Looking to after Halls of Power and the Ancient Dreams trilogy, I’m putting this up to show people what sort of stories I have in mind, and let people give me their opinions on which ones they’d be interested in seeing next.
I’m going to be up front and state that these are simply the stories I’m interested in writing after I finish Halls of Power and Before the Godsrage (if you’ve missed it, this will be an anthology giving background on several characters). These will not be coming out necessarily quickly. The ‘Completion’ is to give a guess of how much I already have done on a story for the first draft. Also, I’m listing them in alphabetical order, not by order of preference! Oh, and the titles are not all set in stone, they’re working titles.
Also, my wife has pointed out that it might be best for me to do a standalone book before diving into another series, just to take a breather. This is a possibility as well.
Born a Queen: This is an alternate earth superhuman setting, set in the year 2030, thirty years after superpowers truly emerged in the world. This is a lesbian romance of sorts, though in ways this is even darker than Ancient Ruins (all in segments I’m going to shy away from, but implications will be there). Tentative sequel titles: Down with the Queen and Off with Her Head.
Main Character: Lilith Carpenter is the masterpiece of the villain known as Shadowmind. Created from using DNA samples from hundreds of heroes, Shadowmind once intended to transfer her mind to the newly cloned body, only to have a sudden twinge of motherly compassion overwhelm her. Lilith was going to be her ‘daughter’, but Shadowmind was captured, and Lilith emerged alone and confused, to be given directions by the villains AI system. Far more than a normal human, her body idealized in many ways to what Shadowmind wanted for herself, Lilith nonetheless seems to have no superpowers, and is simply out to find a place for herself in the world.
Plot Overview: Lilith eventually moves to San Francisco, well after Shadowmind is incarcerated under sedation. There she has several chance encounters with one of the heroines who captured Shadowmind, and finds herself drawn into a conflict between the heroes of San Francisco and multiple factions of villains. Much of the book ends up being slice of life, however.
Overall Length: This could be a stand-alone book, though I have the material to create a trilogy in mind, or possibly even more.
Completion: 75%. Technically this story is finished, with approximately 75,000 words (Ancient Ruins is 117,000 words, by comparison). However, based on what I’m remembering of it and likely rewrites, I believe I’ll have to rewrite a quarter of the book and expand sections to make the story more fleshed out. This story is the closest to true completion.
Dreams of White: Yes, I know this is very similar to the Ancient Dreams trilogy title. This one came first. Unlike every other story idea I’ve had, this one is all about the adventure, not about the relationships between characters. Dreams of White was conceptualized as a seven-part Pathfinder RPG adventure path to take characters from nigh unto the lowest levels of the game to the greatest heights of power… but I only finished writing the first two parts of this. This is a High Fantasy/Epic Fantasy Quest, with multiple twists. Part 2 is dark enough to give me the slight creeps.
Main Characters: We have two characters, Michael Lighthand, a healer who is outraged by recent hobgoblin raids and who possesses a hint of wanderlust, and Jaine Forest, a half-elf traveling to where her elven mother is said to live in the western forests of the Elder Woods (which would probably be renamed). Both are young and plucky, but will be joined by a manipulative noblewoman and a dwarf determined to reclaim his mother’s honor. I’ve only got basic profiles for each, as this was not originally intended as a novel series, but as something for a game.
Plot Overview: Things begin in the foothills of the Iron Peaks, a mountain range that cuts off the trade roads of the Golden Way from the lush lands of the Elder Woods. A group of hobgoblins have blockaded the pass through the mountains and are raiding the surrounding lands for slaves. Jaine and Michael team up to succeed where the caravan mercenaries have failed, only to find that not everything is as it seems. A shadowy figure has cast their shadow over the region, and plans centuries in the making are moving once more, plans that involve the legendary White Queen of the Fey.
Overall Length: This will depend a lot on how long the books actually take. I haven’t written anything on them, but at a guess, this would end up being a seven-book series, which I find somewhat daunting. The story twists and turns, but I have the full plot already worked out, and have plenty of notes to work off of for the first two parts out of seven.
