For my sixth birthday, my father gave me a leather-bound copy of Treasure Island. At the time I remember being disappointed that it wasn’t an action figure of some kind. After reading it though, the story lit a fire inside of me and my joy of reading was born. Shortly afterwards, I began reading as many classics as I could get my hands on. I began to notice that the vast majority of classic literature had many elements of what are now classified as fantasy.
That genre became my focus when trying to find modern authors to enjoy, but I was ultimately disappointed that most of them have gone into hard-fantasy more concerned with turning their worlds into role-playing games than telling compelling stories with great characters. The recipe is never changing; books are done as trilogies, names are incomprehensible and have more umlauts than vowels, swords are described in pain-staking detail but the characters get a broad and generalised anatomy.
The fantasy landscape has become so entrenched in this mindset that nothing innovative is ever accomplished. I see no reason why fantasy novels can’t be accessible to a wider audience more interested in character development and exciting story progression rather than statistical analysis.
With that in mind, my second novel, Deadly Intentions, I continue telling the story of a deeply troubled young Prince so far removed from the throne that his title means almost nothing. Tristan’s parentage though has thrust him into a life he’s not completely prepared for and friends with which he forms unlikely bonds. After the defeat of the Draconis’ Bane cult, Tristan prepares himself for a boring life of administration. Little does he know, the conflict to liberate his nation is a distraction set in motion by the puppet masters behind the cult who are massing in the north for an all out offensive. In a race against time, Tristan must find allies to prevent his world from coming to ruin, or die in the attempt.
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