Ithanes

Not too long ago, I showed a picture from my sketchbook of the main character of my Sacred Knight series, Steigan.

A few nights ago I was flipping through my sketchbook again and came across a picture that reminds me of Ithanes. Ah, Ithanes!

He doesn’t come into the story until book 2, Manifest the Magic, but he was so full of surprises for me. I’ve come to utterly adore him. He’s like the king of snark, and very powerful with his magic. He knows what he’s good at, and lets people follow their strengths. He’s a good leader in that he finds people to compensate for the areas where he is weak. I think that’s why he likes Steigan so much. Yet, he also doesn’t often show weakness in himself. He’s lord of two lands, Dubinshire and Gohaldinest, and he lets everyone know it. Don’t let him fool you, though. He does have his deep, dark secrets.

And speaking of which, I so want to look through that curio cabinet he keeps locked in his chambers. In book 3, To Birth a Destiny, the reader gets to see that curio a couple of times and Steigan even describes some of what he saw. But let me tell you, I was right there when Steigan was discussing what he was seeing and he certainly didn’t get to some of the more interesting items toward the back. Some day I’d like to draw that cabinet and all the trinkets in there. I’d also love to sit down and talk to Ithanes about how he collected all of them. Oh, the stories!

This sketch was done in 2018. I do think if I’d intended it to be Ithanes, it should have had a teardrop-shaped gemstone hanging from the circlet. Maybe I just needed practice drawing a circlet, even a wiry one. (grin)

Maybe someday I’ll get around to doing an illustrated Sacred Knight edition, or maybe even a graphic novel. Someday.

Her question

There’s a moment in Manifest the Magic when Keteria begins to see her twin brother as someone other than the person she thought he was. She confronts him with this question:

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I always wanted to work in a little more about her wondering if Tanold considered Keteria as something to possess or kill. Would she be afraid that her twin would harm her? Yeah, maybe some day I’ll write a little side story about that.

One does not walk

As a Lord of Dubinshire

I am often asked which of my books is my favorite.

Unfair question! (grin)

For starters, it’s akin to asking which of your children is your favorite. Secondly, the excitement is always tied up in the books a writer is currently working on, not the ones that are published. Once I’m satisfied with an adventure and its released, I’m moving on to the next one. Now, since I usually write 3-5 different stories at a time, yes, I do have a favorite at that point — it’s always the one being the easiest to write!

However, when pressed for an answer, at this moment in time, my favorite is To Birth a Destiny. Granted, one has to read the first 2 book in the series to get there, but it is the book I love. 

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Onesong – Chapter 6

I want to thank those of you who have shared with me about how much you are enjoying the story. Your feedback means a lot to me. When you are sharing your excitement over the story with me, it infects me with your enthusiasm too. Thank you.

I’ve also been getting questions about how this fits into the Sacred Knight story. It seems I have some people who are reluctant to start Sacred Knight until they’ve read all of Onesong. Trust me, you are fine to start reading Sacred Knight. You won’t have any spoilers for Onesong, I promise. Frankly, if you are concerned about spoilers, you probably should stop reading Onesong now and wait for me to finish the Sacred Knight series before reading Onesong. There is a HUGE reveal in Onesong that has gone completely unseen by my Sacred Knight series readers. I know, I’ve asked many of them because I wanted to know if I’d tipped my hand somewhere and unknowingly revealed my secrets.

Oh, don’t let it scare you off. I personally think it will only make the story more dramatic if the reader knows certain things that the main character (Steigan) doesn’t. Which is why I’m putting this story out here every week. Of course, I’m not sure if we’ll get to that part of the book, so the whole point might be moot anyway.

Just so you are aware, Onesong takes place approximately 2,000 years before Sacred Knight. You start to see inklings of how the two stories blend in the fourth Sacred Knight story (Prince of the Ruined Land, which is coming soon as I’ve been told by my first reader that she has finished reading it and that there are no structural problems – yippee! That doesn’t mean I don’t have some things I want to do and clear up that I’ve been thinking about). In the fifth Sacred Knight book which I am currently writing, then the two stories will blend together. Part of my wanting to write Onesong now was so that I could get the event lined out how I need them to be. Same reasons I had to wait until I’d written most of To Birth a Destiny before I released Manifest the Magic, and that I had to write History of a Dead Man before I finished The Three Books; I had to make sure my path matched up with my map. When you’re writing into the dark like I do (that means, writing without an outline or usually even about the next step in the story) sometimes these side adventures help flesh things out. It’s part of the reason why I’m writing extra stories featuring Moonhunter as well as the other Wells of the Onesong stories before I finish up Dragons of Wellsdeep. I want to have as much knowledge about the world my characters live in before I button things down in the novel. It’s a way of setting and testing the ground rules so that my mind can go to work on how to bend them or break them logically. It’s all a mind game and it’s one I play with myself first before releasing it upon the world.

Best job in the world!

Onto Onesong, shall we?

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 6 is available for 1 week only! Then, it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

 

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Onesong

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 6

This chapter of Onesong was available for one week only and has now turned back into a pumpkin. If you missed it, click on the links below to find it or another great story to read. There’s also another free story or story excerpt somewhere around my blog – I try to post something new every Wednesday. Hunt the story down, read, and enjoy!

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If you enjoyed this, try out The Three Books – Legend 1 of the Sacred Knight series.

Onesong – copyright © 2017 Dawn Blair

Published by Morning Sky Studios
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Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
Cover art “Looking Toward Yesterday” copyright © Dawn Blair