Kenneth McDonald


I am an education consultant who works for state government in the area of curriculum. Prior to my current job, I taught American and world history at a number of colleges and universities in California, Georgia, and South Carolina. I started writing fiction in graduate school. In addition to my novels and short works, I have written a lot of serialized fantasy fiction that has been posted on the Story Hour forum at the Dungeons & Dragons fan site, including stories placed in the Forgotten Realms, Shackled City, and Rappan Athuk settings. These stories have collectively received over two thousand reader posts and three hundred thousand page views. I am also an active member of the player community for the multiplayer computer game Neverwinter Nights, and have released over two dozen modules for that game on the Neverwinter Vault Web site. My doctorate is in European history, and I live with my wife, who is an attorney, in Sacramento, California.

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The Graves Crew
This series of stories features the adventures of a collection of losers who serve in the army of the Duke. They are the ones assigned to the most dangerous, grimy, and unenviable jobs. But the members of this gang of misfits and rejects have a surprising number of hidden talents.
The Mages of Sacreth
The Mage Kingdom of Sacreth is led by practitioners of magic, men and women who use special devices that allow them to safely focus the wild and potent power of magic. The series focuses on the adventures of Keric Olwyhn, scroll mage and professor of magic at the University of Sacreth, as he is drawn into the plots and dangers that threaten the Mage Kingdom.

The Labyrinth

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Of Spells and Demons

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Of Blood and Magic

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Of Steel and Sorcery

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Soul Weapons
These books tell the story of the Wolves, a mercenary company that is tasked with tracking down artifacts infused with human souls by wizards trafficking in forbidden magic.

Wizard's Shield

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Soul of the Sword

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Wizard's Stone

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Tales of the Soul Weapons

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The Dwarf on the Mountain

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Refugees of the Crucible
Spacer Kevan "Mac" McDougal finds himself trapped on a planet where no powered systems function. Along with the survivors of other crashed ships, including the remnants of a long-lost human colony, Mac must learn to survive on a harsh world locked in a permanent winter, a planet that hides a number of deadly secrets.


