I tend to admire simplicity in most things, and that extends to writing. I have a feeling that I underdescribe when I write, which I hear can be a good thing, i.e. leave things to the reader's imagination. Even the characters in my book follow my philosophy, with the best people always preferring a plain pommel or scabbard, while bad guys may have more ornate styles.
The title of my book -- The Shard -- reflects my style. I like it the way it is. To me it reflects the tone of my story, that of down-to-earth realism. However, I always see books in the stores with far fancier titles, so I wonder if I shouldn't consider changing it? The fancier title that I am thinking about is 'The Shard of Kathkalan'.
Kathkalan was the greatest elven hero, who roamed across all the lands dressed all in black while performing great deeds. When a terrible black dragon destroyed the eastern parts of the realm, Kathkalan decided to slay the dragon. He took the shard (a minor magical relic which you can read about here) with him into the mountain lair of the dragon and was never seen again.
So, what do you think is a better title -- 'The Shard' or 'The Shard of Kathkalan'?
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