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Monday, June 15, 2020

Guest Post: The Fantastical World Of Perilisc: A Reader Compendium For The Works of Jesse Teller


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Today is the day for a surprise release from my world. It is a shock to most, but a few were given fair warning. The only people who knew I would be releasing a book today were those subscribed to my newsletter.

Today I release Legends of Eastgate, the third book in the Legends series. All the Legends books are collections of short stories and novellas, some tightly linked, others not. Legends of Eastgate is meant to be read alongside Legends of the Exiles. With today’s release we find ourselves halfway through Act One of my world. I’d like to talk about the concept behind my writing and the inspiration that brought it to be.

The concept of my work is very simple. The reader decides their level of involvement. In a lot of big series, you have to read a large stack of books in order to enjoy it. I wanted to get around that. I wanted to be able to tell a large story but allow readers the freedom to read just part of it. I wrote five series, each separate and containing one story. But when shuffled together in chronological order, they would tell one long tale, with scores of story threads woven into it.

The reader is able to choose if they want to read just one series and get a complete story, if they want to go digging for stories around the series they’ve chosen, or if they want to read a large number of books for the full scope of my work. When talking about it like this, it gets confusing, so let me give you an example. Let’s look at The Manhunters series.


This is, on the surface, a story about a man who puts together a crew of people to hunt down escaped criminals. If that interests you, you can read the trilogy, get a satisfying conclusion, and you will have read the abridged story of the Manhunters. But if you are looking for every nuance, the backstory of every character, you can dig a little deeper.

You can prepare yourself for the first book of The Manhunters by reading other books in the timeline before it. If you really want to know everything there is to know about the Manhunters story, then you have the option of starting at Legends of Perilisc. It’ll give you backstory behind one of the characters and with that in hand, you can enter the trilogy. But you still won’t have the whole tale. In order to get the entire scope of The Manhunters series, you must also read Legends of the Exiles, Legends of Eastgate, Liefdom, Onslaught of Madness, Wrath of Madness, Crisis of Fate, Plight of Madness (releasing October 5, 2020), and Fate of Madness (releasing April 15, 2021), then you’re ready for books 1-3 of The Manhunters. The more information you want to gather to prepare yourself for the entire story, the more you can read, the more tomes you can sort through.


So, I’ve put together a graphic that will guide you through a few of the storylines and character arcs. If you’re interested in the Hoodsmen, follow the red line and it will take you through every book you need to read in order to understand that group of villainous heroes. This small collection of storylines gives you a taste of what we’re looking at here, to allow you to read just one series or everything that leads up to it and everything that comes after. As it stands, we are halfway through the first act. I have three planned, but I’m not ready to talk about them. What I can say is that you can read Act One by itself and get one satisfying, complete story, or you will be able to line them all up and see the full scope of the worlds I’ve created.

I’ve had to release my books as series, even though this took me out of chronological order. I did it this way because, if I released them in chronological order, I would have to release book one, and it would be many years before the next book of that series came out. I was unwilling to do that. There is, in the fantasy genre, a growing frustration for long waits between books, and I did not want to force that upon my readers.

Now there exists on my website a timeline that pulls apart the short stories found in the Legends series and shuffles them in chronological order among the novels. It is possible, if you’re willing to jump between books, to read Act One in the order it is occurring. This is possible because every story I publish begins with a year, a year lined up around one great event.

With my work, I have been able to free the reader of the commitment of reading every single book in my world, to allow them to pick and choose what stories they want to read and which characters they want to follow. I hope this gives readers the comfort and freedom to decide their level of involvement. So use this graphic and choose the stories you want to read about. As we go along, I’ll add more every six months. And maybe on days like today, a little extra.

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Official Author Website

Official Author Information: Jesse Teller has loved fantasy since the age of five. It has gone from love to hobby to professional life. He now spends his time writing novels and short stories in a fantasy world of his creation. Here you can find his thoughts on the genre, samplings of his work, and his process in creating it. Jesse Teller lives in Missouri. He hasn’t always, but like storytelling, it snuck into his bones. He fell in love with fantasy when he played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. His books explore violent issues without flinching.


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Official Book Blurb: Eastgate is a city of exiles ruled by the last survivors of a royal clan. Though most residents have been banished from their mountain tribes, they are not without pride or might. In this companion collection to Legends of the Exiles, heroes will fall as the next generation rises. War brings the tribes together against a new enemy, and all hope for peace rests on hatred and guile.

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