Author David Wellington (real name David Chandler) is best known for his zombie apocalypse novels called the Monster trilogy. His reputation as a horror writer goes further with his vampire series and werewolf series. Never before though, has he attempted to write and publish a fantasy series.
The Monster trilogy follows a group of people who survive when the undead overrun New York. It also shows what happened before, how the epidemic broke out, and the results of the spread of the disease.
Wellington’s newest books, to be called the Ancient Blade trilogy, starts with Den of Thieves. This new series differs drastically from his previous work as it takes place in medieval times and relies heavily on historical research of the time period. The book’s protagonist, Malden, is a thief who is very good at his job and catches the attention of a guild of thieves, but must first prove himself worthy of their ranks.
The books started off as a therapeutic project and Wellington had no intention of actually publishing them until a friend read over the manuscripts and convinced him to go for it. Always having been inspired by fantasy novels like J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and John Crowley’s Little Big, he decided to give it a try and found success as a first time fantasy writer.