Above: Fantasy Rhine landscape with castle town, Willem Troost (1684 Amsterdam – 1752, Amsterdam)
Basic summary of Return of Darkness: fantasy world, teenage characters, quests, dark lord (he’s never called a dark lord, but he basically is), medieval battles, you name it. So, how is this different from the other fantasy novels/series we know and love?
Different number of books?: To be honest, we’re really not sure how many books it will take to finish the story. It certainly won’t be 3, and hopefully not more than 7. We do, however, know how the first book is going to end.
New magical beings: The Journey of the Seven series will have magical beings that have not surfaced in main stream fantasy novels before. At least one species will be a fully original invention. Others will be obscure magical creatures/beings to American culture. We plan on using mythological creatures from African, Asian, ancient European, and Native American lore throughout the book series. But, there will not be any talking animals (sorry, Narnia fans). As for dragons, they certainly won’t be like the ones in either The Hobbit or Eragon, if they show up at all.
Diversity of age: The series will have teenage characters, young adult characters, adult characters, aged characters, and immortal characters. There is no school like in Harry Potter, instead there’ll be a training site for people of all ages competing to become the new magical mediators of Fru. Also, some adults have equal weight on the story as the teen protagonists, as the chosen seven will be from diverse age groups.
Diversity of peoples: Let’s be honest, all of the above franchises were predominantly white (though Harry Potter had some African-British/Asian-British people, too). Return of Darkness is NOT going to have the awkward good Caucasians of the west and evil Asians/Arabs of the south and/or east seen in Lord of the Rings and Narnia. Of course, Fruian races are, by canon, different from Earth races, but if I had to identify comparable races: Sabra is an Arab, Andrew is Northern European, Benigno is Mediterranean, FengHua is Asian (of course), and Woodlanders are African (rich and successful ones at that!). And as for one particular magical species, they’ll have all sorts of skin colors.
A huge number of relatable characters: I am certain the number of characters in the story will rival the number of characters found in the Harry Potter series. Of course, the entire Middle Earth anthology has hundreds of characters, but I’m thinking in terms of the trilogy plus The Hobbit. Also, each character will have his/her own subplot, no matter how small it is. Of course, the relatability of characters depends on the readers’ backgrounds, as well.
A greater enemy exists: The other novel series, save Narnia, have only one big bad that the protagonists have to defeat and/or destroy. Our series will have a greater enemy for our protagonists to face than the one they initially thought was their big bad. I can’t reveal who/what this greater enemy is. It could be a person, or something more abstract. The only clue I’ll give is that the “Dark Lord” (again, he’ll never be called this in the series) is not the only villain of the story. For those LOTR fans out there, you know that there is something/someone behind the Great Eye Sauron, so think of this as similar to that. I know I just stated a similarity, but in the end, it’s different.
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