Contributers David Dalglish and Robert J. Duperre-the authors of The Breaking World books, gives us an intimate look into the series.
Fantasy can come in a lot of different shapes and forms. There’s Tolkien’s whimsy, Sanderson’s detailed magic systems, Salvatore’s staple fight scenes, and Martin’s grittiness. But if they have one thing common, it’s that their worlds are old and detailed. Everyone’s in their 12th epoch or fiftieth cycle or third age. Each mythology has its own backstory, its own fairy tales and legends, that add to the depth of the narrative. However, when we were looking at creating The Breaking World, we wondered if we could do something different. What if, instead of an ancient world, we wrote a young one? What if humanity wasn’t thousands of years old, but less than a hundred?
And most interesting of all...what if the gods who created mankind still walked among them?
With The Breaking World series, we could let the reader follow along with the initial wars that sundered the world of Dezrel. The reader would get to see the creation of the many beasts and monsters that hide in the dark corners of most fantasy worlds. Telling the story of a coddled human race, one guarded by their gods, blessed with magic and healing, and given wisdom and invention instead of earning it on their own, allowed us to hit on concepts of faith, loyalty, and war in ways that cannot be done otherwise.
The bones of the events that shaped the world were already in place, detailed through fourteen books in three separate series that came before. The challenge for us was to take those bones and put meat on them, muscle and sinew that would give this rather expansive tale the humanity it required in order to be intriguing. Now, all we had to do was make the plot emotionally relevant. To do that, we had to give voices to the gods themselves.
Interactions between the brother gods of Dezrel, Karak and Ashhur, were fun to construct, particularly when it came to matters of faith. What does doubt mean when you can walk up to your creator and question his decisions? With the gods going to war, where does your loyalty lie, with the being that created you, or the one you agree with? As armies form, and animals become twisted in size and intelligence to fight as loyal, brutal soldiers...how would people react?
And that, in a nutshell, is what this series is about. The people who inhabit the world, the doubt they feel, the onset of human ambition and its price. If Dawn of Swords is about the fall from grace, then Wrath of Lions brings about the brutality of war, the darkness of the human heart, the conflict of choices that one must make every day. You could say that Dezrel is similar to the world we all inhabit, one in which the virtue of goodness is oftentimes not praised but seen as a weakness. Where war has dire consequences, as there will be when Blood of Gods is released in October. Which begs the question, where do we go from here?
Yes, this is a brutal series, but there is also a thread of hope shimmering just beneath the surface. That’s what we hope to bring you, the reader: an adventure that will make your heart pound, filled with roaring lions, clashing gods, gory battles, and emotional turmoil. Which is all you can really ask for from any fantasy world.