Discussion

I’ve noticed people wanting to start discussions on various topics related to The Arinthian Line, Fury of a Rising Dragon, etc in the comments section of the blog posts, which in turn get buried over time. So I thought I’d put this page up as a trial “discussion page” and see what happens. I’ll respond and moderate in between bouts of writing, but feel free to weigh in on anything and to anyone.

Let me kick things off by quoting a reader, who said, “What I find inspiring is that I think we can all find a little of ourselves in each of the characters.”

All right, so which of the characters do you relate to, and why?

If that question doesn’t inspire you, perhaps one of these will:

What’s your favorite scene?

Who is your favorite villain?

What’s your favorite spell? Why?

Which light-hearted scene did you enjoy the most? Why?

Which scene was the most thrilling for you?

Otherwise, have any questions, ideas, thoughts? Leave a comment below, and we’ll see how it goes!

—Sever
March, 2019

157 thoughts on “Discussion

    • That seems to be the standout scene for a lot of people. It was one of my favorites to write (and hardest to get absolutely right!). I must have combed over it almost fifty times before I was totally satisfied with how it felt and read.

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  1. Jengo uses different elemental spells for healing. How would this effect the way he completes his training for being a Dragoon. What type of simuls would he be able to learn?

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    • It’s funny that you mention that because I went through quite a trial trying to figure the answer out a while back upon starting book 3. Needless to say, it took some time, but when it finally came to me, I was like, “Well, that’s obvious. Why didn’t you think of that before?”

      Jengo is going to have support simuls, almost like bless-style spells, that support the group as a whole. He therefore knows three simuls: Mirror of the Dragon (already revealed), Ally of the Dragon, and Stamina of the Dragon.

      The stamina simul is self-explanatory (it boosts arcane stamina for the group, allowing more spellcasting), and the Ally of the Dragon boosts something else, which I’ll leave the book to reveal (it’s also something rather obvious) :)

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  2. Arcane abilities in the elements are seen as a tool to be used as good or evil in the books up to this point with the exception that necromancy seems to be seen as more clear cut as evil. The fact that one of the dragons mentioned is listed as necromancy does that mean that you are exploring a positive aspect of the art of necromancy? Do you plan to introduce an arcanist that can wield the power of necromancy for good? How would that differ from the way those have used it for evil?

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    • That’s a great question. At this time, all the uses of necromancy are evil, but I could foresee it being used in a positive light in certain medical instances. And although I don’t have a plan to introduce a good guy necromancer, your question may change that in due time :)

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  3. Hiya!
    Just thought I should write something here because I am already reading Clash and I only started the series a week ago.
    Ok, maybe it’s the third time I am reading Clash but it’s the same.
    I just simply love your books even now that I am reading it for the third time it’s still amazing.
    I have a few favourite scenes like tha Battle at Hangman’s rock, the antioc library and everything about castle Arinthian.
    I wish you would write more about stuff like what the castle can or could do or what the other training sites are like in the library training ground (in Antioc).
    I love all the romanc between the characters I thinks it’s the perfect amount.

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  4. It’s still me just didn’t have enough space to finish :)
    I really want to see some fan arts about the books (I am terrible at drawing but really like to look at fan arts from books I read)

    Ps: I really hate you for killing Cai and Isaac they were my favourite characters besides the trio.
    Just kidding but really did you have to? :(
    Sorry for my english I am still only learning

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      • Both Caireen and Isaac died in the tragic tradition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: two lovers unable to fulfill their destinies. Their deaths are meant for us to appreciate the relationships that survive.

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      • Thank you so much! This book is striking a chord with people, and I’ve never had the responses I’m getting from it. People LOVE it, it’s quite something to experience as an author :)

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    • I am a voracious reader and I love books but I am very picky about what books I reread. I’ve reread these so many times. I think it would be cool to have sir westwood be a character should you ever make a prequel

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      • Mrs. Stone was inspired by a slew of characters, beginning with a powerful portrayal of an elderly spinster named Marilla Cuthbert, played by Colleen Dewhurst (born 1924–died 1991) in the epic 1985 made-for-TV movie franchise Anne of Green Gables (one of my favorite short sagas of all time). She was also inspired by the actor Judi Dench, who I wrote the part for (should it ever go to film, she’d be my number 1 pick for the part). Lastly, she was inspired by the idea of the wise and stern grandmother we all wish we had in our lives; the matriarch that looks after the entire family.

