Infinity Explained

A True Name is Freedom

The Infinity Mantle is currently being translated into Portuguese, and the translator asked me to explain the meaning of the title in order for us to come up with a suitable Portuguese one. It was an easy answer, because I know exactly why I chose it, but I wonder if you, as reader, do. Those of you who have read The Infinity Mantle will certainly have an idea or more, and you’ll probably be correct too, but for those of you who will still grab a copy and get lost in the world of Valaris, I thought I’d expound a bit.

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The title is definitely a play on words and meaning.

For starters, one of the main antagonists is Infinity, the dara-witch, a blue-skinned evil that entraps the innocent simply by looking at them. Death for those innocents becomes infinite torture. Secondly, our main protagonist is Rayne of the Mantle. The Mantle is a secret organisation training sorcerers and charged with keeping safe the mighty Maghdim Medaillon.

Therefore, The Infinity Mantle, as these two characters become embroiled in a manipulation to control Valaris.

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There is more to it, though.

You will meet the Guardians of the Dome, immortal (infinity) protectors of worlds and civilisations unable to field great armies in order to defend themselves. Valaris is one such world and civilisation. The people of Valaris have been deliberately kept ignorant of great events, and all magical abilities are regarded as monstrous, something to wipe out without mercy. They are therefore defenceless; they labour under a mantle of ignorance.

Therefore, The Infinity Mantle, as the immortals came to the aid of the defenceless.

And one final nuance: The greatest evil ever to befall Valaris is the Darak Or, an infinity of evil from another realm who brings with him the mantle of absolute darkness. He aims to annihilate all, and not even the dara-witch Infinity will stand in his way – THE INFINITY MANTLE!

And if you’re wondering what the title for the Portuguese version will be, we have decided on O Manto da Eternidade – Eternity’s Mantle!

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Flight for the Light

Birds of a feather protect together

When the Lore series started with an idea and a blank page, creating guardians for this universe was an imperative, but not just any old guardian – beings able to stand the test of time itself.

Therefore, Guardians.

The protectors have a magical enclave where they gather (more on that in another post) and they are summoned to duty via a magical call, We are thus talking BIG magic, and therefore the Guardians needed to be special.

You have ‘met’ the Centuar, the Siric, the Sylmer and the Sagorin. Soon you will meet their leader, yet this lore required something added. Something fleet and fast, something able to fly, literally, under the radar.

Birds.

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Yes, here are echoes of the LOTR, but these birds are not giants and they don’t swoop in at the last moment to save the day.

Meet now the Eagles and the Falcons. Normal bird-size, but with brighter plumage. Eagle-eyed and alert, with sentience to aid every quiver in their wingtips during flight. These birds communicate via mindspeak and are able to inveigle themselves into places and spaces a mighty Centuar dares not appear in.

There is more to their story, however, than their vow as Guardians, but as that requires a whole other post, we will get to it then.

In particular, you will meet Phet, the little blue Falcon, a charismatic bird who chooses to place his loyalty with one man, and nothing and no one will ever sway him from his choice.

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Here Be Green Giants

Friendly Peacekeepers

“The Sagorin of Glorium attained a lofty height of eight feet, had green skin tones and a lifespan of eight centuries.

Their way of life was simple; daily chores were achieved with faces wreathed in smiles. They studied and philosophised, wrote works of great insight and value, and practiced the magic of the mind, inventing innovative tricks to amuse each other. They experimented with the sorcery of great feats, doing so within strict guidelines and, after learning a feat, shared it and went on to build upon that new knowledge.

It was in the sharing and building of sorcery that they discovered the method to attain Immortality. This was a dangerous feat employed to the detriment of the sorcerer. Shrugging, they agreed they lived long anyway.”

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The Songs of Deep Places

Meet the Sylmer of Canimer

“Canimer was a water world. Floating masses of seaweed were the closest comparison to solid ground. The Sylmer were dual water and air breathers, genetic advantage scientists elsewhere attempted to emulate for eons. In all human cultures one heard tell of mythical ‘mermaids and mermen’, referring to beautiful humanoid creatures living in the depths, possessing sleek fishtails, elusive and shy. According to those myths they drove many a sailing vessel onto rocks with their siren songs; they also saved many a sailor from certain drowning in unfriendly seas.

