’m SO looking forward to the next books…it’s been too long! I really missed the characters.

  16. One at a time, with a three week span would be ideal, please. I get too overwhelmed with so many releases at once, as I’m also reading ARCs and the worst issue is my health condition, meds make sleepy and fuzzy. But, I’ll be happy whatever my fellow readers and you choose. I’m dying to read more from the Fable Quest Series! It’s one of the best fantasy I’ve read so far, very innovative, creative storyline and unique!
    Thank you foe such wonderful stories!

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