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“The world burned. Naresh reached a hand toward his wife, but flames swept over all the Isles. Blistering heat seared his skin. And in the midst of the conflagration, armies still clashed, oblivious to the death knell of the Earth around them.” ~~~~ The dynasties of the Skyfall Isles have fallen to chaos, and three kings war for supremacy. Naresh, last protector of the fallen Solar Empire, wants nothing more than to finally bring peace to the Isles. But how can he stand behind one of these kings, when he finds every one lacking? How can he focus on his duty when his wife is spiraling into lunacy? As the rifts between the Isles--and between Naresh and Chandi--grow, Naresh is faced with an even greater problem. Kahyangan is no longer quiet. The horrors of the Spirit World are spreading across the Isles, and if Naresh wants to save everything he loves, he must battle against forces beyond anything he has ever known. ~~~~ Indonesian mythology and historical fantasy blend in book 4 of The Skyfall Era, the epic conclusion to an era. Author’s Note Avatar of Night and Day is mythic fantasy set on an alternate version of Earth, one in which Indonesia is dominated by dynasties of Sun, Moon, and Fire worshipping cultures. For those curious, it takes place in the same world as my Ragnarok Era books, albeit at an earlier time period. I adore mythology from any culture. Hindu, Norse, Greek all of them. Mythology helped shape the fantasy genre. And while lots of fantasies pull in aspects of mythology, I wanted to create something to reconcile all world mythologies into an epic fantasy whole. And why should you give it a try? I’m writing what I want to read: action, epic plots, larger-than-life characters, a bit of romance, swords, sorcery, dark deities, and twists. Sound up your alley? Then you’ll probably love this mythic world as much as I do.
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Interview with the author Q: Do all your fantasy novels take place in the same world?
A: The Worldsea Era, the Skyfall Era, and the Ragnarok Era take place in the same world, but at vastly different time periods. The world undergoes cyclical destruction and recreation, with each new iteration differing, but following some familiar patterns.
Q: What is "Mythic Fantasy"?
A: People sometimes use this term to mean different things, but in the case of my work, we're talking about re-tellings of real world myths in a historical fantasy setting. Every myth, legend, and fairytale you've ever heard probably happened on this Earth. It survived and came to us through a kind of collective unconscious, becoming the stories we know and love. However, the way things happened and reasons behind them might be different.
I adore mythology from any culture. Hindu, Norse, Greek all of them. Mythology helped shape the fantasy genre. And while lots of fantasies pull in aspects of mythology, I wanted to create something to reconcile all world mythologies into an epic fantasy whole.
Q: Is this epic fantasy or historical fantasy?
A: It's historical fiction written in an epic style with a healthy dose of dark fantasy. It takes places on an alternate version of Earth, one where the supernatural has changed the course of history in subtle or not-so-subtle ways. In some eras this is a kind of mythic past akin to that found in Conan or other classic Sword and Sorcery stories. In other eras, time more closely resembles our known history.
Q: Is this suitable for my teenager?
A: This is a common question, but it's hard to answer because every parent and every child is different. It really comes down to if you would let your teenager watch an R-rated movie. My work includes profanity, sex, and often pervasive violence. It is written for adults, but some parents find it acceptable for younger readers.
Q: Is there a recommended reading order?
A: You could read the series in any order, but I would probably recommend order of release:
Matt graduated from the College of William & Mary, and went on to study editing at the University of Denver Publishing Institute. After that, he backpacked around India, where everything changed. There, he met his future wife, Tarannum “Juhi,” and from that moment on, his life revolved around trying to get her over to America with him. In 2011 they were married, and now she supports his crazy obsessions, like writing fantasy novels. Find out more at mattlarkin.net
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