Friday, September 01, 2017

Complete the Grand Slog

The response to the free days for ATOB and ASOS was so great - and the consequent effects on the sales of Castalia House books and KU reads were so substantial - that we've elected to make Summa Elvetica & Other Stories free today and all weekend.

In not entirely unrelated news, I'm pleased to be able to announce that Castalia House had its second straight record month in August. The interesting thing is that unlike in July, there was no one monster performer, just a lot of interest across the broad range of our books. This tends to indicate that more people are discovering more of our books, perhaps through Kindle Unlimited, perhaps through the Daily Meme Wars, or perhaps through conventional word of mouth.

Regardless, we appreciate your staunch support, and we are working harder than ever on bringing you high-quality fiction and non-fiction books.

Excerpt from THE WARDOG'S COIN.

FAR BELOW THE rock I crouched behind, the goblins moved through the mountain pass in loose, meandering columns, stacked fifteen or twenty troops wide. It was hard to count exactly how many of the enemy light infantry there was, since the cruel whips of the orcs that drove them mercilessly onward wasn’t able to keep them marching in no sort of recognizable formation.

We’d twice beaten the blasted breeds back from the very pass they was marching through now, but once they’d managed to haul up their catapults to where they could drop rocks on our heads, the capitaine gave us the order to fall back and join the rest of the elf king’s army.

“How many do you make?” I asked the elf perched on a large boulder above me. He was a scout from the Silverbows, one of the king’s elite troops, and he had eyes so keen a hawk might envy them. Today he and me was on the same side. Problem was, tomorrow might be a different story.

“No more than eight thousand.” He spoke good Savonnais, with only a hint of elf. “They don’t matter. I think the problem lies with what follows.”

I squinted, trying to make out what the large, black objects following the goblin columns below might be. The shapes was too big as to be orcs or goblin wolf-riders, but there was a lot of them, and they moved in an even less-disciplined array than the gobbos.

“I can’t see what they are.”

“Big pigs,” said the elf grimly. “Orcs ride them. Like wargs, only not so fast.”


“Is that how you call them? We say pigs of war. Very big, very fierce. I think maybe three hundred.”

Damn it all to hell and back! If heavy cavalry wasn’t the very last thing we needed to see at the moment, it was pretty bloody close. Three hundred godforsaken warboars!

Ever seen a pig? I don’t mean a nice little piggie with a pink arse and a curly tail, I mean a big old he-boar, with black, bristled hair, sharp yellow tusks, and a giant hump on his back. Now, imagine one twice the size and three times as mean, not a whole lot taller than a donkey but a damn sight wider and weighing more than a horse. Then strap iron armor across the front, sharpen the tusks, and throw an overmuscled breed carrying a greatsword on his back. That’s a warboar.

King Everbright don’t have nothing in his army as can stand against a charge from three hundred of those monsters, except for the Company, and to be honest, even we can’t expect to do much more than get run over. The blue-bloods of Savondir and their men-at-arms might laugh at the boar riders before skewering all their mounts on lances and throwing them on the firepit for dinner, but us wardogs don’t have lances. Or plate. Or pretty warhorses.

I climbed down from the rock on which I’d been sitting and shouldered my pack. It was going to be a long walk down to the camp, so I had to get moving if I hoped to get there before night.

“What will you tell your capitaine?” The elf scout stared at me with his weird yellow-green eyes.

“That there’s an avalanche of big pigs about to fall on our heads.”

“What will he do?”

“I don’t know. Probably send a few of the younger lads home with messages for our kin. I suppose most of them will be last wills and testaments.”

“He will stay and fight? He will not run?”

I laughed, but if it came out more bitterly than I’d meant, the elf didn’t seem to notice. Or maybe he just didn’t care. “I suppose it would be a particular regiment of archers who’d be told to take us out if we tried to skedaddle, wouldn’t it?”

