|Original artwork for The Shard by Shane Tyree|
|Cover art designed by Vic Caswell|
I have several more story ideas within the fantasy world, so I decided to call the series the Chronicles of Xax, since the one character appearing in all of them is the wizard Xax. I don't intend for any of the books to be a traditional trilogy where each story flows directly from the last. I wanted them each to be able to stand alone but also fit within the longer arc of history. So, for example, the next one in this series that I am writing, called The Shattered Spire, is set 800 years prior to the events in The Shard. Long ago I even published the prologue for it.
|Map of the Known Lands|
Why do I expect a narrower audience? Because fantasy fans are quite divided between those who are sick and tired of anything even remotely related to Tolkienesque fantasy and those who love it and crave more. I understand the first set of people to some degree, but I am firmly in the latter camp. My book won't appeal to those who never care to read about an elf again!