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.
On Penning ‘Book 2’ of a Series
I’m a plotter, not a pantser. The Kithseeker is book 2 of a fully arced and outlined series. There are hooks and hints (and even some “red herrings”) built into the first and second outings and I know where it all goes in the end.
That said, I never expected the tumult that would come of introducing new characters. Yes, this in a fully plotted, fully arced series. Yes, this from someone who—compliments of her animation background—makes a stat sheet for every character before starting off working. For my main characters had become comfortable and I had grown complacent in the brief “off-season” that I granted myself between penning books 1 and 2.
Liara and Nagarath’s relationship has just … how do I say this? What I know and what the reader knows are two necessarily different things. Even when it’s all done and I’ve put the final punctuation on the final page. Which leaves me with a whole host of possibilities and wicked agendas when it comes to writing the next piece.
Even fully locked in to an outline, I found myself flabbergasted to discover book 2’s backwards alteration of book 1. (As The Kithseeker went through final edits, The Bookminder was flying through audio book production.) And I wondered, if that was changing for me, what does that do to the story and all my careful plotting?
As I found out: absolutely nothing. I just needed to learn how to write ‘a second book’ (having, of course, already learned how to write ‘a first book’). Funny, that.
As the series goes on, the world and story necessarily expands. The leap from book 1 to 2 is a different leap than books 2 to 3, I’m finding. The characters and elements that make entrance in Kithseeker now get to play with the same freedom as those introduced in Bookminder. There is never a time when the “heavy lifting” is done. When that happens, the story will have reached its natural conclusion and I’ll be able to take another off-season break for myself. Or, more likely, when that happens I’ll simply grab onto a new project and start the cycle all over again.
M. 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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