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the collector’s lost things: chapter one

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‘There was another one last night.’

Rei-Hai Shaw stirred extra honey into his lumpy porridge as Lylen and Elles leant in to hear the morning’s gossip. Norvar set down his breakfast tray and slipped into a chair before continuing his story.

‘Thirty-seventh floor,’ the dark Qhoraakese man continued, cracking open his bread roll. ‘Right into a snow drift. Heard they had to dig him out of a fifteen foot hole.’

‘Third jumper this month,’ Elles mused. She tucked her straw-yellow hair behind her ears before poking at her breakfast with a spoon. ‘Must have got a weak batch.’

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welcome to whyt’hallen 04: character interview – rei-hai shaw

With last month’s release of the Gardens of War & Wasteland novella, The Collector’s Lost Things, this edition of WELCOME TO WHYT’HALLEN features a Q&A with the prequel’s central character, Rei-Hai Shaw.

Unfortunately, Rei isn’t the most forthcoming when answering questions about himself so this could be interesting … Well, let’s see how we go! But first, a mood board:

THE COLLECTOR: After leaving the Holanian capital of Adria without so much as a goodbye to the royal siblings, Rei-Hai Shaw made a name for himself as one of the most successful Collectors the Tower had ever seen. Images via canva.com
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release information: the collector’s lost things

COMING SOON: A new Gardens of War & Wasteland story available right here for free

Rei-Hai Shaw was a collector, and he was very good.

Since joining the mysterious brethren of the Tower at the age of thirteen, Rei has risen the ranks to become the youngest recruit ever to receive a band.

Favoured by the masters and distrusted by his peers, Rei plans to make the most of his lonely existence. But when he is chosen to take a second trial and claim another band, he soon doubts the price of success when the latest mission strikes a little too close to home.

Sent back to the world of his childhood, Rei is painfully reminded of everything he left behind—and what he can’t bear to lose again.


The Collector’s Lost Things takes place before the events of Gardens of War & Wasteland: The Ruptured Sky, and will be available for free from March 2020.

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2019: a year in review

Here we are again, end of another year (or rather, the beginning of a new one because as usual, I’m slow at getting this shit written.)

Actually, it’s the end of the decade, and what an eventual period of time the 2010s turned out to be. In summary: I graduated university, moved to Japan, moved home from Japan, got married, had a baby and turned thirty—all in that order and thankfully not at once.

But we’re here to talk about 2019 and everything that has transpired in what has been a pretty momentous year for me and not just because I turned the big three-oh.

So, let’s break it down.

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welcome to whyt’hallen 03: archive – the sickness

Before the mortal Second Born crossed the Azure Expanse and came to settle in Whyt’Hallen, they had an established civilisation of their own back on the continent of Mey.

For a thousand years the native Meytarans thrived, raising kingdoms and cities and culture. Their growth seemed limitless … until the Sickness came.

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welcome to whyt’hallen 02: character interview – amikharlia

September is upon us and that means a new instalment of WELCOME TO WHYT’HALLEN. In this month’s edition, we sit down for a Q&A with the Gardens of War & Wasteland protagonist herself—Princess Amikharlia Elys Holani.

First, let’s kick things off with a mood board!

THE LOST PRINCESS—AMIKHARLIA: Unaccepting of the life laid out before her, Amika runs away from the Holanian capital of Adria to forge her own path—and seek answers for her darkest secrets. Images via canva.com
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welcome to whyt’hallen 01: the old capital – ciraselo

In this month’s edition of WELCOME TO WHYT’HALLEN, we take a look at Ciraselo, the Old Capital. All the action of Gardens of War & Wasteland Book I: The Ruptured Sky begins here, making it the perfect choice for your first glimpse into the world of Whyt’hallen.

THE OLD CAPITAL—CIRASELO: Creating mood boards has been a fantastic world building exercise that helps me visualise the architecture and atmosphere of the locales visited in The Ruptured Sky. Images via canva.com
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a conversation with helen

I loved my creative writing degree, and wouldn’t take it back for the world. While it’s an invaluable experience …  it’s not the be all and end all, and there’s no “right” way to write.

— Helen Scheuerer

As Helen Scheuerer continues to take the indie publishing world by storm with her Amazon best-selling YA fantasy epic, Heart of Mist, I sit down to chat all things writing, the HoM audiobook release and the upcoming sequel—Reign of Mist.

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INDIE QUEEN: The talented Helen Scheuerer and her smash-hit Heart of Mist has set the new standard for indie publishing.
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