To Brave the End is a grimdark fantasy novella about a swordsman called Harruvard – or Red Harry.
He is featured in my first novel, The Shadow of the High King, as a side character among the crew of the Blackshield Dogs. It’s primarily his origin story, a character chronicle, telling the tale of who he was before he came to earn his moniker Red Harry and how he eventually came to join the Blackshield Dogs. It’s the first in a series of shorter, character-driven fiction I’ll be writing based around the members of the Blackshield Dogs mercenary company.
What makes your world special or different?
I think my world feels very burned-out, almost weary, like it’s drawn thin and close to wearing through. A lot of what once was is gone and forgotten, and its people live in a time of decay, heading slowly toward their version of the Dark Ages.
How does your main character fit into this world?
Harruvard is just an average man trying to get by as best he can, at least before the events of To Brave the End. Besides a history of savagery when fighting for his sworn lord and fair talent with a sword, you could pretty much say he’s quite unremarkable in a lot of ways. He’s certainly no hero, and has more than his fair share of failings, like all people do.
Is there a system of magic?
There is, though it doesn’t feature in To Brave the End, as Harruvard and the characters within that book are quite far removed from it and the goings on surrounding it, both by time and distance.
The magic system has a couple of names, depending on which culture it’s being wielded by. Some call it the Weaving, others call it the Earthbond. It’s mostly focused upon a ‘oneness’ with the earth and with life, and is not overly extravagant.
Mostly, it has been forgotten about by the world in my books, but for any who have read my first novel, The Shadow of the High King, it is beginning to appear again. Its users vary in power and potential depending on how close their blood ties are to the race of people it originated from. They also have particular talents in it, some are more offensive and aggressive with how they wield it, while others are more covert in the nature of their power. Continue reading “The Grimdark World of Frank Dorrian”