Hello Rebels, and welcome back to my life.
Yesterday was another glorious book release day! The Alchemist’s Touch is available on Amazon.com and ready for your viewing-holes! You can pick it up right here!
So, if you know my Nightblade series, I want to just make it clear: this new book is NOT part of the Nightblade series.
However, it IS set in the same world of Underrealm, and if you’ve read Nightblade all the way to the fourth book, Shadeborn, then the events of The Alchemist’s Touch will be very, very familiar to you, although you will be seeing them from a different perspective.
This is the first of three new series I’m launching this year that are ALL set in the world of Underrealm, and they ALL relate to Nightblade in some way.
In fact I CAN confirm that the main characters of all these series WILL definitely meet, or ALREADY HAVE definitely met Loren at some point in the books.
So why four different series set in the world, other than the obvious fact that I kind of enjoy writing books, plus the fact that I seem to have some kind of obsessive compulsion to keep doing it?
Well, there’s more to it than that. Here’s the thing: the Nightblade Epic is about Loren. It’s only about Loren. The whole story is from her perspective and we never really leave her in the books.
Except in the epilogue of Shadeborn, but that’s a rare exception and also an easter egg that a surprising number of readers still don’t discover in the book.
So with our viewpoint restricted to Loren, right, we can really only tell one story: her story, day by day and month by month, with all the things she goes through along the way.
But the thing is, I want to tell more than one type of story. Loren’s journey is about ONE theme: the moment in all of our lives when we break away from our home and try to figure out what we want to do with ourselves now that we’re ostensibly adults.
Now, I could theoretically work a bunch of other themes into Loren’s story. But because of who she is, where she comes from, and what she wants in her life, I am somewhat restricted in the number of stories I can tell, and the types of stories I can tell.
That’s where the other series, and more importantly, the other characters come into play. By exploring different walks of life, and people with different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, the range of stories I can tell increases.
Like, Loren is a poor peasant girl from the forest, and so it’s not exactly organic to use her story to talk about the onus of legacy and family obligation and how it can be a problem even for those who are born into extreme wealth and privilege.
Which, coincidentally, is one of the main themes of The Alchemist’s Touch. (Link in the description).
Ebon is a boy from an absurdly wealthy family that has a very, very dark reputation, right, but he’s not entirely sure why, mostly because he’s actively tried to avoid that knowledge from a very young age.
Much like many children born into wealth and privilege don’t often take the time to examine that privilege, because it’s much easier to simply enjoy it than to, you know, wonder if you really deserve it.
(Sixteen-year-old Garrett knew nothing about this sort of situation, by the way).
Ebon also happens to be an alchemist, a wizard who can transform matter external to himself, as opposed to weremages, who can transform their own bodies.
But he’s never learned to command his magic, because his dad never let him study how to cast spells because his dad is a bit of a…oh, what’s the word…a dicknugget.
However, on the eve of his sixteenth birthday, events conspire to finally let Ebon attend the Academy for wizards on the High King’s Seat, the island capital of the nine kingdoms.
And while he thinks everything’s going to be all hunky-dory, it wouldn’t be a very good book if that was all there is to it, and he begins to have some problems.
I mean for one thing, he’s beginning his studies six years later than he’s supposed to, so he’s immediately ridiculed by other students his own age.
And because he’s a Drayden, the instructors at the Academy either fear him, or try to suck up to him, thinking he has a lot more political sway because of his family connections than he actually does.
And meanwhile, something weird is happening on the High King’s Seat. Something Ebon doesn’t totally understand, but which he finds himself being drawn further and further into as he tries and mostly fails to use his magic.
Like I said before—if you’ve read Shadeborn, you’re going to love The Alchemist’s Touch. And if I’ve done my job well, there will be at least one point during the book where you go,
“Oh, wait, THAT’S what’s happening? Oh. Well, oh dear.”
Rebels, I’m so totally excited to share this book with you and I really, really hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
If you’re reading it now, or if you already read it, please let me know in the comments! I want to hear what you think! I live for your love!
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I appreciate your support and I will see you tomorrow. Maybe. Byyye!