Thank you to Carol Marrs Phipps for listening and posting a review!
Thank you to Carol Marrs Phipps for listening and posting a review!
TARANIS is the leader of the Guardians in the Dome. That is the fantastical part of his persona in the LORE series; a human who met the conditions in order to become something astonishing – an immortal.
Due to his human history, Taranis was perfectly suited to fight for Valaris when Infinity and her son Drasso attempted to conquer it in the past, and his abilities led to him becoming leader of guardians that includes the winged Siric, the flamboyant Centuar, the huge, green Sagorin, and the graceful Sylmer. In a crystal edifice dancing in vacuum, the Guardians meet. Again, in the present, Taranis is prepared to fight Infinity.
But Taranis is more than a Dome leader. He is, before all else, human, and suffers the same emotional traumas. Taranis has always been reserved and guards his privacy. As the tale progresses we realise this is due to grief over a woman he believes abandoned him in his past, and later we learn of the horror that befell him as a young boy. Once back on Valaris, he can no longer hide his true nature. We discover he is, in fact, connected to Valaris is a manner no one in the Dome even guessed about and no history of Valaris records.
As reader, I feel both sorry for Taranis (the man will lose so much!) and cheer him on all the time (he is a good man), but for the writer side of me, Taranis is quite the character. His emotions serve to drive a fair few situations, and he certainly knows how to keep a secret!
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Taranis is one of the main characters in the Lore Series. He is the Guardian leader and comes to Valaris with his team to aid in the defence against Infinity, the dara-witch, and later Margus, the Darak Or.
My name is Blue River Frond and I am from Charikian. We are people watchers and we are scribes. Every being in all time and space has a place and a purpose and to that end we record the words they speak, for posterity … and for insight into the past. Please call me Blue and read my dialogues:
(A dialogue recorded on abandoned Mon Unon before the Guardians embarked upon The Game.)
Blue: We should begin with who you are, should we not? Many know your name, but we are now speaking to those who do not. Tell us a little about yourself.
Taranis: I don’t enjoy talking about myself. I’d rather discuss the role of the Guardians.
Blue: And we’ll get to that. Perhaps talking about yourself will reveal the Guardians also.
Taranis: Well, I guess you could say I was chosen to lead …
Blue: Let’s not be coy, my lord. You are Taranis, Lord of the Guardians, and there are those who call you Lord of the Deities.
Taranis: The latter is pure misconception … or misguided perception.
Blue: Humankind, I believe, refers to you as Lord of the Deities.
Taranis: Not humankind in general. Only on Valaris.
Taranis: Millennia ago a creature known as Drasso attempted to conquer Valaris, with the help of his mother …
Blue: Infinity, right?
Taranis: Yes, Infinity was Drasso’s mother, and caught between the two of them Valaris was about to succumb. We’re talking poisoned air and absolute annihilation of the population. The Guardians stepped in and because we were seen as fantastical as Drasso and Infinity were, well, Valarians came to regard us as gods. Deities.
Blue: And you led them.
Taranis: Something like that.
Blue: We hear there are temples and churches dedicated to the worship of Taranis.
Taranis: Not my doing.
Blue: How did you become leader of the Guardians? You are, after all, a human, and humans cannot be said to have the ability to do what you have.
Taranis: I guess my humanity during the time of Drasso aided us to victory. I was able to use the kind of strategy humans could identify with. It is a truth we would not have won had it not been for the people of Valaris gifting us their support. Many paid for it with their lives. My colleagues in the Dome saw the time of humankind had arrived in the universe … and chose me as leader.
Blue: A human Immortal. How is that possible?
Taranis: Anything is possible if you want it enough. I do not care to discuss my longevity further.
Blue: The Dome you refer to is the gathering place for the Guardians. Would you care to describe it for us?
Taranis: It’s a dome.
Blue: It’s more than that.
Taranis: It’s made of crystal and obsidian and travels through the ages due to inherent magic, but it is still a dome.
Blue: In vacuum.
Taranis: The vacuum protects it, yes.
Blue: We hear you are married.
Taranis: Was. My personal life isn’t the issue here.
Blue: My lord, female readers like to …
Taranis: My heart is spoken for, and that is as much as I’m prepared to reveal.
Blue: Who is she?
Taranis: This interview will end now …
Blue: Very well, no more of that. Where do you call home, my lord?
Taranis: I consider myself nomadic. Duties to the Dome do not allow for much personal space.
