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“Peter,” he said, bringing his focus back to me, his eyes intense, “the forces of good are like a candle on a dark, windy night: a tiny light, easily extinguished. Once blown out, it can be hard to relight. It seems as though evil can never be conquered, only contained. I’m afraid we must constantly start again.”
Sink into this fat, juicy fantasy novel and travel with Peter, Rainier, Matt, many others, and, above all, two swords: Royal and Dag, both carrying more magic than has ever been seen before.
The Unexpected Traveler in Depth: The Maps
A lot goes into a reader-ready book. One key element is a set of maps that cover the fantasy world. You can see and download high resolution maps in PDF format for printing by clicking here. And this 7-1/2-minute video gives you an in-depth look at the map creation process.
From the moment I met Brett Pfister, I was completely enchanted with his work. He has converted my hand-drawn maps into art. Brett’s own website is here. Of course, a Kindle device or Kindle app can’t render them appropriately, so you can click on this link to see and print the maps in much higher resolution (PDF format). When I read fantasy books, I like to be able to follow the map as I read. You may be the same way. In that case, print these maps and follow along.
My wife, Loretta (see her website), created drawings to go with each chapter. Here are some of them:
- The magic sword
- Entrance to the Jolly Judy Mine
- Drogo the Dragon
- The ruins of the Malgon Castle
- A dungeon cell in Malgon Castle
- Sheep safely grazing in meadow near town of Eagle’s Nest
Behind the Scenes: Building Peter’s Character
Watch this video as I explain how I built Peter’s character and Matt’s character and discuss the idea of characterization in general.
Behind the Scenes: Research for the Book
This video provides some background research I had to do on swordsmanship and archery.
Behind the Scenes: More About the Story
Here I describe the basics of the story and explore some of the themes.