Saturday, December 03, 2016

Wraith of Talera: Shai!



A few years ago, Shauna Roberts, a fine writer herself, told me that she had enjoyed the Talera trilogy but was hoping sometime to see a true warrior woman show up in the series. For those of you who have read it, you know that Rannon is a powerful warrior herself but we’ve almost never seen her in action, and her role as Queen of Nyshphal does make it a little hard for her to go leaping about freely with a sword.

Shauna’s comment hung around in the back of my mind and eventually coalesced into a warrior named Shai in Wraith of Talera Here’s how she was introduced: “A shape leaped through the new sphere gate. A man. No, a woman. She wore an armor of bones, carried a rapier in either hand.”

Shai becomes an ally of Ruenn Maclang and stands with him in the final climactic battle of Wraith. I think it’s one of the best battle scenes I’ve written in the series. I won’t tell you whether Shai survives. You’ll have to read to see.



11 comments:

Cloudia said...

Exciting, well written teaser, Charles!

David Cranmer said...

Isn't it something how those ideas linger and won't go away until they are brought to life? A need of sorts.

Charles Gramlich said...

Cloudia, cool.

David, they do indeed seem to "take root."

oscar case said...

Was writing the woman part harder than a man's for you? Or did you just fly through it?

Charles Gramlich said...

Oscar, it wasn't too hard but that's because I'd already done "under the Ember Star," which features a female protagonist, so I'd learned a lot about it from that book.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

I'm going to have to read this series, Charles. Good description of the warrior woman.

Charles Gramlich said...

Prashant, thanks, man

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

Congratulations on the new releases, my friend.

Charles Gramlich said...

Bernard, thankee!

Riot Kitty said...

That is a great teaser indeed. Nice visual about the armor of bones.

Charles Gramlich said...

Riot, thankee. She turned out to be a great character, I thought.