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Rob with his adoring fansWelcome to the worlds of Rob Howell, author of the Shijuren series of novels. All of his novels are available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions. His author pages are here on Amazon and Goodreads.
The first novel in Shijuren, A Lake Most Deep, available on Amazon here, was released in May, 2015. Edward Aethelredson arrives in the Empire of Makhaira from his homeland of the Seven Kingdoms and almost immediately becomes embroiled in the convoluted rivalries of this strange land. He must discover who murdered a priestess, sparking a schism within a church, before he becomes a victim himself. Here's a review of A Lake Most Deep from Cedar Sanderson.
Its sequel, The Eyes of a Doll, came out in December, 2015 and is available on Amazon here. In this novel, Edward's friend Honker Harald asks Edward to retrieve his daughter's doll that she left when Harald and his family were picnicking. Nobody knew what that doll's eyes had witnessed...
These novels center around the life of Edward Aethelredson in the city of Achrida. You can expect a novel about Edward to arrive each December. Unless, of course, he gets killed in a random bolt of georgerrmartinness.
In June, 2016, I Am a Wondrous Thing came out. This series is set mostly in the Kreisens, a collection of small regions constantly squabbling amongst each other in northeastern Shijuren. The first novel in this series centers around the life of Irina. Once the Great Mother of Periaslavl, she must now leave her homeland having abdicated from the throne. She faces the challenges of a world vastly changed from when she stepped up.
Shijuren, you can follow his blog at www.robhowell.org/blog/. Amongst his thoughts about this mad, mad world, there are tidbits about Shijuren as well. Once at his blog, you may click on the Shijuren tag in the tag cloud on the blog's sidebar and see all the posts about this world.
Also, you can go to www.robhowell.org/shijuren/. This is the home of all things related to Shijuren, including a wiki of people, places, language, and everything else in Shijuren, a forum, and Rob's updated schedule. You can also find snippets from the novels by searching for "From the Books."
Rob on a panel at Ad Astra with Mark Lefebvre. The guy in the middle had a lot more to say than Rob did.You can find him on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/robhowell.org and on Twitter at: @Rhodri2112
Rob's Biography: Rob is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. Originally from Houston, Texas, he dutifully followed his parents as they went from there to Hillsboro, Texas, then to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and finally to Wichita, Kansas.
Along the way, they discovered about the only way to keep Rob quiet was to give him a book. Unfortunately for them, it turned out he could read quickly, so they had to give him lots of books. He latched onto the Hardy Boys series first, then about anything else he could reach. Without books, either he or his parents probably would not have survived. Possibly both.
Rob has traveled extensively. Most recently, in 2012, he walked the majority of the Offa's Dyke Trail along the border of Wales and England. Many experiences on the trail shaped his writing. One might say the Offa's Dyke Trail led to Edward.
He decided to write professionally when he discovered he was too educated for most jobs, and not quite educated enough for a few. Fortunately, he had always written and had always wanted to emulate Forester, Tolkien, Weber, Drake, Parker, Chandler, and Francis.
Now he can.