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CHRONICLES OF THE GREAT PENINSULA ¶ By Dusk Peterson

Chronicles of the Great Peninsula presents an epic tale of gods, adventure, friendship, romance, and betrayal.

Koretia, Emor, and Daxis were all founded on the same day, but as the centuries have passed, the Three Lands of the Great Peninsula have become increasingly divided by religion, government, and culture. If a god were to appear in the Three Lands, would his appearance bring an end to the fighting between nations? Or would he merely help to spark an inferno of war?

While tensions mount, friendship and romance bloom as the people of the Three Lands struggle to survive.

A cycle of mythic fantasy series about a battle between cultures, Chronicles of the Great Peninsula is set at a time when a centuries-old civilization is in danger of being destroyed. The cycle is inspired by conflicts between nations during Late Antiquity.

Updated December 2021.


Contents

Free series cycle starter: Hidden Blade.

THE THREE LANDS. He vowed himself to his god. Now the god is growing impatient . . . ¶ The Three Lands is a mythic fantasy series on friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace. The series is inspired by conflicts between nations during the final years of the Roman Empire.


THE THOUSAND NATIONS. In a shattered world of warriors and barbarisms, only the deepest ties of friendship and romance can protect them. That, and a god they may not be able to trust. ¶ The Thousand Nations is a mythic fantasy series about what happens after the fall of a civilization. The series is inspired by conflicts between nations during the Dark Ages.

Chronicles of the Great Peninsula resources. Map, chronology, pronunciation guide, family tree, and fanworks.

Progress report. Status of upcoming stories.


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Hidden Blade

His father is a dull farmer. His mother is a dull farmer's wife. He seems destined for similarly dull life.

But then a stranger appears in their village, and suddenly the talk is of soldiers and spies and secrets and gods. Will he be able to break free of his father's legacy and make a bold dash to a life of his own?

This is a starter story for the Chronicles of the Great Peninsula cyle. It includes major spoilers for Law Links and Death Mask. Free at all bookstores except at Amazon, where it is 99c.

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THE THREE LANDS: a Chronicles of the Great Peninsula series ¶ By Dusk Peterson

He vowed himself to his god. Now the god is growing impatient . . .

The Three Lands is a fantasy series on friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace. The series is inspired by conflicts between nations during the final years of the Roman Empire.

Series page for The Three Lands at Archive of Our Own, with full blurbs and tags (which may spoiler earlier stories in the series).

Table of contents to the Three Lands titles below.


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Law Links

Few events are more thrilling in a young man's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought.

Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his world and send him fleeing to a new and perilous life.

Volume contents

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1 | God of Vengeance. "Sometimes I feel that he is as mysterious as the gods, and that he is hiding something of vital importance from me. Something that would transform my life."

2 | The Sword. "But what if I were to reverse the picture? What if I were to become the jackal and pursue them?"

3 | God of Mercy. "I felt a deep stillness enter into me then, one I hadn't felt for many weeks – one I hadn't felt since the last time Fenton and I spoke. I understood."

4 | The Bird. "The slaves are a second mystery."

5 | God of Judgment. "'Spies don't fight – remember that.'"

6 | The Balance. "'You asked whether you could do anything for me; now comes the moment when I must take up your offer.'"

Side stories to Law Links

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Wildfire. He was a loyal servant of the god. But even loyal servants have their limits.

Famine or Feast. Adrian knew that friendship was a fundamental custom of all mankind. Or so he thought, until his closest friend discovered a mysterious journal.

Season of Dangerous Peace. His village is dead, his baron broken beyond mending. Now, as the year reaches the season of peace, the baron's heir must decide whether to keep his family hidden, safe from the blood feud that is ravaging their kingdom, or to enter danger in quest of a higher goal.



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Death Mask

For eighteen years, he has survived in an army unit where few soldiers live more than two or three years. Now he finds himself in circumstances where his life is a living hell. Will the soldier who defied death find that life is too great a challenge?

Soldiers, spies, slaves, rebels, assassins, gods, and men who set out to break him . . . The Lieutenant of the Border Mountain Patrol will learn that his greatest test is himself.

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1 | Acknowledgment Whistle. "When I was nine years old, my father told me that a man's life is determined by fate, and that any attempt to escape that fate can only result in a twisted spirit."

