Anton Darus – the wisest of mages

The Head Principle of the Tower of Mages, Anton Darus is a wise and cunning man, who’s kindness and considerateness knows no bounds. 56 years of age, he has seen many events and been involved in many activities. The black mage in the Tower made him stand out, which over the years, proved to be very influential and dominant, toning down the xenophobic, disparaging, and presumptuous attitude of the old Tower of Mages. Tall and slender, almost without muscle, the mage has a small concave scar across his right cheek, disrupting the smooth black skin. His hair is thick and brown, which lightly touches the tops of his shoulders when it’s not tied up. He ha striking green eyes that dig into your mind when he glares at you, but reassure you when his advice is most welcome. As one of the chief adviser’s to the leader of Praevalidus, you wouldn’t know it due to the calm and composed nature of his character. Upon meeting the Mage, you’d think he was your very caring grandfather, who lives a life of tranquillity, but that is far from the truth. Yes, he is like your caring grandfather, but a grandfather that likes to assert his stance when necessary, someone who doesn’t stop working, and, someone who likes to have a little fun at the local brothel from time to time; although in secret. As Head Principle, he is obliged to set and example, and prohibited from engaging in any sexual activities, but he does what he wants, ‘Life is too short to live in obligation’. The wise character of his influenced by his childhood and upbringing. A turbulent and treacherous time, travelling from a far land, to end up in one of the greatest and most powerful cities in Faraday. Daunting for anyone.

 

Just a shame I suck at drawing!

My Father’s Sword – TAE17 Charity Exhibition

I’ve seen art, but this is something else! Really awesome and inspirational work! Won’t get tired of viewing Josh’s stuff!

J Glover Art

About a week ago during a perusal of Twitter I came across a charity exhibition called the Twitter Art Exhibit, rather than churn out second hand facts I’ll just paste below what their website states – www.twitterartexhibit.org

#TwitterArtExhibit founder, David Sandum

“Through art we can change the world.”

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Some character introductions

I think it’s time this week to start introducing some characters of the book, even though I have posted a few excerpts of the book, however, none of them have any in-depth descriptions of characters, or their positions. You may have worked it out if you read them, but for some characters, I will be posting profiles, just to give you an idea of who’s who.

Orbis Artwork by Ruth Crean: Towns

Classic and inspiring artwork! Much recognition needed!

During one of our many conversations about The Orbis I went off on a rant about how excited I was to see the great cities I’d imagined coming to life at last. I could see Ruth’s face getting tighter and tighter as I spoke. Eventually she admitted to being terrified of drawing buildings.

‘People are my thing, old man faces, all that, not buildings and straight lines, I’ve no idea how to do all that stuff,’ she seemed genuinely lost at the thought of putting visuals on my world.

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Determined as always, she turned to Google, and looked at loads of intimidatingly brilliant sci-fi and fantasy cityscapes. These are a couple of sketches she did based on some of the stuff she was looking at. She swears that she’s still a million miles away from where she would like to be with them, I’m just excited to see where they…

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Integer – An excerpt from ‘A Monarch’s Gamble’

Across the Faraday sea lie the eastern lands of Integer. The hotter, varied topographic and diverse lands hold many secrets in every community. Secrets not understood, and legends only told by the wisest of wise men. The lands were lush with rich harvests and vast green fields. Ruled mostly by the Ghadia’s, the isolated landscape is protected by the remaining three powerful families. The eastern region had seen many battles and wars over the centuries, some of them resulting in illustrious victory, some resulting in catastrophic defeat; there is no doubt that the eastern region is tainted by bloodshed and horror. It no longer resembles it’s past, now, Integer is a land full of hard working and committed people, ruled by powerful families and authorities.

