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At the end of the Lore Series, Torrullin Valla and Elianas Danae vanish into the mists with their homeworld Avaelyn, but the story doesn’t end there. What happens to Tristan Skyler Valla, for example, about to embark on a Timekeeper journey with Alusin Algheri? Where is Karydor Danae, the reincarnate father Torrullin has yet to meet?
In EURUE: The Forgotten World, a century later, we find out about Tristan and Alusin’s future as they pit their talents against a man half-dead, half-alive lying in a hidden casket somewhere on Eurue. Gabryl embarks on a campaign to rouse the realms to Eurue’s forgotten status, using the strange spinning orbs known as daetal to further his ambitions.
In FAROCHIN: The Terraformed World, we meet Karydor as he wakes up to memory loss on Farochin ages before Torrullin has ever stepped forward as the power he will become. Karydor and Echayn Valla, his brother-in-law, soon find themselves racing to save Farochin from Felix of the Murs, who seeks to undo the terraform in order to become a god. Karydor seeks to atone before he meets his son.
In LYKANDIR: The Measured World, two kings look up to see a world on approach. King Androdin in the south and King Drakan in the north understand that it will lead to chaos, utter change. As clansmen, watchmakers and wer-men scramble for solutions, the kings find themselves face to face with the men from that world, led by Torrullin Valla and Elianas Danae. It seems Lykandir and Avaelyn seek to occupy the same space in the realm Avaelyn vanished into.
In AVAELYN: The Enshrouded World, the timelines align once more. A thousand years have passed, and Avaelyn returns to her designated place. However, many wish to keep Torrullin and Elianas at bay, and thus is their world wrapped in a shroud that blinds all to their presence. Meanwhile, the children of Reaume suffer to keep it that way, and that is simply unacceptable.
In AVIOR: The Mythical World, the true enemy is revealed, an Ancient Valla who seems hellbent on creating a seat of tyrannical power. To the world Avior, which most regard as a myth, all forces are summoned. The entire Valla family strides into battle, for only the Vallas can stop this Valla. What they discover below the surface is heart-breaking.
From the realms of time to the reality of lost souls, through hope and cruelty, we reconnect with familiar characters, and meet a host of new ones. An old sword with an agenda reappears, while a new talisman is forged from desperation … and so much more. An epic adventure, indeed!
Now’s your chance!
As a writer, someone who strings tens of thousands of words together to create a story, funnily enough, it is difficult to put words into a decent sequence to showcase my absolute excitement about what I’m going to tell you now. Not so odd, I think, because usually a writer delves the characters’ and their foibles and feelings, and therefore our personal traits are never enough fodder for putting the pen to paper, whether on actual paper or otherwise. So, bear with me now …
Back in April, via Books Go Social, an opportunity arose to join the first ever NFTs for books, and I jumped in! So did many other authors, and the end result is that NFT books are now available. The press release from BGS explains it better (the post after this one), but essentially, in the event you don’t know what an NFT is, it’s a non fungible token found on the Ethereum blockchain, and each token is unique, a collectors item, and digital books have now joined. However, you don’t have to have a cryptocurrency wallet to buy these tokens, and that means our special editions are accessible to everyone.
Before I bore you with the nitty-gritty of the how, let me tell you why I jumped in wholeheartedly. Not only is it a 21st Century way of doing things, but readers can enjoy the offering and can then either choose to keep it as a collector’s item or resell it. This gifts the reader options, and authors benefit also, receiving a percentage of each resale as well. Of course, the overriding reason for me is the means to reach readers in an entirely different way!
I am selling a unique version of my LORE OF ARCANA as an NFT. New cover, new dragon icon, an illustration of the Maze sacred site, and more found nowhere else! It’s not just a book anymore, it’s an adventure. Find out how and why I started writing my LORE in a special PDF, the truth I’ve hinted at and skirted around but never quite told in full. I am investing in me, and you will invest in a special edition! So pop into:
We are all shaped by stories. Not only do each of us live our own stories, but daily we are in contact with family and friends who share their lives and therefore their stories with us. Social media has stories to tell. We watch series, movies, listen to audio books, read … stories, so many stories. Some are real, some are fiction, some are stranger than fiction, and yet every story does shape who we are.
From a writer’s point of view, stories, yours, mine, everything read or heard, influences the tales that take shape on the page. Just as they affect daily life, thus it is for the book being gradually typed into cohesion – how not? We are, after all, the sum of all our experiences.
It’s true that writers read, and have read from an early age and usually voraciously; we, therefore, carry within us hosts of tales, and they do influence us. So, which stories helped shape my writing journey?
As you know, Fantasy is my first love when it comes to telling stories. I must then acknowledge the tales I read when younger and continue to read now, starting with Lord of the Rings, including the Hobbit, Silmarillion and more. Oh, I’m a huge fan! For instance, J.R.R. Tolkien’s sense of a quest? Tick. Fantastical creatures? Tick. Good vs evil? Tick. His mention of the first age, the second, and the age of man and so forth? Tick. Time plays a pivotal role in my work.
Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time. Funnily enough, I only read Wheel of Time after having written my first four books, and can therefore with honesty say that Robert Jordan didn’t influence my writing from the outset, but his imagination certainly did open vistas for me later. Of course, when Brandon Sanderson was elected to complete his series, I wondered whether it would work. It did, if you want to know. Mr Sanderson did an excellent job finishing off Wheel of Time.
I had just started reading Game of Thrones when the series hit the small screen with such impact. By then, other than the final two books, I had already done most of the work needed for my series. George R.R. Martin did not shape my writing, but he did reveal that it was fine to be dark in our stories. For the light to shine, our stories need to be dark, too.
If there is one series I feel needs mention, it’s J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. While I can’t say that Harry and his sidekicks influenced my writing, it’s true that when the first movie hit the big screen my kids were Harry’s age at the time, and year after year we went together to watch, across countries and even when my kids were too old to need mom at the cinema – it was a journey we wished to complete together! That sense of expectation and that wonderful acknowledgment of great imagination, well, that has helped me.
There are two more series I feel shaped my main body of work, and I read these before, between and after having completed my own series. The first is Steven Erikson’s Malazan Books of the Fallen, and I have to admit that this is my all-time favourite read. The Malazan series is deep, complicated, beyond all imagination, filled with so much emotion, so many twists … I am utterly blown away. In no manner have I emulated Mr Erikson (impossible), but he taught me that the layered, the complicated, the lessons in fiction, all of that is eminently readable, to not shy from it.
The second is Frank Herbert’s Dune series. I watched the original movie when younger (there’s another coming in December), loved it, watched the series later made for television, loved it, and only then did I start reading the actual series, years later. Oh my. Yes, I’m a Tolkien fan, and the Malazan books are my favourites, but Dune is incredible. Also layered and complicated and making statements referring to society (fiction goes where reality fears to read, after all!) and it feels both ancient and new simultaneously. That sense of time, the truly old and the brand, shiny new, has influenced my thought processes when writing.
Of course, as reader, I can go on and on about the books, movies and series that have influenced me … but this narrative will then be a thesis! As writer, I sometimes hope that my fiction is completely original, and then acknowledge the stories that have shaped so many of us, and thus they did the same for me. We are, after all, the sum of our experiences, and stories will ever intertwine.
Here’s to stories old and new! Enjoy every journey!
Time has moved on since writing the LORE Series, and thus it’s intriguing now to go back and rediscover the journey, and dedications form part of that. As discussed for the Arcana four, here, too, is a tale.
Again, as the journey commences in The Kallanon Scales, it is family that deserves praise:
In The Nemisin Star, acknowledgement goes to the tools of magic, and those tools include you, reader, for it is you who feels the magic.
For The Sleeper Sword, again family triumphs! While it is a truth that family doesn’t often read our stories, their faces and personalities serve as inspiration.
The Dreamer Stones is the largest volume in the LORE Series, and in some way, for me, was the most intense writing experience. Guess that’s why it’s dedicated to all …
Each LORE book is divided into parts, and tells the tale of a grand design.
For instance, The Infinity Mantle has:
Part I – Darkness
Given that the tagline for this book is ‘There is a darkness coming’, it is self-explanatory.
Part II – Arcana
Yes, who and/or what is Arcana? This reveals the hidden truth, and it is the first section in the LORE journey that is essentially pre-history.
Part IV – Rayne
Rayne of the Mantle is the main character, and now readers find out more about him.
The we move on to The Kinfire Tree:
Part I – Pathways
The players have to find the ways through the chaos uncovered in The Infinity Mantle.
Part II – Second Chances
Those characters who were doubtful or traitorous now discover different futures, and the solutions, too, offer second chances.
Part III – Lifegiver
It gets hairy, and someone will have to step up to become a saviour.
Moving to The Drowned Throne:
Part I – Predators and Prey
It’s a game of cat and mouse, with both sides sometimes predatory, sometimes prey.
Part II – A World Without Light
This is the second section that goes into pre-history. Here we find out who Margus, the Darak Or, was and why he became a twisted soul.
Part III – The Darak Or
Margus sets his endgame in motion.
Then, the final book in Lore of Arcana – The Dragon Circle:
Part I – Dragon’s Breath
The symbology of the dragon comes into play.
Part II – Forge Flames
In search of an amulet to ward souls from the Darak Or, a mission to flame-wright at his forge commences.
Part III – Dragon’s Fire
In the terrible cold of winter, the fires of manipulation flare up and burn.
Part IV – Final Fury
This is the Endgame.
Part V – Dragon’s Embers
What comes after? The story is not done, and thus are those furies banked … for now.
Lore of Reaume. as with Arcana, has more to it than the obvious. Yes, The Kallanon Scales is about dragons (‘scales’ gives it away!) and The Nemisin Star is indeed about a particular star, while The Sleeper Sword reminds of other legends where a sword awaits a particular hand, and The Dreamer Stones will enter dream territory.
But there is more:
- the dragon legend is about prophecy and time
- the star shining so bright on one night only is about connection
- to succeed, one needs a helping hand, even a hero
- enter the labyrinth of the mind … and heart