The Sylmer were these creatures of myth. How they crept into human tales remained unknown. Perhaps at one time they shared space with humans. If so, such a time had long gone. Canimer had never seen a human face, much less enticed something with a siren song.”

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“To achieve immortality the Sylmer completed a series of tasks of spiralling difficulty, and a council of Elders chose the candidates. After the Ritual’s success, the new Immortal lost his or her tail and always they yearned for the freedom of the deep.”

Saska is the Sylmer you will fall in love with!

Magnificence of Being

The legend is real

Meet the Centuar!

“The Centuar were creatures of myth.

In all cultures tales abound of strong, sure-footed, four-legged animals, half-horse, half-man, and some named them as bad luck, while others regarded them as a symbol of good fortune. The Centuar did not have an evolutionary history, for they did not evolve. They were created by one man, a wizard of old with much time on his hands and a great love for the extraordinary.

Truly creatures of myth and magic.

The old wizard and his kind had long gone, but his creations continued to thrive. He made them ageless – immortal. He made them strong and intelligent – sentient. And he made them the colours of fantasy – glorious. He also streamlined them. Four limbs were what they needed, not six, and thus they were more horse than man, the latter’s influence evident only in facial features and the glory of their hair.

Upon the wizard’s death they were free.”

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Why is this legend spelled C E N T U A R?

“Let it be said here a Centuar was not a Centaur, confusion for those who did not know the truth. A Centaur is a myth, and may even be real in the back ends of time, for myth frequently had basis in reality, but a Centuar was of the universe, part of time and history and reality, a created legend that continued to breathe and function, think and act. Belun (leader of the Centuar), if one dared query the distinction, would snap at one for confusing one with the other.”

 

 

A Whiter Shade of Colourless

Meet Llettynn of the Siric:

The LORE series is Epic Fantasy with elements of High Fantasy – there are a few fantastical beings populating this universe 🙂

Let’s begin with the Guardians of the Dome. You will meet these immortal protectors in The Infinity Mantle and be introduced to the Siric, the Centuar (deliberate spelling!), the Sylmer, the Sagorin, and Eagles and Falcons (the birds are a bit LOTR, you now think, yet … wait, we will get to the birds soon enough!).

“The Siric were small in stature. Llettynn stood at five feet and was pale as were all Siric. Also common was the white, cropped hair that gave the appearance of feathers, and the colourless blue eyes. When they turned around, however, and presented their wings, lo! The full spectrum of the rainbow resided there; their wings alive, changing with circumstance and emotion.

If one knew how to read their colours one could read their emotions. One colour was always dominant and Llettynn’s was turquoise, it being the leader’s mark.”

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This Siric may be small and appear innocuous, but if you underestimate Llettynn you will meet your doom!

 

A Spectacular Success

A setting of imaginative worlds

Book Review by Jocelyne Forget (Amazon Canada)

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If you are a fan of mythological creatures along fierce battles, you will enjoy this novel as much as I did. Through her British wording, Elaina J. Davidson has the ability to transcend all palpable emotions upon a setting of imaginative worlds.

What attracted me most was her incomparable array of unbridled discourse, her craft for letting the reader imagine all motions and feelings of the characters. Yes, its is a thick novel but the fonts were adequately chosen for an enjoyable read.

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Thank you, Jocelyne!

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Now and Tomorrow’s Covers

The final book is coming!

Currently the entire LORE series is undergoing a face-lift.

Why?

The final book in this epic series is about to hit the virtual shelves and it has an amazing cover! To celebrate and to prepare the way for this huge last episode, I thought it time to update all.

Why am I telling you this now?

Because as reviews come in and I share them here, the current covers are displayed. As the fresh gloriously shiny new ones are ready, you’ll be the first to know!

Here’s a sneak peek into the final cover:

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Mistrust and Fascination

A review for THE INFINITY MANTLE

by REA on Amazon

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Some authors write fantasy, Elaina J Davidson writes epic fantasy and she does it with the care and aplomb of a true master of the craft. Her books are usually wide, sweeping tales of fantastic worlds, amazing creatures and terrifying magic and sorcery. The Infinity Mantle, the first book in the Lore of Arcana series, is just such a book. It brings us the worlds of Valaris and Ardosia, both threatened by the evil Darak Or Margus. To battle this universal evil, Davidson brings together an ensemble cast of humans, guardians (Immortals) and even the greatest ruler of them all, the original being that ruled both Valaris and Ardosia from the very beginnings of sentience.

