★*´✫* Set Sail With A Legend ✫*★*
Woo hooo! It’s release day for Windmaster Legend, the tale of the star-crossed lovers, Ensign Iol of the House of Cszabo and Sub-Commander Pelra of the House of Pirri.
Two Stars in the Heavens
A question often asked of an author is the inspiration behind the story. I have to admit that when the first book set in the world of Windmaster was written, I had no plan to write Windmaster Legend. In fact, the tale of Iol and Pelra was just a story used as a bit of foreshadowing. However, like in the Dragshi Chronicles where the legends of the dragshi were given their full due in First Change: Legends From The Eyrie, sometimes a legend refuses to remain hidden by the mists of time.
As an introduction, the original telling of the myth of Iol and Pelra told to Lord Dal by Captain Ellspeth as they shared a dinner under the stars in the first book of the series.
“Two stars are named Iol and Pelra. Iol and Pelra were captains; both had won their gold bracelets. Their rank was suitable but his mother had rejected her father’s courtship, so a joining between Iol and Pelra was not allowed. Since no one had ever sailed the southern island route in less than four sevenday, the two families proposed a wager. If Iol and Pelra made the trip in less than two sevenday, the families would allow the marriage. The pair set off in their respective ships with all masts carrying as much canvas as the rigging could handle.
“Iol and Pelra prayed, and in recognition of their devotion the water god favored them with fair skies. Brisk winds pushed them faster than any vessel had ever sailed before. The ships returned in the final hour allowed by the bet. Despite their return within the allotted time, the parents reneged and declared that Iol and Pelra had lost the bet and refused to allow the marriage. The ruling council of Iol’s house ordered him to a remote inland lake to captain an old scupper. Pelra was confined to her family complex. Unable to return to their ships and the sea, the pair sneaked to the twin rocks that guarded the harbor entrance. When the families sent soldiers to enforce their orders, the water god brought up a storm to protect the lovers. Then he transformed Iol and Pelra into shipfish. Legend has it they swam together to the end of the world. One powerful leap carried them into the night sky.”
I hope you’ve enjoyed this introduction to the newest volume of the Windmaster Novels. Each book, both the two that chronicle the story Captain Ellspeth and Lord Dal, the archmage, and the love story of Pelra and Iol can all be read independently of each other or in sequence. There is another difference than just the change in the lead characters. Romance and action have always fought for dominance. In Windmaster Legend, the switch was flipped and romance took precedence over the magic.
And another difference? Since the story behind the legend was pulled from the behind the walls of myth, I decided to let you, the reader, select the ending you like best. To see the possibilities you have to read the book–and I hope you will.
★*´✫* Windmaster Legend✫*★*