In previous posts, I spoke of a man named Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick AKA the Kingmaker. Warwick is famous for making Edward IV King of England, but was discarded shortly afterwards, which resulted in him betraying Edward three times. I will focus on Warwick’s first betrayal, which almost destroyed England as a kingdom. Warwick’s first betrayal involved him orchestrating tax riots in northern England, which were fueled by rumors that the king’s in-laws were taking tax money for themselves. Later on, Warwick published an open letter that not only repeated the accusations against the king’s in-laws, but also invited anyone who shared this opinion to rally at Canterbury and take up arms against the king. After Warwick’s allies gathered, they defeated and captured Edward IV. However, Warwick captured and imprisoned Edward without a coherent plan to replace and to kill him. This resulted in the fragile peace Edward IV built to collapse with astonishing speed. During this time, Warwick took his frustration and hatred in a killing spree meant to exterminate as many of Edward’s in-laws as possible. In addition, the unrest Warwick engineered in the north backfired on him and spread south like wildfire. Desperate to restore order, Warwick tried to rally other nobles to his cause, but they just laughed at him because he arrested the king and started all the trouble in the first place. In the end, England could not function without a king to lead it and Warwick’s scheming and wounded vanity drove the kingdom into anarchy. For my third fantasy book, I will be heavily draw inspiration from Warwick’s first betrayal in order to portray the villains’ actions.
When we think of a romantic relationship between a human and an elf, we think of Aragorn and Arwen from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. However, hardcore Tolkein fans know that his original love story between a human and an elf revolved around Beren and Luthien. This love story was so personally significant to Tolkein that he had Beren and Luthien’s names engraved on his and his wife’s graves. As a writer, I am an amateur when it comes to romance even though I have portrayed romantic relationships in the past. The reason for this is because I never could put enough emotional and spiritual depth. With my third fantasy book, I will be attempting to portray a deeper romantic relationship between my main character and female lead. It will be the deepest and most complex romance I have ever written and it will be my equivalent of Beren and Luthien.
Fantasy characters tend to have a strong sense of friendship and togetherness when they go on quests. Easily my favorite example of this would be the chemistry between the hobbits in The Lord of the Rings, which consist of Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck, and Peregrin “Pippin” Took. The fellowship the hobbits share have inspired relationships between fantasy characters for decades. For example, George R. R. Martin loosely based Jon Snow and his companions in the Night’s Watch on Frodo and company. In particular, Samwell Tarly is clearly based on Samwise Gamgee. I am thinking of loosely basing the relationships of my main character in my third fantasy book on the chemistry between these four hobbits.
Like every monarch throughout human history, the main character of my third fantasy book will have his own collection of favourites. Favourites are courtiers who possess the monarch’s favor, which usually guarantees an elevation in status. As long as a courtier maintains the monarch’s favor, the rewards for their fealty could be limitless. If any of you have seen the film known as The Favourite, you get a good idea of what life is like for a monarch’s favourite. My protagonist’s favourites consist of bastards, peasants, and a group some consider to be heretics. If the bastards serve and please him, the rewards may include being legitimized and having their bastard status removed. If the peasants serve and please the protagonist, they could be appointed to high-ranking positions in the Imperial Government. If the heretics provide lost magical knowledge, they will be given the “Golden Age” they were promised. In addition, all three of these groups would also gain wealth, titles, and lands as long as they maintain the emperor’s favor. However, because the protagonist’s court is filled with bastards, peasants, and heretics, a lot of barons and kings across the empire find their elevation to the top of society hard to swallow. In addition to trying to prevent the return of magic, the protagonist’s enemies will also be motivated by their disdain for his choice of low-born courtiers.
I had an interesting idea about elves regarding the source of their magic and immortality. What if they acquired their magic and immortality from unnatural means? As I keep saying, magic always comes with a price, which means to become as powerful and immortal as elves would require a price that is high beyond measure. As I mentioned in my previous posts, my third fantasy book will revolve around the main character and his followers uncovering long forgotten secrets in magic. What if one of those uncovered secrets involved the source of the elves’ power and immortality? Since the antagonists of the third fantasy book will be anti-magic religious zealots, the usage of this magical secret will definitely drive them crazy.
My second fantasy book, The War of the Gilded Beasts, finally got its first review! It is a five star review on Amazon:
“A very well written a tightly crafted story line. The interaction between the married was well done. I like how each couple knew of and were able to get to know one and another. Plot twists and turns were well executed and there were a few doozies. Great read. Had a enjoyable time reading both the books.”