I am proud to announce that around the third week of March, 2016, another Sword and Soul novel – and the first one set in Ki Khanga, the world created by Yours Truly (Balogun Ojetade) and my friend, author extraordinaire and the “Godfather of Sword and Soul,” Milton Davis – will be available to fans of Sword and Soul, Sword and Sorcery, Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Horror and Fantasy in general.

After completing the manuscript, the first person I sent it to was Milton, who was kind enough to read it, critique it and provide the novel’s introduction.

He had THIS – and more –  to say:

“Since the resurgence of Sword and Soul in 2005 we have witnessed books that have expanded the genre in many directions. In 2005 we saw the return of Imaro from Charles R. Saunders and the completion of the brooding warrior’s epic adventure. In 2008 Charles also released Dossouye, a collection of stories about the first black woman in Sword and Soul and Sword and Sorcery. 2008 also saw the release of my first novel Meji, the first book of a two book saga that took sword and soul into the realm of epic fantasy. 2011 saw the release of the first Sword and Soul anthology, Griots, proving that the concept of Sword and Soul was much more widespread than initially imagined. I also released Changa’s Safari, the first in a series of books that introduced historical fiction into the Sword and Soul realm.

In 2011 a fresh voice entered the genre; Balogun Ojetade. Balogun quickly made his mark with his first book Once Upon a Time in Afrika, a book that displayed his deep knowledge in Yoruba folklore and amazing skill with action and adventure. In addition to contributing stories to Griots and Griots Sisters of the Spear, Balogun and I wrote the Ki Khanga Anthology, a collection of stories based on the world we created for the upcoming role playing game of the same name.

Now, Balogun expands the reach of Sword and Soul in a new direction: horror. Beneath the Shining Jewel takes place in Ki Khanga’s jewel city, Sati-Baa. Mba, a retired constable, is called back to active duty to deal with a situation that still haunts him twenty years later. Balogun brings together a host of characters to battle a scourge that once ravaged the city and may be poised to return. The novel is both familiar yet unique, combining Ki Khanga folklore with a good dose of horror and action adventure.”

When the book launches in a few days, be sure to pick it up in paperback or for your Kindle and tell me YOUR thoughts.

Sword and Soul Forever!

Beneath the Shining Jewel Cover

About Balogun

Balogun is the author of the bestselling Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and screenwriter / producer / director of the films, A Single Link, Rite of Passage: Initiation and Rite of Passage: The Dentist of Westminster. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at https://chroniclesofharriet.com/. He is author of eight novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika; a Fight Fiction, New Pulp novella, Fist of Afrika; the gritty, Urban Superhero series, A Single Link and Wrath of the Siafu; the two-fisted Dieselfunk tale, The Scythe and the “Choose-Your-Own-Destiny”-style Young Adult novel, The Keys. Balogun is also contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk. Finally, Balogun is the Director and Fight Choreographer of the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis and co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo. You can reach him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Afrikan.Martial.Arts; on Twitter @Baba_Balogun and on Tumblr at www.tumblr.com/blog/blackspeculativefiction.

8 responses »

  1. Fujimoto says:

    So glad to hear about Beneath the Shining Jewel! When I saw the email I was hoping that the Ki Khanga game was ready, but this is thrilling news too. I’ll definitely be checking this one out! I had been wondering if any more fiction would be coming out. I take it sales for this book will also help fund the game?

    By the way, I just learned of the Dieselfunk anthology. Are you one of the contributors for that by any chance?

  2. fletchav says:

    I’m looking forward to this. I just asked Milton if there were new Ki Khanga stories and he told me about this. The cover is a blast!

  3. […] highly anticipated Sword and Soul Supernatural Thriller / Dark Fantasy novel, Beneath the Shining Jewel, is now available worldwide in paperback and e-book […]

  4. […] and a host of characters battle a scourge that once ravaged the city and may be poised to return. Beneath the Shining Jewel is both familiar and unique, combining African folklore with a good dose of horror and action […]

  5. Horror is usually not my genre, but I love the Ki Khanga anthology. Going to need to check this out.

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