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Orrleth: Ghost in the Field NOW AVAILABLE!

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Click to Purchase the Kindle Edition of Orrleth: Ghost in the Field, Volume 3
by Thomas McClellan.

Synopsis:

Snow falls, but it is not without blood in Book Three of the Orrleth Series.

Left for dead and the woman he loves gone, Tyrus must cast away the unnecessary and unworthy aspects of himself in order to pursue his goals without hindrance. Changing his view of happiness and forging new alliances, he travels the globe in search of a way back to his friends and family.

Subject to the violently beautiful nature and elements of the uncharted planet, the First King awakens within himself his latent abilities lost in days long past, learning of the true scope of his existence. Frostsinger at his side, he delves into its secrets and converses with the sacred blade, finding new power to topple those who impede his ambitions.

Refining himself into one more fit for the responsibilities thrust upon him, the eldest Savage son carves his way back to the Academy, finding that he was not alone in hardship. The members of the Lost Pack reunited through trial and stronger than ever, they set out for Orrleth Castle and the main root of the world’s decay—Tenrael Krassden. As our band of unlikely alliances wars against the Luemin and its head, darker forces coalesce in the shadows and the blackest of mysteries begin coming to light.

Each turn of events more trying of his conviction than the last, Tyrus learns that though we are all finite, our potential is just the opposite.

“If I am the only one left to see this work through to the end, I will.”


thomas_headshot_light_2x2American Author of the Fantasy Adventure Series, Orrleth, Thomas McClellan was born in San Jose, California.  A resident of Hawaii, he has lived in many parts of the U.S., as well as volunteered abroad for two years in the Nagoya region of Japan.  Thomas is currently working on his next novel in the Orrleth Series.  For book information, updates, and media inquiries, visit our Orrleth Series,  Media, Buy Books, or Contact pages, as well as Follow the Author on Facebook, Goodreads, and his Amazon Author Page.

Text and images © 2015 Thomas McClellan; all rights reserved.

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Book Two Coming Soon! ORRLETH: Burning Cold

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Set to release Spring 2015!

Synopsis:

Winter fast approaches as Tyrus and the rest of the Lost Pack continue their adventures in Book Two of the Orrleth Series, Burning Cold

The end of the school term draws nigh, but events take a turn for the worse.  Chaos ensues at the Academy as both students and faculty go missing.  

Now acquainted with his role to be First King with the magical sword, Frostsinger, Tyrus is swept away from the people and places he has begun to love and accept as his own.  Consigned in battle against foe after foe, he must face them all while fighting against the most dangerous opponent he has encountered thus far—himself. 

Placed at a crossroads between the Path of Snow and the Path of Blood, our hero races against the clock to tame the beast within while solving the mystery of the kidnappings. 

Impossible?  No. 

“I, Tyrus Savage, will right the wrongs of this world.” 

Orrleth Author Interview: Girl Power

orrleth_book_front_cropped_28mar2014Your female, main characters of Myeu and Ahgielle in Orrleth have the perfect blend of action, wit, and at the same time, vulnerability.  With Myeu’s magical prowess, and Ahgielle’s battle dynamics in particular, they clearly hold their own in both character, and ability amongst a predominantly male main character lineup.  Likely no one would want to mess with either of them.  Both would make for the most loyal and worthy friend, agile protector, and example of strength and resilience. 

What influenced each character’s development?

thomas_headshot_2x2_tight_300dpiThomas McClellan: “Well, I believe that all of the main characters in the Lost Pack except for Lospeck and Sebastian originated in a dream I had.  Obviously, the dream only gave vague outlines for the characters and start of the plot, but I still had a basis to work off from the start.  Even so, this dream was limited mostly to aesthetics, notably in Myeu’s circlet/eye, and Ahgielle’s armor/ponytail.  Though the braid was part of the dream, Ahgielle’s personality, armor detail, ponytail blade, and other weaponry were created by me through numerous sketches and redrafts.  Likewise, Myeu’s hair, ornate iris, and circlet were present in my dream, but nothing else was as crisply displayed.  In short, the core basis of the two ladies came to me in a night vision, but the rest I made up as I went along.  I am a big fan of impromptu, yet I still have a very rough outline for my story.  The world of Orrleth is no place for the weak.  As such, dynamic, powerful women from both ends of the spectrum of femininity must be included to provide a well-rounded, engaging experience.  Ahgielle’s shift in demeanor toward Tyrus and his brothers adds another persona to the mix.  Later on, Myeu will show another side not yet known.” 

Caius and Ahgielle share an interesting and mysterious relationship. Can you tell us more about the bond the two have?  Can we expect a budding romance?

TM: “Though not much is mentioned about the two, Caius and Ahgielle definitely have something going on.  I won’t go into detail, but the secrets only begin with Sebastian.  A romance could be one possibility, but the feelings (if any) are most definitely not mutual, at least in the first book.  Time will tell.”

Ahgielle’s armor is definitely her signature.  Will we ever see her without it?  Will we ever see her in a dress, perhaps?

TM: “Ahgielle’s armor is indeed part of her hardy exterior, but a softer, more effeminate side of her will be revealed at a later date.  The beginnings are hidden as fragments throughout the first book, but more will be shown at a later point in the series.  Her wearing a dress could happen.”

It is evident that Ahgielle holds power that is beyond her years.  Will her background play a prominent role in the plot of the Orrleth series?

TM: “Ahgielle’s background has already been playing a prominent role in the plot of Orrleth for a very long time, but I suppose that is not quite what the question asks.  Past, present, and future – Ahgielle’s tale will come to light later in the series.” 

