The Cradle and the Sword is now available on Amazon!

So it was promised, and so it has been delivered. You can now purchase your copy of The Cradle and the Sword in hardcover or paperback.

The Kindle edition is uploading as we speak, and will be available within the next few days.

You can read Chapter 1 for FREE right now, on the book’s official page, www.TheCradleAndTheSword.com.

Want to help build more readership for this book?

  1. Share your review and rating on Amazon and Goodreads.
  2. Send links in one-on-one messages to your friends.
  3. Recommend the book in person.

These three simple acts attract far more readers than public Facebook posts.

Thank you for everything. I truly appreciate all your support!


Userphoto9 original Reader Writer · Reader · added almost 4 years ago
Please could you also make available a non-Kindle ebook (epub), preferably without DRM (because DRM are pure unadulterated evil)? That’s not much work for you (a single mouse click, probably).

Big news: The Cradle and the Sword will be available August 15, in hardcover, paperback and Kindle.

Big news, part 2: I’m selling it directly, rather than through Inkshares.

Here’s the purchase page, which is currently a preorder page. If you want to make sure you’re at the top of the preorder list, just enter your email in the form.

I’ll be back in touch soon with more updates. Just let me know if you have any questions.

Exciting days are ahead!


17022026 10158289251900405 6633264344571369488 n Tyler Cottenie · Reader · edited about 4 years ago
If the book is done already, why not have an eBook version for purchase? No printing needed, no funding needed, could be released immediately. I would prefer to buy this as an eBook anyway, even once you do have it printed. Looking forward to reading this!
Profile Ben Thomas · Author · edited over 4 years ago
Want to discover strange new facts about history and world culture? Then check out my blog, The Strange Continent!


This blog is the hub of all my historical and cultural writing — all factual and well-researched, with plenty of pictures — including many articles you’ve probably never seen before.

Even cooler: I save my weirdest, wildest discoveries for subscribers only — so when you subscribe using the box on the blog, you’ll get to read juicy historical tidbits you won’t find anywhere on the web, except in your inbox.

(By the way, I hate spam, so I’ll never send you anything except  original articles documenting forgotten back alleys and basements of history and culture.)

Thanks, as always, for reading, following and subscribing. My editor and I are hard at work on the final draft of The Cradle and the Sword as we speak.

More to come soon!

The Cradle and the Sword has a new book trailer!

Yes — I, too was somewhat flummoxed by the idea of creating a video trailer for a book. I mean, what was I supposed to put on display? Book quotes? Images of Mesopotamian art?

Come on. Let’s be honest — who’s really going to be entertained by a photo montage? I wanted to give you something of value. A video you can actually enjoy.

And since — as the old saying goes — "anything worth doing is worth doing on an epic blockbuster scale," I decided to fulfil my fantasy of a Cradle and the Sword  HBO series.

This is, after all, the "ancient Mesopotamian Game of Thrones."

Watch it here!

Thank you, all of you, from the depths of my heart, for helping support this project. New excerpts, updates, and cool ancient Mesopotamian content are coming your way soon.

Welcome, first round of followers! First off, I want to thank all of you for helping support this project. I’m already blown away by the positivity of the community here on Inkshares, and I look forward to discovering some of my new favorite authors here.

As some of you know, my novel is already a complete book - not a work-in-progress - which means there won’t be too many status updates apart from the preorder campaign itself. Even the cover and map are already designed! All that’s really left at this point is to edit and polish the existing draft, and build up enough followers to launch the campaign.

That said, I’m going to continue posting excerpts here, so you’ll begin to get a fuller sense of the scope of the book’s world. I’ve just posted a new excerpt called "A Dream From the Abyss," which I think you’ll enjoy.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to tell you a little more about the nature of the book. It’s not exactly a novel, nor is it precisely a short story collection. It’s a series of interlocking adventures spiralling backward into the distant past, charting the courses of cultures and kingdoms from the Greco-Roman period all the way back to the dawn of civilization - and beyond. 

If you have any questions about the book, you’ll find I’m more than happy to go into detail.

Looking forward to meeting all of you,