The elf didn’t confirm or deny that the Silverbows had been ordered to turn us into human pincushions if we attempted to withdraw our services without warning. But when his cat-slit eyes narrowed, I was pretty sure he caught my drift.

I shrugged.

“Nah, he wouldn’t run anyway. Contract’s a contract. We get paid, we stick around and fight.”

The elf nodded. “It is good to know not all men are without honor. I wish you many kills before you fall.”

I’ll bet you do, I thought. Sod honor! Especially since all those right honorable elves will be off escorting His Royal Elven Arse to safety while we get ourselves trampled into a bloody muck by oversized hogs.

But it wasn’t the Silverbow’s fault, and he was a decent enough sort for an elf, so I waved him farewell and set off down the rocky mountain trail. It wasn’t going to be fun trying to make it before sunset without breaking my neck, but it sure as hell beat what the Company was going to be facing in a day or three.

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Anonymous Critically Bent September 01, 2017 4:20 PM  

I remember loving Summa Elvetica when it just came out. Vox would be panning his own work about how it didn't live up to his own goals for it, and I was just wondering when the next book set in the world would come out.

Anonymous roo_ster September 01, 2017 4:35 PM  

I really enjoyed summa elvetica. If you have not read it, jump on this offer.

Anonymous Goodnight September 01, 2017 4:41 PM  

The first day of the ATOB/ASOS downloads I grabbed both, the bought both David the Good gardening books in audio (had bought the text already). Just saw this post and bought The Missionaries. (Already had Summa Elvetica).

I think I'm seeing how this works.

Anonymous Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Grass September 01, 2017 4:54 PM  

I don't have a Kindle so I'll have to save up and buy the paperback or hardcover.

Blogger Tyler Wollmann September 01, 2017 4:56 PM  

I just bought Summa Elvetica in paperback, but ATOB was so good that I'm going to wait for physical versions of the whole series anyway.

Anonymous David of One September 01, 2017 4:58 PM  

Thank you Vox.

Anonymous David of One September 01, 2017 5:01 PM  

For some who may not know ... if you have an Android phone you can download the Kindle software from the Play Store and enjoy the gift of Vox Day's book and many thousands of others.

Anonymous Killua September 01, 2017 5:05 PM  

Thank you!

That cover art is amazing

Blogger cheddarman September 01, 2017 5:16 PM  

I loved the short stories the most.

Anonymous Peaceable Citizen September 01, 2017 5:22 PM  

I tried to order the Missionaries from a local U.S. bookstore and they couldn't source it from any of their suppliers / distributors.

Is Amazon the only source for physical copies?

Blogger Silly but True September 01, 2017 5:52 PM  

Clearly Castalia House's great success can only be attributed to rigid adherence to proper editing rules of our times:

Blogger #7139 September 01, 2017 6:13 PM  


The answer Peaceable Citizen is yes. Amazon is the only source for physical copies.

Anonymous Anonymous September 01, 2017 6:15 PM  

Thank you for your generosity. It is a pleasure to support Castalia House.

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable September 01, 2017 6:15 PM  

The whole Castalia story is amazing. It may or may not pay off financially, but the quality of the last year's releases alone justifies the entire project. Kudos, Vox and crew. It's a pleasure to play a small part.

Anonymous Ugly Mind Babies September 01, 2017 6:25 PM  


Blogger Rickey Johnson September 01, 2017 6:31 PM  

Just finished The LawDog Files 30 mins ago, haven't laughed that much in a long time. Finished ATOB and SOS yesterday, overall an awesome work, I could have done without the rape scenes don't think it added to the story. At the end of SOS I almost threw my phone until I remembered it will cost almost a grand to replace; wasn't paying attention to the percentage left when the dang thing ended with so many lose ends dangling. All I can say is VOX please hurry !
Castalia house has great writers, great editing not once have I found myself flipping pages trying to get past extraneous word salad.

Blogger Scott at Castalia September 01, 2017 6:32 PM  

A smooth Castalia House blogger wrote an informative post on Wardog's Coin:

Blogger VD September 01, 2017 7:27 PM  

The answer Peaceable Citizen is yes. Amazon is the only source for physical copies.

