This setting is a new one for me, though it is another of the sort of mixed fantasy and science fiction that I prefer. I've decided to cut the one large novel into at least two parts, which gives me more time to develop the setting and ideas for the latter half or two thirds of the storyline. The first part is done, and the second section is in development. I know it's shorter than my novels have been lately, but I think splitting it up is the thing to do, for now. The interesting thing with this one is that I had ideas for this character for several years. The setting came to me separately. After some thinking, I found a way to make the two work together.
Marcus Schatten, a man with a shadow that has a mind of its own, literally, is betrayed and sent to work off a prison sentence on the border. There, he must guard the last kingdom of mankind from an evil that has consumed millions of lives. The Light Walkers wait just across a wide band of rain-drenched lands, wanting to pillage the last settlements man has built, but the technologies in this land are great enough to hold them at bay. Still, there are those that guard the border against any invaders, and Marcus must find a way to survive his two year sentence in those dangerous lands...
Legends of the Sworn Lands: Hunter (IN PLANNING)
Marcus Schatten, along with a desperate group of border crossers, must venture into the Forsaken Lands as his only chance of redeeming himself after murdering another border guard. With the foxwoman and some unsavory types, he heads into the lands lost to the Light Walkers, and looks for something valuable enough to buy his way out of his prisoner's debts... NOTE: IN DEVELOPMENT
Interested in the card game Marcus plays in the book? I've made a printable deck of cards, albeit a simple one, for you to try your own hand at. Simply print them, cut them, and play. It might be best done on card stock, or you could make your own, marking up a couple decks of regular cards. Get it now: