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Episode 2 of The Feigned Moon of Entiria Epic Serial, Illya, by E.A. Bagby is a fantasy book set in the Deo Forest, a place known as the mortal realm and believed to be the middle way between earth and sky. After Giels and his friends come back from their journey on the underworld, they have to deal with the repercussions of their discoveries and the curiosity of their tribe. While Erikal, Meritus, Cleo and Alana start to interact with the community and create new and exciting possibilities for the Deo tribe, Giels has to undergo the pressure of his training to become lead storyteller all the while suspecting he might be going mad.
The protagonist’s doubts about his beliefs after the events of the first book set up the theme of the narrative, the clash between the council, chained to tradition, and the young characters, hungry for answers and new ways of living. Giels’ journey to understand himself and what he wants is really easy to empathize with. I was sometimes mad with his clinginess to tradition, and other times happy when he realized the silliness of his actions and the world around him. I would have appreciated this same depth provided to the other characters in the story.
The setting is very different from other novels, with a blend of tribal culture, fantasy elements and science fiction. The way the cultural elements are explained enrich the world and make you want to know more. The writing throughout the novel is superb, the story is constantly moving forward while the descriptions of locations are left to the readers imagination.
The Feigned Moon of Entiria provides an engaging mythology, while also providing an exploration of the conflict between myth/tradition and science/technology. I’m curious about what’s coming next, and I bet after you read it you will be too.
Pages: 150 | ASIN: B0979GD31H
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Illyia continues to follow Giels as he returns from his adventure and must make a decision about his future. What were some new ideas you wanted to introduce in this book that were different from book one?
Book one was really about introducing a cast of characters and the very different world they inhabited at a moment of lost innocence. In Illyia, we get to experience the aftermath of that—what happens after an ontological shock, and how does each person react?
What were some obstacles you felt were important to developing Giels character?
I think all good characters have strengths and weaknesses that play off of each other. And it’s usually those internal forces that drive them above all else. Giels has a near didactic memory, which is perfect for becomming a great storyteller, not to mention he’s in the right family to have that talent nurtured. Yet, he’s terrified of talking in front of large crowds. Double that with the fact he’s no longer sure if he believes in the stories he recites. And that’s the tip of the iceberg. He wants to preserve his standard of living, marry his girl, prove that he’s not privelaged and on. It’s maddening, but these problems propel him forward. Underneith it all, like all of us, he’s seeking elusive balance. And, as if his normal life isn’t confusing enough, he has a whole other realm that’s tugging at him. Getting his bearings is nearly impossible.
I enjoyed the deep and detailed world you’ve created. What were some sources that informed this world’s development?
Everything. Fiction, for me, is a way to reframe real life. By exaggerating personal experiences, especially those indellable moments and memories, whether bad, good, or just odd, we can take a closer look at them. We can understand them for what they really mean. For me, that process of tranforming life to fiction is usually automatic. For example, I’m pretty sure the Underworld originally came out of my experience of moving to Manhattan from Nevada as a child. Of course, this was a big moment for me, and stories of abandoned subway stations and tunnels where so-called “mole people” lived played on my imagination. Then there was the view out of my bedroom window. Tucked in the spaces between buildings existed a hidden world of pipes and machines and latticework eleven stories below. The imagination goes wild, especially if you’re used to seeing snocapped mountains out of your window. What sort of world existed there? Rumored giant rats and waterbugs and tropics-sized dragonflies I’d see fly around now and again, possibly sustained by the heat of the machinery and the steam? At that age, you even wonder about mythical creatures, too. Could there be beauty and life, an entire ecosystem, in the unnatural ugliness? It was aweful and fascinating all in one. Did people live back there, tucked somewhere? But for storytelling, what is most important is what did those hidden features of the city mean for me, and how did they represent my transformation after the move? I’m sure some of that worked its way into the Entiria stories.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
The next one is episode 3, The Champions. Things really start taking a turn in this episode, and the bigger picture comes more into focus. When will it be available? Well, I wish I could say next month, but it’s important to me that the writing does the story justice, so we’ll have to follow up with one another. That said, I hope not too long.
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