I received an email recently with a good question. The reader completed The Rise of Nazil and loved the Novel. He had one question regarding the manner in which the characters speak. It was not the lack of contractions or the cadence of the dialogue. His question was one I was expecting and have heard several times prior.
“Why do your characters ‘sound’ alike?” It is true; many of the characters speak in the same manner. This was not an oversight; this was purposely done. I know in most epic fantasy that you have these unique dialects to set the characters apart. The Rise of Nazil fantasy series does the opposite. It is one of the many subtleties you will find within its pages.
It is extremely important to me that the similarities with the inhabitants surpass the differences. There are slaves taken captive by those of Nazil. However, because they are now slaves does not mean they are not educated or that they were not people of prominence in their past lives. In our own histories throughout the world, this is true.
So, why do many of my characters “sound” alike? Because there is truly no difference in them, not one that has any bearing on who they are or will be. Some may place themselves in higher regard but that does not make it so. I will quote Allister d’Garrion from Seed of Scorn. “Nikolina, do not equate one of high birth with one of great moral character or righteousness. There is no parity to be found and oft times, the opposite is true. The position does not dictate the character of a man.”
Thank you to those of you have read, enjoyed, and reviewed my novels. The land of Faélondul is a wondrous and distinctive place. With its magnificent, diverse, and fallible inhabitants, it will cause you to rethink your vision of what epic fantasy truly is. We are not all from the same mold. Some of us have more to convey and a unique way of delivering an enjoyable and insightful story.