This story is massive in its scope and one thing I appreciated from the author, especially given that this is the first book in a series, was the time she spent to introduce and understand the principal characters in this strange new world. Too often fantasy authors leave us, the reader, to flounder along wondering who is this character and why is he/she reacting this way. Davidson takes the time to build her world, to set the scene and to explore her characters. I applaud her for this.

Once the adventure starts, the action is fascinating and beautifully written. We are able to follow the various arcs of the story and relate one to the other, which is the sign of a superb writer, which Davidson certainly is. I particularly liked the emotional nature of the interactions between both the humans and the humans to the immortals. There was always a deep feeling of mistrust and fascination between the two groups, which was wonderfully played by Davidson. The principal character (if there can even be one in such an ensemble cast) Rayne of the Mantle was perfectly complex and riddled with issues, especially identity issues. I look forward to exploring more of these fascinating characters in the next few books in this series.

Davidson is both prolific and talented as an author and I would certainly place her high up in the list of indie authors I have read and as a fantasy author, she is up there with the very best. An author to follow for sure. I highly recommend The Infinity Mantle, if fantasy is your genre – and even if it’s not, I suggest you give this one a crack.

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Thank you for a brilliant review!

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Those weird epitaphs

About strange names and spelling

If you love Fantasy, you have come across strange spelling and weird names.

This is the final insight about classic concepts employed in Fantasy. Of course there are others, yet it is time to move on to the characters, creatures and worlds populating the Lore ‘verse.

These concepts have been explored:

Prophecy

Chosen One

Wise One

Dark Lord

Beauty vs Ugliness

Uniform Races

Religion

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We love to read something different, something that instantly reveals we are on a fantastical journey and it is time to suspend belief. Readers love it, writers do too!

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Occasionally, however, it goes a bit far, and we end up frowning in trying to grasp a thread of familiarity. We are taken out of the tale when it gets too ‘other’. While ‘different’ is awesome, there is also a point of no return and that’s when we abandon a book.

Still, there has to be a little strangeness!

Allow me to expound just a little about strange spelling and weird names in the Lore series. ‘Normal’ words are spelled ‘normally’ in LORE, while the made-up ones (of course there are made-up ones!) are easy to read and remember. There is strangeness, yes, but it never overshadows the story.

Lumin – Light

Darak – evil/dark

Darak Or – Dark Lord

Darak Fallen – those who walk in darkness

Lumin Kindred – those who walk in the light …

… to name a few!

Do enter the Lore series to discover so much more 🙂

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Order of Taranis

About religion in Fantasy

Religion in Fantasy (or in any genre) is contentious. Unless the tale involves a specific set of beliefs (whether real or imaginary) and is structured around a central worship, it is better to steer clear.

While there is religion (because a believable fantasy world and its people simply requires it) in the Lore series, it isn’t the driving force behind the story, ever.

These systems of belief/worship form part of the grand design:

Naturalists

Techno-cult

Followers of the Prophet Monchalar

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Now you’re asking yourself why the title ‘Order of Taranis’?

Are you in for a treat!

Taranis has been deified into human consciousness due to past heroic deeds. Thus, on the world Valaris, he is a god. Oh, but he is something and someone else entirely!

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Here’s to hoping you will plunge into the complicated simplicity that is Taranis. Either grab The Infinity Mantle now or come back and discover more about Taranis when I share insights about the main characters in Lore 🙂

(Taranis is one of my favourites!)

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Falling into the one-colour hole

We are all different!

No one is purely dark or absolute light, just as every race or species cannot be simply one or the other. Even we as humans are as varied and individual as snowflakes in a storm. How not those populating our tales?

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As writers we often do fall into this hole, admittedly, and the main reason for this is the confines placed upon us by the length of the narrative. A writer cannot expound on the complications of every race brought forth and still maintain a reasonable word count able to translate into a readable book.

What do we do? We generalise and paint that race there one colour and this species here another hue (excuse the cliche, but you know what I mean!).  While this isn’t accurate for all BIG stories, it remains a factor frequently employed.

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There are ‘one-colours’ in Lore, yet that relates more to the background histories than to actual character behaviour. The race or two  integral to the tales in LORE are as complicated and different as a race should be.

Like us. How not?

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