On the day of his death, the voice came.
The war between the human empire, Gredian, and the Fey kingdom Atrelia has lasted for five decades and shows no sign of slowing down. Lieutenant Colonel Chais Nevermoon of Gredian, accused of treason, is going to die. That is, until a member of the Fey forces appears unannounced to save him. Chais and former enemy General Elwood Zefire embark on a secret and perilous journey back to the Fey kingdom.
The war between the countries is minor compared to the existential threat both empires face from mysterious and powerful forces from the other world. The seals separating the two worlds are cracking and at risk; it is soon apparent that the danger Chais and Elwood are facing is far greater than what either of them could imagine.
Targeted Age Group:: 15-25
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Briana wrote a short story one day and sent it to Elizabeth, Elizabeth read the story and decided it was a brilliant premise for a novel. Both had wanted to write books for a very long time and both were brimming with ideas they wanted to share with the world. And now, together, they realized it was easier to keep writing when there was someone waiting for eagerly for each chapter, so they started to write.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Chais Nevermoon was the main character to a short story with no ending—a hero being persecuted as a villain while something uncontrollable loomed within him. He was created with maximum mystery and intrigue in mind, a means for the reader to become invested in his story without ever having met him or seeing more of him in the future. When the short story became the foundation of a novel, his character was expanded from there and grew with the story and my abilities as a writer.
Lynara Merran was a way to expand the Gredian empire as well as Chais Nevermoon's character. A figure tied to his past and his future. She was to be a spark in the dry timber that Gredian's government had become and her personality reflected that—a fiery woman whose flames were tamed by no one, not even herself.
Lilith Fulmina was just another character until Elizabeth and I tied her character with Elwood's, in which she then became a way to reflect Elwood back at him as well as show the rest of the characters a different side of him.
All other characters I create are made with driving the main characters or the plot. They are there to help characters realize certain aspects of themselves or to provide the plot a means to continue in the most logical fashion.
Elizabeth- Elwood Zefire was created as a narrative foil to Nevermoon, he was bright and cheerful while having the same mystery and intrigue as his counterpart. From his personality to his fighting style and even his color palette, he was a contrast to Chais Nevermoon, and he grew and developed with his foil, bringing both characters to life in the process.
Rebme Luxdare started with her name, Ember, which was then flipped to Rebme, and Luxdare, which means in very rough Latin, to give light. Her name was meant to be a darker version of Lynara, she had already burned out, had given her all and no longer thirsted for recognition the way Lynara did. However, her name soon became a reason for her abilities as a dark magic user, as a giver of light she casted her own shadows. And as a faint light, she was always shrouded in them, making her an enigma.
Lilith Fulmina was introduced by Briana but integrated into the deeper story though her relationship with Elwood. Her reactions to the other characters and Elwood showed both Elwood and the others a new aspect to their relationship.
Every single one of the characters I create for background are there to fill the world. They help create what I feel is a realistic interaction between people and reflect the conditions and ideals of the kingdom they live in.
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