All posts by Jon Sprunk

[GUEST POST] Jon Sprunk’s Inspirations for BLOOD AND IRON

Jon Sprunk is the author of the fantasy epic Blood and Iron as well as the Shadow Saga trilogy (Shadow’s Son, Shadow’s Lure, and Shadow’s Master). He’s also a mentor at the Seton Hill University fiction writing program. For more on his life and writing, check out

Inspirations for BLOOD AND IRON

by Jon Sprunk

The first book in my new epic fantasy series, Blood and Iron, came out in early March. Briefly, it’s about a war for freedom in an ancient land ruled by sorcery and powerful cults.

Today I’d like to tell you about what inspired me to tackle this series. Sources of inspiration are a tricky thing to track down. There are lots of reason why I why like to write, but why did I write this story specifically?
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[GUEST POST] Jon Sprunk on The World of Shadow

Jon Sprunk is the author of Shadow’s Son and Shadow’s Lure (Pyr Books). He lives in central Pennsylvania with his family. When he’s not killing off his characters, he enjoys traveling and watching pro football. For more about his writings, visit

The World of Shadow

Thank you to SF Signal for letting me drop by to give a behind-the-scenes look at the setting of my Shadow saga books.

My trilogy is set in an alternate fantasy world that loosely resembles Dark Ages Europe. The first book, Shadow’s Son, took place entirely in and around the city of Othir, capital of the Nimean Empire. Nimea is based partly on the late Roman Empire. She once ruled most of the continent, but wars, internal turbulence, and expansion by foreign powers have eroded her influence. The biggest blow to the empire’s power came about twenty years before the book starts, when an upstart new religion convinced the realm’s nobles to overthrow the reigning emperor, and then seized control for itself.

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