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I have the pleasure of introducing you to my friend, Jill Williamson. I met Jill way back in the dark ages of spring 2007 when both us were wondering if we’d ever get published. Then we ended up having our first novels come out around the same time, so it’s been fun to share the journey together. Here’s the cover of Jill’s latest novel and what it’s about:
The gods are angry.
Volcanic eruptions, sinkholes, ground shakers–everything points to their unhappiness. At least that is what the king of Armania believes. His son, Prince Wilek, thinks his father’s superstitions are nonsense, though he remains the ever dutiful First Arm of Armania.
When a messenger arrives and claims that the town of Farway has been swallowed by the earth, the king sends Wilek to investigate. But what Wilek discovers is more cataclysmic than one lost city. Even as the ground shifts beneath his feet, Wilek sets out on a desperate journey to save his people and his world. But can he do it before the entire land crumbles?
Now, without any further adieu, I’ll Jill take it away with her insight on …
What Makes Epic Fantasy Epic?
According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word “epic” stems from the Greek word “epos,” which meant “poetry in heroic verse.”
Epics were a type of poetry that often dealt with action and grandeur of traditional or historical interest. Epic poetry was recited aloud, to entertain an audience with the exploits of a specific hero and the nation that hero represented.
Epic fantasy novels are not simply about a hero and his quest. They’re about a world, the people in it, and a conflict that rises up and threatens to forever change that world. Here is a list of elements that I believe every epic fantasy should have.
10 Must Haves in Any Epic Fantasy
1. Incredible Worldbuilding- The world is different from our own—and cool.
2. A Map- One the reader keeps flipping back to look at.
3. Massive Scope- The story takes place all over that map!
4. Massive Stakes- The world as the characters know it is being threatened.
5. A Complex Plot and Subplots- I’m talking soap opera complexity here. There is a lot going on.
6. A Large Cast- Readers should grow to love the huge cast of characters. Think: Lord of the Rings.
7. Magic- Oh yes. There should be magic.
8. A Showdown- The entire book often leads to a massive clash.
9. The Feel of History- Like epic poetry once did, epic fantasy should feel like it’s telling a major part of history.
10. Breaks the Mold- Epic fantasy should attempt to break the mold in some way. For years Tolkien was the mold and everyone copied him. People still do. But part of writing epic fantasy is to try and do something different. Something no other author has tried. It’s a chance for an author to take a risk—just like the heroes he or she creates.
I tried to do that with The Kinsman Chronicles. I wanted to write a true epic fantasy with a Christian worldview. I wanted to tell an allegory that was pre-Christ. I paralleled my story with that of ancient Judah and Israel. And I sought to tell the epic tale of how my kings led their people back to following He Who Made the World.
Have you ever read epic fantasy? If so, what are some of your favorites? Share in the comments.
Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms, who writes weird books in lots of weird genres like fantasy, science fiction, and dystopian. She blogs for teen writers at www.GoTeenWriters.com. Visit www.JillWilliamson.com to learn more about her books.
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