Th e Iron Ghost Prom­ise Ful­filled

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

Jworld of her epic fan­tasy de­but novel, The Cop­per Prom­ise, in Fe­bru­ary with the pub­li­ca­tion of The Iron Ghost, con­tin­u­ing the ad­ven­tures of he­roes- for- hire Wy­drin, Frith and Se­bas­tian. This time the trio ac­cepts what they think is a sim­ple snatch- and- grab job to re­trieve a stolen item from the city of Skald­shol­low. “How­ever, they quickly find them­selves in a steam­ing pile of trou­ble as they’re dropped into the mid­dle of a spir­i­tual war where no one is telling the whole truth; the stones walk, and there is dark magic in the hills,” says Wil­liams, who is clearly very fond of her three pro­tag­o­nists. “I’ve never had to ago­nise too much over what Wy­drin might say in any given sit­u­a­tion – of­ten some­thing in­ap­pro­pri­ate – or how Frith would re­act when a sit­u­a­tion gets out of hand – he will usu­ally man­age to make it worse – be­cause they feel very real in my head,” she says. “To be fair, all three had their blue­prints in clas­sic fan­tasy archetypes – the like­able rogue, the man bent on re­venge, the hon­ourable war­rior – but hope­fully given depths that move them past the archetypes and into some­thing more mod­ern.”

As much as Wil­liams likes her cre­ations, she’s still go­ing to put them through the wringer. “The Iron Ghost was harder to write from an emo­tional stand­point be­cause it takes the char­ac­ters to some dark places,” she says. “The threat in the first book – gi­ant god of de­struc­tion, army of blood­thirsty min­ions – was very large and ob­vi­ous. In the sec­ond book, the threats are a lot more per­sonal, and po­ten­tially a lot more dam­ag­ing.”

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