The capital of the region, Integer city, was built centuries ago at a time of great slavery and greed. Located in the middle of the region, it’s towering central castle, and limestone buildings are a landmark for a safe haven, riches, and competition. Blocks of houses, tightly packed together within a small vicinity of one another, are inhabited by large and ever growing families. The streets of Integer are constructed from rough, uneven cobblestone, topped with a layer of forever present dust, which made living around the worker’s streets unbearable. Family sizes range from at least three, stretching to ten children, many of whom are tainted and plagued with deadly diseases. The worker’s street are dangerous places, countless numbers of pickpockets, aggression, beating, and sex workers, the poverty stricken part of town is swept away by the avaricious family Ghadia. The issue of the worker’s town is always ignored in council meetings, many state that trying to restore order and stability is a ‘lost cause’, in truth, the Ghadia’s want to spend their money accordingly, either on their army, or for themselves. The slave trade was abolished many years ago during the Guardian Age, until the Ghadia’s rebelled against them to regain independence. The corrupt house won the war and took back control of their lands, and in turn, took control of the people, the majority of which work as slaves to serve the monarchy.

Away from the slums and worker’s towns that riddle and rage within the city walls, lies the central castle and home of the Ghadia family. The castle is a combination of spiralling towers, with a large central column, where the most important occupants live. The castle itself is blocked from the rest of the city by its’ own walls, which stand high above the slum towns. Dotted around the wall are guard towers which ensure no imposter or conspirator enters the castle grounds. The only way into the unnerving castle is through the main, or side gates, protected by squads of highly disciplined soldiers, whose loyalty to the house are so high, they swear themselves to silence for the rest of their lives. Of course this regulation is impossible to enforce day-in, day-out, the authoritarians cannot constantly watch the soldiers whilst fulfilling their own duties. The soldiers are kept in check by their own peers, they sleep together, they eat together, and they guard together, becoming a soldier for the Ghadia’s, turns a free man a slave.

The debate in my head, a spider’s web of ideas

Right of Legions

So as an idea, to perhaps ‘pad-out’ the ‘Right of Legions’ series, I thought it would be quite a cool idea to write short side stories of important characters, who are important, but not extensively talked about. This would certainly add to the main plot, making people have that all-ever I finally understand and figured it out moment when we realise something ‘oooh yeah’ is what we usually say. Plus, it adds a certain (or many) different aspects and perspectives to the main plot, kind of like a spider’s web. You’ve got the central hub in the middle, with lots of little tangents adding to it, making up the entire web. To me, the task and decision is ambitious and appealing. The big debate is, who do I start with first? For those who have been following this blog, will realise how many characters there are, and how many that…

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The debate in my head, a spider’s web of ideas

So as an idea, to perhaps ‘pad-out’ the ‘Right of Legions’ series, I thought it would be quite a cool idea to write short side stories of important characters, who are important, but not extensively talked about. This would certainly add to the main plot, making people have that all-ever I finally understand and figured it out moment when we realise something ‘oooh yeah’ is what we usually say. Plus, it adds a certain (or many) different aspects and perspectives to the main plot, kind of like a spider’s web. You’ve got the central hub in the middle, with lots of little tangents adding to it, making up the entire web. To me, the task and decision is ambitious and appealing. The big debate is, who do I start with first? For those who have been following this blog, will realise how many characters there are, and how many that haven’t been mentioned yet….

so, lets start a new series of blogging posts, each with a different character profile (note: will not be any of the main family members)

Do you ever get that feeling…

I’m back at Uni now (actually came back on Monday) and obviously, haven’t done any writing since I was at home, which is a shame, but I do have some more assignments and an exam to prepare for (yeah I know, one exam!….£9000 a year ay…actually, I don’t give a sh*t about that since I chose to be here).

Anyway, I woke up this morning, thinking about my book, and the series, specifically, the next instalment, ‘Arrows of Fire’, which is a long time coming I’m afraid (need to finish ‘A Monarch’s Gamble’ and a side story….yeah, need to talk about that). But, for all my writing fans out there, do you ever get that feeling of melancholy when you think about what’s going to happen, but realise where you are, and how far and long it will take to get to that point? It’s a strange feeling, because between now and then is a wonder of thoughts and ideas, and awesome scenes of writing, and lots and lots of endeavour, which is absolutely wonderful, and mind racking (racking my brain).  Some people might read this and think ‘no, what the hell is this kid on about’ and then hits that horrible unfollow button (please don’t do that 😛 ), but for those that do understand it, you see where I’m coming from?

I hope so, I’m at that point now, where I’m thinking ‘should I or shouldn’t I start writing up the storyboard for the next book’.

