The time has come. As of today all three parts of The Book of Water are now available for sale. Choose between the Stone or Spellbound Editions for each part.
Yes. Hot on the heels of what we refer to as the ‘stones’ editions, we are releasing the alternate ‘spellbound’ editions. We want our readers to have a choice so we are going to release them as soon as the original ‘stones’ edition of Enchantress Destiny is for sale.
We will be adding new pages here shortly so that web viewers will can easily select their preferred version.
Hope you like them,
Covers are something that we have been developing and when we get the opportunity we like to improve where possible. So here we have a new set of covers for our 1st editions. Hope you all like them .
The next few months are going to be pretty busy for JW Whitmarsh so we thought we’d give a taste of what is to come, along with a rough timeline and a short quote from the author on each.
Nexus-Fiction: Is there much of a gap between Enchantress Apprentice and Enchantress Destiny?
JW Whitmarsh: No, none at all really. Chapter 1 follows on from where we left Apprentice. The first third is very much a continuation of what was set up previously. Thereafter we seen the quest heading towards its final destination.
NX: Is this the last we’ll see of Caleigh and her friends?
JW: Each Elemental Book, Water, Fire, Earth etc is set in a different part of the world so what comes after The Book of Water isn’t necessarily in sequence. That said, the events set in motion in The Book of Water will have a global effect and whoever is left standing is going to want to have a part in what happens after.
NX: So we’re finally bringing out The Book of Water as a single volume. Is this how you see the story?
JW: Yes, absolutely. But I’m also a reader and I appreciate people like to break things down. The main advantage in having them together like this is people will approach them in sequence and don’t have to worry about having read something first.
NX: Will there be anything new?
JW: There may be appendices about some of the background information and characters. We shall see.
NX: So Valkyrie Rising is volume 4. Is it necessary to have read 1-3 first to understand it?
JW: Short answer is no. It’s set in a parallel Norse world as opposed to the Celtic one and features a new set of characters. Valeria’s journey runs largely concurrent with Caleigh’s for the first part of the novel and then carries on for a few months after.
NX: Will readers of The Book of Water have a better understanding?
JW: They will have a better understanding of the world and how magic works and things like the Society of Shadows. Elsewise it’s a new beginning.
NX: So we shouldn’t expect any cross-over?
JW: Not yet with this one. Ultimately, there will come a point when all the distinct elements converge but you’ll have to wait and see precisely how they pans out.
NX: We have another origin story here. Can this too be read as a standalone?
JW: Yes. Less so than Valkyrie Rising but it’s quite possible to understand everything with no prior knowledge of the other books.
NX: So we should expect this one to be completely self-contained?
JW: Not completely. As it takes place a little bit later we will start to see some progression and consequences from The Book of Water.
NX: And we’re in ancient Rome this time?
JW: Well, Sena but yes the setting is the classical world. It’s not entirely the same. In this world the Empire in the west has clung on for a hundred years or so longer than its historical counterpart.
NX: Since we’re on the topic, when is the Elemental Cycle set precisely?
JW: You have to remember this is a parallel-world and one that has been hugely influenced by magic and magical turmoil. Some things have been invented much earlier as a natural consequence of magic use. For example, glass-working in a world where people can wield fire would happen many centuries earlier, I think. Likewise, religion would have developed very differently when most miracles were explicable through spells and learning.
Roughly speaking, the current time period in the world of the Elemental Cycle is somewhere in the region of the 5th to 6th centuries. Unfortunately, not that much is known about a lot of the world in this time so what I write about is illuminated by better documented periods. Valeria’s Scandinavian world is approaching the Viking era, which is actually 2-3 centuries later.
Ultimately, the world of the Elemental Cycle is a celebration of mythologies so it tries to reach the defining period for those. There is no century that would conveniently align with all of that.
NX: Does this convergence have an effect in terms of the current state of each culture?
JW: Yes, to a degree. We are not going to see samurai and hoplites alongside knights in full plate armour charging against cannons. The Senatian soldiers of this time wear mail; the lorica segmenta is acknowledged as something from the past. The knights of the west wear mail and haven’t started jousting, which, incidentally, already makes it more historically accurate than the medieval tales of King Arthur.
NX: This all takes us up to October this year. How far ahead have you planned with the series? Can you give us a hint what the following three books will be?
JW: Book six is A Clash of Gods, which will be the second book in the Book of Earth. At some point the second book of the Book of Fire (provisionally titled Venus Ascending) will branch off from that. The two may initially run parallel to each other. At the same time in another part of the world the first part of the Book of Air is due to start. It may have started already in terms of the timeline.
NX: Will all the Elemental Books be trilogies?
JW: That remains to be seen. I think that’s something that should be dictated by the story rather than neatness. Maybe it will be two books or one. How do Nexus feel about a tetralogies?
In light of the forthcoming release of the third part of the Book of Water, Enchantress Destiny being released at the beginning of may and the complete trilogy version being released a month later. We thought we’d look at this question more generally.
The trilogy is a well-known staple of films, books and games. So much so that almost everything now has to be a trilogy. The number three is very satisfying but is it always what people want?
Tolkien famously never regarded The Lord of the Rings as a trilogy. That was his publishers idea. Yet when it came to making the films splitting it into three was a no-brainer. Is this the eternal truth? Is it that writers prefer a single, complete story whereas the audience needs a more digestible chunks?
We’re polling this on twitter at the moment and would be really interested to know people’s thoughts with regard to books and fantasy books, in particular. In the meantime, here’s a (very) short case for both sides.
Every writer wants their book read and many people would be intimidated by a 900-page brick. Length can be an initial barrier for many, even if in the event they would be able to manage. This remains true even once a reader has decided to take it on. War & Peace is famously one of the least finished books. We all like a sense of progress and huge books don’t make it easy for us. When you’ve read 100 pages you should feel like you’re well into a story and not just scratching the surface. Reading is a time-consuming process the less like a slog it seems the more people will do it.
First of all, a distinction should be made. There’s a difference between a book having two sequels and breaking up a longer tale. The reason writers don’t like their books split into three is because they are not three separate stories. It is a single story that should be read in order. Who wants to read Return of the King if you haven’t read the other two first? Also, this artificial split puts a lot of pressure on the first book to be the gateway to the others as well as being a complete story in its own right. We don’t judge films and plays simply by watching the first act. Novels should be no different.
As of today Enchantress Apprentice is officially on sale. Click here for the links by country. We like to show thanks to our most committed fans therefore early purchasers will be rewarded with a lower price for the first month.
If you are a little behind and wish to catch up, do not despair. Enchantress Awakening is still available. Buy now and begin the journey.
We’ve been trying to set up a weekly blog on a Friday but, unfortunately, all our writers are busy today. JW Whitmarsh said something about having to finish a manuscript (Enchantress Apprentice). We’ll give a pass for that one. JWW Devlin claims he is immersed in ‘research’ currently (for which we read making plans for the 6 Nations) and Wil Easton is busy with ‘projects'(which probably means annoying scientists with hypotheticals).
In the absence of our writing staff the task falls to the humble minions of Nexus Fiction to fill the gap. Given that we’re not as opinionated as our creatives we’ll focus on what’s upcoming on the site.
In the next few days….
New blog from JWW Devlin looking at the positives of adaptations.
Extended pages on characters in JW Whitmarsh’s section. Now relating to people we expect to meet (or are referred to in) Enchantress Apprentice.
New blog from one of our writers (they won’t escape us this time).
In two weeks….
Until then, have a great weekend. Remember, Enchantress Awakening is still on sale. If you haven’t read it yet there’s still time before the next part comes out.
Take care and live well,
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