Published by Red Adept Publishing, LLC on November 3, 2015
Series: Order and Chaos #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Romance
Palmer Tash always follows the path of least resistance. He has an unusual disability involving his hearing. But in theocratic Latysia, being different isn’t a good thing, so he conceals his problem.
Brier Chastain’s malady is even more debilitating, and she often must take to her bed for long periods. Her days are spent in meaningless pursuits as she awaits an arranged marriage.
When Palmer and Brier are kidnapped on the same night, they meet and discover that their so-called disabilities are actually budding powers. They are the incarnations of Order and Chaos. With their country on the brink of war, the two must step into their predestined roles and learn to take control of their own destinies.
Today I have author Jessica Dall here to talk about the world she created for her Order and Chaos series. I am super excited because The Renaissance and Ancient Rome two of my very favorite time periods!
The World of Raining Embers
One of the things I love most about writing fantasy is the chance it gives to build an entire new world while writing. Since I’ve always been a history buff, a lot of the world of Raining Embers takes its cues from “real” world history. Unlike many high fantasy novels, though, I didn’t want to use Medieval England as my jumping off point. As much as I love the middle ages, moving time periods allowed me to not only learn more about new time periods but allowed me to get away from the Tolkien-esque feel that I didn’t feel suited my novel.
So, instead, I started blending two different time periods:
- The Italian Renaissance: The largest single influence on my world building was certainly the renaissance. The idea of a mix of republics and kingdoms and other city-states that are sometimes allies and sometimes aggressors allows for a lot of inherent conflict—even more of which will be seen in later books in the series. The way religion also affects politics and life in the time period was a lot of fun to work with throughout the story.
2. Ancient Greece/Rome: Speaking of religion, though, I stole quite a bit from antiquity for that bit of the story, including following a pantheon of gods and having oracles who can tell the future and tell people the gods’ wills. Though ancient Rome and the renaissance in real life were millennia apart, the two time periods actually mesh really well as a whole. After all “renaissance” means “rebirth” and was named such because society was starting to look back at antiquity once again in terms of art and philosophy, so the two match up in places better than one would think.
From there, I threw in bits and pieces of other societies—taking bits of everything from Ottoman influences to some Native American mythology—and spun it all together until I ended up with a world, and time period, that was uniquely mine. And with Book 2, Graven Idols, coming out later this year and Book 3 underway, I’ve found I love it there just a little too much. I’m excited for readers to get to learn more about it as well.
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