I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, each book in the Spellster Series will be written as a standalone. But, as they all happen in the same world, my goal is to have them linked in some way. To that end, I’ve had to think about timelines and major events that overlap.
For the sake of my sanity, I refer to the stories in the order I plan to publish them…
- Through Smoke and Fire
- In Pain and Blood
- To Target the Heart
- Burning Beneath the Sun
- Down the Path of Shadows
They each have a different place as a backdrop, so it’s not as if they’re closely connected…
|The most mapwork I’ve done in ages|
1 happens in the Udynea Empire’s second largest city
2 goes all around the kingdom of Demarn
3 starts in the capital of Tirglas, but ends in the Udynean capital
4 is set solely in Niholia’s capital city
5 focuses on a village in Obuzan
To think of them in chronological terms* is a little trickier. As things stand so far, 3 seems to have become the central point to base the others around, but…
4 has to come first for someone to know a particular thing in 3.
2 likely occurs near the beginning of 3 or between 4 & 3.
3 comes next, otherwise the final events of 1 can’t happen.
1 happens sometime during 3. About halfway onwards.
5 could, theoretically, happen whenever. So far, anyway.
* Also, if published in their chronilogical order, I get a whole new sentence: Burning Beneath the Sun, In Pain and Blood, To Target the Heart, Through Smoke and Fire, Down the Path of Shadows. Ha!
Now I know I’ll be implementing my little timeline software beyond what I already have laid out for In Pain and Blood. Mind you, it’s not as complicated as what I had to do when inserting the novella into The Rogue King Saga, but still 4, 3, & 1 must match up for anyone who reads the whole series, which I guess means that I’ll be starting 3 after I’m done with 2…