Blue: My sources tell me you have a home on Thisseldrum, but Thisseldrum isn’t the place of your birth.
Taranis: No one is born to Thisseldrum.
Blue: So we hear. It is a world for the wealthy, a chosen destination for those with the means to live there. It follows thus …
Taranis: I am not a wealthy man. I simply require privacy.
Blue: Your status granted you the right to residence.
Taranis: Yes. How did you discover this? Not even the Guardians know where I call home and I would prefer to keep it that way.
Blue: I doubt a Guardian will read the transcript of this dialogue, my lord. Your secret is safe. Where were you born? It must have been a human world.
Taranis: It doesn’t matter where I was born. What matters right now is that the Guardians face a new threat.
Blue: The dara-witch Infinity has a new game to play, we hear.
Taranis: Indeed, and the Guardians will step in once more. We are the protectors.
Blue: And the universe is aware of that and many appreciate you for your calling, but many more wonder how it is Infinity has gone unpunished for so long. Will you finish it this time?
Taranis: The witch is slippery. Our hope is to negate her.
Blue: Where will you do so? Which field of battle has she chosen this time?
Taranis: Valaris. Again.
Blue: It smacks of revenge.
Taranis: It is.
Blue: Valaris. Where humankind already regards you as a deity. That could work in your favour.
Taranis: I am inclined to think it will disadvantage us. Our appearance as gods to the rescue could spread the kind of fear we shall be hard-pressed to function within. It is better, this time, to remain as anonymous as possible. Do not make this public knowledge.
Blue: All transcripts have to be vetted. This one won’t be filed for at least another year. Now, if I may ask: what about you, the man Taranis?
Taranis: I don’t follow.
Blue: What do you do for fun? What do you read, if you read? Where do you go to relax, if it isn’t Thisseldrum? Tell us about yourself.
Taranis: I read histories, mostly, and I enjoy fishing in isolated places. Relaxation is relative, but when it can be found I usually chose green worlds where fish teem in the rivers. I’m a simple man, really.
Blue: Does she accompany you on your fishing trips?
Blue: Would you like her to?
Taranis: This interview is over.
Blue: My lord …
Taranis: I have duties.
(The dialogue comes to an abrupt halt at this point, but there is a further interview recorded with Taranis, not yet vetted.)
History tells the tale too
Hello, reader and friend! If you are about to read The Infinity Mantle, the first book in this epic series, you will be crossing time and space, and delving into unseen realms as well, and this means it’s a BIG story.
Why am I telling you this? Because some reviewers have stated there is too much backstory (although that was before a major streamlining!), and I would like to clear that up for you before you begin this epic journey with me. Yes, there is some backstory, but all is imperative in aiding understanding. I have read Fantasy epics all my reading life, and I know the situation behind the scenes forms part of the milieu. The ‘history’ aids understanding, or the tale ends up shallow, without the layering a good story peels away.
You will begin this read by meeting Rayne, McSee, Aven and Averroes, and also briefly the clans in the north, as well as Infinity, the dara-witch, but there is more. Another thread follows Kylan and Kisha through the Great Forest, and soon you will meet the Guardians of the Dome (and you simply must know who and what they are). The back and forth between what is happening in the Dome and the discoveries Kisha and Kylan make in the Great Forest, will, if you’re anything like me when it comes to reading, cause you to wonder when you will return to the main story-line! As mentioned, this is the beginning of an EPIC tale, and these inserts promote the grander weave. Read carefully; all comes into play as the story unfolds.
You will also wonder if a game is enough reason to die for (and read on for), until you comprehend this ‘game’ is but one move on a board such as only imagination can wholly grasp. The stakes are immense … but I’ll let you discover this nuance yourself!
And then, lo, we go somewhere else entirely! Beyond a Rift between realms, to encounter another civilisation. What happens there is SUPER important; this has impact throughout the four Lore of Arcana books. It sets the stage for everything. Then, just when you think you’re safe, just when you believe you know the main enemy, I present to you someone far worse. This guy will turn the entire story on its head!
By Chapter 12 you are back on Valaris where you met Rayne, and the gathering is about to commence and soon all threads are wound together, and the great tale unfolds for you. I know you will, with hindsight, appreciate this introduction. I know you will thank me for instilling within you, perseverance. And, hopefully, I have set in motion shivers of anticipation, thrills of expectation, and a gleeful desire to immerse yourself in The Infinity Mantle.
Elaina J. Davidson
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:
Followers of the Prophet Monchalar
Order of Continuity
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!
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!)