Kan Savasci Cycle by Chase Blackwood Book Tour and Giveaway :)

Tears of a Heart
Kan Savasci Cycle Book 1
by Chase Blackwood
Genre: Epic Fantasy 

Winner of John E Weaver Excellent Reads Award
#50 of 100 Best Fantasy Series Ever - reedsydiscovery

He's been called the Scourge of Bodig, the Bane of Verold, but most know him as the Kan Savasci. He's one of the most feared men alive. Chaos and war have followed him like an angry shadow.

The one problem, as the world faces the wrath of forgotten gods, Kan Savasci is nowhere to be found.

The annalist, a man trained in the ancient arts of the arkein, has been tasked to uncover the whereabouts of the Kan Savasci at any cost. In order to find the man, one must unmask the depths of his reclusive history.

The clock is ticking as Verold descends into darkness.

Delve into an award-winning fantasy novel described as "epic," "beautiful," and "reminiscent of Rothfuss' work."

It was on a warm Sumor day that he found himself on one of the many roads leading to the great city on the shores of the River Lif. Irrigation streams carved channels through the valley, sectioning off parcels of land for farming. Aeden had never seen farming on such a scale. The thoroughfares were made of crushed stone and were plied upon by thousands of groups. Travelers, troupers, farmers, merchants, and the nobility all made their way over the vast network of roads. The route he took led to the heart of Bodig. By the third day he could make out the great Red City. Massive walls of maroon-hued sunstone enshrouded the city. The early morning light graced the sunstone and cast it in luminescence, giving it the appearance of a giant gemstone. To his left, the River Lif carved a wide, slow-moving channel. Its waters shimmered in the morning light, feeding the great vine of the central kingdom. There was almost too much for Aeden to process. He had grown accustomed to the quiet of the forest. The sights and sounds sparked lucid fragments of crumbling memory. A brief flash of him sitting about a campfire settled in his mind. He was back in his village, sitting next to Devon after a long day of training. Their bellies were full and stories of faraway lands were told to amuse and to educate. He would purposefully position himself to watch the firelight play with Dannon’s delicate features. That night was the story of the Great Empire to the West. How one man set about uniting three massive kingdoms. Aeden blinked back tears and attempted to clear his throat of the constant lump of sadness that now resided there. He glanced down; surprised to see he was clutching the lock of Dannon’s hair. He tucked it back into his pocket and followed the movements of the boats plying the River Lif in an effort to distract himself. Brightly colored sails flapped in the subtle wind. Flags demarcating noble houses of trade snapped and fluttered. Dark-skinned men appeared as insects in the distance moving about the wooden decks. Aeden couldn’t help but wonder what Devon would think of it all. Thoughts consumed Aeden, swallowing the hours as the sun rose into the afternoon sky. He had followed a trouper’s caravan to the walls of the Red City. A series of piers stretched out to his left. Boats of various make and shape were docked. Men were busy casting lines, offloading cargo, or shouting orders. Smaller skiffs lay anchored, awaiting their turn, sails folded and tucked away. Soldiers stood alert along the road leading to the huge gates. They had the solid look of pillars, sweating under the Sumor sun. The symbol of an oak tree with a single sword underneath emblazoned their red chest armor. Aeden quickly wrapped his bodark bow, quiver, and Templas sword within the folds of the great shroud cat’s skin that he carried upon his back. He huddled ever closer to the multi-colored wagon in front of him, its wheels creaking over the gravel and stone. Aeden was temporarily cast in shade as they squeezed through the massive archway of one of the main entrances to the city. Huge metal gates stood open, the black bars stood in stark contrast to the differing shades of red brick that comprised the walls. The bricks themselves were partially transparent, as if they struggled to retain the color within. A shove from behind snapped him out of his fascination and forced him into the city. He was surprised at how many people were making their way into Bodig. It reminded him of the mass elk migrations he had seen back home. Once within the city walls he left the relative safety of the lumbering trouper caravan. The smells of spices, humanity, and rotting foods flooded his senses. A dizzying array of colorful stalls lined the great artery leading deeper into the capital. People shoved, shouted, and bargained as they clogged the streets. Small alleyways twisted off the main road like branches of some great tree. Smaller shops lined the alleys cast in shade by red canvas strung overhead. Bins of spice stretched into the twisting depths of each alley he saw. He never knew there were so many spices in all of Verold. Foreign words were uttered all about him. People pushed past him as he watched a small group of children beg for food. All the while the swelling tide of humanity pushed him ever deeper into the heart of the Red City. Hopefully toward a place of greater quiet, he thought. Aeden passed another wall and another open gate. He paused, briefly running a hand along the strangely translucent, red stone. This second section was nearly as busy as the first. People continued to push their way through the crowds like rain upon an open mountain. Almost immediately the stench of feces, blood, and death hit him like a fist to the stomach. A cacophony of squeaks, squeals, barks, and hollers trumped the haggling shouts of the populace. Live animals of every shape and size imaginable were chained, caged, or otherwise enclosed and for sale. The ground was a slippery mixture of dung, urine, and water, all running in thin runnels over faded stone. Flies buzzed about in angry clusters. They droned around incessantly. They were attracted by the ever-present metallic tinge of blood. Small rivulets of red ran from the stands where animals were killed. Impatient customers watched in agitated boredom, swatting at flies as butchers worked their craft. The scene was fascinating, gruesome, and mundane. 
The hours stretched by slowly under the sultry embrace of the day. The heat made his clothes stick to his body. His skin was red from the sun and his mouth was dry and thirsty. In that span of time he heard the shouting and haggling of slavers peddling their slaves. Men walked past his cage, looking inquiringly upon the fresh crew and the four monks. On occasion words were exchanged between one of the slavers and the perspective buyer. It wasn’t until the sun was a couple of hours from setting that Reem returned. The green-robed fat man procured a key and the crew members of the Seventh Sage were called forward. The monks were told to remain behind. Aeden moved to the far side of the cage and attempted to watch the sale of the crewmembers. They were led to the block one at a time. “Salvare still watches over us,” Aeden heard Odilo whisper. He turned to see Odilo comforting Adel. Neri sat in a corner staring at a spot on the ground. “He’s forsaken us to this hell,” Adel responded. “Salvare wouldn’t allow men such actions.” “He’s allowed far worse. Empires have been built on the backs of the less fortunate. It is the faith that He reserves judgment for that final breath that allows one to accept such atrocities,” Odilo replied gently. Aeden stared at Odilo for a moment. The fundamental idea of the Holy Order of Salvare flashed before his eyes, and its one glaring weakness now echoed loudly in his mind, faith. It was a word often used, but what strength did the word hold when imperial soldiers were allowed to slaughter innocents in Nailsea? What did faith do to stop the pirates from capturing the Seventh Sage? What would faith have done to stop the draccus fiend from destroying his home, his family, and his friends? The answer was nothing. He required something more tangible, more powerful than faith. “Seventh hell isn’t punishment enough for them,” Adel responded, anger evident in his eyes. Good, Aeden thought, use your anger to remain strong, to retain a sense of self and purpose. He watched Odilo and Adel for only a moment longer before turning his attention to the auctioning block. Hada sani kre gecelum!” The green robed man shouted, gesturing for them to get out. The four monks shuffled out of the cage at the direction of the fat guard. They were led past empty cages where slaves had been held and then sold. As they moved toward the auctioning block Aeden’s stomach tightened. He was about to be sold as a piece of property. Would he be bought by someone fair? What type of work would they demand of him? Fear reared its ugly head and fanned the flames of anxiety. 

