Monday, November 23, 2015
His name is Greenshank...though he knows that's not his true name. He is a reticent man, and took something over a year and a half to tell me his story - a story entwined in mystery and murder, war and redemption and political manipulation. It does him well to be reticent, as he has a very hard time determining who is friend and who is enemy and who is . . . something other.
Of course I know that his story began in Dust and Light, released last year. But for a long while, I thought it was going in one particular direction, and then it took off on a path I didn't expect. Certainly Greenshank didn't. And I hope my readers will enjoy its twisty unraveling.
That's why the book is releasing in December and not August as I had hoped, so I trust it won't get buried in holiday bustle.
A greenshank is a water bird, as it happens. Many of Greenshank's fellows are also named after water birds, as much of Ash and Silver's action takes place on the cold, wet northwestern coast of the kingdom of Navronne. Just off the coast lies an island fortress that might call to mind a fascinating place in our own world. Fortress Evanide is a place of mists and storms and rampaging tides, and, in Greenshank's experience, a strict and mysterious military order that calls itself the Equites Cinere' or Knight of the Ashes.
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