Blood Dawn — John Robin’s popular epic fantasy novel

In a world where art is illegal, a weaver discovers her skill is a gateway to magic and the power of dragons, the key to restoring a god-king’s fallen empire. But will she rise to power before the ambitious destroy her?

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About Blood Dawn

Rena is a young woman with a magical ability expressed through weaving. She lives in the dark city of Gholheim, where a harsh government bent on the suppression of art forces her to practice her art in secret.

When her uncle exposes her gift to the ruling authorities, Rena is pulled against her will into the royal court, where she discovers her gift is in fact the sign of a birthright — she is the long-lost daughter of Azzadul, a god-king who once ruled the world far and wide.

Because of her identity, Rena is caught in the heart of intrigues hatched by ambitious men and women, some who wants to set her on the throne to rule as their puppet, others who want to kill her to prevent her from becoming too powerful. The worst of them, a rogue ruler of the Underworld who calls himself Zavram, wants to steal her power to amplify his own dark arts. If he succeeds, he will become like a god, more powerful than Azzadul.

Amid the struggle for power, Rena must master her gift, rise up above them all, and claim her destiny, but if she succeeds, will she restore her father’s vision? Or will the immensity of her power make her just as terrible as Zavram?

Read some of the opening chapters of Blood Dawn over at by clicking here.

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Blood Dawn is a grand fantasy epic told in the tradition of John’s favorite fantasy authors – J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, and George R.R. Martin – think Game of Thrones set in a more modern time with a fair helping of magic and Tolkien-esque myth-building. Rena’s story is at the heart of it, but there are six other characters whose lives are interconnected with hers, and John explores the theme of free expression versus conformity through each story line.

Blood Dawn was a real hit on, however recently John opted to pull it down so he could explore other options for its future.

What does he have in store for Blood Dawn? Some day, he hopes it will be one of the fantasy epics he can publish when he’s more established in his writing career. Meanwhile, he’s got a lot of novels to write and wants to improve more as a writer so that when its time to dust off Blood Dawn and write a second draft, he can do it the justice it deserves.

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