The Latest News on Of Rebels and Ruin (R&R), Book One
Welcome to Tengoku- Are you ready for your next great adventure?
By Shannon Rivera
From its inception, the world of Tengoku was always larger than life. The Shadow and Mist series has taken many years of planning, prepping, and drafting, rethinking, reimagining, and rewriting. I am currently in edits with Book One- Of Rebels and Ruin– and Book Two- Of Men and Monsters. Each of these stories was crafted around my main character- Talshae Iwa. She is a tenacious, loyal, and conflicted elf living in a world of suspicion, greed, and war. She wants nothing more than to see her people freed from slavery. But, she has pledged her allegiance to the Dra’karan Elven Emperor, Lao’shun, who is responsible for the enslavement of her race of elves, the Ki’saari. Not only that, but she also owes her allegiance to a cause greater than her own desires. A cause that many are a part of but few ever discuss. A cause that could come undone if the growing threat of rebels in the east continue unchecked with their destructive attacks. She is loyal and values honor above all else, but she is also compassionate and conflicted. There is never an easy answer for Talshae as she navigates the troubles of her world.
I love Talshae because she is loyal and values honor above all else, but she is also compassionate and conflicted. There is never an easy answer for Talshae as she navigates the troubles of her world. That has made her a joy to write.
Now enters you, the reader.
You get to join Talshae and others on their quest to stop the growing rebel threat as it spreads its chaotic wings across the elven empire of Tengoku. Nothing is, however, as it seems. Not just for Talshae, but for Commander Kaji Tei, the military leader of Lord Yu Lee’s personal guard, through whom we see the other half of Book One. In Book Two, you will see the chaos of the human world of Arinell and be introduced to Jin Shoji and his world of misfits.
And that is just the beginning as this series is seven (planned) stories long.
Stay tuned over the next few months as I release excerpts and character profile sheets, maps and other story goodies ahead of Book One’s release later this year. I will also be slowly revamping my website so that it reflects the characters and worlds I have created over the last three years. This will take time and since I am doing all my own writing and editing and author platform designs, this is going to be a daunting project.
Thank you for being patient and sticking with me. Writing is more than a process, it is an adventure. I can’t wait to share mine with you.
All the best and see you soon,