The Traveler's Handbook

A companion to the world of the cruel gods

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Part novella and part worldbuilding compendium, this Handbook will introduce you to the twelve domains and their mortal races ahead of the release of book one, The Thirteenth Hour!

Alternatively, this Handbook makes a great companion to read alongside the story once it launches this October.


The Travelers Handbook to Chime and Beyond

About the Traveler's Handbook

Welcome to Chime, the steam-powered magical city ruled by almighty gods! Whether you’re new to Chime or a regular visitor, this edition of the much beloved Handbook is your guide to our illustrious city, a city built from brick and brass. Home to mortals from across the twelve domains, Chime is full of opportunity for those seeking a new life away from the domains of the gods. But entering Chime can be daunting for the wary tourist unused to engaging in polite society! And if you’ve never met a mortal with the body of a fish or a lion, then how would you address them?

Don’t fear! The Traveler’s Handbook to Chime and Beyond will teach you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Chime and the mortals of the twelve domains, including queueing etiquette, how to board the trams and elevators, how to engage in small talk, the best places to eat and rest, and of course, where to pray and worship your god while you’re away!

And that’s not all! This Handbook will also teach you how to make the crossing into the domains of the gods and keep your mortal head intact!

Don’t delay! Grab your copy of the Handbook today! No sane mortal of Chime would leave their home without it!

Note: This copy of the Handbook is owned by Kayl, one of the main characters within The Cruel Gods. Set five years before the events of The Thirteenth Hour, you’ll find a few notes written from Kayl’s pen leading up to the events in book one!


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Additional Information

Series: Companion to The Cruel Gods Series

Genre: Gaslamp Fantasy

Age Range: Adult 18+ (Contains Some Swearing)

Book Type: Ebook

Pages: 151

Published: September 9, 2021

Edited By: Nia Quinn

About the Author

Trudie Skies is a British author who was born in Nottingham, the home of legends. There, she earned a certificate that names her as one of Robin Hood’s outlaws. Though thankfully, it can’t be held up in a court of law. Now living in North East England by the sea, she spends most of her free time daydreaming about clouds, pretending to be a knight, pirate, or wizard–depending on the weather–and chasing after her troublesome dogs who would like to reassure you they are very good boys.

She spends her less-than-free time behind a computer keyboard as an IT administrator, and she promises not to bore you with the details. Previously, she worked as a mobile game designer and tester, as well as a professional writer for video game websites. Many of her stories take inspiration from fantastical game worlds and a childhood spent devouring fantasy books.

Read more about Trudie.