Tyranny of the One and the Many

As the last act of “Tears from Iron” gains momentum into the climax, the Empress Kayrstana worries about the undercurrents of the Syraestari imperial court.  From these concerns, she makes…

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Stick Figures from Iron

As Christmas fast approaches, this article will take on a lighter tone than recent ones.In one of my first articles, I commented on how I’ve always wished I could draw. …

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Blooms from Iron

The Kaliaer settlement at Nahirazith and, more specifically, its smelting camp, served as one of the major settings for “Tears from Iron.”  In the next two articles, we’ll be diving…

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To Be Aestari

[The Aestari] are tall, taller even than the Humans or the Ie’dhae who came after, and slight of frame with long features, sharp noses, angular cheeks, and pointed ears.  To…

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They’re Just Elves, Right?

One of basic components of fantasy is the blending of the familiar with the fanciful.  But sway too far one way or the other and the majority of readers will…

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