|Readers Circle Guest Helen Henderson|
Hello and welcome to the Readers Circle. Sadly, summer is just a memory now, so no longer the Summer Readers Circle. I have had a wonderful time hosting guest authors this summer and giving away prizes.
Why Helen Wrote Windmaster Legacy by Helen Henderson
Windmaster Legacy is the second book set in the world of Windmaster. The series began as a short story. The story of the archmage Dal and Ellspeth, captain of Sea Falcon, haunted me enough that I again put pen to paper. The short story served as the synopsis. Add in some storyboarding, a few images for inspiration and the romance fantasy, Windmaster, came into being. I didn’t want to leave the world of the falaire, and even though I don’t like the deep blue, I liked hanging out with mages and stayed with them.
Since Windmaster did not end on a cliff-hanger, imagination had to work overtime to come up with another story to tell. Eventually, Lord Dal and Captain Ellspeth told of their plans to journey to his mother’s homeland. A documentary on the Australian outback and a picture of Uluru (also known as Ayer’s Rock) provided the setting. While I know I will never visit Australia in person, the research for and writing of Windmaster Legacy allowed me to visit there vicariously.
A series is more than two books, and while there is already a third novel set in the world of Windmaster, there is another one that deserves a mention. Coming October 2020, Windmaster Golem covers the story of the archmage and his lady and takes it to the next generation.
Excerpt: A short excerpt from Windmaster Legacy that introduces the reader to Lord Dal, on the occasion of his formal petition for a handfasting to Ellspeth.
A man’s ringing tones overshadowed whatever else Mirrim intended to say. “I request permission to speak to the council of the House of Cszabo.”
A sigh of relief escaped Ellspeth at the recognition of Dal’s voice. She turned and saw him standing in the open doorway of the council chamber. For a moment his eyes, filled with pride, rested on her. Before she took a step, the minute shake of his head squashed her urge to rush to his side. What is going on? Dal’s here before my guild council…in ceremonial garb.
He’s still the dockworker you thought he was at your first meeting, even though he is in formal wear. How could Dal be there and not say anything? A question ringed with anger rushed forward. How long has that bilge rat been standing there?
Dal’s smile flashed.
Long enough to share in your joy. Within a heartbeat, that smile disappeared. Even without the difference in his clothing, Ellspeth could tell the dockworker had been replaced by the son of a chieftain. A suspicion as to why Dal had come solidified when Fraunces moved to stand at the wizard’s left, his plain clothes a striking contrast to Dal’s embroidered, fur-trimmed leather tunic. Another old friend, Timmel, the head of the Bard Guild, was in the doorway at Dal’s other side. When Fourth Seat waved the trio forward, Ellspeth wondered how many of the council were in on whatever Dal had planned. They accorded a first-time visitor full courtesies.
With a stern glare, Mirrim quieted the room. “I have been in negotiations with Lady Eilidh, chieftain of Clan Daimh, ruler of three holds in the Mtwan Mountains. On behalf of her son, Dal, Archmage of the World, member of the ruling council of wizards, and former lieutenant of Telarim the Red, Lady Eilidh has petitioned a handfasting between Lord Dal and my daughter, Ellspeth.”
Fear mixed with questions swirled in Ellspeth’s mind. Why is my mother doing this in public? What if the council denies the request? She steeled herself to bear the council’s ruling. Formal ceremony or not, approval of the council or not—Dal is yours for as long as you both shall live.
UPDATE: Helen Just found out that Windmaster Golem, the next book in the tale of Ellspeth and Dal, is being released on October 10th!
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Although the author of several local histories, and numerous articles on the topics of American and military history, antiques and collectibles, my first love is fiction.
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