the legends of grimous ironblood
In the magical world of Edra...
The Legends of Grimous Ironblood is an epic illustrated children’s medieval steampunk fantasy verse storybook recounting the legendary myths, tales and stories of healer and Arch-Mage Grimous Ironblood.
Grimous is a kind and wise, if a little grumpy, Arch-Mage who has found the cure to all ills. He travels the world of Edra bestowing his healing potions and magical amulets on people and races alike. He created flying iron-monkeys and huge fierce iron fire-beasts to aid him in his quest of healing.
Along his journeys his secret is stolen. He has a curious bottle that seems to contain a curious liquid that has the power to heal. A cut-purse and general all round low-life, Bracus McGint, seizes the bottle through magic of his own, unbeknown what deadly consequences he has unleashed…
Meanwhile Kölbran Agrôth, an honourable but selfish knight, known as the Sun Burst Knight and sworn brother of the Knights of Light, is battling a feisty scaledrake. Unfortunately he is losing and can see no way to defeat this evil creature. His blood-brother, Kranbür Agrôth, a man with less scruples but just as selfish, a neuromancer and magic-caster, fortunately saves Kölbran’s life, much to the annoyance to his brother.
Kölbran and Kranbür have been feuding for years. They have fallen in love with the same girl, beguiling and feisty Kindríth Swordsmyth, the daughter of the city’s finest blacksmyth. Each has sworn to prove their love by besting the other in daring deeds. The hatred that has built up over the years has now reached boiling point. Kölbran has had enough of being the laughing stock as Kranbür consistently outshines him at every turn.
Down on his luck, deflated and defeated, he turns to his fellow knights for advice. The answer is simple: go on a quest! Knight Commander Waldemar Talonblack tells of a fabled treasure, known as the True-Love Treasure. In particular an intricate, delicate, beautiful, jewel encrusted gold rose made by the obsessed King Odo. And so begins Kölbran’s quest for the True-Love Rose and the hand and heart of Kindríth, his one true love. But Kranbür has other intentions…
The Legends of Grimous Ironblood is aimed for children between 12 to 14 years old. It is an illustrated verse book with both illustrations and text sharing each page. Each book has an over-arcing storyline featuring the Arch-Mage Grimous Ironblood and his magical healing potion contained in a curious bottle. The potion has magical powers and grants the drinker their heart’s desire no matter what that is. Sometimes the drinker doesn’t know as their desire can be buried deep within. Drink with caution!
During the first book, the bottle is stolen and by the end it has passed onto another character. This character is then the main character for the next book with new or reoccurring characters adding to the story. Grimous appears in various books as he is trying to reclaim his precious bottle. After a number of stories the focus then switches back to Grimous as he has managed to track the bottle down. Over the next number of books, his true and desperate story of how he came by this extraordinary elixir is revealed. But is this enough to stop the world of Edra plunging into an evil darkness that has awakened?
Grimous - published in 2015!
I'm very excited to announce that The Last Line publishing house will be publishing The Legends of Grimous Ironblood in 2015! A massive Thank You to Arkwright for making this happen. In the coming months I hope to create a website for Grimous where I'll be posting news and progress about the book. This will include sneak previews of concept artwork of characters and full illustrations.
About the Author
K R R Boyter (Ken Boyter), has been writing since childhood. He has always loved stories and storytelling, in particular medieval and fantasy. He has had several short stories published and three plays and two musicals for children performed. Now an actor, he appeared in over 20 short films and 7 features, two plays and over 100 murder mysteries. His influences and inspirations come far and wide. To list a few: Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Pillars of the Earth, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Philip K. Dick, Terry Pratchett, any obscure folk tale or old myth, books on magic, spiritual and religious matters, and history.
About the Illustrator
Richard Nairn had a misspent childhood glued to Warner Bros and Disney cartoons which led to an obsession that continues to this very day. Richard attended the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury. It soon became clear that he had no intention of embarking on a career as a “proper” artist and so he is a full-time cartoonist and caricaturist, sometimes to the rich and famous. One of his regular haunts to doodle is in Dickens’ World in Kent.
For more, visit www.theartfuldoodler.co.uk