Roxwale: The Heir’s Brother
What can I say about Roxwale: The Heir’s Brother? The project was originally meant as a collaborative project between Scott Moore and myself. This would have been on the order of how we do The Canes series, where I write one character and he writes one character, and they intermingle inside of this interconnected world. Something you might not know is that Scott and I have tried and failed to collaborate on other projects in the past. That new book of his Uprising: Groundborn was originally The Uprising Chronicles and was intended as a team effort. That fell apart though, and, in a similar way, so did this recent attempt – The Chosen Two. The problem wasn’t to do with a lack of interest, but, instead, our ambition got the better of us and pulled us in our own unique direction. Now, Roxwale: The Heir’s Brother and whatever Scott will call his future book are blood-related in some ways, but otherwise standalone and unique from each other. In-fact, Roxwale: The Heir’s Brother will take place in the world of The Aeonian Fantasy, the same as my previous fantasies The Red Flux and Katalene the Hollow, respectively.
This doesn’t mean you can expect Secrat from The Red Flux to show up and nick something from Roxwale and you certainly shouldn’t expect Katalene‘s dragon to swoop down and cause pandemonium – but that doesn’t mean they don’t play a role in The Aeonian’s greater lore. Like Katalene and Flux before it, this is a standalone novel about one character’s plight in a much larger world.
I am a little shy of 40,000 words on the novel at the moment and it has been a while since I have dusted it off. This is because I had a break where I worked on The Canes III and began editing for the publication of Lunacy’s Dance, I intend to return to it as soon as I can. Look for the novel to premiere on the Mighty Subscription Service in April or May this year and a Smashwords and Amazon release sometime in the Summer.
The book is about a young prince named Roxwale who is a, more-or-less, unfit protagonist. He isn’t particularly handsome or mighty, nor is he a skilled warrior or a tactful war technician. His claim to fame is in his birth name whereas his brother Prince Palon has all the advantages a person could ask for. The novel sees him dealt a fiendish blow, however, when he is bit by a poisonous insect, resulting in the loss of his leg, as well as mysterious hallucinations from a horned goddess. Roxwale: The Heir’s Brother follows him on his journey to find the Queen of Bahal and, maybe even, himself.