News, Notes & Info

Here is number three in a series of a half-dozen promotional blogs I wrote about Kinglet, its themes and the characters. For an autumnal treat, I’ll be posting one per week on this page. I hope you enjoy finding out a bit more about the series!

 

The World and Magic of Kinglet

I’m often asked about the “world” in which Kinglet is set. Let me say at the outset that it’s a familiar world to readers of fantasy: a medieval-esque setting, a largely human population, a male-dominant society, horses for transportation, swords for weapons.

But it’s a world on the brink of change, and that’s brought about by the long-suppressed and much-denigrated magical lore known as Wiche. As Kristan Gemeta, the protagonist of Kinglet explains: “My old teacher Simeon once told me that Wiche is simply a catchall term for anything beyond our power to comprehend or explain. Not everything Wiche is magic, but all magic is Wiche.”

In the world of Kinglet, there are two kinds of magic. The first is Learned, meaning it can be taught and studied and understood. It can be written down and passed on to another. It can be twisted and altered to change its purpose, and its power is limited by the abilities of the one who uses it. Daazna, the main antagonist of Kinglet, is a Wichelord – a master of Learned magic.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is True magic, or Tabi’a. It is magic in its natural form. No spell created it, no spell can master it, and no spell can destroy it. It exists for its own purpose, and no other. The Gemeta Stone, the legendary protective talisman which belongs to Kristan’s family, is one example of Tabi’a.

It’s this clash between Learned magic and Tabi’a that catapults Kristan’s life into chaos, and it’s his struggle to understand the Stone’s Tabi’a that’s an ongoing theme throughout the series.

 

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To those of you who’ve read it, may I encourage you to post a review on Kinglet‘s page at Amazon? It doesn’t have to be five-star (heck, it doesn’t even have to be good), but any boost you can give to Kinglet’s signal would be greatly appreciated.

Meanwhile, stay tuned to this page for more news about Kinglet and the entire The Gemeta Stone series, including the November 7th release of Book Two: Fiskur, plus the cover reveal and other information about the 2018 release of Book Three: StoneKing.

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