My name is Alex London, and I'm a self-published author just trying to create the vision inside my head. I began writing before I can recall, but my first full-length effort came in the seventh grade when I wrote a one-hundred page book based upon a history paper. Suffice to say, my current work is much better. At least... I think it is. I currently attend the University of Texas at Dallas while working on my writing career, and I love nothing more than sitting down and depicting events and characters inside my fictional world.
The Stranger's Orphan
The country of Armea, which is the region my book largely takes place within, is split into what I have deemed a “Tri-regency”. Essentially, this continent is divided up into three sections politically, and each one is ruled by a separate king or queen. All three regents make their own rules and govern as they wish, but the other regents have some say and control over what happens. Within the context of my story, it has been almost twenty years since a devastating war wreaked havoc all along the southern areas of the country, and stability has finally begun to return. However, certain dangers begin to arise which threaten that stability.
The primary focus is on humanity in my book, and all six of my point of view characters are regular people. However, readers also get glimpses into elven society during this book, and you will get a bit of information regarding dragons and other beings as well. A core aspect of my series is a species of humanoid I dubbed “cylen” which is a combination of two other races, and they will eventually play a larger role as well. The history and lore of all these cultures will continue to deepen as the story unfolds in different directions.
They aren’t your typical fantasy characters. That’s what one reviewer has told me after completing The Stranger’s Orphan, and I agree completely. Aspects of classic architypes are present, like the knight and the mage, and the presence of what I think of as “Frodo-esque” backstories where a character from a rural region leaves to become something bigger than before. The villains are also more fleshed out than some other stories out there, as I don’t want entirely black-and-white conflicts in the tale. There aren’t going to be too many pure bad guys in my books. I want characters who are multi-faceted, not just one-sentence cookie cutter figures.
There are a plethora of themes which could be found within the pages of my novel, but growth and maturity are going to always be something to look at, especially with my younger characters. Family too.