Completion: 0% (60% for the background notes for everything? Game stats are weird, but it gives me a LOT to work with).
Sisters of Radiance: I’m terrified of even addressing this one in many ways. The beginning is nuts, and I often feel that the rest of the story doesn’t fit the opening. This is a lesbian fantasy romance, with elements of high fantasy. A lot of it is worldbuilding, and the stranger in a strange world.
Main Characters: There are two main characters, Lady Anar, and Noctis. Lady Anar is one of the derran, a demon-descended race who dominate a large continents next to the vampire-like Vorpir Kingdoms. Descended of the Imperial line, Anar possesses the gift or curse of perfect foresight, but with significant limits. Save in rare situations when a situation is apocalyptic enough to trigger a vision, she has to set a specific goal, and her Gift tells her whether a given decision is good or bad for the purpose. Using her Gift, Anar chose to step down from her position as she searched for the route to find her true love, and has spent nearly fifty years in her search, becoming one of the most skilled artificers in the Derran Empire.
Noctis is a newly minted knight of the Sisters of Radiance, devotees of the Goddess of Swords of another universe that dies in the prologue. The last resistance against the onslaught of darkness in their universe, she is incredibly powerful by the standards of the Derran Empire, but she has grown trusting of others who don’t radiate the taint of darkness. Thus, with her faith shaking due to a perceived failure of her goddess, the young elf trusts a group of derran without question when she arrives, only to find herself beaten and captured to be sold as an exotic slave, where she is found by Anar.
Plot Overview: The relationship between Anar and Noctis is not guaranteed. This began as a serial story of sorts, and thus has evolved over time. There are dark undercurrents in the Derran Empire, and though Anar wishes the best for Noctis, she has blind faith in her Gift that sometimes leads to hardships. Yet worst of all, not just those who followed Light escaped Noctis’ previous world. This has large sections of world-building, due to Noctis being clueless about where she ended up.
Overall Length: This would likely be a book and its sequel, possibly expanding to a trilogy. I’m not sure how long it would actually go, but there you go.
Completion: 60-70%. I have approximately 62,000 words complete on Sisters of Radiance, and I’m not sure exactly how long it’ll end up, but I generally aim for 90k-100k words for a book.
Through the Fire: A Young Adult High Fantasy Lesbian Romance, this would be perhaps the mildest of the books I had in mind, with the least potentially creepy content… but even it has some, I’ll admit it. It’s set in the same overall world as Sisters of Radiance, on the opposite side of the globe.
Main Character: Ruethwyn Sylaris, an elven commoner from the village of Mellesyn, is the only survivor after a dragon attacks the town and abducts the vast majority of other women in the village. She’s crippled by the soul-burning fire of the dragon, one of her arms burnt away and severe burns across half her body, but somehow she survived. Despite it also nearly crippling, her magic, Ruethwyn goes to the Tyrness academy, still determined to make her teacher proud and find away to rescue those who had been stolen from her. She is a prodigy for her age, able to cast spells like most master spellcasters, but far from the peak of her potential, especially since her magic was crippled. Still, she doesn’t give up.
Plot Overview: Enraged by an attempt by a bordering human nation to kill him, the dragon Shadowgrave expanded his borders and razed the human and elven villages inside the new territory, taking the comely women within as his prizes, leaving behind only a handful of survivors, including Ruethwyn. The story will encompass her adventures at the Tyrness Academy of Magic, until she eventually leaves to find a way to heal her body, and finally to rescue those kidnapped by Shadowgrave. To be clear, she has no chance of defeating the dragon in direct battle, and such is not the story I am looking at telling.
Overall Length: This would be a trilogy, full-stop, though I could see a sequel trilogy as well. I have Plans for this one. Who knows if they’ll come to fruition.
Completion: 20-30%. I have approximately 30,000 words complete, but it would need heavy re-writing due to a writing style I have since abandoned.
These are the four ideas that are most tempting to me, and I would like it if people could let me know which they feel are their favorites among them.