The Alkoryn Chronicles Artwork

Hello readers,

I have been rather busy learning a new skill over the past month and have been creating some digital art. As each week has passed I think my skills have improved. Being able to visualise and create art based on the world I have created feels like a great privilege and it is fun, it’s also aiding my writing. I’ll show you some of my favourite ones and add a little bit of the story behind them.



This one depicts the low sun over Alkoryn. The sun never actually sets, but rises and falls in a high sun, low sun rhythm. The high sun being what would be considered midday and the low sun at night during the sleeping hours. The land of Alkoryn was influenced by the Shire (Lord of the Rings), a humble, isolated place with a community who enjoy a simple life.  I explain the science behind the low sun and high sun in a previous blog post: The planet Solnyx and its light side. The idea for this world just sparked out of my imagination, but since then I have tried to validate my idea with some scientific research. Although my book is a fantasy/sci-fi, I still want it to be feasible and possible.


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The body on the beach. We’re introduced to this very early on in Part I. No one knows where it came from or how it happened to wash ashore on the Galunda Bay. Strapped to its chest is a mysterious tablet. What does it all mean?



The lagus, an animal that resembles a rabbit, although it has a somewhat donkey-like head and a small goats stature. They reside in mound hills atop the cliffs near Lybas. They may look quite adorable, but they can be vicious and territorial, they live in extended family communities. They’re featured in the book when the Alkoryns travel to Port Draclyn.



These cute little things, known as bobbles, are native to a planet known as Elyon, which is briefly mentioned in Part I and features more in Part III. The idea for them was purely imaginative with an influence from Star Trek’s Tribbles, their faces are actually hard to find behind their fur but I thought a round ball of pink fluff wouldn’t be much to look at, considering their faces are so adorable.



Okay, enough of the cute, time for the fierce beasts. This is a tygrisa featured in Part I when Miah has a flashback to when Daimeh was young. An exciting scene takes place which I shall not spoil for you. The tygrisa is a sort of big cat with scales, talons and a hint of a snake. They usually strategically hunt in threes communicating via hisses. They are very deadly and anyone who faces one will be lucky to survive.



Introducing the Zygeth, a formidable force in Part II, which focuses on the dark side of the planet and is a completely different style of book in my opinion. Depicted is one of their elite soldiers, known as an enchant, or to their enemies a blood machine. As their name suggests they are part biological and part technological with a hive mind. Again, an obvious influence from Star Trek, except these beings are not assimilated but created. There are other Zygeth soldiers, loyalists, adepts, commanders and technomancers, but I will not say any more about that just yet, you will have to read the book.


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The Zygeth are known to ride many mounts, but this one is the most common, a mix between a horse and a lizard.


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Moving on to Part III. This is a scene that takes place on Elyon, I don’t want to disclose too many details about this picture. The creature is known as a Zyranix, and is a relentless beast who hunts at night, it has a terrifying set of double rowed teeth and a grasping tongue to pull its prey into its mouth. It has skewering front arms for stabbing at ground-dwelling prey.


This is not all of my artwork, there are many more and I plan to share similar posts in the future as my artwork flourishes. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed the art and the read.



Musical Inspirations

Hello readers,

Just a quick update on what I have been working on. I’ve been messing around with Movie Maker and made a short youtube compilation of music I listen to whilst writing. Coming soon will be Volume II. I’m also excited about creating an abridged version of my book, accompanied with music and images, like a short visual and audio treat which will tell you the story in a condensed form. Of course, if you want the full story you will have to buy the book. 🙂

If you enjoy any of the music featured in this video, then please support the artists and buy their music.

Bye for now,


Painting inspired by The Alkoryn Chronicles.

Courtesy of Steve Sowden. He did a wonderful painting inspired by my book cover. 🙂 It’s very impressive.

“There was complete silence, just the ambient noise of the forest: rustling wind through leaves, chirping birds and insects. Miah slowed her breathing and stayed absolutely still.”

(The Alkoryn Chronicles by C.J.Gleave)

Painting by Steve Sowden.


They’ve arrived!

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The first batch of books has arrived.

I have a few copies available if anyone is interested. Three months ahead of publication date.

I am also looking for reviewers. If you’re willing to leave me a review on both Amazon and Goodreads you can have the book for free! The review can be as short or as long as you want and preferably good. 😀

Contact me for your pre-launch signed copy.

Celestial Transcendence

Part III now has a working title: Celestial Transcendence. Of course this may change in time.

It’s coming along nicely and the book has a much bigger scope than the previous two. It is heading into a more sci-fi direction, but I’ll see where it takes me. The adventure is certainly an exciting one as the story unfolds. I may even have it written by the time the first book is re-published. As I am a meticulous writer I will probably spend a lot more time on it than is needed.

Perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself a bit, but no harm in having the stones set for future books about the world I have created.