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Balance of Power

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Grimm Trilogy

Grimm's War

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Grimm's Loss

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Grimm's Love

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The Graves Crew and the Magical Forest
Series: The Graves Crew. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,070. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
In this fifth entry in the “Graves Crew” series, the band of misfit laborers is united again, this time on a secret mission in search of a powerful source of magic. Accompanied by a white mage, the crew must enter the mysterious Graemewyld to find a weapon that could end the war for good. But the forest does not tolerate intrusions, and the Baron's minions are already seeking the same prize.
The Graves Crew and the Road of Doom
Series: The Graves Crew. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,580. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Graves Crew has split up. Without their leader, the men of the crew face what might be their toughest challenge yet: building a road up an almost sheer mountain. Meanwhile Graves, alone with Keev in the Duke’s capital of Kalvanis, finds that danger also lurks in the heart of the White Order’s power, a hidden enemy that wants to use him to advance its own agenda.
The Graves Crew and the Firestar Amulet
Series: The Graves Crew. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,610. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Graves and his crew of misfits and ne'er-do-wells has been assigned the task of building a fortress overlooking the town of Raviston, just captured by the army of the Duke. It's just another job for the labor crews on the bottom rung of the Duke's forces, but Graves and his men have learned the hard way that there's no such thing as an easy job in this war.
The Graves Crew and the Damned Dam
Series: The Graves Crew. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,000. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
After surviving a night when the dead rose from their graves to attack the living, building a dam shouldn’t have been much of a challenge. But for Graves and his crew of misfits and rejects, their new job is anything but simple. Between natural hazards, saboteurs, and a mysterious threat from the river itself, the men of the labor crew once again find themselves in a desperate fight for survival.
Of Steel and Sorcery
Series: The Mages of Sacreth. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,220. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Keric Olwyhn has survived demons, evil sorcerers, and the deadly perils of the Labyrinth. But in this final installment of the “Mages of Sacreth” series, Keric must confront a threat more dangerous than any he’s faced before. Keric and the Border Wardens must embark on one more mission into a hostile land, where even their powerful magic may not be enough to defeat an ancient foe and escape alive.
The Graves Crew and the Restless Dead
Series: The Graves Crew. Price: Free! Words: 37,920. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Graves's job is to put people in the ground, but only after someone else has done the hard work of killing them first. His crew of misfits and rejects is used to laboring without the prospect of wealth or glory, but in the aftermath of one particularly costly battle they find themselves facing more than they bargained for when the dead decide that they don’t want to stay in the ground.
Of Blood and Magic
Series: The Mages of Sacreth. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,070. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Two years have passed since scroll mage Keric Olwyhn and Border Warden Coran Vasey defeated the demon-summoning sorcerers of the Academy. The two men have been sent to different frontiers of Sacreth, one as a diplomat, the other as a soldier. But Keric and Coran find themselves facing a new threat with an old pedigree, an enemy willing to use forbidden magic to achieve its goals.
The Dwarf on the Mountain
Series: Soul Weapons. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110,050. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Violetta Usken has decided that something must be done to stop the bandits who come to her village every year. But when the girl finds no one willing to listen, she turns to the solitary dwarf living on the mountain. Her people’s stories say that the old man has magic powers, but he also holds secrets that include a danger far greater than the problems of one troubled village.
Balance of Power
Series: Refugees of the Crucible. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,190. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Mac and Lessa McDougal have left the frozen world of Crucible and relocated to Epsilon Station to join the research effort into the AI that held them captive. But when a huge alien ship equipped with the same power-dampening technology enters the galaxy and starts destroying human fleets and colonies, they join a desperate effort to uncover the secrets hidden on Crucible before it is too late.
Series: Refugees of the Crucible. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,560. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Spacer Kevan “Mac” McDougal has spent the last two years stranded on the frozen planet Crucible. The AI that held Mac and the other survivors of past crashes captive is gone, but when a League ship finally arrives, it brings news of a new threat rather than rescue. Mac must lead the survivors of the colony in a desperate fight against an insectoid alien race with its own plans for Crucible.
Tales of the Soul Weapons
Series: Soul Weapons. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,230. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
“Tales of the Soul Weapons” is a collection of novella-length stories about a mercenary company tasked with tracking down a deadly collection of quasi-intelligent magical artifacts. Valen’s Wolves must rely upon their skill at arms, wits, and magic to overcome weapons that have the power to turn allies into enemies and friend into foe.
Wizard's Stone
Series: Soul Weapons. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,680. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Valen Wolvren has done well for himself. At twenty-five he has everything he wants: wealth, love, and the fame of leading his own mercenary company. That fame is likely to grow as Valen’s Wolves return from the North having defeated a notorious warlord and the wizard behind his bid for power. But Valen is about to find out that magic can remain deadly and strike out from beyond the grave.
Shiny Golden Schemes
Series: The Colors of Fate. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,020. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The war between Albestin and the orcs is over, and Carzen, Mara, and the Feldergrass cousins settle into the aftermath. But Carzen finds that his past will not let go of him so easily, while Beetle is drawn into a conspiracy amongst the city’s brotherhood of thieves. The companions must band together once more and defeat their own demons in order to save their adopted city from disaster.
Soul of the Sword
Series: Soul Weapons. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 57,640. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Dalevan Wolvren gave up the power and wealth of a noble title to serve as the mercenary leader of one of the north’s most famed free companies. But after a clash with his latest employer ends badly, the Wolf must find a way to escape the wrath of one of the most powerful lords of the north while at the same time trying to solve the mystery of a magical weapon that can turn friends into enemies.
Series: Refugees of the Crucible. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 132,870. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Captain Kevan "Mac" McDougal chose a solitary life by choice, running freight across the vast empty reaches of interstellar space. But his self-imposed isolation from the rest of the galaxy goes an unexpected step further when his ship runs into an anomaly in a distant star system. Mac’s ship crashes, and he finds himself trapped on a hostile planet where no powered systems function.
Blazing White Stars
Series: The Colors of Fate, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,050. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Caught in the middle of an orc invasion, Carzen Zelos and Mara Lendoran are drawn into a mission that might be the only hope for the coastal kingdom of Albestin. Accompanied by the Feldergrass cousins and a White priestess, Carzen and Mara must confront the raw power of the Tainted and corrupted magic before they can face the sinister power behind the rising orcs.
