Published by Alpha Wolf Publishing on 7-9-2013
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The book centers around Linvin Grithinshield, a half-elf general called home from the goblin wars to
run the lucrative family trading business after his father's disappearance. Only after his mother's murder does he discover his destiny is to be the Master of the Red Sapphire, the most powerful magic any mortal can possess. Together with his wise but mysterious Uncle Anvar and his infuriating cousins Bander and Rander, Linvin must flee the would-be assassins and find the gem before the sinister forces from whom he flees find the stone and take it for a dark purpose.
Guest Post by Rival Gates: Relevance of Fantasy Writing
In the book marketplace there are more options than ever before for the consumer to choose what they want to read. There seem to be trends in the industry. Right now there are more books about zombies, vampires and werewolves than I can ever remember seeing. There is nothing wrong with that. It happens to be what’s popular and that’s great. I think anything that makes people read books is a good thing.
There was a time not so long ago when Fantasy was a big genre. The fact of the matter is that it still is relevant. It is a classic style that will never disappear. Why, you may ask? Simply put, the world is a hectic, confusing place. People want to escape from everyday life and head into another world where their problems can be forgotten.
I was first attracted to Fantasy by a book in which the main characters do that literally in the novel. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis tells the story of war-torn England where four siblings leave our world through a wardrobe and enter a magical land called Narnia. That book personifies the spirit of fantasy and created the obsession for it in my life. Everyone has problems they seek to leave behind. In a good Fantasy book you have a different world with different rules and different problems. Those problems don’t bother you so much because they are not your problems. You get to try to figure out how the characters will overcome their hurdles and solve their issues. Sometimes you figure it out and sometimes the book surprises you. However it happens, during those blissful hours of reading, your troubles cease to exist. They don’t come racing back to you during every commercial break.
A good Fantasy book draws you in and invests your interest in the characters. Unlike other genres, you don’t have to stop and consider if what is happening is possible because it is not our world! The rules can be anything in a Fantasy world. Maybe the sun rises in the west? Why not? I poured my imagination into my book, “Quest for the Red Sapphire” and its sequel “Sapphire Crucible.” I have created a totally new world where the hero is clear and his enemies are nearly everyone.
There is an element I search for in a good Fantasy book. It’s that point in the story when you look at the position the main character is in and say, “There’s no way he or she is getting out of this situation.” Then a solution is revealed that I never would have thought of to save the day. Several of those moments arise in my books and I want the reader to stop and say, “This time they’re toast.” When all looks bleak, an answer presents itself. That makes a great story for me. A story about a quest is pretty typical in Fantasy genre. I find the really good stories, however, take you past the mundane and draw you in with storylines that peak your interest.
Another wonderful part of Fantasy is that it really opens your imagination like nothing else and lets you paint pictures in your mind. You see the characters the way you want and not how someone else does. One person who read my book told me what they thought a certain character looked like. It was a totally different description than I would have given but that’s great. Just as two different people can take something different from a song on the radio, you are free in Fantasy to see things as you want and no one can say you are wrong. Even when a Fantasy novel is made into a movie, the actors are merely one person’s idea of how the characters should be. You can have a totally separate point of view.
I am proud to be a fantasy writer. We are the daydreamers who scribbled on our workbooks in school while imagining epic battles and journeys to magical lands. There will always be room for Fantasy in the marketplace. It is the home of those who love to dream.