The Master progresses

Just a quick note for those wondering about how the writing is going on The Master of Zdrell.

Today I officially surpassed the word count for Journeyman. I still have a lot of work left to do, so it really is looking like Master will clock in at 200K + words. This is a big book, since world wars are big things. This book will have a much different feel from the previous two. This story is told from multiple points of view. With The Apprentice, this was really Jonny’s story, and larger events of the world were mostly in the background. In The Journeyman, the story opened up into the world and the larger conflicts, but it was still mostly about Eril and his growth and struggles.

Now, with The Master, this isn’t just Jonny/Eril/Torin’s story. It is the story of an entire continent dealing with war and conflict, so the storytelling style is different and we get to see a much broader view of the world and people who make it up and how they are affected by this conflict.

It is still Torin’s story, but not his alone. I hope to make it a satisfying conclusion to this journey in the world of Zdrell for all who’ve taken the time to share it.


  1. Walter

    I’m glad I read this post. I enjoyed the first two books, but I will not read this third one. “This story is told from multiple points of view.” is a complete turn off for me. I care about the character, not the world.

    Thanks for the first two books.

    • dave

      Hey Walter,
      Thanks for reading. I understand you’re not excited about multiple POVs. They’re not for everyone, but you can be sure that Torin (Jonny/Eril) still is the center of the story. The problem is, no matter how powerful he is, he can’t save the world single-handed. Hence, a bigger book and more characters to follow.
      If that’s not your cup of tea, I get it. Thanks for reading the first two books.
      All the best,

  2. Dumoan Lee

    Sooo, any “recent” update 11 months later? reading the duology for the 3rd time and checked here for the Trilogy. Just wondering if you are ok? Did you throw the manuscript in the fire? anything new?

    • dave

      Funny you should make that comment now. I’ll be making several big announcements in the next couple of days, but the quick news is I finished the 1st draft a couple of months back. I got feedback from a couple of alpha readers and the manuscript is now with my editor. Knowing the all of the processes I need to do prior to launch (and as an indie author I have to do them all myself), it will probably be just past the new year when Master releases. Thanks for your support!


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