I’m delighted to be taking part in the Authoright blog tour today for Legend of Horian & the Dycentian Blade by Shah Jalal.
Find out Shah Jalal’s inspiration behind this fantasy series, the scene he enjoyed writing the most and much more.
Here’s more about Legend of Horian & the Dycentian Blade:
‘Long ago in the distant Kingdom of Dycentia, storytellers sang the legend of one of their own; a hero the likes of which were only born in forgotten lands, in forgotten times. This Dycentian’s name was Horian and although his life was cloaked in shadows, the secrets the storytellers sang have been passed down through the ages, known to only a select few and now preserved in these pages so that they may never be forgotten.
The residents of today’s world can benefit from the lessons of bravery and duty in Horian’s quest. Few could have survived the soul-seething journey he undertook to access the most awesome weapon on the face of the earth. Few could be entrusted with the responsibility of wielding such a sovereignty seizing sword. However, it was only with the Dycentian Blade that Horian would literally govern the godly powers required to massacre the Mightiest and Most Malignant Monarch of Demons and Everything Foul, and to right the many wrongs that had been done.’
Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
My inspiration was a video game series called Legend of Zelda, I simply fell in love with the game and analysed it in every way thinking, “Oh, Nintendo could have made this and that better.” Gradually I started to compile ideas for my own video game that I aspired to create and make it into an evolution of Legend of Zelda.
I wanted it to be better in every way from the names of the characters to the names of the weapons. For example the main weapon in Legend of Zelda was called “The Master Sword,” my main weapon is called “The Dycentian Blade.” Not only names but I wanted the story line to be better as well. So I started to compile the ideas and names for the world I was about to create. My dad then stumbled upon the list and advised me that since creating a videogame is somewhat farfetched, why not write a story since you have enough content for a story. And so I acted upon my dad’s advice and Legend of Horian & The Dycentian Blade was born.
If you could choose to be one of your characters who would you be?
I would want to be Horian the protagonist for he has a heart that’s so vast that he ends up forgiving the heinous crimes of his adversary. Also, I think he sets a very good example for people to forget and forgive those who have wronged them in the sense that life is short and that it is fruitless to dwell in the darkness bred by the shortcomings of the people around you.
Please tell us about the characters in your novel:
The main characters in the story are Horian, his talking squirrel friend Arthur, his mother Zaania and his enemy Galleroth.
Horian is the protagonist who embarks on a quest to avenge his father’s murder by Galleroth and free his mother from Galleroth by re-uniting the nine elements and using the Dycentian Blade to kill Galleroth.
Zaania is a key character in the story as she is kidnapped by Galleroth and is the driving force for Horian to complete his quest of re-uniting the nine elements so he can free her from Galleroth’s dungeon.
Arthur is important because he keeps Horian company in his quest as well as advising and saving Horian from making rash decisions.
Galleroth is a dictator who is on a quest to concoct a potion that will grant him eternal life. And in his quest for immortality many people die as a result as he is instructed by a band of witches to get many ingredients such as a mother’s heart and a broth of blood to complete the potion.
Was there anything about your protagonist that surprised you?
Yes, the thing that surprised me is that Horian isn’t the perfect hero who is noble to the bone like most fairy-tale heroes are for he too struggles with his inner demons.
What scene did you enjoy writing the most?
The scene I enjoyed writing the most would be when Horian meets the Gods. I enjoyed writing this because it was a real challenge for me in doing justice to the sheer magnitude of such a glorious event.
… and the hardest?
Again, the scene that was the hardest for me was Horian’s rendezvous with the Gods, for I had to describe the world literally ending in every possible way, geologically to astronomically as the Gods tear the universe apart to exhibit their awesome power before putting the universe back together and then finally revealing themselves. This part especially was hard, as it is always hard to describe the divine but I feel I have done justice in portraying something sublime.
Does your novel tackle a social barrier?
Yes it does as the main message of my book is that “True happiness lies in seeing others Happy.” And the major theme of my book is that Horian learns from the trials and tribulations of his journey as he is humbled by the majesty of nature to the degree that he believes that honing one’s heart free from all foul feelings toward even his enemy is the only way to be successful and content in life. In other words, the near death experiences he overcomes make him feel that holding grudges is not worth it since you could die at any moment.
Did you travel to any places? Undergo any new experiences?
Yes, the experience I cherish the most was when I went to Bangladesh. It is an experience hard to describe for you have to visit this jewel of Asia to understand the tranquillity one feels while being there.
Your novel is part of a series, what is in the future?
This is book 1 of a 12 part saga, the first is about the Dycentian Blade and another nine is about further empowering the already powerful Dycentian Blade with the nine elements. The eleventh is called Legend of Horian & the War of all Wars and the twelfth… well, you’ll just have to wait and find out what on earth the 12th will be about.
I’m working on the second instalment in the series, which is called Legend of Horian & The Forgotten Forest. In this book Horian is entrusted with a little army to help him obtain the first element by penetrating a seemingly impregnable fortress.
What inspired you to write?
My inspiration was to make something that already exists better and that is the battle mechanics of the fantasy genre where the conventional way a battle takes place is merely two armies colliding and fighting. I just loved watching movies and waited for the scenes where anarchy ensues as two armies collide. But this, before long grew very boring and predictable over the years where when a battle takes place there’s no suspense for the audience know the climax of the action is two armies merely colliding.
My story however takes the whole battle mechanics to unprecedented levels, for example, in the Realm of Time Horian takes on an entire army of men mounted on rhinos with his bare hands.
Do you have a favourite place you go to for inspiration or a favourite activity?
Yes, I go and sit by the river as it is very peaceful.
Do you have a favourite book?
The Bible, because if you think about it Biblical stories are legendary, they are heart rending and absolutely wonderful. From Moses splitting the sea to Solomon talking to ants and David slaying Goliath, it just brings tears to my eyes that such men actually graced this earth. The earth, “we,” the petty people have the privilege to tread on.
Finally, are there any tips you could share with new writers?
The only advice I can give to new writers, is read… read, read, and read everything, My difficulty was my chronic war with the writers block. But I succeeded by reading anything and everything, I tried to read all genres, and once you read a wide variety, there will be that one sentence, or that simile or metaphor that blows the writer’s block in to oblivion and makes way for a flood of new and fresh ideas.
Thank you for being my guest today.
Wishing you success with all your writing projects.
About the author
Although born in Bangladesh, Shah Jalal has lived most of his life with his family in England. When not writing he helps his father run the family retail business in Leytonstone, London.
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