Book: The Sun God's Heir - Return Book One by Elliott Bakercategories: Book, Action and Adventure, Barbary Pirates, Reincarnation, Seventeenth Century, Sea Adventures, Egyptian Sorcery, Slavery, Strong Women Characters, Spanish Inquisition, Morocco, Historical Fantasy
Elliott Bakerabout this book: Alexandre Dumas meets Horatio Hornblower and Ancient Egypt in this swashbuckling epic. (Kirkus Reviews)
The Sun God's Heir: Return (Book One) is the story of two brothers, once disciples of the pharaoh Akhenaten, who as an adept in the mystical arts, teaches them to manipulate the higher energies of life. One has reincarnated in the usual way in seventeenth century France. The other barters his way into incarnation determined to continue a brutal lifetime begun in ancient Egypt. One remembers, one does not. To defend those he loves, René Gilbert must reclaim his legacy of awareness from three thousand years ago.
I find the era of the 17th century fraught with possibility. It's the beginning of the renaissance and for a brief moment, everything is possible. Powerful men are being challenged but the contest is not even, nor has it ever been. Projectile weapons have been invented, but not yet perfected on the personal stage. They're difficult to fire continuously. The sword is still the weapon which brings most conflict to intensely personal moments. The book travels from France to Spain where the forces of repression and bigotry are rampant. Then to Morocco and the Barbary coast where the degradation of slavery and its institutions are at their height. Pirates. Momentary crises are what move our lives along and for me are fascinating to watch.
I wrote The Sun God’s Heir because a good friend suggested that I look into NANOWRIMO. I’m pretty sure the acronym stands for national novel writing month. I think all of us have a story knocking around within. Often it’s a re-telling of life events. One of our greatest deficits as humans is that we’re in such a hurry we don’t give those we love the space to properly tell their stories. Sometimes, the story isn’t from real life, at least not from a current one. I had just such a story for years. I woke up with it. Not unusual. The story took place in Seventeenth century France. I awoke with a memory of the protagonist, the antagonist, the setting, and the basic idea of the story. Nanowrimo.org holds a free, organized, stress-fun filled month in November where you can join millions of others in getting fifty-thousand words on paper. Even though the definition of a novel is forty-five-thousand words, that’s a little short, but when you finish, you have the very real beginning of a novel, or a memoir. The beauty of NANOWRIMO is that in a busy day, you are a little pressed to put down 1667 words, which is the average that will get you to the goal. You don’t have time to listen the critical factor on your shoulder and what results is, in a way, magic. By forcing the critical part to sit on the bench, we connect with a much larger more creative portion of ourselves. At least I think we do. Anyway, at the end of thirty days, I had a beginning. Not enough to publish, but too much to just put into a drawer. In about six months, I completed the rough draft of The Sun God’s Heir: Return (Book One). What happened next is another story. With pirates, and sea adventures, love and sacrifice, I think you’ll enjoy the story.
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