Hello, my name is Shant Karadjian, and I enjoy creating fantastical worlds of magic and intrigue.
A long time ago, when we were teens, my brother (Kayl) and I dreamed of telling stories about man-eating demons and epic battles of sword fighting and spell slinging. Back then, our naive eyes were set on providing these tales through comics. We were so engrossed in comic books and manga that we salivated at the thought of creating our own comic. But neither of us were particularly talented with the visual arts, and sooner than I care to admit, we had given up. From time to time we would revisit our dreams with new-found hope to one day publish our work, building upon the world in which our characters would thrive–or die. Over the years this world of ours continued to grow until it became what it is today: Ashkar. And one evening, as I enjoyed my read of an article about fantasy literature, it dawned onto me to express Ashkar through writing. Ever since that moment, I have worked tirelessly to pen (more like type!) our lore onto the pages of my first novel Birth of Blackheart. It’s been a long road, but we’ve finally arrived.
I would like to take this time to welcome you to our website. You will find that as time passes, these pages will be filled with more information about us (Kayl and I), about our world (Ashkar), and our novels. Just to be clear, Kayl and I will be writing separately, though our characters and their adventures will occur within the same world. I’d also like to let you in on our plans for the blog posts that follow. Things to look forward to are: book updates, author interviews, character interviews (more on this later), fan giveaways, lore dumps, behind-the-making tidbits, book reviews and so much more! We hope you enjoy what we have to offer.
Personally, I plan to write here twice a week, so stay tuned! I’m sure Kayl will post on days I don’t.
If you’re not aware, the first novel of my Rise of the Executioner trilogy will be out soon. I’d love for you to give it a read and let me know what you think with some honest reviews! You’ll find it on most online retailers!