James Charles Rau was born in Long Beach, California, and was captivated by science fiction and fantasy at an early age. He is currently a technical writer for a computer systems development company. He currently lives in Costa Mesa, California.
Why centaurs? They seem like such oddball beings on which to base a story, let alone a series.
My love for centaurs began years ago while I was in college. I just happened to pick up a copy of Ovid’s “The Metamorphoses” in the bookstore. There’s a wonderful slice of life story called “Nestor’s Tale of the Centaurs”, which is a retelling of the war between the Lapiths and the centaurs. It just hit me: What if centaurs were real? What if this story was based on actual events? Centaurs are real. They’re not the result of “magic” or “genetic engineering”, but a truly evolved race. Moreover, they are still evolving--into humans.
First, you wrote “The Children of Cheiron”, and now you’ve published “Cheiron’s Promise” some four years later. How many stories do you plan for the Archon Series?
It will be a trilogy. The last story is tentatively titled, “I, Cheiron”. It’s barely in the planning stages, but I can tell you that the titular character, Cheiron, plays a major role. I hope to have it done and published in two years. After that, I’d like to move onto to something else. I’ve taken the “centaurs are real” concept about as far as I can.
The centaurs have gone to war and the human race faces a dark fate. Jacob must solve a mystery before all is lost. He must do the unthinkable and deliver his people into the hands of his worst enemy to restore the balance.
Can Jacob convince the centaurs to keep—Cheiron’s Promise?
Jacob knew he should not get involved. The oath he had sworn as a teacher was clear. He was to serve faithfully and without question. It was the only way to keep the peace.
But the war that he believed ended thousands of years ago still rages.
Now the centaurs have forced him to do the unthinkable. Jacob must choose sides. But his choice could result in the utter destruction of the human race!