Today’s post is a behind the scenes look at my current Blood of Kings trilogy, which is still a work in progress.
The inspiration for this series comes from a plot elements mentioned in the Dragonslayer and Wolf of the North trilogies, and follows the broader arc of magical resurgence in the Middle Sea World that I’ve been building across all of my books.
I also wanted to use this story to revisit some of the locations we’ve already seen in my other books for the simple reason that I really wanted to spend some more time in them! Considering the way the magic arc impacts all the different parts of the world, I thought this was the ideal opportunity. It gives me the chance to explore how magic has impacted society against the comparison of my earlier books where it was still highly illegal!
After Dragonslayer, I felt the urge to return to a coming of age style story. However, I enjoyed writing Guillot so much, that I didn’t want to leave out the older world weary type, so I created the band of mercenaries that Conrad, the developing young man finds himself with. It’s a fun balance to play with—the world weary cynicism of mercenaries who’ve been around the block a few times, and the youthful optimism bordering on arrogance of a young man who hasn’t experienced much of the world yet.
That’s about all I can say about this one, as it’s still a work in progress, and I don’t want to say anything I later decide to change!
If you haven’t read it already, you can check the books out here: