Manifest Destiny

Jaiden Baynes Author Interview

Manifest Destiny: An Unholy Alliance follows two beings with superhuman capabilities and a hunger for power who join forces to take what they want using whatever means necessary. In fantasy novels, it’s easy to get carried away with the characters’ magical powers. How did you balance the use of supernatural powers?

To balance the use of supernatural powers I set clear rules for what they could and could not do. For example, while the power of flight removes a lot of obstacles for those characters, all that means is that other world-building tools need to be used to ensure that this power does not invalidate conflict in the plot. I keep an extensive document of notes on how the Power system works in order to know its limits so as to not break the story. While the power of the characters may seem absurd, this is for thematic purposes: it is supposed to seem ridiculous how much power so few people can horde.

I also balance the use of powers with the story by showing the limits of raw power in its capacity to solve problems by giving complex problems that strength alone cannot resolve. Power is made to represent things metaphorically and allegorically. Even if it seems powerful or unfair, if it evil there is always a way to overcome it.

I try to make sure that the use of Power always ties in to a character or thematic purpose. Typically tied to the character that wields that unique power for character purposes. If the character represents something, the power will do the same. Say a villain with a specific type of flaw has the power of immortality: this supernatural power might be trying to communicate just how difficult it can be to vanquish that vice.

Calling the supernatural powers “Power” was an intentional attempt to get many good phrases that could have deeper and double meanings. The reader will be made to think if I am talking about the supernatural and magic power… or something far more tangible in the real world.

I restrained myself from putting in the most extreme or powerful abilities. The goal is to pace things across different books: each region and era have their own unique uses of Power that gain and fall out of prominence. The Power system grows more complex and powerful as things progress and advance just like real world military capabilities. This allows for variety so that the Power system will feel new and exciting with every new addition that the reader gets their hands on.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I hoped to get many themes and messages to readers of the book. Just a few would be:

  • The corrupting influence of power and how it influences the human condition
  • The insanely large gap in power between those in positions of authority and those they rule over
  • The evils of imperialism and colonialism
  • The historic failures and problems of the past that influence so many modern problems in the present
  • The only difference between Pirates and Emperors is the scale of their atrocities.
  • Idealizing the past is a mistake and potentially very harmful. Yearning for a bygone age that never was, can lead to bad things.
  • Violence and war are not things to be idealized.
  • The eternal conflict between tyranny of the oppressors and the freedom of the oppressed.
  • Money and power do not necessarily equate to happiness.

The book is an attempt to portray the whitewashed tradition of noble kings and knights from fantasy novels with more historical accuracy. Address the real-world problems with tyrannical monarchies rather than glamorize them as a bygone paradise.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The sequel to this book is Manifest Destiny: By Any Means Necessary which will focus on what comes after our heroes’ happily ever after. In the far future of the first book, it seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. I’m very excited for that book and think it’s even better than the first. And the third book is well underway as well. If all goes well, both books will be available in 2023.

I’ve almost nearly completed the first installment of the next series that will be coming after Manifest Destiny. A series of books diving into the mythology of the Manifest Destiny Universe set in a completely different time and place. A lot of it seems very similar to our own with… slight alterations. The book will be examining my reimagining of Greco-Roman myth using realworld comparative mythology analysis. Mixed in with the fantasy fun, I hope to actually educate readers on the exciting world of myth studies and Indo-European mythology.

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A glorious future awaits the unholy alliance between Norne the Machiavellian ice witch and Chaos the demon-spawned wild man. First, Arcosia. Next, the Universe.
“The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.” — Thucydides
Just how much death and destruction are two youths willing to inflict on innocents in the name of furthering their power?
For Norne, it seems her only choice in securing Arcosia’s future is marrying into Tartarus nobility. After all, the end justifies the means.
But fate has other plans.
When she chanced upon Chaos, her whole world was flipped upside down. Standing before her is a man who not only equals her appetite for anarchy, but also shares her ambitions of supremacy.
And so, the unholy alliance is forged.
It won’t be long before people will cower in fear at the mere mention of their names. Blood will run the streets and their power and influence will be felt to the farthest corners of the Universe.
But how will they do it? And will they succeed?
Find out for yourself in “Manifest Destiny: An Unholy Alliance” by prolific writer Jaiden Baynes.
If you’re looking for a tantalizing read filled with chaos, destruction, betrayal, and relentless ambition, then get ready to meet your next favorite book!

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