Good triumphs over evil, scouring darkness from the land, but while the Great Evil has been banished, little ones still lurk in the corners. The new king orders all monsters put to death, but when a vampire lord turns his granddaughter — Princess Adamant — into a young bloodsucker, the king repents and founds the Royal Academy for Creature Habilitation, a boarding school for monsters who have yet to harm anyone.
The Monster Academy trilogy follows the adventures of Ruddy, an orphaned young dragon who often takes the form of a skinny teen with blazing red hair. Rescued from the keep of adventurers illegally raising him as their flying mount, Ruddy winds up remanded to the Monster Academy, where he is told that he has one last chance to become a valuable citizen of the kingdom — or face death.
Under the watchful eye of Mr. Mortis, the undead wizard who serves as the academy’s reluctant headmaster, Ruddy must deal with a demonic girl (Lucy), goblin quadruplets (Ay, Bee, Cee, and Dee), and an ogre bully (Krusha), as well as teachers who threaten him with punishments ranging from writing lines on a tablet all the way up to summary execution. Along the way, he makes friends with the rebellious Princess Adamant and becomes best pals with a werewolf boy (Growf), who only gets into trouble during full moons.
During his time at Monster Academy, Ruddy learns the secret of what really happened to his parents and how the Great Evil was defeated. Armed with that knowledge, he and his friends must choose sides and grow up fast, knowing that if they fail these final exams, the entire kingdom falls with them.
Fun for All Ages
While most of my novels have been aimed at adults, I started out my career as a novelist by creating The Knights of the Silver Dragon, the first series published under Wizards of the Coast’s Mirrorstone imprint for young readers. I wrote the first book in the series — Secret of the Spiritkeeper — and the last two as well.
I had a wonderful time working on those books, and I want to get back to doing stories like them again, things that everyone from my 10-year-old quadruplets to my 90-year-old grandmother can read and enjoy. Here’s where it happens.
Monster Academy is a trilogy of novels about what amounts to a juvenile detention center for monsters , and I’m running a Kickstarter drive to fund it. This is the fourth part of my 12 for ’12 project, a year-long challenge in which I plan to write a novel every month in 2012. I’ve already used Kickstarter to fund the first three trilogies: the Matt Forbeck’s Brave New World trilogy, the Shotguns & Sorcery trilogy, and the Dangerous Games trilogy.
The drives for the first two trilogies raised over $12,000 each, and the last one brought in over $18,000. Here’s hoping the Monster Academy trilogy is the best one yet.
If Monster Academy sounds like fun to you, head on over to Kickstarter and check out the drive. Pledge however much backing you like. No matter what you can contribute, though, please give me a hand with spreading the word about the drive. It only runs for a short time, and we need to make the most of it while we can.
Thanks for your support!