That's not correct. Any bookstore can order it from Ingram. B&N carries both the paperback and the hardcover.

Blogger Bill September 01, 2017 7:32 PM  

You have GOT to improve the Castalia House website! It's nearly impossible to just browse through the books, the only categories are Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Homeschool.

Blogger Clint September 01, 2017 7:40 PM  

I say this almost every time you post SE, but it is my favorite of all your books. I love the QM books. I love ATOB and SOS. But SE had such a grand vision that I am drawn to it. I know you called it a failed attempt, but I don't know. Maybe we need more such failures.

Anonymous JohnS September 01, 2017 7:54 PM  

Is there an audible version in the works? I'd like to get all of the Selenoth books in audiobook format.

Blogger Michael Maier September 01, 2017 7:54 PM  

Congrats, Vox. I sing the praises of SUMMA and ATOB whenever I can.

Anonymous kfg September 01, 2017 7:58 PM  

Thank you, yet again.

Blogger David The Good September 01, 2017 7:59 PM  

ASOS is great thus far - I'm enjoying it. The entire world is fun, from Summa on through.

Blogger Matthew September 01, 2017 8:08 PM  

I have now owned three editions of Summa Elvetica. It's like The White Album.

Blogger maniacprovost September 01, 2017 8:15 PM  

You have GOT to improve the Castalia House website!

I don't think it's terrible, but it definitely needs improvement. My assumption is that the focus on Kindle Unlimited means that making the website store better is a low priority; however, if I want to browse Castalia books to see what editions are out or if I missed any new releases, my first instinct would be to go to the website, and that wouldn't work out too well. It's easier on Amazon.

Blogger Dave September 01, 2017 8:42 PM  

Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Grass wrote:I don't have a Kindle so I'll have to save up and buy the paperback or hardcover.
As David of One said and Amazon will tell you: "Read now with the free Kindle app
available on iOS, Android, Mac & PC.

Free SUMMA ELVETICA and free Kindle App; what more do you want?

Blogger Dave September 01, 2017 8:54 PM  

In not entirely unrelated news, I'm pleased to be able to announce that Castalia House had its second straight record month in August.

Fantastic. Looking forward to SJWADD and NOWHITHER.

Question: will CH ever publish anything else from Rolf?

Blogger JaimeInTexas September 01, 2017 9:00 PM  

Summa Elvetica struck a cord with me. CS Lewis would love it. Tolkien too. The theme is historical and yet timeless. The struggle difficult but hopeful.

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable September 01, 2017 9:09 PM  

I have now owned three editions of Summa Elvetica. It's like The White Album.

Not sure what my Hinterlands version of SE is worth (I don't really believe anything I see posted on eBay until it actually moves) but I'm hanging on to both my hardcovers. Don't even want to talk about my first edition ToB. That's going nowhere.

Blogger Clint September 01, 2017 9:44 PM  

I hear there are some other Rolf books in the hopper. Some day.

Blogger Matthew September 01, 2017 10:05 PM  

We'll be publishing Rolf Nelson's Heretics of St. Possenti in the next month or so. Book 2 of The Stars Came Back before the end of the year.

Blogger Cassandros the Elder September 01, 2017 10:22 PM  

Book 2 of The Stars Came Back before the end of the year

Now that's exciting! Been waiting for 3 years for volume 2. Will this be in script or novel format?

Blogger Matthew September 01, 2017 10:25 PM  

Novel format. It's the second half of the original script-formatted book. Rolf has also submitted Part 3 of TSCB, as well as a YA novel about Komenagen.

Blogger Cassandros the Elder September 01, 2017 10:30 PM  

Oh, are parts I and II the equivalent of the original script/book and not a sequel?

Blogger Clint September 01, 2017 10:32 PM  

Yes. In novel form, it was really long. So the first novel was the first half of the script version.

