I have not been able to write a blog for myself for some time now. For those of you who don’t know yet, The Dark Archer has officially been released as of July 26th!
This marks almost a year since I began this novel, but many more years’ culmination of work in this fantasy world. As some know, my first book release, a novella entitled The Suffering, was released back in January of this year as an experiment.
I needed to learn some of the finer points, and while I consider this a success in that regard, the world of publishing is a crazy one, and for an introverted type like myself, the marketing aspect is a world we need but don’t want.
And so, here I am, writing a post for my first novel and second story written in the world I’ve created. As I write this, I am in the middle of writing the sequel to The Dark Archer, called The Shadow Cult, and it is already at 30k word count. The hope is to have this done and released by next summer. Tough but doable.
With all of that said, I’d like to narrow my focus to The Dark Archer.
This is Bene’s story. He is a wraith. Wraiths are steeped in lore and legend and myth, where they were a frightening entity that stole a person’s soul. For my world, I took this idea, creating a system where a wraith can be created by being separated from their soul. In order to function, a wraith must feed off the life-force of the living.
The life-force can be magic or life, but ultimately, the idea is to draw from the soul of the person. A wraith kills.
This makes Bene’s character an interesting one, because he still holds on to his humanity, and does not wish to kill. There is a caveat to this, of course – because he was a soldier, he has killed and will kill to protect the innocent. The problem is that Bene, as a wraith, faces a physical torment should he refuse to feed. But if he does feed, he carries the full weight of the agony felt by his victim.
The darkness of The Dark Archer is not one of evil, per se, but that of hopelessness, sorrow, and despair. The physical pain and torture he endures only adds to this throughout the story. I have seen a lot of dark fantasy which covers the ideas of evil and horrible actions taken by characters in the story – things that we consider “dark.” But I’ve never read a dark fantasy that speaks to the horrors of despair.
In the end, we always have a choice. The Suffering speaks to one possible path. The Dark Archer takes us on another one.
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Thank you. And please feel free to spread the word by sharing this far and wide. I can use all the help I can get. Have a great one, and I do hope to see you in the world of Arduil. Bene awaits you.