Child of Destiny (The Rising Saga Book 1) by M.K. Adams ~ Genre: YA Fantasy
A young orphan on the run from the King. A warlock with the power to protect her. And, the fighter holding them together.
The Rive, a realm ruled by the iron grip of a war-hungry King, is on the brink of rebellion and Lyvanne, a young girl who has witnessed a vision of his downfall, is the key to victory, whether she wants to be involved or not.
Forced to leave her loved ones behind, her life becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse. With the King willing to stop at nothing if it means finding the one who threatens his reign. But when a defiant insurgent group known as The Spring takes her into their protection, Lyvanne is offered something she never could have dreamed of before. The chance to fight back, the chance to make a difference.
Embark on a journey of self-discovery and political upheaval as a common street rat takes the first steps of her great journey along the paths of love, magic, and war.
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M.K.Adams is a new author within the fantasy genre. He works in politics by trade but writing is where the heart lies, and he’s been concocting worlds and stories since he was a child. He carried out his degree at the University of Kent, Canterbury, before moving into the private sector in London.
M.K. also has an unhealthy obsession with collecting Funko Pops and can often be found listening to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack when locked away working on his next novel. An avid reader of fantasy and all its sub-genres, M.K. is always on the lookout for the next great story.
Able to find inspiration in the smallest of details he is a firm believer that creating new worlds from scratch is one of the most fulfilling past-times. That belief also led him to the world of Dungeons and Dragons, a hobby that he believes perfectly compliments the creative outpouring of working on a new fantasy novel.
His favorite author is J.R.R.Tolkien, and he found great inspiration when he visited Tolkien’s hometown (and local pub!) in Oxford.
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Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
I don’t have any stories fleshed out quite yet. But I do envision a future where I’ve finished this trilogy and am working on my next series, whilst perhaps publishing the odd short story here or there that fill out the world of the Rive. The first story that immediately jumps to mind would be a prequel-esque story covering how Turiel and Kwah first met in the Shimmering Isles. I already touched on it in book 1, Child of Destiny, but I think there could be a fun story to tell there. It would also allow me to expand on the worldbuilding for the Shimmering Isles, as they haven’t really be explored yet within the story. Other than that, I can think of one or two other ideas that could be written as short stories as well, but I won’t talk about those as they spoil parts of Book 2!
I think short stories can be beautiful additions to fantasy worlds. If you want some prime examples, although they’re not short in the slightest, you should look to Joe Abercrombie’s standalone novels that are set between his initial First Law trilogy and his new trilogy. They build out the world wonderfully, introduce us to a whole host of great characters, and help us understand the world-state as we find it in the sequel trilogy.
I would also consider writing short stories based on reader feedback. If the readers fell in love with a specific character that I wasn’t really expecting, then I would definitely consider fleshing them out with backstories and “side-stories” in the future.
What book do you think everyone should read?
Firstly, I will preface my answer by saying that I’m talking directly to fantasy readers right now as I think they’re the audience I could best understand. If I’m being more specific, I may even be talking just to fantasy authors. But, if you have any interest in fantasy worlds, their creation or lore that is crafted from scratch, then you simply must read “The Silmarillion” by J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings is rightfully held up as the grandfather of the fantasy genre, but not enough people these days (that I’ve seen) discuss just how ground-breaking the Silmarillion was and still is. Tolkien created an entire language, and off the back of that he developed a history so in-depth and lengthy that it gives our real-world history a run for its money. Authors since have adapted their world-building, focussed more on economies, religions and more intricate aspects that are missing from Tolkien’s world. But none have matched the grandeur and majesty reached in The Silmarillion. Even if you’re a masterful fantasy author in your own right, I strongly believe that there are always lessons to be learned from Tolkien’s work.
Then, from the point of view of your average reader, there are amazing stories to be gleamed out of the Silmarillion. The early ages of Middle Earth, Valinor and Numenor are rammed full of amazing characters, betrayal, war and love.