Synopsis: Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. In times such as these, ordinary people have the power to save the world...or destroy it.
NEW OMNIBUS EDITION
The Dawning of Power (World of Godsland #1-3)
Paperback: 722 pages
Published: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (3/ 1/13)
Series : World of Godsland #1-3,
Origins of Godsland
By Brian Rathbone
I've often spoken of the mythology that inspired Godsland, but I've seldom delved into the crafting of the mythos of Godsland. Today I'll do just that. For those not familiar with my work, the Godsland series is young adult fantasy series based on a storm of comets, which comes around only once every three thousand years and then lasts for a hundred and fifty years. Along with the comets come magic abilities.
When imagining Godsland, I saw a place with rich and deadly history. Civilizations are sometimes lost, and people start over, their collective memories nearly wiped clean. I imagined a war of power that decimated the population, and only after three thousand years had civilization once again reached an age of enlightenment--just in time for a new age of power.
The ancient war employed massive weapons fueled by the light of the comets, and not all of those weapons were destroyed. Hidden away from the light, they posed no threat for thousands of years; but when the comets return, they will threaten the world once again. Along with these ancient dangers, there are other forgotten foes, as well as allies. Mankind and dragons once worked together, some might still favor an alliance, but some have gone astray.
Sometimes our mistakes do more to shape the future than all the rest of our perhaps well-intentioned efforts. On Godsland, the sins of the great, great, great…grandfather are visited upon their ancestors. It is a time of massive change and worldwide peril, and certainty is a thing of the past. I also imagined the stories of the ancients, such as the story of Enoch Geist, a man who, when mortally wounded in battle, learned to heal himself. Enoch went on to teach fellow soldiers this skill, and they went into battle fearless. Eventually, almost all the warriors of Enoch's people were capable of healing themselves, and it wasn't until a generation later that the side effects of this ability were discovered--the children of the second generation would die the first time they fell asleep. Enoch can't bear to see his grandson die, so he bonds with the infant and takes over its vital functions. The two are forever linked and madness eventually comes for them.
These stories and world building elements helped me flesh out events over a long timeline and were instrumental in setting my own mood and imagery when writing the books. There is far more to Godsland than the reader gets to see, and I try to reveal more and more over time and in interesting and exciting ways.
About: My life has been an adventure, and I was an avid reader of fantasy long before I became a fantasy author.
I was born in the garden part of The Garden State, far from the New Jersey seen in the Sopranos. Farm life shaded my perceptions, and old-world knowledge seemed to separate me from my peers, or perhaps it was the ever-present smell of horse manure. Though I obtained a certain level of skill working with horses, I somehow knew my life would take a different path.
Corporate America called to me. I imagined it would be better to work in an air-conditioned office than in the fields or on the racetrack. I started in the mailroom and worked every day to learn new skills and advance my position. I got lucky, and some wonderful people gave me the chance to prove my worth, but as I climbed higher and higher on the corporate ladder, I came to see that the machine was broken. The day I read the daily Dilbert and realized that Scott Adams had landed one squarely on my forehead, I knew I had to make some changes.
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