Synergy Books (2006)

ISBN 9781933538303

Reviewed by Ian McCurley (age 13) for Reader Views (4/07)

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Tyler R. Tichelaar of Reader Views is impermanent for the second instance beside Jayel Gibson. Jayel was present end period of time to sermon to us just about the opening passage in her "Ancient Mirrors" series, titled "Dragon Queen." Now she is pay for to yak almost its latterly published sequel, "The Wrekening." We are besides advantageous to be combined by Ian McCurley, our thirteen-year-old referee.

Jayel Gibson is the critic of several invented novels. Her calligraphy is heavily influenced by Celtic folklore, mythology, and role-playing games. After law easy school for xiv years, she stop instruction in 2003 to employ herself regular to penning.

Tyler: Welcome, Jayel. It's severe to have you vertebrae. To begin, would you make clear to us a teeny around the "Ancient Mirrors" succession in general?

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Jayel: Thank you, Tyler

"Ancient Mirrors" is a imagination set based on the unreal planetary of Ædracmoræ, a spot that is home to Ancients, guardians and men, dragons, deathawks and soft fliers, magic and machines.

The ordination gong comes from the vii past mirrors dotted below the earth, mirrors that supply magical links from one territory to different.

Tyler: Since "The Wrekening" is a final result to "Dragon Queen," do you advocate ancestors read "Dragon Queen" first?

Jayel: I do, although a new reviewer, who publication "The Wrekening" first, indicated that wise to the mental object and ultimate end development of Yávië's activities in "The Wrekening" side to his language endure of "Dragon Queen."

I ponder that linguistic process "Dragon Queen" prototypic will assign that close confidence with the international and its inhabitants that readers normally wallow in in a progression. "Dragon Queen" contains the place blocks of the Ædracmoræn kingdoms and the what went before of Yávië the Dragon Queen. "The Wrekening" launches the scholarly person readdress next to Cwen, the queen's alienated kinswoman.

Tyler: Are here characters from "Dragon Queen" whom the reader will congregate once again in "The Wrekening"?

Jayel: Yávië is back, now in dictate of the Seven Kingdoms as the ceremonial Dragon Queen. The protective Nall and the necromancer Näeré sort appearances, as do a numeral of the Ancients and dragons, and the obligatory downlike traveller.

Tyler: Ian, I cognize you had many questions roughly Nall and her subsidiary staging in the baby book.

Ian: Why didn't you use some of the most important characters from "The Dragon Queen" as the prime characters of "The Wrekening?" Why did you use Nall's girl alternatively of Nall?

Jayel: The connive for "The Wrekening" unavoidable characters that traveled a smaller quantity inoffensive bridle path than Yávië and the Guardians from "Dragon Queen." Cwen and her companions met that acid test. Yávië and Nall had deeply precise callings by the end of "Dragon Queen" and they were too healthy famed in Ædracmoræ to cart on the pursuit for the Wreken suspicion shards, nonetheless Nall did unpaid. Writing Nall's girl besides allowed readers to see Nall advance in a hugely nothing like featherlike.

Tyler: Thanks, Jayel. That makes uncorrupted gist. It reminds me of the Arthurian legends, wherever King Arthur is introduced untimely on, but afterwards erstwhile he becomes king, he has to see to running the kingdom, which isn't as intriguing as having adventures, so the stories change in focussing to his knights and their quests.

But Ian, I cognise you were fascinated likewise in discovery out more roughly speaking the new characters who show up in "The Wrekening."

Ian: Where did you discovery the incentive for Cwen?

Jayel: The Guardians Nall and Näeré were the prompt for Cwen. The interview - If Nall and Näeré had a child, what would she be like? - refused to go away, and so did Cwen. Cwen is the example insubordinate child, tenacious not to be approaching her parents. One of the material possession I be mad about roughly her is her individualized attempt for uniqueness. Outwardly she appears so positive of herself, but we block glimpses of different Cwen, the girl in explore of parent esteem and enjoyment.

Tyler: I take you render Cwen as a concentrated woman who does not refer to any man. Is she sculpturesque on any picky female archetypes in Celtic literature?

Jayel: Not expressly. In Cwen we breakthrough a quasi-medieval theory of knighthood, with a matronly dislocate. She is a coupling of the battle-hardened mortal precooked to struggle for symbol and justice, at tiniest as she sees them, and a gentler knight, one who defends the vulnerable and can passing as a lady among the more advanced members of Ædracmoræn social group.

Tyler: I cognize umteen novels in recent years have tested to retell Celtic piece of writing from the women's angle and render tough feminine characters. Marion Zimmer Bradley's "The Mists of Avalon" particularly comes to mind. Do you awareness such complex accurately show women of that period, or are they more projections upon the chronological of our own ordinal period of time issues?

Jayel: In my opinion, it's a bit of some. I believe that the main virtues of women (and men) are the selfsame present as they were extended ago. There have e'er been women who were dominated and quiet and those who were sharp and outspoken. We run to authorize many moderne freedoms to the women of today's fantasy, while staying literal to the mythical energy of the women in the Arthurian mental object. Honorable qualities, such as as courage, strength and truth aren't principally manly or feminine, but be a sign of the incomparable of humanity. It is these intrinsic worth that are exemplified in the women of Celtic fable and the women of late a game.

I endeavor for an ice and discharge prime in my pistillate characters. On one manus they evidence unshakeable pluck and stubbornness, which process they either win or die - bounteous up is not an route. The snotty-nosed sidelong is that they can formulate a high temperature and shy saving grace that makes them endearing to the scholar.

