Another update on Battle for the Throne.
1) 22/75 chapters are written and edited for the book. (And yes, that total chapter count changed again since I axed two now unnecessary chapters in the revised main plot. I expect it will keep fluctuating a bit up until the very final stage of editing the book.)
2) I’m thrilled to let you know that the map has been updated! Many, many thanks to my friend Katherine for her work. (Let me tell you, folks, you wouldn’t want to see any of my drawings.) Check it out and see if you can spot the two new locations added to the map.
3) The Battle for the Throne page has also been updated with a new meter. This one gives you a page count instead of a word count (since I’m now at the point where I’m out of the main writing stage and know what my final page count will look like.) Keep an eye on it for a better (and probably more frequent and timely) idea of how the book is progressing.
4) In other news, I’m currently reworking a smaller Orrendan side plot involving Borin and the rest of the crew still left at Castle Genade. This plot started off quite shaky (as so often happens), so I’m tearing it apart and reassembling it, keeping just the basic plot train and the main points I wish to weave into it. The revised idea is a good one, I think, and I’m eager to share it with you. So, stay on watch; I hope to share the first chapter or two from this plot with you in my next update.
5) I’ve mentioned before that I always have music running through my head and that certain songs serve as “themes” for the various books. Some I also connect with certain characters. One of these, Libera’s “Dreaming of Home”, I associate with Lord Jurian. There is a beautiful, wistful quality to this piece, which though it doesn’t often betrayed itself in Jurian, forms a deep part of his character. To him, home and family are everything, and to leave them behind is a true “white” sacrifice. (A white sacrifice meaning a hidden, inward sacrifice, which nobody sees.)
Another song that serves as a theme for Book 3 is “Battle Hymn of the Republic”. The imagery is incredibly vivid (it helped me paint some of the scenery in the “Back in Camp” chapter) and the words themselves match up well with what happens in the book.
Mark is coming for Merek, and he is out to righteously avenge himself. No longer is he hiding. He is coming swiftly and with an army. The truth (that he is the rightful heir and that the throne is his) is marching on and will not be stopped.
And yes, there is a glorious, optimistic note to all this. This is it. No more hiding, no more lying in the shadows, waiting.
It’s time to battle for the throne!