Tower of the Arkein
Kan Savasci Cycle Book 2

2017 Royal Dragonfly E-Book Award Winner, 1st Place
Beverley Hills Book Award Finalist: Fantasy

2017 Best Book Awards Finalist: Fantasy

#50 of 100 Best Fantasy Series Ever - reedsydiscovery

Trapped as a slave, facing an impossible decision, Aeden must choose between his friends and his soul...

The clock is ticking as the world descends into darkness.

He's been called the Scourge of Bodig, the Bane of Verold, but most know him as the Kan Savasci. He's one of the most feared men alive. Chaos and war have followed him like an angry shadow. The one problem, as the world faces the wrath of forgotten gods, Kan Savasci is nowhere to be found.

The annalist, a man trained in the ancient arts of the arkein, has been tasked to uncover the whereabouts of the Kan Savasci at any cost. In order to find the man, one must unmask the depths of his reclusive history.

The cliffs that rose to either side of the River Lif were sheer walls of immense beauty. They had the appearance of having been sculpted and smoothed over the centuries. Veins of marble colored the walls, creating patterns that the mind struggled to understand. The cliffs were highlighted in rays of light under a still and quiet sun. A startling blue sky watched over thick puffs of white clouds that billowed about lazily. The morning air was cool, and the subtle texture of history weighed upon the gentle breeze. “We’re getting close,” the archduchess said, approaching Aeden. Aeden looked up, surprised she had ventured out into the sunlight. Alina had spent the entire prior day and night in the shelter of her cabin. Perhaps she had simply come for some fresh air. He didn’t care the reason. She was out, and he was happy. “Close to what, my lady?” Aeden asked. She pointed ahead to the gentle curve in the river. The cliff walls on either side grew narrower and even taller still. “Godsend’s Pass,” she said reverently. Aeden nodded his head, as if he knew what she was talking about. Verold was huge. In the last couple of years, he had seen more of it than he had ever imagined, yet he knew that he had only scratched the surface. There still lay vast continents unexplored, unclaimed islands beckoning the adventurous, and places that lay uncharted and unseen by human eyes. He had read about The Great Mysteries of Winter’s Bind, The Forbidden Forests of Varna, the wild tribes of Dimutia, and only a scattering on the great empire that once was Templas, yet the more he read, the more ignorant he felt on the vast span of history that was Verold. Aeden’s revere on the breadth of his ignorance was interrupted by movement. He noticed one of the crewmen join the other at the front of the barge. He then glanced out along the portion of water before them. They were alone. No other rivercraft was within sight. The waters were moving quicker as the river narrowed, but never dangerously so. As they rounded the great bend, the clouds parted and shafts of light fell upon the rock sculptures of Godsend’s Pass. There, stood immense carvings of each member of the Scapan, the Old Gods; Anat, Ansuz, Baal, Balder, Bellas, Enlil, Gauri, Ghut, Huta, Kegal, Kurat, Marduk, and Zhov. They stood proudly on the southern side of the River Lif. Each crafted in such detail, one would have thought the sculptor had just finished yesterday. Aeden studied each in open-mouthed awe. Here they were. Here were the gods of his people, The Thirteen. Here was a reminder of his failure to avenge the fallen villagers of S’Vothe and free them from their semi-mortal coils. “They’re amazing aren’t they,” Alina whispered. Aeden looked over. She was closer now, studying his expression. She seemed amused by his amazement. He closed his mouth, his face turning slightly red. He normally masked his emotion the way a fire gecko masked its scent. “We had something similar back home, the Sacred Pools we called them, but,” Aeden paused, taking a moment to study every lovely line that made up Alina’s face, “they were nothing so large and impressive as this,” he broke his gaze and gestured to the statues. “You see that one there,” Alina pointed to the tallest in the center, “that’s Magis, many believed him to be the most powerful of the old gods.” “We called him Ansuz,” Aeden said quietly. Alina turned to look at him. Her face oddly passive. “What did you say?” 
Aeden stood on the deck of the Tempest, as he watched the shores of the Imperium fade away. Adel stood by his side, silent as a willow. A gentle wind spread the salty spray from the bow across the stern of the ship. The sun was warm and the sky free of clouds. It felt like nature was working to bring peace to Aeden. He closed his eyes and felt the warmth of the sun and the soft touch of the sea air. He smiled. It was a new start. He would find answers and purpose on the Isle of Galdor. Aeden then looked to Adel and nodded to himself. “You got the letter,” he said quietly to his friend. Adel looked up at his adopted brother and clapped a hand upon his shoulder. He didn’t need to say anything. Adel could tell Aeden was hurting.