Blogger Cassandros the Elder September 01, 2017 10:50 PM  

It's a great read. Reminded me of Firefly, except much better. My recommendation is GET IT!

Blogger Freddy September 02, 2017 1:02 AM  

To the house!

Anonymous Famous Positive Quotes September 02, 2017 3:08 AM  

Very nice post

Blogger Praetgeist September 02, 2017 6:45 AM  

Thank you for the free book

Blogger Rez Zircon September 02, 2017 10:32 AM  

Thank you, Vox. I read the sample a while back, was intrigued, and have been meaning to get back to it.

Someone griped about the Castalia House site... I like its simplicity, but where the heck is the RSS feed? I know I miss articles I'd like to see, even tho I'm subscribed (not a good way to be seen in my overflowing inbox; RSS keeps 'em all together and instantly handy).

Anonymous Claymore September 02, 2017 10:41 AM  

I was very happy to get ASOS for free on my kindle. Reading it now and enjoying it.

Anonymous LurkingPuppy September 02, 2017 11:24 AM  

Rez Zircon wrote:Someone griped about the Castalia House site... I like its simplicity, but where the heck is the RSS feed?
If you point a good RSS reader at the blog's main page, it'll find the feed link automatically. (Or you can view the page source and find the HTML link tag manually.)

Blogger Tyler Wollmann September 02, 2017 12:51 PM  

I just bought Summa Elvetica in paperback, but ATOB was so good that I'm going to wait for physical versions of the whole series anyway.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 02, 2017 1:18 PM  

Here's the Castalia House RSS feed. Pro tip: if your RSS reader doesn't find the feed automatically when given the website's URL, view the page source and search for "rss". Frequently you'll find a link in the HTML somewhere. Or just try adding "feed" to the site's URL and see if that works.

Blogger KRW September 02, 2017 6:34 PM  

Finished AToB and SoS last night. I recall that Vox listed the proper reading sequence of all the Selenoth based books and this info was posted someplace in a past post. I am apparently a rookie about how to dig this information out. I am hooked on the series and I MUST read them all. My Amazon account has lots of Discover Miles points ready to use. I use the Kindle software on my PC and it works well. At some point in time a hardcopy collection is in order. My kids and grandkids will, hopefully, enjoy the collection as an inheritance. Unlike many things inherited (like money), real books never die....they just get dusty.

Any guidance in this matter is appreciated.



Blogger VD September 02, 2017 6:57 PM  

All you need to read now is Summa Elvetica & Other Stories. Which happens to be free on Amazon today.

I hope you'll post reviews.

Blogger KRW September 02, 2017 8:17 PM  

Got the Summa and will start the read after my eyes regroup.

Will post reviews on Amazon where I downloaded the books. If you desire reviews at other places let me know. I am yours.

For a quick review here and now: Excellent. I am a type of reader that will "get into" a story in a visual manner. Like I was actually floating around observing from all angles the interactions of the characters and all that they were doing. Better than any movie could be no matter the CGI. When I read a great book my mind builds the show based on the words and descriptive nature of each moment. High quality descriptive nature THROUGHOUT an entire book is hard to find. R.A. Salvatore wrote great fight scenes and I enjoyed reading his works, but I do not really remember much about the stories. Drizzzt the Dark Elf was a great character from another author's series and I remember the elf well but the story line...not so much. AToB and ASoS has the story, has the battle scenes, all needed descriptions of everything everywhere, and a balanced switch back and forth of the characters and events that moves the storyline in such a manner that a person can not possibly get "tired" of single event or character. The story develops very well and keeps your interest and , quite frankly, excitement level peaking and near peak throughout the books. That is why I must let my eyes rest and regroup. I could not stop reading when I knew I should have done so. My heartfelt congratulations for books well done.



Blogger Six September 03, 2017 2:26 AM  

Finished Throne of Bones and wrote a review. I'll start Sea of Skulls tonight. Thanks again Vox.

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