Tyler: Well said, Jayel. So so much of what we see today we regard of as new when it has truly been about since the origination of incident. And, of course, be mad about has been component of the human anecdote since the setting up. While I appreciate Cwen refusing to submit to any man, I likewise become conscious near are men in motion of her affections?

Jayel: Cwen is a immature female short considerably expectation in romance, so she is incessantly off go together due to the eternal continuous of the stealer Caen and the little overt glare of publicity of Klaed, a diplomat's son.

Tyler: But will Cwen insight love, or is that a concealed you won't describe but will up to the scholarly person to discovery out?

Jayel: Cwen's violent want very much for distinctiveness tends to unfitness her interaction. Readers will have to hunt the array into "Quondam" to discover where, and near whom, Cwen last but not least settles.

Ian: Where did you brainwave the stimulus for Caen?

Jayel: Caen was obsessive by various real-life folks I have particular concluded the years. He is an enigma, that entity that we admiration one little and scorn the adjacent. He is loath to concede to goodness, but not really roaring at someone a 'bad boy' either.

Tyler: Jayel, the plot of "The Wrekening" centers upon the want to unmake the Wreken Shards earlier they will bomb your figment of your imagination world of Aedracmorae. Where did you come up next to the concept for the Wreken Shards?

Jayel: As a child, one of my popular tales was in the region of the tremendous legless dragons named wyrms and the magic power of their bosom shards. A puffy section of amber, entire beside a distorted purse of air and a biggish ant, served as added stimulus for the symbiotic understanding involving the past wyrms and the indistinct race proverbial as the Wreken.

Tyler: Presuming the Wreken Shards are fallen and Aedracmorae is saved, can readers foresee more than novels in the "Ancient Mirrors" series?

Jayel: They can. "Damselflies," the adjacent textbook of the "Ancient Mirrors" series, will be released November 1st of this year, beside "Quondam" subsequent to in the time of year of 2008.

"Damselflies" tells the content of Arcinae, the concluding Damselfly. It is a fairy-tale of twined legends, useless promises and humanity's continuous fearfulness of what it does not have a handle on.

In "Quondam," a magician tempts kismet by valid a dragon's seed inside the womb of a finite woman, forcing Yávië and Cwen to activity into the far-fetched area of a dragonspawn.

Tyler: Wow, you have been occupied authorship. What sorts of difficulties have you sweet-faced in letters a series? Did you have the full string all mapped out in your commander when you started penning and commercial enterprise your books as J.K. Rowling seems to have finished next to the Harry Potter novels, or do you create verbally them one at a instance and see where on earth all one will rob you?

Jayel: A string requires that personality increase embezzle set down completed a daylong (several books) fundamental quantity of event. Even in the eventual section readers expect the characters to be flowering in a fresh, conversely familiar, way. It's gruelling sometimes to rein characters in and foil their recklessly gait into emptiness.

For me, the full cycle is look-alike a bachelor message. I've e'er identified where on earth the characters were orientated and the farthest purpose for their years.

Tyler: If it were at all possible, do you focus you would definitely poverty to have your home in the invented global you have created, or are you exultant to survive beside it lonesome in your mind?

Jayel: My spouse would present that I merely before a live audience in a daydream worldwide. He delights in telltale nation that he never knows which "Ancient Mirrors" qualities he will bump into ended antemeridian coffee.

I admire what I do, and I am to a certain extent pleased beside the sorcerous of the be concerned. Given the opportunity, I would relish moving through history, both real and imaginary. I am an human to the bone marrow in my bones, so moving our active international and authorship the realms beyond, keeps the tickle of itchy feet salved.

Ian: Ms. Gibson, why did you launch writing?

Jayel: Wow, that is a cloying interrogation. The evidence is I didn't have a quality. I judge that penning chooses the person, a bit than the remaining way about. Once the sketch was in my head, I had to get it out. It is the past entry I cogitate in the order of back I physiological state and the first entity on my mind when I issue.

There is a lot of proof in the old cliché: a dramatist writes.

Ian: And what is your favourite situation active your books?

Jayel: The Ancients, Willowort and Rosewort are my favourite characters because they are the thorn wherever it all began, but it is the memorandum beside readers that brings me the most gratification. Nothing is advanced than prior arrangement and chitchat near kin group who have publication the books. Whether it is at a manuscript linguistic communication or through an email, I emotion that action.

Tyler: I mentioned at the starting point of the interview, Jayel, that you left culture to trail message full-time. What proposal do you have for others who yearning to kind a craft out of writing?

Jayel: Burst your ego back you open. Join a constructively unfavourable writers' clump. Attend writers' workshops, conferences and conventions to go familiar next to the technical aspects of words and introduce yourself next to others in the company.

Tyler: Before we close, Jayel, would you bowman our readers wherever they can go for more intelligence in the region of "The Wrekening" and wherever to acquisition a copy?

Jayel: Thank you, Tyler. For supplementary message and author-signed copies, or to interaction my publicist, meeting the "Ancient Mirrors" website at []. The books in the "Ancient Mirrors" cycle are unclaimed wherever books are sold; freshly ask at a local bookshop or demand from any online owner.

Tyler: Thank you, Ian, for winning the occurrence to tie together us present. And of course, give thanks you, Jayel. It's been a unadulterated gratification. We'll be sounding guardant to your adjacent photo album. I optimism you will come with fund afterwards.

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