Following the Burnley Literary Festival I got an idea for a young adult fantasy novel. YA is something I’ve not really tried and my experience of reading that is years past – so why not? I started just over a week ago – the initial story line will look at how the fey were banished from earth, letting humans dominate the planet. Then it’ll move onto what would happen if they came back. I’m not settled on the outcome yet (i.e. does Faerie make a full return into the present) but it’s exciting and should come to a good few books.
What’ll it be called?
The working title for the series is Elf Wars with The Turning Stone as the first book.
Fantasy has myth and heroic fable at its heart. What’s behind Elf Wars?
Real history. Just as there was a time when nations reached their greatest extent, e.g. Greater Persia (back before Alexander the Great conquered it), or a Greater Armenia (around 200 years BC); there’s also the concept of a Greater Europe. It’s only since the Renaissance that those with European roots were pushed back, West of the Urals. Pre-Mongol times it had a greater extent, taking in the Kazakh Steppes through to the Tarim Basin. Empires rise but and fall.
At Empire’s end knowledge and ancient artefacts are lost or destroyed. Sometimes not everything is lost — even it it’s better that it is.