Today on my blog I have a Guest Post from M. K. Wiseman, the author of The Kithseeker.
Liara’s defense of the Wizard Nagarath has rendered Anisthe incantate–bereft of magick–but even this cannot guarantee her safety. Because the death of her father-in-magick would seal the girl’s fate, necessity demands she and her wizard maintain a watchful eye on the war mage, while protecting her from his dark designs.
Anisthe has embarked on a journey across Europe, aided by his half-fey manservant with an agenda all his own. They search for a legendary mirror that contains the world’s most powerful magick. Although the stuff of fairytales, the possibility of its existence compels Nagarath and Liara to seek the artifact themselves. Both know that should Anisthe lay claim to that power, Liara would be at his mercy and not even Nagarath could save her.
Thus, the pair find themselves at Versailles, surrounded by agents who ferret out magick users and destroy them. Uncertain who is friend and who is foe, with their rival on their heels, they must discover the mirror before Anisthe releases its evil, or worse, it lays claim to Liara’s magick and brings doom upon them all.
K. Wiseman has degrees in animation/video and library science – both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, her office is a clutter of storyboards and half-catalogued collections of too, too many books. (But, really, is there such a thing as too many books?) When she’s not mucking about with stories, she’s off playing brač or lying in a hammock in the backyard of her Cedarburg home that she shares with her endlessly patient husband.
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Here we have M. K. Wisemans guest post about Dubrovnik
One Famous Walled City
It’s probably not all that true, but I’d like to think I’ve had a little bit of a tug of war going between myself and my publisher over how much Croatian I can include in my series. (Note: they’re very supportive as well as being a talented and good group of folk, lest you take my cheeky comment to heart.)
The Bookminder starts the series off in what is modern day Istria, Croatia. In the story, I’ve embraced a few terms, places, and traditions, bringing a few touches of the things I love to my reader. There’s even a song—an old folk tune which as an artistic-license-taken translation into English.
The Kithseeker, book 2, leaves home, as it were.
But not without my characters stopping off at a famous walled city on their way westward towards Spain. In the book I call it Ragusa but it is known more commonly to folks today as Dubrovnik. (Or King’s Landing or Canto Bight, in certain geek circles… I told you. It’s famous.)
In earlier drafts, I skipped over this stop altogether, rushing my wizards along to when they land on foreign shores and pursue their quest for the fabled Magick Mirror, made famous by the tale of Snow White but actually belonging to a long-dead archmage of ill repute. As editing passes helped tug the story into proper shape and pacing, it became clear I’d be able to have my secret little wish. My wizards were to stop off in Dubrovnik.
But then a map. Historical fantasy provides its fun ups and downs of research. Scribbling away at a breakneck pace, I can be ground to a halt by one tiny little detail. Only hours later, having fallen down Google’s rabbit hole, can I start up again. This happened with Ragusa/Dubrovnik.
One period map said Ragusa. Another, Dubrovnik. Wikipedia turned me ‘round in circles and seemed, to me, to speak in tongues. There was the city and the Republic itself. There was the name as referred to by residents of and those others pronounced by foreign powers hoping to gain it for themselves. In the end, I simply felt that referring to the city as “Dubrovnik” was a bit too “on the nose” and so went with the defendable “Ragusa.”
Now, here’s a bit of extra fun. A local wine and paint bar agreed to host an author event. Mutual excitement had from all parties. The painting? Dubrovnik as Seen from From the Sea.
And then there’s a more personal story. My mom, recently returning from a cultural tour in Croatia, brought a little something back from the city itself: a little flag with the coat of arms for Dubrovnik, erm, Ragusa. (Yes, it says both!) And this before she read the book herself. See? Magick is real.
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