“The saga of the Bladewielders came about during a time when I was reading George R.R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows, and I happened to watch The Last Samurai and 3:10 to Yuma back to back,” Jim Perry tells Grail Quest Books about the latest series of stories that will be coming to readers before the snow melts next March.
At the core of the story is Arius, a beleaguered lawman who encounters the encroachment of evil upon his protectorate. As First Knight, Arius is the head of an order of Knights, governed by a code of honor, in a society slowly losing the significance of their legendary warriors. The story is an exploration of what makes a people truly noble and honorable, and how the wrong choices can have a ripple effect on everyone in a community.
“I love the premise of exploring the meaning of ‘nobility’ in society very much,” Josh Radke, co-founder of GQB says, “also the homage to the Western, which is so often the vehicle of excellent multi-faceted storytelling that allows the reader to discover additional value against the setting. And above all, I love stories about knights–historical or mythopoeic; Arthurian literature and other popular stories of those who chose to operate within the code of chivalry are among the primary reasons I wanted to be a storyteller at such a young age. Prince Caspian’s duel with Miraz in the C.S. Lewis’ Prince Caspian from the The Chronicles of Narnia is still one of my very favorite scenes, and A Knight’s Tale might be my favorite ‘knight’ film ever. To say I am excited about Jim’s series would be an understatement.”
The Bladewielders series will be offering a different take on the Fantasy genre than what most fans are used to as it will have more of a historical fiction narrative setting that is entirely fictional, but not too unlike Europe’s medieval past.
“This is not a magical or supernatural story,” Perry explains “It is intended to be a gritty human drama, but not without tenderness or optimism. It is my hope that the stories inspire readers to choose to be noble, to sacrifice, and to be better than what we are. The Bladewielders is perhaps my vain attempt to blend the heroic Knight tale with the Samurai and the American Western. It’s Martin meets Kurosawa meets John Ford, if you will; a gunfighter story with swords.”
Jim Perry is also the author of two ‘Mavericks’ stories from the first two volumes of WARS: The Battle of Phobos. The first story, “Firefight at Overwatch Command” is available for Kindle, in WARS: The Battle of Phobos – Volume 1, Preludes (which also includes two other novellas from that sci-fantasy universe), and will soon be available as an illustrated novella with art by Brian Hickey; the second story is due out for Kindle this month.