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20th August 2022

Welcome to the Rivertop Report

Hi there! I’m Will Davidson, and this is the website for my series, The Chronicles of Askuria. My debut novel, The Seventh Colour is available through Amazon and I am hard at work on the next two books in the series, The Sixth Dawn and The Fifth Echelon. My website is laid out a little like a


Editorial: What’s the point of a villain?

I was recently very lucky to be invited to contribute a guest post to the Dark Lord Journal blog. I thought it would be a good opportunity to discuss an aspect of my world-building I haven’t touched on before. It’s all too easy for characters and writers alike to fixate on a central villain. Check

Editorial: Fans and Fantasy?

The Seventh Colour has been in print for a while now. I have been really grateful for all of the positive feedback and comments that it has received but it has, of course, had its share of constructive criticism. One of the things that a number of people have commented on is that they bought

Merry Christmas!

To those of you who are regular visitors to the site, and to those of you who are first time visitors, thank you so much for your interest in my writing and I hope you have a wonderful festive season, however you choose to celebrate it. Some of you will already be owners of The Seventh

A new review, from the BFS no less!

The British Fantasy Society has now published their review of The Seventh Colour. The full review is here, but highlights include: “Will Davidson writes with a controlled, descriptive style that draws the reader into the narrative through its very economy…” “…a new restatement of the old, old story of political repression… The resonances with our

Terrific early reaction to the book

It’s been a fantastic first few weeks for the book, following its release on Amazon worldwide in mid-April. Thanks so much if you have already bought the book and contributed to its early success. Initial reader reactions have been very positive and in addition to the comments from friends and family it has been really


Writing: “A non-medieval fantasy world”

Here’s an interview I did recently on the Fane of Fantasy YouTube channel. I’m talking with fantasy author Jesper Schmidt about some of the ideas that shaped my fictional realm of Askuria. I really enjoyed the chance to talk about this side of my world-building. Do get in touch with your thoughts!

Writing: 75% of readers can’t be wrong

Last year, I entered The Seventh Colour into The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. These awards have been running since 2014. Unusually, they also offer an opportunity for authors to get detailed feedback on their work from a pool of genuine readers. I have now had my feedback , and it was great! There were a

Writing: The year in review

What a year. To think that this time last year, my book had been read by only a couple of trusted readers, had no cover and existed only in an electronic format on my computer’s hard drive, from which it was glaring at me reproachfully! From the launch in April this year, the popularity of

Writing: returning to Askuria

The last few months have been an exciting time, as I watched the novel that I have been working so hard on for so long be released into the world. I was understandably delighted by the way that it has been received – despite the pre-publication feedback that I had got from readers I didn’t

The Seventh Colour is on sale

After quite some time of building up to this moment, I am delighted to be able to confirm that The Seventh Colour is now on sale, in paperback and kindle editions. Both editions are exclusively available to purchase from Amazon – please click this link for further details, or go to the Amazon website in

In World

Profile: Victor Appelsin

The recent incidents of vandalism across Rivertop and further afield (reported previously) have drawn comment from the usually reticent Victor Appelsin, Arch-Investigator for the precinct and a man who usually prefers to keep his own counsel on matters of a political nature. Appelsin has perhaps better reasons than most for shunning the public gaze. Crippled in

Breaking news: Curious markings appear on precinct walls

In what can only be described as both a literal and metaphorical stain on our precinct’s civic pride, your correspondent is saddened to report that mysterious markings have been found painted this morning on a number of our most prominent buildings. The symbols, which have already besmirched the walls of buildings in Car Peronel and Braed

News: Cultural Update

Rivertop may not be able to equal some of the more substantial precincts in the range of its theatres and performances, but we are still able to attract the capital’s top talent when their touring productions are travelling in this part of the realm. The Royal Theatre has recently been pleased to announce just such

Travel Guide: Rivertop

[From The Seventh Colour, by Will Davidson – coming soon!] If, as would sometimes happen, a gull were to fly inland from the coast at Tryachan in search of alternative food sources, it would find itself at the end of a day’s flying close to the precinct of Rivertop. What it would see, illuminated by

Profile: Tomas Callan

[Extract from the social pages, 2nd of Nieumor, XIX Tor. A report on a new year’s ball attended by a number of senior civic dignitaries and officers] …Also making a debut appearance within the high town’s social circle, was a newly appointed officer of Rivertop’s investigators, Tomas Callan. Callan and his wife, Idony, are relatively