Writers of fantasy should avoid reading fantasy. naturally, the classics are valuable: Tolkien, Lewis, Jordan, Le Guin and a few others... But the first thing you should realize when you start reading Tolkien is that fantasy was not his inspiration. History, theology, myths, and language were his passions. He avoided escapism and used whimsy as a tool, not and end. He and Lewis both wrote for the soul as much as the imagination.
Great fantasy springs from reality. Psychological, spiritual and even historical reality, which all feed into great characters and great story-telling. Not to mention great prose, for it is the psychological reality of Shakespeare that carries the fantasy of The Tempest to soaring heights.
My love of history probably shaped Breaking the Skies as a story more than any other influence. I would hope that my readers can smell whiffs of the US Civil War and the French Revolution in the story I have weaved and will be weaving in future books.
In this week's chapter...
Tem has heard the word repeated with dread time and again: "Sekral". Baratem finally reveals the deadly meaning behind the name.