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    • I think the fact that the trio already learned a 20th degree spell means they all are able to reach that level. The real question is will it ever be written that they reach that level officially. It is clear that with time and work that the trio have been shown to be able to cast any spell.

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      • Although it’s still a bit early in the process (have to finish Fury of a Rising Dragon, after all), my plan is to show the trio aging through time; their challenges, their hopes, their dreams. For example, the next series about them *may* showcase a marriage (or two?), a graduation, a tournament, and the running of a certain order. I think it’d be fun to see not only how people would treat them, but how they treat themselves. There will be no shortage of trials to come, especially from within (and not always the “kingdom-ending” type).

        I’m very excited.

        Oh, and I also want to write at least one book about Mrs. Stone’s youth and one about Jez’s tempestuous young adulthood. But I’m perfectly content allowing the trio to age and blossom and become the adults they and everyone want them to be (with some twists, of course).

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    • I loved fantasy early on in life, and then got heavily into role-playing games such as Rifts and AD&D and such. But I wanted more than that–I wanted to craft the adventures from the ground up and make them exciting time and again. The only way to do that was to write a book. That way, the adventure could be read and reread multiple times and experienced anew.

      Mostly, I just wanted to write something that I would enjoy, as if I were the one going on the adventure. That’s how Arcane was born :)

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  5. Yesterday was my birthday and I went shopping with my mom and bought the whole Arinthian Line series so I could read the series whenever I want to read a book.

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    • Wow, that’s fantastic! I’m honored, and I hope you’ll consider taking a photo of all the books together sometime (with you and your mom in it if you like). I’ll post it to the pictures section of the site.

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  6. I have also told all of my friends about the Arinthian Line series and most of them read them and told me they loved the series and would tell more people they know to read the series. I will also keep telling people about the series.

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  7. I recently had a rather interesting thought that you may consider using in a future book. What if Katrina wasn’t actually a Von Edgeworth! What if it was found out in the fourth book that the Von Edgeworth line ended centuries before with the last known member being an old unmarried man who died of old age or was secretly murdered. Then, his “daughter” miraculously showed up to claim her inheritance and was believed as she had forged documentation and a familial-like resemblance. Just imagine how Katrina would react if she found out that she was not a Von Edgeworth! Especially, given how unhinged she already is. Then consider how she may react if an actual descendant of Rebecca Von Edgeworth were found without any idea of their heritage and they turned out to be a friend of our heroes or one of them!

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  8. i noticed that in some parts of the books that as augum develops his telekinesis he can pull himself toward objects but mrs stone never mentions this. does this skill develop over time or did you just forget to mention it in arcane? anyway i loved your series.(:

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  9. I met a girl who was reading the Harry Potter series. I told her she should read the Arinthian Line series. She told me that she had already read the series and absolutely loved the series. I told her to tell her friends and anyone else she can think of to read the Arinthian Line series too. She told me that she would.

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    • I throw in little tidbits of allegory and “deeper meaning” all over the place for people to find like Easter eggs. Some of these things are political metaphors, others social and economic. Others still are historical references to things that have happened. And still others are guesses as to where we as humanity are going, based on things I have read (sci-fi, science articles, futurism, etc).

      I don’t discuss any of these in detail because I like the subjective, interpretive angle–meaning, people coming to their own conclusions, and what things mean to them. Plus, I think it would ruin the fun from my end to deconstruct some of the foundations I built. I’ll leave that to those better acquainted with deconstruction anyway.

      I’ve only recently had the epiphany that, when it comes to my craft, my job as a writer is not to espouse any one particular philosophy or view point, but to fairly espouse every philosophy and view point through characters that would wholeheartedly believe those viewpoints. It’s a notion that has set me free, although still a new one which I am wrapping my head around.

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  10. What inspired you to write arcane and all of the others? was it just something you saw in life? recently I have been trying to write a book but just can’t seem to get the charecter right. How did you get so good at writing so fast?

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    • A long history of reading fantasy books (including harry Potter), as well as playing good old-fashioned role-playing games (such s Rifts and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons). As well, my time as a boyscout in my teenage years; some of those experiences translated well into the story, especially adventure-wise.

      In truth, I studied at home how to become a better writer by reading a ton of craft books. If you’re into these kinds of booksI always recommend the following three to aspiring authors:

      Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
      Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
      A Writer’s Guide to Fiction by Elizabeth Lyon

      Also any of the craft books by Chris Fox.

