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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for THE SHATTERED BLADES: Book Three of the Judges Cycle by Aidan Russell, an ep...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for THE SHATTERED BLADES: Book Three of the Judges Cycle by Aidan Russell, an epic fantasy available now.

Aidan Russell will be awarding a Kindle Paperwhite (INTERNATIONAL) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by tour banner.

The Shattered Blades
The Land of Nod: Book Three of the Judges Cycle
by Aidan Russell


GENRE: Fantasy (epic)



The rivers turn to blood and the mournful cry for judgment.

Reslo returns to his family in the forest of Miradep, but his quest is not finished, and he will not fail in his duty.

Gratas and Jerah return to the idyllic town of Dunkhau, their bodies wounded and spirits scarred by battle. But if they thought war was tiring, they must now face the unknown horrors of peace.



The dizziness flared when the Dragon dropped Reslo into a puddle on a flat rock. He took a moment to catch his breath. He even sucked up a mouthful of the fresh rainwater from the puddle. He pushed himself to his feet, drew Moreathar, and faced the Dragon.

“Why did you take me away? How could you flee? I almost had Mdychi.”

Qa’sin spun to face Reslo. For a moment, the storm subsided as his great bulk and wings tossed aside the wind and rain. Eyes that glowed like dew-covered moss stared down on the Elf. The firelight within the Dragon grew brighter through his scars.

“Your father tried to fight me the first time we met. I see you’ve inherited his temper. Perhaps his stupidity as well.”

Reslo knew the Dragon was correct. It would be stupid to try to fight the titanic beast. Moreathar was a mighty sword, and Reslo a great warrior, but neither possessed the strength to defeat Miradep’s Dragon. Besides, they had no feud with him. If anything, Reslo owed the Dragon a debt of honor, as his children would after him.

“Why did we flee?” Reslo lowered his blade.

“Because you would have been killed,” Qa’sin said, “and I need you to help rid me of that scourge.”

“What scourge?” Reslo slammed Moreathar home in its scabbard.

“That… That Dragon, no… not a Dragon. That abomination…” Qa’sin sputtered and his serpentine tongue slithered as he stumbled through his words. “Among what remains of our people, it is called the Pythoness. The Witch Dragon is what it calls itself. We must kill it and end its desecration of this forest at last. It eludes me, hides from me. That is why I need you, warden, tracker, hunter.”




Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

I wrote this book primarily for lovers of old-school fantasy. There is heavy influence from my time spent playing Warhammer, Dungeons and Dragons, and old Playstation RPGs in the series. The whole premise behind the world is based in biblical origin stories and an excerpt from Beowulf. Even though things are based in classic style fantasy with numerous races who have appeared in plenty of fantasy universes, I wanted to create something that was unique and exciting. While I have a group of Elves who are very reminiscent of something out of Tolkien, I also created a tribe that is barbaric and fearful of the world outside their homeland. I have a spooky, powerful dark lord, but his motivations go beyond “conquer the world.” He wants to take back what belonged to his people. He feels he is the one getting revenge on those who conquered the world that belonged to his people.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

Just as my world, the Land of Nod, is rooted in the biblical story of Cain, the series name also draws on the theme of the Book of Judges from the Bible. In that book, the people of Israel keep turning their backs on God and the judges bring them back, sometimes with quite a bit of bloodshed. Well, in the Land of Nod, the people have long forgotten their origins and several religions have risen, died out, and been replaced since Cain’s exile. Now it’s time for them to be reminded…

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?

My cover artist is Elle J. Rossi at She had done the covers for some anthologies I was in and I loved her work. I asked her to do the cover for the first book in the series, Road of the Lost, and loved it. For The Shattered Blades, I had no idea what I wanted the cover to look like. I gave her some plot points and she created an amazing cover that took my breath away.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

It’s a toss-up between the Duchess Cenesuara and Everalda. Both have limited time on the pages so far, with Everalda only popping up in two scenes. I wrote them both in to fill a quick role, but they developed some interesting storylines in my head as the series progresses. I can’t wait to see where they end up.

What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?

I’ve had reviews compare my books to the Dragonlance books by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman and the Forgotten Realms books by R.A. Salvatore and Ed Greenwood. My books definitely have an RPG-feel to them, having been heavily influenced by all the tabletop gaming I’ve done.

I’d like to think there is some similarity in execution to Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings. The stories are in no way similar, the worlds are very different, and I surely have not mastered the craft as well as he, but I think with both of these projects we took certain liberties with disregarding the rules in exposition of the world, the cast of characters, and how the story unfolds to bring an immense conflict and world that has been living inside our respective heads for far too long before we were able to show it off to the world.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

One of my hobbies is heavy metal. I go on a big 4-day cruise every year that’s just a big heavy metal festival at sea. I don’t think my HomePod has played a single song that isn’t little known power, death, or black metal.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

My website is I have a blog where I discuss heavy metal cruises and Warhammer. Sometimes I talk about my books too.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m currently writing a short story about Dwarves, beer, and a heist to give away to my newsletter subscribers. After I finish that up, I have book four of the series all outlined and will be getting to work on that.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Do your research. Self-publishing isn’t something only for people whose books are too bad to be published anymore. Decide what’s right for you and your novel. If you go traditionally published, research the business side of the house. Know how to market your own work. Never stop studying the craft of writing.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Aidan Russell is a Marine Corps veteran living in Las Vegas. He spent his youth following the adventures of wizards and space demons and decided one day to write his own tales. His short fiction is available in the Never Fear and Uncharted Worlds anthologies. When not writing, he enjoys skiing and heavy metal.

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