A cursed traffic light. A rip in the fabric of the world. A possum sorcerer injured on a quest for revenge.
Kai and Ellie embark on a journey to return the sorcerer to his home. Entangled in events that could destroy the world, Kai must choose whether to accept the role he was born to play, but isn’t sure he wants.
So is the core tension at the heart of Flight of Blue explained. Will Kai embrace the role–or this one particular role–he was born to play, or will he choose another path. What will the repercussions of his choices be; for himself, for his friends?
Tonight’s guest post is brought to you by A.E. Howard, better known–to me–as my wife! I’m very excited and happy to be able to host this post to help introduce more of you to Flight of Blue, her new novel. This labor of love–and I can attest to the labor, having been a novel widower off and on for months ;-)–is now available for purchase in paper back or ebook form from Amazon. Tonight and tomorrow a group of people who are interested in the book, many of whom have read and enjoyed advance copies (including me!) will be hosting blog posts and interviews on their sites trying to get the word out.
I encourage you to check out this fantastic book, and not just because I think the author is amazing, intelligent and beautiful (she is my wife after all) but because it’s a good book. As I wrote in my review:
Flight of Blue is an engaging and fun read. The characters are believable and the dialogue is funny. While a good representative of the genre, I did not find the work derivative or predictable and found myself laughing at times, even in the midst of suspenseful events. The weaving of multiple layers of emotion was very skillful. Do yourself a favor and read it, or pass it along to someone you know who’s in the mood for a good read.
And now, a word on the role of choice and destiny.
Kai sighed. “It seems I have no choice.”
“You always have a choice. You still have a choice: you can choose not to go. In fact, if you want to go, you must choose that, for I will not take anyone unwillingly into the Realm of Darkness.”
Shadrach straightened up and appraised Kai, waiting for a response.
“I’ll go. Serina needs me, and so, I’ll go.” He felt elated and heavy-hearted all at the same time.
Earlier in the story, Kai discovered that he was born into a role that no one had held for hundreds or perhaps even thousands of years. And with this discovery comes a certain level of obligation. Kai feels that he no longer has a choice in his life, that he has to do the things laid out for him to do.
But his mentors continue to point out to him that he must willingly accept the role in order to be effective in fulfilling it, but also that he does have a choice. He might have been born into the role, but he doesn’t have to step into it.
I felt it was important to maintain this distinction because it seems all too often both in fantasy worlds and in our own, we find characters or people sort of weighed down with the feeling that they have no choice. Somehow they’re stuck with their lot in the world, or some job they’ve been thrust into, and now that’s it. But I think it’s important to realize that we always have a choice.