      I’ve also spent a LOT of time redrafting the work until it’s good. Arcane, for example, went through no less than twelve very thorough redrafts/edits before it was published. I applied what I learned from the books and then worked my butt off to make sure the story was the best story I could write through sheer effort in the editing phases.

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  11. Thanks to reading your books, I have been playing Skyrim recently. Out of that, I have noticed one issue that the Arcaners may encounter at some point, if not already in the third book. Transportation I could imagine being difficult. So I was thinking, what if the Arcaners of old came up with a spell called Stead of the Dragon that creates an elemental construct in the shape of a horse that is also in full armor with the armor having the Arcaner crest corresponding the the caster’s shield on the front and sides of the horse. Then they would never need to worry about caring for and hunting down their horses in a rush. Perhaps they could even hook the constructs up to a cart or carriage at some point.

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  12. How did you decide what historical references you put in?
    I mean I am only interested in why did you choose Attyla the Mighty as a charatcer in the books?
    I am hungarian and Attyla is one of the biggest historical figure in our history and when I saw his name in the book I was really surprised.

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    • The Attyla the Mighty in my work is a fictional character who bears no resemblance to a real historical character, nor was he based off of anyone historical. It was just a name I came up with that I thought sounded awesome.

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      • Wow!
        Then it’s just a coincidence. Welp I really thought you picked him for some reason and was happy to see someone from my history but even after this whenever I read his name in your books I will still think of him because it fits perfectly.
        I mean the historical Attyla was a true leader.

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  13. I told my school librarian and town librarian that they should get the Arinthian Line series and the Fury of a Rising Dragon series for kids to read and they both said that they will get both series.

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  14. This may just be for me, but in the lore section Augum’s school schedule is messed up. Also my high school library kit for the whole Arinthian Line series.

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    • Jengo’s First Offensive has not been made public yet for a good reason, which will be discussed in book 3 of the Fury of a Rising Dragon series.

      As for lightning, it is dangerous because it has a tendency to “surge”, which can mean exploding from the inside out.

      And I got your email letter and will respond as soon as I am able :)

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    • Hello, Benny.

      Well it’s relative to the spell. There are higher tier spells that are far more catastrophic and dangerous than a mere explosive spell like The First Offensive. As the series’ progress, you will be seeing more examples of these massively destructive spells. I’ve been saving them for special occasions :)

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  15. I was just curious to know what are the regular healing spells that Jengo know up to his degree. What weapon does Hailey summon for her ice element? I don’t think you have ever mentioned her using it.

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    • Jengo’s healing spells will actually be mentioned in the upcoming book, so I’ll hold off on discussing them for now. As for Haylee’s offensive, it takes the form of a bow and arrow–she’s an archer very much like Bridget!

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  16. It is a minor thing, but I did see you called the disarm spell first degree when Augum pulls the knife from the neck of Jez held by the butcher. I believe it should have been second degree. I know it does not effect the story just letting you know.

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  17. for the spells object invisible, minor illusion, shrink, frenzy, and craft trap have you just not thought of any phrasings for them

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  18. Hi Sever, I’ve started reading your books about a year ago and I’ve re-read them about 2.7 billion times. I was just wondering which book Augum’s birthday was??😂😂

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      • Take all the time to do it right. It is an agonizing but worthwhile wait. I am just glad your quicker than Patrick Rothfuss. He is a talent though, and I look forward to the final Kingkiller Chronicles book. I just hope in my lifetime.

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  19. When does the second round of the tournament end.
    Also will Augem have to live in school for the third book and does it have dorms?

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    • Hello Ahron!

      If you’re referring to the book contest, I am not sure when the second round ends. As to Augum and the third book, I cannot comment on that at this time as I don’t want to spoil it for the readers, but rest assured that there will be adventure :)

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  20. You know what would be cool. Make a new character but he is a necromancer but he isn’t corrupt like all the others and he doesn’t use his necromantic powers for evil. He should be like Auguam’s and Leeras age. That would be cool. But like everybody doesn’t trust him but they learn too.

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    • Yeah I’ve toyed with the idea of a “good” necromancer character for a while, and I haven’t fully given up on it yet. I’m just so busy with the trio’s story that few other major plot lines get a chance. That may change in the future though :)

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  21. Sever, I have thoroughly enjoyed your work and, like others, am awaiting the next book. You mention your desire to age the trio, it would be nice to show the increasing maturity and wisdom through their thought processes that age is supposed to give.

