For the A-to-Z Challenge 2016, I am blogging info on my current work-in-progress, a YA fantasy/adventure mini-series tentatively titled “The Other World”.
The word “volatile” can describe many aspects of The Other World. For one thing, the entire situation is quite a volatile one. The kingdom has been taken over by an evil specter from the past who commands power over difficult-to-kill monsters made of darkness. The different races have all but abandoned each other, spreading themselves thin across the lands, squirreling themselves away in hiding from Iryen’s reach.
In addition to that, Iryen himself has become much more volatile since Tori began her quest to take him down. He’d spent nearly two decades creating a sense of organized dictatorship, posing himself as the rightful king, bringing the Shadows under control and organizing them as an army, and slowly convincing his human inhabitants that they are better off, that he’s created a better world for them by driving the other races out. Now that Tori and her companions have set out on their quest, Iryen’s characteristic rage has resurfaced and he makes dangerous, violent decisions in the name of destroying the ones who would defy him.
On top of all this, Tori herself is quite volatile. She has many understandable reasons to be angry, frustrated, depressed, and full of self-loathing, but these things often cause her to make rash decisions without putting nearly enough thought into them beforehand. She has rare moments of peace and sometimes even contentment, but most of the time she’s on edge, always in danger of falling off.
In short, the entire situation is a ticking time bomb and no one knows which wire to pull.
I hope you’re enjoying the A-to-Z Challenge and my little snippets of ‘The Other World’! If you’re interested in what else I’ve written, please be sure to check out ‘Nowhere to Hide‘, available on Amazon in both hard copy and e-book versions!