Comment below with you thoughts. It would be enlightening and interesting to see what you think.

‘The Accursed Kings’, a review of the series

As to get some inspiration for my book, I thought it best to read some books which orientates around medieval warfare and politics, so one day, I picked up Maurice Druons ‘The Iron King’.

This book was fantastic, thrilling, fast paced, and captivating, containing descriptive politics, murder, betrayal, trajectory, love, and very long winded ways of describing things which don’t really make sense. The first two books I read, which I couldn’t put down (The Iron King and The Strangled Queen) were very good, making you want to really want to read the next page, then chapter, then the rest of the book. The third book however…lets talk about the content first.

So it’s based in 14th Century Europe, and follows the family of Philip the Fair, and his sons and successors. A well articulated plot, with meticulous story-lines and characters. It talks of the fall of the Templars (don’t worry, that’s not ruining anything if you read it) and the King’s reign. It’s, moderately executed, being translated from French to English, George R.R. Martin states that it is ‘the original Game of Thrones‘, which I am about to start reading.

My main issues. Yes the first two books of the series are very well done, drawing me in further and further, but, after getting the third book as a present from my editor, I see myself drawing away from the book. I did read ‘The Matarese Circle’ between the second and third book, which may have been a mistake, since I was on a slight high from reading what I thought was one of the best books I’ve ever read. The characters in the series present so much promise, but never have I found myself (maybe bar one) wishing for something to happen to them, good or bad. The author has presented a brilliant opportunity to create some gutsy and solid characters, but as I read on, I don’t really give a sh*t about any of them, if I’m honest. This is supported by the next issue, the pacing. There is fast, slow, slow burning, or this, the trailing fire of the DeLorean from Back to the Future! It goes so quickly that I have no idea what’s going on! It’s a skeleton without tissue or organs, it is its bare story which is hard to follow from all the expansive old words that I don’t fully understand. Along with that, and the issue with not expanding the characters to their full potential, means when something happens, I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry. Because of the extensive list of characters and their actions, the pacing makes it impossible to follow, first someone is doing this, then bounces over here, then rebounds to this part, just too much happening in such a small amount of time, which makes it not enjoyable to read, which is a shame, because the first two were good, but the third ‘The Poisoned Crown’, was a different story. I believe, when reading a book, for it to be good, you need substance of characters, descriptions of surroundings and feelings, you don’t get that with this series, and a great shame it is. The next thing is, and I cannot stand this and I am to make sure I do none of it in my book, with my editor backing me on it, is sentences at the end of paragraphs that basically give away the story and what’s about to happen, the books are full of them and it’s not speculation, it’s ruining the book, because now I know what will happen without any thinking effort, again, a real shame.

So the main issues, characters and whether I’m supposed to like them or not, the pacing (way, way too fast), badly written foreshadowing (I know what’s going to happen before I’ve finished the first part), and the lack of substance to the plot. What are the character’s motivations? Why am I reading a book that feels like a historical report of certain events? Why does the speech feel like it’s being read to me, rather than me reading it? Who do I like and hate and why? I think it’s clear that if I’m having to ask this many questions about a book, it’s unlikely to be my favourite, and unlikely to win a few people over, which is a true shame.

2.5/5

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Crikey, today is a bit of a wonder!

So, after looking through my feed, having a gander at some of people’s posts, I came across a post written by ‘The Daily Post’, encouraging people to come together and share their site with other bloggers, regardless of what their blog focuses on. Giving it some thought, I decided to put my name out there, reading some very influential and heartfelt posts about real life issues, it was clear to me that I needed to expand my horizons on wordpress, and I’m glad I did! Reading some very touching posts, I wanted to use this opportunity to say thank you to ‘The Daily Post’ for allowing me to post my blog on their ‘First Friday’ post to try and get bloggers more followers and appreciation. This kind of action I thoroughly endorse, and encourage everyone to take part, regardless of followers or how long you’ve been on wordpress, get out there and explore the world of wonder, because it seriously is a massive eye opener!

I would also like to add my personal thanks to Michelle W., The Daily Post for giving me support on this project! As always, everyone’s words of encouragement is much appreciated and highly valued!

Here is the link to those that are interested!

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/27030/posts/1428683823