Myeu’s circlet is very interesting.  Is there any backstory to it?

TM:The story of Myeu’s circlet is just as jagged and twisted as the band itself.  Expect sorrow as black as the raven of her hair.”

Myeu’s color-changing hair is very unique.  What inspired you to give her this attribute?

TM:This is a bit of a shift from what I mentioned in the previous section, but yes, the idea of contrast between stagnant and shifting in Myeu’s hair is quite unique.  What inspired me to give her this attribute?  Well, to begin, I felt that Myeu was lacking a bit visually, and one more radical component needed to be added to her appearance.  After brainstorming with my mother, we decided on giving Myeu a mood stripe in her hair, which also fluctuates in strange ways in association with her magic.”

“There are copious amounts of secrets in the world of Orrleth.  Suspicions often lead to truth.”
Thomas McClellan, Author of Orrleth

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#ThrowbackThursday: 7 Aug 2014

Ice and snow couldn’t help but be a central element in #ORRLETH! Author Thomas McClellan, age nine, Chicagoland. (From the Author’s personal photo collection). #ThrowbackThursday

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ORRLETH: Latest Reviews

Many thanks for the thoughtful reviews!

“…This was an awesome and original plot and I can’t wait for the sequel!”
—Alison, via Goodreads

FROM GOODREADS:

orrleth_book_front_cropped_28mar2014Aug 03, 2014 Alison rated it 4 stars
“Overall, this was a great book! It was interesting to learn about this new world along with the main character. That made it very different from other fantasy books I’ve read where so much knowledge is present from the start. I appreciated the depth of description and originality in the landscape and outfits that really helped flesh out the culture of Orrleth.

“The characters were distinct and relatable. Sometimes it did feel like the Tyrus instinctively knew too much about other characters immediately after meeting them. Gradual character development would have been more natural, but I guess it did lend to his innate abilities that are realized throughout the story. Each character was different, but equally important to the plot. I don’t often like reading the thoughts of the narrator (Tyrus in this case), but it worked in this book. It helped the reader to learn more about Tyrus’s personality since he seemed to do more thinking and listening than talking.

“At the end of the book, there are still unsolved mysteries and still so much to learn about Orrleth that really makes me want to have the next book. This was an awesome and original plot and I can’t wait for the sequel!”

orrleth_book_front_cropped_28mar2014July 26, 2014 Bree Hodges rated it 4 stars
“great, fun read :)”

 

 

 

FROM AMAZON:

orrleth_book_front_cropped_28mar2014May 11, 2014  “_O_O_O_” rated it 4.0 stars
“Action, Humor, and Delight”

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ORRLETH End of Summer 2014 Kindle Edition Sale

orrleth_book_front_cropped_28mar2014Take advantage of our END OF SUMMER SALE on Kindle editions of ORRLETH on Amazon.com in our Countdown Deal!

Day 1: Starting next Tue. August 12, 2014, from approximately 7:00 AM (PST) until approximately 6:00 PM (PST), buy it at a HUGE discount at ONLY $1.99!

Day 2: Starting at approximately 6:00 PM (PST) on August 12, 2014 until approximately 5:00 AM (PST) on Wed. August 13, 2014, buy it for ONLY $2.99!

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ONLY THREE DAYS LEFT for ORRLETH Goodreads Giveaway!

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ORRLETH, Vol. 1 of the ORRLETH Series is now on Goodreads!
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Interview with Author Thomas McClellan, Part Three

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPlease join in the conversation with Part Three of an interview series with Thomas McClellan, author of Orrleth, Volume One of the Young Adult Fantasy Paranormal Adventure Series, Orrleth.

The Fnir are such an adorable respite in the story; they possess a hidden quality.  Is there a deeper meaning for them as characters than one would notice at first glance?

Thomas McClellan: The Fnir are, as mentioned, a respite from the chaos and darkness of Orrleth.  No longer in possession of a physical body, their spirits continue to live on in the snowy mountains.  A true cause cannot be stifled with death alone, and the grave ends nothing. 

Every Fiction Author digs into their own reality in creating a story.  Is there something you’d share from your own world that made it into Orrleth?

TM: I drew many things from my own world and put them into that of Orrleth, but the most robust would be that of the brotherhood within the Lost Pack.  Taking experiences and stories from life with my own brothers, I carefully recreated it all in another world.  The petty bickering and unique terminology to the powerful bond of family—all of it is written at least in part throughout the book.  My own family is already interesting enough, so very little tweaking was needed to provide readers with a cast that would entertain in some sense of the word. 

Any hints on what comes next in Book Two?

TM: As mentioned earlier, Lospeck becomes more a person of interest in Book Two, though I might be getting ahead of myself.  Either way, much of what is to come deals with Tyrus Savage, Myeu Ansi, and the two’s relationship.  Tyrus must choose between many paths, and his trust in Myeu will be brought into question.  The second book will be the crux of their love and a test of Tyrus’ devotion. 

fnir_cellphone_case_smHow many volumes do you anticipate/estimate will be in the Orrleth Series?

TM: I originally intended for there to be only four books in the Orrleth series, but as I was writing the second book, I realized that what I had hoped to be one book was far too long.  Rather than trying to mash the two major climaxes between the same covers, I decided to make the stories into books of their own.  As of now, I intend for there to be five books, but the same issue could present itself again in future works, so nothing is for sure. 

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You’re invited to post/send me questions about the book, or my writing process for following sessions.  There are copious amounts of secrets in the world of Orrleth.  Suspicions often lead to truth.

Thomas McClellan, Author of Orrleth
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ORRLETH Vol. 1 Goodreads Giveaway!

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