The Svalavold Saga

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Now that I’ve turned in the second draft of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, I’ve been playing around with my middle grade project. Along with working on the background of the tale, I’ve been working on the names of the series and of the books themselves. For an adult novel, I’d probably try to work up something elegant and slightly complex. But for a middle grade novel, I’d like it to be short and catchy.

The series as a whole I’m thinking will be The Svalavold Saga. (Translated it means the swallowed worlds saga.) And with the books, I’m shooting for quick, catchy, easy-to-remember titles. I’ve included them below, and for a bit of fun, I’m curious which ones you like the best (if any!).

First, here’s a survey on the series name.

And second, here’s one for the individual titles. Just click your favorites and submit your vote. Thanks for your thoughts!


  1. Jon R.

    May 13, 2014 at 9:11 am

    My four year old son and I scored second place in the book tree contest over at Staffers last year, and Justin said he didn’t think he’d be able to get me a copy of 12 kings from you at ConFusion, seeing as you hadn’t written it yet. Glad to hear about this middle grade project, because I live in Japan and my four year old is going to get weaker in English without some good reading material as he gets older. If this is released around 2016 then he’ll be six, and maybe I can read it to him. Hopefully by then he’s not afraid of monsters any more.

    • Brad

      May 13, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Thanks, Jon. I hope to start shopping this (or, to be more accurate, I hope to have my agent shop it) later this year. But I have to finish it first!

      Twelve Kings is turned in in second draft form. Still working on edits for a hopefully final third draft. We’re shooting for a 2015 release, but the date has yet to be confirmed.