Welcome to Charles E. Yallowitz who is sharing the background to his final book in the Legends of Windermere series.. the good news for his fans is that he has plenty of other realms to explore in the world he has created.
Legends of Windemere – Warlord of the Forgotten Age by Charles E. Yallotwitz
Charles has been a very generous supporter of my blog over the last four years and it is a privilege to be able to repay that in some small way.
Thank you to Sally for giving me a chance to write a guest post and helping to promote my latest release Legends of Windemere: Warlord of the Forgotten Age.
After 15 volumes, I’m giving Luke Callindor, Nyx, and the other champions their final adventure. Once I pushed the publish button, it meant that I’d never wake up to a day where I write with these characters on the page. Not unless the survivors show up in cameos like with a spinoff standalone that I had planned for next summer.
I digress, maybe, because while this is the end of Legends of Windemere, it isn’t the end of Windemere. I still have at least 20 other series and standalones that will take place within this fantasy world. The Cerascent Islands, Elysium, and Canst’s Fields haven’t even shown up, which are three pretty big continents. I have histories such as the origins of a few important gods and ancient events like the appearance of the vampiric Dawn Fangs. I always imagined that the champions, win or lose, would kick of an Age of Heroes by inspiring an entire generation. If the Baron wins then you have people rising up to fight him. If he loses then there’s a void in the balance of good and evil that will need to be filled. So, my world will continue to grow even if I’m letting these characters retire.
This was always the plan even when it looked like I’d never get this series published or written. For any massive world, you need a foundation and I used these adventures to develop that. You have your magic system, geography, deities, and an idea of what Windemere’s history is like. I foreshadowed that there would be others and that there are older stories to tell by having characters talk about things in passing. If that didn’t work, I was blatantly obvious that more would be coming. There’s a scene with Luke Callindor where he is shown a vast landscape dotted with silhouettes. It’s explained that the Baron has prevented several destinies from emerging and even absorbed the more evil ones into his own story. Once he is free of his curse, the flow of fate will be revived, which means new adventures will be told.
This wasn’t easy to set up because some ideas might change, but the stuff in Legends of Windemere have to remain locked in place to keep the continuity going. For example, my next series will be about the Dawn Fangs, which are powerful vampires that can be in the sun and live among the other races. They have treaties with everyone, so the series will look at how they appeared and won the vampire civil war. I’m still working on the series title, but the Dawn Fangs played a big role in The Mercenary Prince. With that book published, I can’t redesign them and the character who be involved in both events has to remain relatively unchanged in terms of design and powers. Mab will certainly be weaker and made not as jaded, but I have to keep her similar to the more modern version that has already appeared. This is like doing prequels for a finished series. You have to be very aware of continuity and make sure that you don’t do anything that undoes the pre-existing material. Otherwise, you may end up ruining two series.
There’s another reason behind me continuing the world building after this series, which seems to catch people by surprise. Growing up, I read about all of these vast worlds and saw how new authors could get a foot in the door by writing a story in the established world. It was very common in ‘The Forgotten Realms’ books where there were multiple authors working with their own characters in the same region. I loved this idea, but I don’t see it happening much these days. So, my hope is that I can build Windemere up enough to turn it into a literary playground for fantasy authors who can use such a boost.
After all, I said that an Age of Heroes is coming to Windemere, so I can’t very well be behind all of them. This isn’t even close to a reality because I would need to lock in a lot of the lore and I’d have to figure out how to allow this without putting my future series in danger. Last thing I need is a guy blowing up Gaia or killing Fizzle for shock value.
Maybe this is extending my reach though and thinking too far into the future. Guess we’ll see, but first I need to make sure I can write a second series and get people interested.
Again, thank you to Sally for all of the support and letting me be a guest on her blog once more. Please check out or spread the word about Legends of Windemere: Warlord of the Forgotten Age and enjoy the adventure.
Whether in darkness or light, every path inevitably comes to an end.
As Gabriel, the Destiny God, determined centuries ago, his chosen will face Baron Kernaghan for the fate of Windemere. Through many victories and losses, the champions have stood together and prepared for this great battle. Now that the Baron’s influence stirs those with evil hearts, they have run out of time and must travel to Shayd. Yet, there are more secrets for them to uncover before entering a battle where the only way to survive is surpassing limits and putting everything they have on the line. Through it all, Gabriel’s statement that he made them destined to fight, but winning was not set in stone rings in their minds.
Will the champions usher in an Age of Heroes or become the sacrifices for an Age of Darkness?
A selection of the most recent books by Charles Yallowitz
Here is the latest review for book 14 in The Legends of Windemere Series – Path of Traitors.
This is the second to last book in the Legends of Windemere series and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I mean, after the last book ended the way it did, was this installment going to be similar in its darkness and death? In a word, no. Yallowitz instead chose to focus on Queen Trinity, one of my favorite characters.
Baron Kernaghan is uncontainable in his rage and several of his underlings hide in stark fear. Queen Trinity is on a journey to find the missing crests and fulfill a long-lost prophesy, but little does she know that the path she’s on is one of redemption and fighting for what’s right. She’s done a lot of bad things in the name of the Baron and it’s time to own up to it. Can she step out of the shadows and be the leader she’s meant to be, or will she stick to the sidelines?
I really can’t say much more because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. What I can tell you is that this book is fantastic, even though the Champions are mostly absent. This is about Trinity and what lays before her. Yallowitz portrays her as a sympathetic character even though she’s been an enemy of the Champions for many, many books. I connected with Trinity and her growth was dramatic. I can’t wait for the final book and all that will transpire.
If you enjoy epic fantasy, I highly recommend this one! It can be read as a standalone but it’s such a better experience to read them all.
Favorite Character/Quote: “A symbol’s real power isn’t in its form, but in its longevity. Tell their story and use it to promote peace.”
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About Charles E. Yallowitz
Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire Stare. When he isn’t working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. ‘Legends of Windemere is his first series, but it certainly won’t be his last.
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Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could help send this new and final book in The Legends of Windemere on its way.. Thanks Sally