Shine Cycle Character Profile: Opal

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Opal is a knight and a royal adviser, listed high in the Queen’s service, in the Imperial Service. In the Sixth War of the Dragon she scraped together a brigade from the ruins of a battle gone wrong deep in enemy territory and brought it, and a large collection of captured enemy equipment, back to the Empire. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Précis: A Wall Against the Tide

A Wall Against the Tide is the tentative title of the eighth planned novel in the “Alternate Universes” sub-series of the Shine Cycle. This story will be set in a world where the Carolingian dynasty lasted longer. Today’s post is a brief introduction to this planned work. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Eliezer

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Eliezer is a native-born knight of the Shine and Wild Empire. As soon as he can get over his tendencies toward “textbook generalship,” he will perhaps be the best native-born general in the Empire—a military genius. However, that will probably take a while, since he usually achieves success even with textbook techniques. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Vincent

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Vincent – Knight, Visiting Scholar, and bard. A brilliant strategist and tactician, knighted on the field in the war that began days after he arrived. Since he saw several of the previous generation of strategists at work and patterned his own designs after them, he maintained that he did not deserve the honor and studied under various knights-master. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Henry

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Henry – Knight and journeyman mage, brother of Batea. Imperial commanders and analysts consider him one of the most likely candidates to revive the Sky Knights’ Order of the Shooting Star after it was dissolved under Duncan‘s leadership. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Emerald

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Emerald – Great-mage, prophet, and a senior aide to the King in the Imperial Service. One of the greatest Powers of Prophecy the Empire has ever seen, and able to use her precognitive abilities to improve her mastery of other areas of the Power.

A somewhat tall fair-haired woman. She favors long, billowing robes, usually in a deep color or black and embroidered in white. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Lauren

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Lauren – A knight of the Empire and a high-level aide to the King in the Imperial Service. She is one of the few “desk knights” to use that as a cover: her position as aide to the King is primarily so that she can be a first bodyguard in his offices, a position she volunteered for to protect the more important aides.

A tall, slender, athletic woman with straight chestnut hair falling to curl around her shoulders. She wears a light chain shirt and either carries a short sword under a thin grey robe or wears it openly at her hip with a costume more suitable for strenuous activity. Her bearing can only be described as “stately,” with an air of determination, but at need she moves smoothly from a calm walking pace to a run. Continue reading