My Southern Lands series is based on a world of fantasy. That is to say the world is real in that it follows strict rules, but it does not correspond entirely to the world in which we live. The Southern Lands are mostly inhabited by humans and they live in about medieval times, but the world is also inhabited by other lifeforms, some dark and some friendly. There is also an element of magic that also exists.
But, and here's the important thing, anyone that writes about magic has to understand its boundaries and who exactly possesses what magic. You cannot rewrite the rules half-way through the book. The reader would notice! You also can't suddenly introduce a magic that has not been mentioned in the previous 200 pages just to get a character out of danger. If a parallel world is to be believable then the reader needs to understand the rules of the world and to see they are being followed.
I write epic fantasy novels. Why? Quite simply because I enjoy reading them. As a child I read the C.S. Lewis Narnia books and the J.R.R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings trilogy. Nowadays I read books by other authors (I love Robin Hobb - see opposite), but for the most part this is the genre I stick to when reading. I guess it's a sort of escape, but I like to think of it as a way to open your mind to other possibilities. The brain is a remarkable piece of evolution, something that has amazing capacity to imagine and digest information. Well written epic fantasy pushes our brains to the edges of their reasoning. It makes them question all sorts of things. Could other worlds exist and support the sorts of things that happen in these stories? I'd love to believe they could. Millions of readers must agree, judging by the popularity of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. I put my heart and soul into my epic fantasy books and I hope one day my Xannu books may be up there somewhere just below the classics.
Xannu - The Prophecy by Paul Dorset. $0.99 from Smashwords.com
Living out a mundane school life is not the norm for Terry West. After digging up some rune coins near a roman road he has been living in another world inhabited by warlocks, seductresses, priests and prophecy. There Terry is a soldier, Teern Truthbringer, who is tasked with finding the Xannu. Battling un-earthly creatures & witnessing powerful magic are all in a day's work. But some want him dead... *** READ 20% FOR FREE ***
Xannu - The Healing by Paul Dorset. $3.99 from Smashwords.com
Continuing on from The Prophecy, this book follows the journeys of two groups of travelers who are both trying to heal their charges. Back in England, Terry West is distraught after the loss of his best friend. But as Teern Truthbringer the soldier, Terry is busy battling un-earthly creatures & witnessing powerful magic on a daily basis. But is he prepared for the perilous journey he has to take to heal his charge; the Xannu. *** READ 20% FOR FREE ***