Welcome to my official author website. I'm Luke R. J. Maynard, author of the epic fantasy series the Travalaith Saga, and writer of other fiction, drama, and poetry.
You can see, explore, and order my recent novels through the links below.
W R I T I N G
My "flagship" high fantasy series, published through Cynehelm Press. The first two books are now widely available. Click for more info!
I got my start, and still continue to work, in poetry & short fiction across a variety of genres for a variaety of presses. Find out here about some of the "deep cuts" and rarer writings.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
A one-hour action/drama series that does away with the sparkle and relationship angst of being a vampire, and restores them to their place as cunning, highly political kings of the night. Two-part pilot complete; working on a series bible.
A somewhat Seussian re-imagining of Beowulf for younger readers and old readers (and ancient readers) alike. Written in four-beat alliterative Anglo-Saxon verse and Seussian long couplets at the same time. In progress.
A heart-wrenching (sometimes literally) revisionary fairy tale, loosely set in the historically murky Celtic Spain of the Dark Ages. Well on the way with more than 70,000 words.
THE SEASON OF THE CERULYN
Book II of the Travalaith Saga
The Season of the Cerulyn is NOW AVAILABLE
from Cynehelm Press!
The women of the Mages' Uprising were never known to take civil war lying down. But Catrine and her fellow war-widows are determined to do just that, avenging their lost husbands, lives, and innocence by engaging in a sustained campaign of seduction and espionage against the Travalaithi Empire that could change the course of the war.
But when Catrine falls in love with her hapless mark, and and both of them are thrown into a deadly conflict involving Aewyn and her roguish band of Havenari outriders, the lovestruck spy must choose once and for all where her true allegiance lies—and decide whether her heart belongs to the living or the dead.
Cynehelm Press, 2020, 518 pages
ISBN: 9781989542033 (hardcover)
ASIN: B085FVSFYK (Kindle ebook)