Adel had been surprised to receive a letter from the First House of Bodig, from the archduchess herself. Several of the monks had been curious, teased him, and gossiped. The letter had been an invitation to join Aeden. It was a letter releasing him from the bonds of the Holy Order of Salvare and allowing him to experience Verold. “You remembered,” Adel replied. Aeden merely nodded, remembering his promise to let Adel know if he left Bodig. “I couldn’t stay at the monastery anymore,” Adel said quietly, “not after everything I had seen on the pilgrimage. Not without Odilo, and Thomas, and you.” Aeden looked over to Adel and managed a smile. “We’re starting a new life,” Aeden said. He looked across the cold waters to the distant shores of the Imperium. Aeden felt a pang of sadness as he was carried farther from his old life, swept away from the sweet touch of the archduchess. “What happened?” Adel asked. Aeden continued to stare across the open ocean. Somehow, he felt unable to answer. If he spoke, everything he was feeling would come spilling out. Instead, he simply stared at the ever-changing pattern of the sea. “I’m here my friend,” Adel said in a whisper, “and I’m not going anywhere.” Aeden closed his eyes. There were the obvious physical indicators of Aeden’s encounter at Water’s Gate. In fact, when Adel had found Aeden, blood was running down Aeden’s face, blood flowed from a cut in his arm, and a gash in his leg. Adel helped treat the wounds, cleaning, sewing them shut and wrapping them as best as he could. It was the emotional pain that lingered. It shrouded Aeden the way mist clung to a mountain peak. So, Adel did what any true friend would do. He remained by Aeden’s side. He didn’t talk much. He didn’t need to. Adel let his own questions dissolve into silence. The continental landmass faded to nothing but a line upon the horizon as the ship drew away. Sailors rigged sails, tied knots, and busied themselves with the activities of sailing. Aeden hardly noticed. He didn’t notice as the sun slowly traveled through the horizon. He didn’t pay any attention to the other passenger, a female from the north. He hardly even paid attention to Adel, the one friend he now had in all of Verold. Instead, Aeden sat on the ship consumed by thought. The gentle rocking of the caravel, the soft caress of the salty air, and the warm touch of the sun only served to transport him further from the setting. The ship’s sails billowed under the prevailing wind, and the Tempest cut a white swath through the azure waters. Memories of Aeden’s last sea voyage drifted languidly into his mind. He saw the nearly toothless captain, Nawfel Murad Q’Bala, covering the Bocian, the holy book of Ghut, written by the prophet Beccid. He remembered the boatswain Hamal Badi Agir and their bout beneath the unrelenting sun of the Gulf of Galdor. That’s when Aeden’s thoughts
turned sour. The bloodied memory of Hamal being thrown off the Zafer lingered like the ill-struck chord of an otherwise beautiful symphony. The memory of Odilo rose above the raging savagery. Aeden recalled when they had manned the bilge below deck. He remembered when they had spoken. Odilo had told him of his past, of the horrors he had witnessed as a boy. Odilo had spoken of the monk with a scarred face who had saved him, a former Deacon of Somerset. Last, was Odilo’s hint that Aeden might not be suited for the monastic life. This was the crux Aeden faced and it nagged at him with unrelenting purpose. Who was he? He had been groomed to become leader of the Thane, yet they had been wiped out in one act of violence. He had left the Holy Order of Salvare, turning away the safety and relative solitude of monastic life. He was not to be a slave, he had proved that beyond doubt while held captive by Jal Isa Sha’ril. And he was not to be with the archduchess. It was this last thought that carried the bleak weight of anguish. Alina Cynesige, the Archduchess of the First House of Bodig and Holder of Keys, had turned him away. The cold hand of despair squeezed at his heart. It choked all thought, until all he could see was the lingering images of the archduchess. He glanced about desperately in an effort to clear his mind. Aeden hardly noticed the female passenger from the north. She too was looking out at sea. A cloud of loss surrounded her and only compounded his sense of solitude. He might as well have been on another ship traveling on another sea. Aeden was stuck in the past. One would imagine he had been thinking about the night he had killed an Inquisitor. His injuries still chafed as the ship rolled with the waves at sea. But they’d be wrong. He was thinking on more bittersweet things. The physical discomfort he felt, reminded him of sitting in a room alone with Alina Cynesige. It reminded him of her gentle touch as she stitched his arm. As she leaned forward, smiled and watched him. It reminded him of their first kiss. It had been so soft, so warm. Images of the archduchess haunted him with her beauty. Her smiling eyes had been seared into his mind’s eye as if brandished there with a hot iron. Her laughter echoed in his head and images of her half-naked form spilled into his consciousness like warm wine. Aeden surrendered to his thoughts as his heart bled emotion. 