Faded Yellow Dreams
Series: The Colors of Fate, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,400. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Jaron Feldergrass has returned home after the defeat of the humans who enslaved his people. But life in the hauflin village of Fairhollow has lost some of its appeal, and when some old companions arrive with an offer of adventure he once again leaves his home behind. But neither Jaron nor his human friends are aware that their expedition is heading right into the heart of a brewing war.
Red Vengeance Rising
Series: The Colors of Fate, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 57,410. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Jaron Feldergrass has found the humans who have captured his people, but is too late to stop the kidnappers. While the general-turned-mercenary K’rol Vhael leads his strike team deeper into the mountains, Jaron and his cousin Beetle must find their own way and their own allies. Against them stands a Red priest and his unnatural minions, and a mad plot that threatens the entire Cinder Valley.
Green Hearts Weep
Series: The Colors of Fate, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,040. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
After clashing with a band of vicious bandits near Whiteridge, hauflin scout Jaron Feldergrass returns home to his village of Fairhollow to find that the raiders bear grudges. Jaron and his off-kilter cousin Beetle join with a company of human soldiers in pursuit of the slavers who have taken his people hostage, but in their search they find a deeper threat that endangers the entire valley.
Black Shadows Gather
Series: The Colors of Fate, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 39,450. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Hauflin farmer Jaron Feldergrass has had enough of the world outside his village, a world dominated by the violent humans and populated with monsters. But when his brother Jayse is murdered by bandits, Jaron must take up his bow and knife and leave Fairhollow again for that wider world. The first book of "The Colors of Fate" series.
Grimm's Love
Series: Grimm Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,410. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Former Border Warden Eldwen Grimm lives a quiet life, alone with his regrets. Grimm’s retirement is interrupted when a student mage comes to him with a wild theory and a dangerous hope. Grimm must confront the magic he has long feared on a desperate rescue mission into the Labyrinth. What’s at stake, he learns, is more than just one life. Part of the "Mages of Sacreth" series.
Grimm's Loss
Series: Grimm Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,650. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
For generations, an uneasy peace has persisted between the mage-kingdom of Sacreth and the Sokhal Empire. For Border Warden Eldwen Grimm, "peace" has been a relative term. Having spent his adult life protecting the people of Sacreth, he wants nothing more than to enjoy a quiet future with his family. But Grimm's new assignment will prove to be more than the sleepy posting he'd hoped for.
Grimm's War
Series: Grimm Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 80,830. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Border Warden Eldwen Grimm and Shield Mage Miranda Hael come from different worlds. They come together on a mission to a mining outpost within the mysterious and dangerous Forever Wood. The forest has never been a welcoming place, but the arrival of the young soldier and mage comes as a dark power is stirring within the Wood, one that is eager to destroy both them and everything they stand for.
Courage of a Champion
Series: Daran's Journey, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,190. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The finale of the "Daran's Journey" series. The armies of the barony of Aldrem have invaded deep into the lands of its rival Evros. But a far more serious threat is gathering. Daran and Arla lead a small company of young recruits on a mission into the heart of the enemy's lands to rescue Jaros, who has fallen into the hands of the demon that truly rules Aldrem.
Will of a Warrior
Series: Daran's Journey, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,260. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
In the third volume of "Daran’s Journey," the rival baronies of Evros and Aldrem continue their headlong rush toward war. Drafted into the army of Evros, Daran finds himself trapped in the role of reluctant warrior on the front lines of that brewing conflict. Against him and his fellow soldiers stand the rising power of Aldrem and the enigmatic Lord Harzan, who like Daran has a dark secret.
Soul of a Coward
Series: Daran's Journey, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,540. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Gifted—or cursed—with a unique ability to cheat death, Daran’s life has followed a tumultuous course since he was forced to flee the village of his birth. In this sequel to “Heart of a Hero,” war is brewing between the baronies of Evros and Aldrem. Sought by men who would kill for his secret, Daran learns that staying alive is more complicated than just avoiding death.
Wizard's Shield
Series: Soul Weapons. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,340. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Sovereign is a magical shield that gains awareness in a wizard’s laboratory, imbued with consciousness but without any knowledge of who or what it is. Given to a warlord seeking power over the chaotic northern lands, the shield struggles to come to grips with its existence, tormented by scraps of memory from what feels like a past life.
Fall of Creation
Series: The Godswar, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 274,700. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In the final book of The Godswar trilogy, the mad god Hailidel is nearing the fruition of his plan to undo the work of the Creator and seize the greatest power of the universe for himself. But even as Hailidel moves his mortal pawns into position for the final push, the other gods’ Chosen are rallying their own forces to stop him.
Choice of the Fallen
Series: The Godswar, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 136,250. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
In Book 2 of the Godswar trilogy, a cloud of war is gathering over the Rorean continent. The god Hailidel and his allies have seized the initiative, advancing their destructive plans through their mortal agents. Can the rest of the Nine, and their Chosen, recover in time to stop them?
Paths of the Chosen
Series: The Godswar, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 180,240. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The head of one of the world's great religions. An imprisoned thief. A humble healer, sworn to nonviolence. These men are among those chosen by the gods, tasked to seek out an enemy that could ultimately threaten all existence. But that enemy has chosen its own mortal soldiers, and battle lines are being drawn in a war that could ultimately claim both gods and men. Book 1 of The Godswar trilogy.
Heart of a Hero
Series: Daran's Journey, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 69,290. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Circumstances beyond his control force Daran to become a fugitive. He joins a small group of priests who have been sent to investigate odd happenings on the wild northern frontier of Evros. Gifted, or cursed, with a unique ability to cheat death, Daran must aid the priests with their own quest, while he fights both to stay alive and find out what is happening to him.
Of Spells and Demons
Series: The Mages of Sacreth. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 102,150. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A demon attacks an outlying settlement in the mage-kingdom of Sacreth. The wizard Keric Olwyhn is sent to track the source of the attack, along with a hand-picked team of elite Border Wardens. Armed with the most potent magic that Sacreth can provide, Keric and the Wardens must confront and overcome not only demons, but dark magic and treachery as they try to unmask the cabal behind the incursion.
The Labyrinth
Series: The Mages of Sacreth. Price: Free! Words: 19,010. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
This fantasy novella tells the story of a young wizard who participates in a magical competition that goes fundamentally wrong, pitting him and his fellow competitors against a deadly maze in a desperate struggle for survival. The novella is a prequel to the full-length novel Of Spells and Demons.

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