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Imperial Metals, Book One


Within the Hollow Crown


by Daniel Antoniazzi


Copyright 2013






Cover art by Raymond Minnaar, copyright 2013.


Map by Pheobe Boynton, copyright 2013.












All characters in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. And hilarious.


All events described in this book actually happened. Just not on our world.


Table of Contents


Title Page


Special Thanks

Very Special Thanks





Prologue: The Unique King


Book 1: Relics Lost

Chapter 1: The Toll at the Bridge

Chapter 2: Nothing But Steel

Chapter 3: A Glorious Quest Worthy of a Librarian

Chapter 4: Things To Talk About When Dining With The Count

Chapter 5: The Demographically Challenged

Chapter 6: Sarah

Chapter 7: The Trade Commission of Taverns and Inns

Chapter 8: Triangles

Chapter 9: A Noble In Name Only

Chapter 10: Alumnus

Chapter 11: Love Letters

Chapter 12: Bad Poetry


Book 2: Kings Slain

Chapter 13: Attack of the Turin-Sen

Chapter 14: An Uninvited Guest at the Wedding

Chapter 15: A Pirate in Name Only

Chapter 16: Knowledgeable Birds

Chapter 17: Alone

Chapter 18: A Man Of Habit

Chapter 19: The Regicide

Chapter 20: A Match Made In A Match Factory

Chapter 21: The World Crumbles

Chapter 22: The Gathering Tide

Chapter 23: Magic

Chapter 24: Under the Old Oak Tree

Chapter 25: The Wanderer

Chapter 26
: The Line of Kings

Chapter 27
: Is Dead


Book 3: Dreams Deferred

Chapter 28
: Heart Beats

Chapter 29
: Nobles, Ancestors, and Loyalties

Chapter 30: Really Good Salmon

Chapter 31: The Road to Recovery

Chapter 32: Things You Can’t Unsay

Chapter 33: Learning to Teach

Chapter 34: Over the Years

Chapter 35: The Lair of the Beast

Chapter 36: The End of the Lesson

Chapter 37: The Edge of the World

Chapter 38: Doctor’s Orders

Chapter 39: The Send-Off

Chapter 40: Threats Abroad

Chapter 41: The March


Book 4: Realms Uncharted

Chapter 42: Memory of Betrayal

Chapter 43: A History of Drentar

Chapter 44: Homecoming

Chapter 45: Unforgotten Memories

Chapter 46: A Moot Point

Chapter 47: Planning Ahead

Chapter 48: The Reasons

Chapter 49: Darkness

Chapter 50: Bedroom Politics

Chapter 51: Another Path

Chapter 52: Off the Map

Chapter 53: Men of the Kingdom

Chapter 54: Problem Number One

Chapter 55: The Worth of a Man


Book 5: Sights Unseen

Chapter 56: Insectus Jareld

Chapter 57: A Volunteer

Chapter 58: Language Barrier

Chapter 59: Farsight

Chapter 60: Injury Report

Chapter 61: The Gate

Chapter 62: Descendants

Chapter 63: Practice

Chapter 64: Twenty-Seven

Chapter 65: A Silence of Choice

Chapter 66: The Plank

Chapter 67: The Sacrifice

Chapter 68: The Words You Learn First

Chapter 69: Eternity

Chapter 70: The Duel

Chapter 71: Attack on the Queen

Chapter 72: Eye-Patch


Book 6: Darkness Braved

Chapter 73: The Numbers

Chapter 74: Overhead

Chapter 75: Heart of a Noble

Chapter 76: Tapestries

Chapter 77: Battle of the Turin-Sen

Chapter 78: The New Assignments

Chapter 79: Memories and Dreams

Chapter 80: Incoming

Chapter 81: Fighting Time

Chapter 82: The Lost King

Chapter 83: The Last Tactic

Chapter 84: The Writing on the Wall

Chapter 85: The Refugees

Chapter 86: Devesant


Book 7: Futures Forged

Chapter 87: The Siege

Chapter 88: The Eye of the Storm

Chapter 89: The Battle of Deliem

Chapter 90: The Unity Treaty

Chapter 91: Dark Magic

Chapter 92: The Toll at the Docks


Epilogue: The Tower at Goldmere


Coming Soon











Special Thanks to...


My Mom, Dad, and favorite sister (Irene) for believing in the book nonstop, even when the smart money was pointing the other way.


Irene, again, for finding the title.


Bobby Brimmer, for going first and proving there was nothing to fear. You can find his writing at his


Raymond Minnaar, for the cover art.
Find more of his art at his


Pheobe Boynton, for the map.
Find more of her art and costume design at her


Kristen Eaton, for liking the part with the juggling.


And a Very Special Thanks to...


Paul Loester, Jon Lum, Evan Piccarillo, Kevin Sheldon, and Sloane Yavarkovsky for being inspiring characters.



to my Mom and Dad.




For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground

nd tell sad stories of the death of kings;

How some have been deposed; some slain in war,

Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed;

Some poison'd by their wives: some sleeping kill'd;

All murder'd: for within the hollow crown

That rounds the mortal temples of a king

Keeps Death his court and there the antic sits,

Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp,

Allowing him a breath, a little scene,

To monarchize, be fear'd and kill with looks,

Infusing him with self and vain conceit,

As if this flesh which walls about our life,

Were brass impregnable, and humour'd thus

Comes at the last and with a little pin

Bores through his castle wall, and farewell king!


Richard II

William Shakespeare

Prologue: The Unique King


There’s nothing quite like the feeling of the wind in your hair as you fall from the North Tower of the Castle Anuen.

There’s also nothing quite like the abrupt, sickening thud that inevitably follows.

There had been many assassinations in the history of the Kingdom of Rone, but this one differed from all the others in three important ways. First of all, there had never been an attempt on the King’s life. Previous assassinations had targeted Dukes, Counts, Barons, and the occasional Yodeler, but nobody had ever been so ambitious as to off the King.

, none of the assassinations had been the result of defenestration. This particular detail would make the scholars very happy, since they had been forced to learn the meaning of the word “
” but never had an opportunity to use it.

And finally, the motive behind the assassination was unique. In all previous assassinations in the Kingdom, the motive involved moving someone up the line of
. In the case of King Vincent Rone, it was exactly the opposite.

King Vincent was a passable King, but certainly his death would play a bigger part in his legacy than anything he had done in life. Even then, his untimely and unique demise would only amount to a footnote in the history books. Because when the story is all told, it is about another King entirely, and about a sword called the Saintskeep.

But that comes later. To truly understand the scope of this event, we must begin our story three months earlier in the County of Arwall, in the southeast corner of the Kingdom of Rone…







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