My fantasy stories might not seem autobiographical, but I use elements of my own past and emotional landscape when crafting my characters. I know what it’s like to lose a parent (not to death, but to other things)–but what if that loss had been the result of a brutal murder? I take the pain I know and extrapolate. I mold and twist until I’ve wrought something unique from my own experience. I do this over and over, constantly.
I think it creates realistic character emotion and depth, and it’s extremely therapeutic. When I write, I do so with the knowledge that there’s a possibility no one will read that book, no one will connect with it, it will exist forever alone and unloved. But that’s okay, because it gave me the chance to fight my demons again, to win the battle, to put them back in their cages once more.
This is another amazing review for Under the Shadow. There are a lot of details in this one! I loved that she included an excerpt from the book. That is a description of Jahern’s private, hidden laboratory that he deserted years ago when he went into self-exile. Jahern is Lycian’s primemaster.
Both Lycian and Mylinka suffer greatly in this story and learn much of their history, something I dare not divulge. Suffice to say there must be a Book Three.
There will be a final installment, which should release around the first of next year. Thank you, Blue Haven Press!
Source: Epic Fantasy for the Fans
This wonderful review of Under the Shadow on Jennie Reads brought tears to my eyes. With this series, I’m trying to write fantasy that is realistic and grounded in authentic emotion, so I loved that she says this book is more than just “popcorn.”
“Popcorn enjoyment is good while you’re eating but then an hour later you are just thirsty from the salt or craving sugar or something. This book, however, did not leave me with the popcorn feeling. I really got into it – could not put it down for almost 3 days. If it wasn’t for meetings and driving I could have finished in one day. The book did something that most Fantasy does not for me and that is – I cared! I cared about the characters, the place, the plot and subplots – all of it. It pulled me in and I enjoyed the stay!”
That’s just an excerpt. The whole review is lovely. Thank you, Jennie!
Source: Under the Shadow Book Two of the Astralasphere Spiral by Sionnach Wintergreen
Cith Lor Mahl is the world where the epic fantasy series, The Astralasphere Spiral, takes place. This is a map of Cith Lor Mahl, created by illustrator Oscar Paludi, that appears in Another World’s Song: Book One of the Astralasphere Spiral and in Under the Shadow: Book Two of the Astralasphere Spiral. (It will also appear in Jairra’s Veil, book three.)
Cith Lor Mahl means ‘the world without’–as in the world without dragons. In many ways, Cith Lor Mahl is a world bereft. It mourns the mysterious loss of its dragons even as the mortal races continue on in their lives of chatter and commerce.
This is a map of the outskirts of Anjlith, where Lycian lives in Under the Shadow: Book Two of the Astralasphere. To the right is the Garden of Lost Heroes, the massive, ancient graveyard where Lycian lives in an empty crypt with Quin and the wolves from Durnineh. (No, Lycian isn’t a vampire. He lives in a crypt because he was hiding from warmancers, and it seemed like a nice place.)
To the left, you can see Anjlith’s city wall. Anjlith is beautiful.
“Many claimed it was the most beautiful city ever built by Gailfendic hands. Long before the time of Gahlad, the great white stones that composed the castle had been mined from Mount Ilyandaire, where Jairra first touched the world, and the tall, elegant towers had been wrought with the skillful craftsmanship of long dead artisans and the magical words of an ancient mageking.”
But shadows fall even in beautiful places. Lycian, who has always held an idealistic view of Anjlith, discovers this truth in this second installment of The Astralsphere Spiral.
This is another beautiful map created by illustrator Oscar Paludi.
This is the post excerpt.
This is a map of the bustling port city of Khydgel, where Mylinka lives in Under the Shadow. Khydgel is ruled by a pirate queen and run by a criminal guild. It’s a fun place!
Many thanks to illustrator Oscar Paludi for the beautiful map.