Map of the Jeweled Cities
I'm very excited to present the map of the Jeweled Cities, site of Marcus' adventures starting with Legionnaire Book 3. For those of you looking for Amatista it is directly west of the sea monster's head in the lower part of the map. The map was painted by Chris L. Adams and so you can see just how talented he truly is, I'm including a side-by-side comparison of my original sketch and Chris' painting. If you'd like to see more of Chris' art, poetry and writing, check out his website at chrisladamsbizzaretales.com.
Marcus has defeated the smaller half of the army of Thegn Chilperic by the skin of his teeth, but now he must rally his legion and its allies to stop the Thegn’s main force from rolling back all of his victories. Yet even as he fights for control of the strategic bridges on the Rio Rocoso, Marcus’ allies remain as fractious as ever. The rebellious Gente of Morganita continue to fight among themselves for leadership of their cause, while the Gota also violently question the leadership of Marcus’ friend, Evorik. As if all of this weren’t bad enough, the mighty Thegn of Granate still tries to walk the middle path in this war, telling both Marcus and his enemies that he is loyal to them. Too soon now, Marcus will find out which side Granate betrays at the Bridges of Morganita.
Surrounded by enemies, Prefect Marcus
Venandus launches a bold stroke to eliminate one opponent in the coming war.
The key to his plan is the fortified border town of Centinela—the Sentinel of
Southern Morganita. Its fortified walls are strong enough to delay conventional
forces for weeks, giving the other enemy city-states plenty of time to invade
Amatista from the east. Yet, one thing Marcus has learned in the Jeweled Hills
is that the locals do not understand the full capabilities of legion-style
infantry. Can he take advantage of their ignorance to neutralize Centinela? Or
will his risky gambit cost Marcus and his allies the war?
passes to Ópalo forced open again, Prefect Marcus Venandus hoped
to gain a respite to build his army for the war he knows is coming in the
spring. Unfortunately, his enemies understand all too well the threat he poses
to them and are taking steps to kill him before he reaches next year’s
battlefields. Assassins, both mundane and magical, step out of the shadows to
strike at him, while other conspirators take advantage of the intense divisions
within the city to spark riots to bring the government down. Unable to
differentiate between friend and foe, will Marcus and his few trusted comrades
be able to win the Battle for Amatista?
Tribune Marcus Venandus and his two trusted
officers have gone through hell in their journey north from the Fire Islands
and across the Sea of Grass. Arriving at Amatista in the Jeweled Hills, Marcus
is looking forward to a much deserved rest in the home of his half-brother, but
fate has other plans for the legionnaire. Soon he will be wishing he’d never
heard of his brother’s city. Surrounded by enemies and crippled by internal
divisions, Amatista is already on its knees and ready to fall. Marcus must act
decisively to save everything his brother has built, but without his beloved
legions behind him, can Marcus and his friends survive their visit to the
returning to Aquila, Marcus Venandus responds to a plea from a half-brother he
has never met to aid him in the far away land called the Jeweled Hills. When pirates
shut down the sea routes the legion officer and his two trusted companions are
forced to join a caravan to make the slower journey north across the
treacherous Sea of Grass. Yet this may not prove to be the safer choice. A
mysterious shaman has sworn to drench the plains in the blood of foreigners and
his mastery over storms gives him the teeth to fulfill his oath. As chaos
envelopes the trail, it will fall to Marcus to organize the defense and try to
shepherd the frightened civilians of the caravan to safety again.
Lesser Tribune Marcus Venandus, Legion officer
exemplar, was exiled to the disease-ridden hell hole known as the Fire Islands
as punishment for the failed political machinations of his father. While the
days of the powerful witchdoctor kings throwing skeletal armies against the
shields of the legion have faded into history, all is not right at the edge of
the world. Unrest is boiling once again as long dead darkness seeps back into
the islands. With the legion more concerned with its personal rivalries than
with its duty, it will fall to Marcus and his small, highly disciplined,
command to put the horrors of the past back in their graves and literally save Aquila
from a fate worse than death.