    Also, it would be interesting to show why the evil character is doing what they are doing. I am thinking maybe wanting to achieve a good goal (in their mind) by using any tactic needed, including evil and hurtful tactics. This of course would be for the “Higher” good.

    Just an idea.

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  22. I am curious as why none of the simuls learned were ever specifically mention for anyone but Jengo. I understood the reason you limited them to two due to the lower degree. I am just hoping for more battle action in the next book from the other arcaners.

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    • If an opportunity had come up I would have described Haylee’s simul, but one hadn’t occurred organically. She DOES know one simul that is different, and I look forward to showcasing it in due time. However, because she is lower degree, she only knows two simuls in the first place, and one of them the trio already casts.

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    • Yes, Laudine Cooper, the actor and raging poet is indeed 8th degree Fire, and she tried to help in whatever extracurricular activities she can, especially when they involve thetre or drama or dances or anything of the sort.

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  23. I have been thinking about this quite a bit, and I honestly hop that Augum does not become king. I think that doing so would only create more problems for everyone. Augum has a certain weight to him that I think would cause just about any throne he were to sit upon to crumble. He is just too powerful and driven of a person and in many was too controversial to be able to safely hold onto a crown.

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    • Ah, but that is precisely why it would be so dramatic! I cannot commit either way at this time, as I’m still in deep thought over it myself. Luckily, I don’t have to make any decisions any time soon, as I have plenty of ideas that need exploring first :)

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      • It would be dramatic in a sense, but perhaps too predictable. I think that it would be interesting for one of their friends to take up the throne instead, have them take some of the spotlight for a change and be front and center with Augum and the others behind them.

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    • There are a lot of variables at play here. I’ll just say that I’ve considered quite a few plot points. I don’t even want to even hint at what happens, so I’ll leave it there. Great question though!

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  24. I have a friend who bought the Arinthian Line last year at the same time as me, and we love them. I met him for dinner last night, and we literally spent the entire time just fangirling and discussing the books. His favorite scene is the Arena battle between Augum and Robin, and mine is the scene where Augum defeats his father. (I love the creativity of the battle.) Anyway, we though of a way to end the whole series as a whole. I really liked it, so I though I’d share it.
    The last book ends with Augum and Leera… dying. Wait, just hear me out. I don’t know how they die, I would prefer peacefully in each other’s arms, at a nice, ripe age, but it could be in combat. In the next scene we see Augum, Leera, and (maybe) Bridget standing stoically together in the swirling sands of Ley. They are all young and in their prime. A figure in shadow stands behind the Trio. There is a flash of light, and two-four young warlocks tumble into the sand. Cries of “Grandpa!” and “Grandma!” are heard, and the young warlocks reunite with their ancestors. Augum says, “Come, there’s someone I want you to meet…” The shadow steps forward and her eyes twinkle as her robe flashes with lightning. THE END
    It’s a bit dramatic, but I though it would close everything up, and if not, make for some good fan fiction.
    Thanks for writing,
    -Ben

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    • That’s really beautiful, Ben.

      I’m not sure how I will end the trio’s story, as I still have a lot to tell about them, including fun adventures in times of peace (tournaments, weddings, exploration, mysteries, etc).

      Thank you so much for reading and participating! Please give your friend my best regards, and I hope you two will consider taking a moment to leave an honest review on Amazon. Means a lot to us authors :)

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      • Mr. Sever Bronny,
        I am in the process of writing a novel myself, one of a trilogy called Roar. It’s a story about genetically re-created dinosaurs roaming the top half of America and a fourteen-year-old boy’s fight for survival. Anyway, I’m in a bit of an odd place, and I’m not sure whether or not I could/should continue. Whatever I choose to do, I would love it if I could share my rough draft with you for criticism, if you’re not too busy. As I’m sure you’re aware, authors can always improve their manuscripts, so hard, solid critique is welcome. Let me know if you’re available, and do not ever stop writing!
        Thank you,
        -Ben

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      • Congratulations on starting a book! That is quite the endeavor, and sounds like an interesting concept. Unfortunately I do not look at manuscripts for three reasons:

        1) There is no time (I have a lot on my plate these days).

        2) I get a lot of requests to look at manuscripts, and if I accepted one, I would have to accept them all, and then I would never get any writing done as checking a manuscript takes a lot of mental energy which I desperately need for my writing.

        3) I don’t feel comfortable opining on another author’s work, and like to refer them instead to critique forums (you can do a Google search for such forums, there’s a quite few out there).

        My apologies, and good luck with the book :)

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