2 | Probable Danger Whistle. "I knew, of course, that the chances of our meeting again were next to nothing, but stranger events had happened in my life, strengthening my belief in fate."

3 | Immediate Danger Whistle. "I reflected that this was one fate I had not expected."

4 | End of Hunt Whistles: Alive, Dead, and Lost. "'Somehow our fates must be bound together.'"



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Blood Vow

He has taken a blood vow to the Jackal God to bring freedom to his land by killing Koretia's greatest enemy. But what will he do when the enemy becomes his friend?

Thrust into exile and pain, young Andrew has no choice but to accept the friendship of the very person he had vowed to kill. When he returns with his friend to his homeland fifteen years later, though, he finds himself in a land of conflicting loyalties . . . where a vengeful god awaits him.

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1 | The Gods' Land. "I had come to tell him, in the cheerful manner boys have, that our world was about to be destroyed."

2 | Land of the Chara. "'If I were to take him, in three months you would find him thinking and acting like a civilized Emorian. If you know how to discipline a slave, as I do, such transformations are accomplished with ease.'"

3 | The Look of the Chara. "'You have not been raped or killed or enslaved, or watched as your city was destroyed on the orders of the Chara.'"

4 | Land of the Jackal. "'I hope that you do not allow this visit to confuse your carefully acquired Emorian sensibilities as to the proper definition of loyalty.'"

5 | The Eyes of the Jackal. "'The only way in which to bring peace is to find this Koretian rebel-leader and kill him.'"

6 | The God's Land. "'If you cannot serve me, then you must be my captive.'"



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Law of Vengeance

For over twenty years, Lord Carle has told the heir to the Emorian throne that vengeance is only the other side of mercy, and that disobedience and treachery should never be forgiven. Finally it seems that his message has been received. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that Carle should have chosen this moment to break the law.

As war threatens and the foundations of his life crumble, his only hope for rescue lies with a man who has every reason to hate Carle.

Honor: Honorable Mention, One Perfect Score category, in the Rainbow Awards 2012.

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1 | Introduction of Terms. "For many years, I have wished to make a memoir of my life to pass on to future generations of Emorians who desire to learn what it means to have complete dedication to the Chara and his law. This is not to be the memoir I intended, but I find the time passing slowly here in the Chara's dungeon . . ."

2 | Description. "One does not immediately accuse an ambassador of crimes. I let my sword-hand fall, but I kept the sword at my side . . ."

3 | Justification. "'You may leave your sword with me. The Chara prefers that those who are summoned to his judgment arrive unarmed.'"

4 | Cases. "Three months after the Koretian Ambassador came to the palace, I was bidden to the Chara's quarters and arrived there to find the Chara pacing back and forth against the hearth, his eyes cold with rage."

5 | Sentences. "It was a darkness I could not escape from, a darkness that ate all sound and light, a darkness that filled my lungs and heart so that I could not breathe and I could not feel pain or any other sensation. I knew that I had brought this darkness down upon myself . . ."

6 | Sacrifice. "What I could give him now was small in comparison to what he had given me."

Side stories to Blood Vow and Law of Vengeance

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The Fire Before. The god's fire is fierce, but not as fierce as the god's wrath if you turn away.

Re-creation: gift for a slave. What can you give a slave who, by law, can own nothing?

Free-man's Blade. Free-men are the backbone of Emor: the men who run and protect the empire. But when a young servant finds himself unexpectedly vaulted into manhood, he must decide how he will use his power, and who will pay the price of his decision.

Guise. Daxis is the land of bards and of truths too painful to be faced. When a man in the guise of a Koretian trader visits Daxis for his own purposes, he is confronted with memories of a battle from the past, as well as a challenge for his future.



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Breached Boundaries

The boundaries of rank declare that Serva can be a princess or she can be a slave. But for the baseborn daughter of the King of Daxis, life is not that simple.

Forced to be a tool in a battle waged by her land's unstable King and his dangerously devious heir, Serva cannot even find refuge among her fellow slaves. Instead, she secretly explores the hidden portions of the palace. In this way, she meets an imprisoned spy who is scheduled for execution.

But when a simmering war bubbles to the surface, Serva must choose where her loyalties lie. She must also solve the mystery of the spy's past, and of her own future.

