A doomed expedition discovers an ancient secret in the mountains.
Against his better judgment, Garruth – a mercenary – joins a voyage of discovery to try and pass through an unconquered mountain range. The explorers believe they will find the remnants of a long-lost civilization on the other side; Garruth would settle for a few answers.
What they find is a secretive people that prefer their privacy, and are willing to kill to protect it. Yet the ancient sword that the mercenary carries seems to be of interest to this people’s beautiful sorceress, and her promise to help him find the answers he seeks ensnares Garruth in a web of political intrigue, betrayal, and espionage.
Now the mercenary will have to try stay alive in this dangerous place long enough to finally discover what happened to him so many years ago, and what role his invaluable sword played in creating him; and maybe – if he’s unusually lucky – even earn a bit of gold along the way.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+, although I also offer an edited version where all of the naughty words have been removed
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The details of the history for the main character of the series, Garruth, allows me to do almost anything I want to do with him. For this, I wanted to write a story where you see thousands of years of a civilization's history at two different points in time, centuries apart. And with Garruth as a sort of cipher, it made it much easier to do: since he was there for all of the inciting incidents, I got to explore all the ways that the perception of those events had changed a thousand years later.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I came up with Garruth pretty easily. I enjoyed the idea of writing a character who was not tied down to anyone, professionally. Who had no lord, no master, no Captain to whom he was accountable other than his own conscience.
LuQing, the other main character in the story, sort of developed over the course of the book. I knew what sort of character I wanted, and I let that guide me to the details and the personality that eventually developed.
ChenLong was one of my favorite characters in the book to write, because while he is definitely the antagonist, I don't consider him to be a villain. It is tragic, for the most part: he is acting selflessly, on behalf of the people he loves. In his mind, certainly, he is a hero. I was interested, then, in writing a character that could be a hero in their own mind, but still make the wrong choices that lead to so much destruction.
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