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Rebuilding in the Aftermath of War

Andri E. Elia Author Interview

Worldmaker of Yand – Polaris follows a family who seeks a new life on a new planet after their home is destroyed by war, only to have trouble find them anyway. What were some new ideas you wanted to explore in this book that were different from book one?

Yildun tells the destruction of war, Polaris tells the war’s aftermath, the rebuilding, showcasing the family’s strength and resilience. It features character development of the kids, each one of them individually and in their relationships. In terms of storyline, Polaris explores the colonization of a new moon, Yanara’s backstory and her family’s previous entanglements with the K’tul, and her struggle to find a solution to the null so she can see her daughter again.

Yanara, Frost, and Mandolen have a unique relationship with each other. What was your process in writing the character’s interactions to develop the bond they have?

I wanted to explore non-exclusivity in marriage in a paradigm where taboos of exclusivity and gender preference do not exist. But even in this society, people come with complex emotions and wired preferences. So, I allowed the characters to lead me. What developed is this very complex, delicious relationship, where Yanara is bonded with both her spouses, while the two of them can’t even bare to inadvertently touch each other. Frost is insanely jealous of Mandolen, with good reason because Yanara loves Mandolen more. A thing that helps is that Frost and Mandolen had been friends in the military for a couple hundred years before marrying Yanara.

What were some goals you set for yourself as a writer in this book?

I wanted to reveal more of Yanara’s backstory; more about how magic happens, how a celestial wizard forms wormholes; expound on the concept of the null and if it can be controlled. I also wanted to bring out the kids’ distinctive characters and abilities. And to write it all with vivid scenes and extensive dialog, to immerse the reader and transport him/her to this word. I’d love to see it in film.

What can readers expect in book three of the Worldmaker of Yand series?

In Eltanin the theme transitions from defense and survival to offense and revenge. Of course, twists happen as a result. There will be two new star systems introduced and a new species of humanoids. I’m still writing it, so many more exciting things can come into play. Stay tuned.

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Savage invaders from space, the k’tul, all but destroyed her homeworld of Yand. Fleeing the aftermath of that war, Yanara, Worldmaker and Celestial Wizard, brings her wife Mandolen and her husband Frost to a bronze moon orbiting the fifth planet of the star Polaris B. In this idyllic place of three suns, the three of them only sought to lick their war wounds and to survive. Instead, with their family joining them, they find themselves starting a new life and a new colony. Filled with magic and new adventures, the challenge of colonizing their new home blends with unraveling threads of Yanara’s darker past… tying her to the k’tul…? What secrets will they discover? And will they finally find the peace they so crave, or will the vengeful k’tul find them again, pursuing their trail across the galaxies?

The Intersection Of Her Two Natures

Andri E Elia
Andri E Elia Author Interview

Worldmaker of Yand – Yildun follows a spellcaster that must save her world from invaders while trying to build her family. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

In my previous book Queen of Highwings, one of my favorite characters is Snowfox, a yandar archer who, with his wife Asimia, left his homeworld Yand to a new planet seeking to make a new start after the ravages of the K’tul Wars. Gradually I worked up Snowfox’s back story, which became rich with new characters and magic. Prominently, his mother Yanara evolved as a powerful Celestial Wizard, a Worldmaker, the best defender against their enemy the k’tul.
To describe the devastations of the K’tul Wars, I drew on my personal experience. Many years ago my homeworld here on Terra was invaded and taken over, making half the population, including me and my family, war refugees.

Yanara is a very complex character with unique challenges in her life. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

With Yanara I wanted to reflect on contemporary issues about gender, women’s power, equality in love. Also the duality of nature that many women espouse. As a powerful wizard she is ruthless, devastating, terrifying. But as a wife and mother she is soft, loving, protective, with a huge heart. The intersection of her two natures is very interesting.

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

The biggest theme is the devastation of war on a world, a people, and a family.

Another is the breaking of gender stereotypes both professionally and in family relationships.

Another is that bonds of love can be as strong as bonds of blood.

A big theme I wanted to bring out in the subplot is that you love who you love, regardless of gender, or exclusivity. On Yand, marriage is whatever you put in your marriage contract.

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

I have recently completed Worldmaker of Yand-Polaris, and it is available on Amazon under books and my name. The hardcover has many colorful illustrations.

I have just completed a collection of short stories that flesh out events that happened offline in Yildun. Battles, but a few romances as well. Told with humor at times.

I am now writing the third installment in the Worldmaker of Yand series called Eltanin, after the star in the Draco constellation.

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On the planet Yand live a species of winged humanoids. Yanara is a very powerful female wizard. She and her two spouses, her wife Mandolen and her husband Frost fight a very savage enemy that came at them from space. The three of them defend their planet against genocide, while at the same time raising their very special and unconventional family. Their star, Yildun, is the second star on the tail of Ursa Minor, below Polaris.

Worldmaker of Yand – Polaris

Worldmaker of Yand-Polaris, by Andri E. Elia, is the second book in the spellbinding Worldmaker of Yand series. In this book, Yanara builds a new city in the aftermath of war. The story begins with Yanara, Frost, and Mandolen on a new planet after the war. While they recover from their injuries, they begin to make a new life in a place they name Tuncay.

There are so many revelations in this book that will appeal to fans of the series. Yanara’s backstory continues to get deeper and more intriguing as we discover more about her lineage while she is creating a new life for herself. She has a brother who was in love with the Queen, Stardust, and finds out her son can also wormhole. The leader, Wolf, uses another to get to Yanara and her family. On top of all those tantalizing revelations, we also discover that the k’tul leader, although shot in the head with an arrow during the war, had his body preserved in a pod.

Andri Eli’s writing style in this vibrant story has improved since the first book, which allows readers to appreciate the depth and creativity of the world and characters. With a much better pace and flow to the story, I feel like this book is very easy to read, even with its sometimes weighty ideas. The first book in the Worldmaker of Yand series built-up tension slowly and revealed the plot at a methodical pace while using a lot of descriptions along the way to give readers a clear idea of the events taking place. But this entertaining book places readers right in the middle of the action, which makes for a much more intriguing read.

The dialogue between characters is fluid and engaging, allowing readers to connect with the characters. I admire Yanara for her strength and her selflessness, and I really appreciated how well these character traits are drawn-out in the story. This book has an ensemble cast of interesting characters that sometimes make it hard to keep track of who is who but certainly adds to the epic nature of the overall story and shows how many people are involved, but I would have appreciated a little more clarity on who they were and what they wanted.

Worldmaker of Yand-Polaris tells the compelling story of the Worldmakers life after war with the k’tul. I enjoyed seeing Yanara build a new world and how she finally rids herself of the k’tul. This is a fascinating epic fantasy story with plenty of action to keep readers entertained and plenty of romance to keep you emotionally invested in this stimulating story.

Pages: 446 | ASIN : B09MF797VR

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