This week saw the culmination of a project began earlier this year. My follow up work to Master of the House finished its initial draft. Initially the book was to be titled “Children of the New Potential”. I’ve decided to change that and use the series title along with a shorten version of that tentative title. That being said, I am happy to announce Legacy of Shadow: The New Potential (TNP) is complete and ready to face the challenges of the market.
So, how do I explain this book? TNP is the story of a group of characters who make a similar decision to walk away from the lives they are leading into the unknown. Each of the characters does this for a different reason but as they end up on the same path, together they are given a warning that the answers each of them seeks rest at the top of a frozen mountainous wasteland at the top of the world. Over the course of a week these characters fight against the forces pursuing them, against their own fears, and against the fear of passing the point of no return.
Laylani is an Elf of Deep Shadow who has taken up a burden that was not her own. Her arrival in Britania spells doom for its people and spreads fear that the City State is under attack from the undead forces at its door. She has come seeking refuge after her failures in the northern lands. Laylani finds no refuge in Britania but manages to regain control of her destiny and perhaps the friends who will see her through it.
Eric is a Templar in the service of Britania. He is smart, skillful, and has a promising career ahead of him however a nagging sense of worthlessness and isolation leave the warrior feeling as if there should be something more. When he comes face to face with Laylani and senses something familiar and kindred in the supposed threat to his homeland, it becomes the catalyst that will either ruin his life or save his soul.
Vavian is a free-wielding mage who works and lives outside the control of Britania’s Magi Guild. He is a sought after criminal. He is a threat to the social order. He knows what the Guild has in store for the downtrodden of Britania. Using the chaos around Laylani’s arrival to move on his own plans, he becomes hopelessly wrapped up in a struggle that he could have never imagined.
Dempsy is a wealthy ‘Copter pilot with a keen eye and a strong distaste for the law. He plans to help Vavian escape Britania and life a life of comfort, ease, and coin but when his friend returns to him and reveals that their plans have changed, Dempsy has a choice to make.
I never could have imagined how difficult writing this book would be. It was not that the actual writing, typing, and plotting were hard, overcoming doubt was the challenge. Master of the House lent itself to an ever tightening plotline and left plenty of room for character evolution. TNP is a lead off book, meant to spark a whole series but still be self contained.
I had to capture a world, introduce new characters, justify motivation… Of course every book does this. I’m not complaining, not at all. What I wish to express here is that this book is the first step in a bigger story. This overall story is something I have captured in my mind and now had to find a way to condense the important parts into an opening act.
I was not even sure I liked my own characters as I wrote the book. That’s a hard pill to swallow. (Rest assured they ARE awesome and the book turned out great.) It’s simply that when you are inside a story, crafting it and setting the stage for later, you know who these characters WILL be. As you write them, you see them only as they are on the first page or first chapter and it feels wrong.
The further along I traveled in this book, the better it felt. Not only were my own fears unjustified but many of them were incorrect too.
I plan to do some site expansion and add information about these characters in the coming weeks. I will also post my query that I will send out for this book for anyone to see and comment on.
I should really take a lesson from Dempsy. He pretty much nailed it:
“You can never bake the same cake twice. That’s a life lesson. Don’t forget it.”