Into the Fold
Kan Savasci Cycle Book 3

Continue the Award Winning Saga...

For over a millennium The Fold has been a carefully guarded secret, shrouded in mystery. Within its shadowy depths the greatest of the old gods had carved a world unto himself. A place unrivaled in its beauty, obscurity, and danger.

Trapped within The Fold, under the tutelage of the last arkeinists, Aeden must overcome his greatest obstacle, or die trying.

Welcome to Chase Blackwood's author bio, where he'll try to write something interesting about his life that captures your attention.

Chase Blackwood's life has been defined by struggle the way a moth battles an insect zapping light. He's studied martial arts since childhood in an effort to overcome fear. He's lived in a half dozen countries in an effort to "find himself," traveled to over 60 countries in an effort to "find humanity," lived in nine states just for the hell of it, oh... and the military has had something to do with that too. Chase has enjoyed combating terrorism, working as a federal agent, and also really likes puppies.

His most recent passion, puppies aside, has been working on the Kan Savasci Cycle, a series of fantasy novels that pulls from his life experiences to make the most vivid world imaginable.

How do you find time to write as a parent?
 Great question! For me, it ultimately boils down to time management.
Before my child was born, many of my friends and family members said my life would completely change. They said nothing would be the same. I was told to get ready to rock a dad bod, as I’d be forced to skip the gym. I was told I might as well stop writing as I’d have no time to write, and to forget travel.
Now, there is an element of truth to the lack of time. A child is a massive responsibility. I think it’s one of the greatest responsibilities a person can have. The amount of time and energy focused on children is exorbitant. There is also a need to sleep when time allows. Although, I also have friends who tell me I’ll get enough sleep when I’m dead.
As for time to write, I’m fortunate to fall in the category of having purposefully planned for a baby. I understand this isn’t the reality for everyone, and for those single parents, I don’t know how you do it. That is a challenge and a stress I wouldn’t want to undertake.
So, back to answering the question at hand. I am an early riser and my little angel is not. I awake at the butt-crack of dawn and write whilst everything is still and quiet. I find that I’m more focused before the sun touches the horizon. There are fewer distractions when my slice of the world is still sleeping. The compromise, I often need a small afternoon nap. Thankfully my child likes nap-time as much as I do.

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