Volume contents

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1 | Adversaries. "Lying on my stomach in the passage, I held my breath. Knowing the man who spoke, I had no doubts as to what he was suggesting."

2 | Challenge. "What kept me back was the knowledge that the Song Spirit had sent my father her command, and in some manner my father was about to disobey it."

3 | Stakes. "It hammered through the air like a battering ram, it gathered energy like a fist about to strike, and then it swooped past me in the form of grey-uniformed soldiers."

4 | Battle. "'The Prince wants you,' declared the sublieutenant."

5 | Settlement. "In silent agreement, we turned and fled through the first open door."

6 | Surrender. "'For a woman who spends most of her time listening to other people talk,' he said, 'you have a special talent for always saying the right thing.'"

Side stories to Breached Boundaries

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In the Spirit. Prince Richard has a high office in the army, a ruler who trusts him, and a loyal subordinate. He also has a murderer who is likely to kill him one of these days. Amidst the many uncertainties of his life, can Richard count on love, or will that become yet another treachery?

Law-Lover. Being the Army and Palace Records of Carle son of Verne.



Empty Dagger Hand

Dolan is a quiet young man who spends his days working as a scribe. So why does he have a dagger hidden within his clothing?

When Dolan's hidden life turns to disaster, he must make his way alone through a warring world of many enemies and few allies. Figuring out which men are his allies will take time, and not much time is left.

As an empire crumbles and civilization is threatened, Dolan must use all his wits to survive, for only he can bring to safety the greatest treasure in the Three Lands.

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Side stories to Empty Dagger Hand

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Bard of Pain. In the battle-weary lands of the Great Peninsula, only one fate is worse than being taken prisoner by the Lieutenant: being taken prisoner if you are the Lieutenant.

The Night Watch. They are the elite unit of the Northern Army, and their power is growing. But what they need is more than power: they need wisdom.

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Mystery. Three days ago he faced death by fire. Now he faces a bigger challenge.



THE THOUSAND NATIONS: a Chronicles of the Great Peninsula series ¶ By Dusk Peterson

In a shattered world of warriors and barbarisms, only the deepest ties of friendship and romance can protect them. That, and a god they may not be able to trust.

The Thousand Nations is a fantasy series about what happens after the fall of a civilization. The series is inspired by conflicts between nations during the Dark Ages.

The series is part of the Chronicles of the Great Peninsula cycle. 

Table of contents to the Thousand Nations titles below.

 


Search for the Jackal (Volume 1 of The Thousand Nations)

When a young man named Dolan flees from the north, he finds danger on all sides. The Northern Army wants him back. The Empire of Emor wants him dead. His native homeland of Koretia may not want him at all. And his only protection is a man with motives that are mysterious and possibly deadly.

To remain alive, Dolan must forge alliances, cement friendships, break and heal a killer, and seek a lost god. Most of all, he must decide what his goal is and how high a price he is willing to pay to achieve that goal.

Upcoming. To receive notice of new fiction, subscribe to Dusk Peterson's e-mail list, blog, or Patreon account. See also the progress report on upcoming fiction in this series.



Resources for Chronicles of the Great Peninsula

Map of the Three Lands of the Great Peninsula.

Chronology of the Great Peninsula. A timeline, updated whenever a new novel or story in Chronicles of the Great Peninsula is issued. It includes spoilers for political events but not for events in the lives of individual characters.

Pronunciation Guide to Proper Names in the Great Peninsula. Includes an MP3 file.

Peter's Family Tree. An Emorian royal genealogy for the period of the Late Charas. Includes minor spoilers for Law Links and Blood Vow.

The Three Lands research. Blog entries made by me on research for the series.

Shared Universes: Works set in the Great Peninsula world by other authors and artists.



Progress report: status of upcoming stories

Updated December 2021. All titles and ordering are tentative at this point.

Three Lands volumes.


Three Lands side stories.

Search for the Jackal (Thousand Nations volume).

  1. Writing completed; being edited.
  2. Writing completed; being edited.
  3. Writing completed; being edited.
  4. Writing completed; being edited.
  5. In progress.
  6. In progress.
  7. In progress.
  8. In progress.


Thousand Nations side stories.



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