the fourth book of the Second Edition released

I am delighted to announce that The Darkness Under The Trees, the fourth book, of the seven that will constitute the Second Edition of The Stone Dance of the Chameleon, is now available on any Amazon store as an ebook, and as a paperback from a more limited number of stores. I published it on the 20th June to mark the Summer solstice—the midpoint of the Second Edition, at the midpoint of the year of its release.

This fourth volume is the shortest of the seven for the same reason that the third is the longest—because the natural point to split the First Edition Standing Dead lies well beyond its midpoint.

Feeling that this volume requires a map of the Upper Reach, I have cobbled one together in the style of Neil Gower’s other maps.

This new volume is the dark heart of the Second Edition. I have sought to enhance it with a rather disturbing new opening chapter.

I commend to you The Darkness Under The Trees.

Posted by Ricardo

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6 Replies to “the fourth book of the Second Edition released”

  1. thanks—I’m glad you think so. When I broke the Stone Dance into 7 volumes—to maintain my conceit that it was a ‘triptych’, and now a ‘Heptaptych’—I had to add 4 new ‘hinge’ chapters; this one just seems to be what was appropriate. Of course, I know what is going on everywhere, in the background, but this particular chapter was something I didn’t know… though some of it was implied in the chapters of the fifth volume—to be released in a few weeks time 🙂


    1. Ohh, the mention of “in a few weeks time” is interesting, does that mean that the fifth book will be released during July? Or were you referring to an early August release date? (wondering about this since the original schedule mentioned August for it)


      1. by “few weeks” I mean about 7—the middle of August is likely 🙂


  2. The front cover looks amazing! Well done, can’t wait to read the new opening chapter


    1. hope it doesn’t shock you! Chuffed that you like the front cover 🙂


      1. Wow! Great chapter, suits the character perfectly, was it something that you wanted originally to include? Or something that over time you decided made sense?


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