The Deck of the Numinon uses a unique idea of a deck of cards being used to set life changing events in motion. How did the idea for this book start?
The idea of a magical deck had been floating around in my mind for years, originally in a Dickensian sort of setting. Admittedly there was a fascination with the occult of Crowley and the mysteries of Tarot and I thought I could turn it into a story. As I developed the theme, I decided the magical world I’d created in my other books was a better theatre for it to play out in.
The Deck was powerful and I realized I needed a powerful force to counteract it. I hadn’t planned on resurrecting the characters of Cerra and the Demon from “Demon of the Black Gate”, but I could hardly do better. Cerra so far has been my favorite character to write and I welcomed the opportunity to give her life again.
Cerra continues to be an intriguing and well-developed character. What were some questions you wanted to explore with her character?
I think one of the reasons I enjoy writing her character so much is the challenge that she presents. Because she is blind, all of her actions depend on the picture her other senses paint for her. In describing a scene as she perceives it, I’m painting with a palette of touch and smell and perception rather than sight. Could I make that vision captivating for the reader? It was an exercise I wanted to pursue when I wrote “Demon of the Black Gate” and it paid off with Cerra. I wanted her to have a sharp, but kindly wit, and she needed to have moxie and imagination, for I’ve often left her in hopeless situations in both books. All of those qualities arose from her being able to overcome her blindness. “I can’t stay here.” became her mantra, the essence of her persistence.
What was a challenge you set for yourself as a writer with this book?
It seems like the biggest challenge is always just getting to the other end. I had a rough outline to work from, but the work takes on a life of its own as it goes along and many avenues cropped up that I hadn’t foreseen. For instance, I introduced cards in the ‘Seer’s Chapter’s’ then realized they needed their own backstory. Before I was done, I had found it necessary to create and write an appendix reference for the cards and their qualities. When I showed the first draft to my editor, she was inspired enough by the story to offer her talents as Illustrator. From then on the book became a work from both of us. Maybe the challenge for me became to polish the story equal to her artwork.
What is the next book that you are working on?
I’m building bones for a more swashbuckling tale, though I’ve always enjoyed a good murder mystery so I am salting that into the mix. The working title is “The Mask of Count Milado”, my apologies to Edgar Allan Poe fans. Like my other books, they grow with the telling. I’ll find out in about a year how it turns out.
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The Deck of the Numinon is an epic fantasy novel by GJ Scherzinger. The story takes place in a mysterious universe surrounded by magic. Where cities battle each other for dominance and control, and in faraway lands women in convents known as Sybellines study magical artifacts and train in the arts of shapeshifting. When a deck of magical cards with the power to manipulate people and time falls into the hands of a player with malicious intentions, cards are drawn and a series of catastrophic events follows. As generals and diplomats from the different kingdoms blame each other for the destruction of the fabled towers of Safrasco and prepare their armies for war. The Standish general Artis Ferriman enlists Cerra, a bling girl of humble means, as his agent at the embassy in order to find the culprit of the attacks. Cerra sets off on her journey, accompanied by her demon lover Yutan. Unaware that both of them represent cards in play. While dealing with diplomatic life and an unexpected loss, she soon finds an ally in Havi, a Sybelline trainee entrusted with the mission of finding the deck and removing it from the player. As Cerra navigates a mysterious world dominated by greed, lust, and betrayal, she discovers that her mission goes beyond spying, she is a player in the game representing The Queen of Quills and must embrace those qualities in order to locate the “seer” and stop the game before she runs out of time.
The Deck of the Numinon is an engrossing and riveting novel. From the carefully detailed world to the incredibly original plot, The Deck of the Numinon is everything any fantasy reader can dream of. Once you start reading, there’s no putting the book down. It never gets mundane as events play out smoothly, each with schemes and backstories left and right. The author does an incredible job of describing characters that are complex and unpredictable. Cerra, the main character, is a pacifist unwillingly thrown into conflict, which makes her fun to follow. She is blind, yet her remaining senses compensate for that loss, which makes for a different kind of power. She feels the world in a way that any reader can relate and connect with on a personal level, I know I did! As for the writing, the story is extremely well planned and portrayed, and really has to be to accomplish such a deep story on an epic scale. But the language used is quite complex and can be hard to grasp, an important observation for anyone looking for a light read. All in all, I highly recommend this book for its originality and engaging plot. I definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones.
Pages: 562 | ASIN: B08CQ937B4
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With a turn of the cards, a Stone Giant breaks loose from the Granite Mountains, leaving a path of destruction through the Regency of the Stands. The fabled guard towers of Safrasco are destroyed by a sorcerous griffin, the threat of war rising in its wake. Captain Ferriman turns to a blind herb trader named Cerra Meadows in the hopes she can help him navigate the sorcerous paths that threaten the peace of the Empire.
The Cards are drawn, the cast put into play. The Deck is ruled by the majics that created it. Events take on a life of their own, reliant on the strengths and motivations of the players whose avatars are determined by the draw. The Queen of Quills represents qualities that Cerra must embrace in order to discover the identity of the Seer and locate the Cards before her world runs out of Time.