Editor: Faith Hunter
Genre: Urban Fantasy
21 Vignettes and Short Stories set in Faith Hunter’s World of Thorn St. Croix.
The Rogue Mage world began long ago, when the epic battle between the High Host and the Darkness was won and lost. TRIALS takes fans of Thorn St. Croix into the past, before the opening pages of BLOODRING. These stories, set in Faith Hunter’s Rogue Mage world, are adventures with new characters and old, facing dangers unimaginable. And they must save the world all over again.
If you ever wondered what happened between seraphs, kylen, second-unforeseen, mages, seraph-touched, spawn, humans, dragons, and their creatures before the series, now is your chance to delve deeper and wider. TRIALS features new short stories from nine authors—including Faith Hunter—and vignettes from the Rogue Mage role playing game.
TRIALS will be followed soon by TRIBULATIONS, and then by the omnibus TRIUMPHANT.
TRIALS Authors: Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Lou J Berger, Ken Schrader, Spike Y Jones, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Christina Stiles, Tamsin Silver, Melissa McArthur.
TRIBULATIONS Authors: Faith Hunter, Jean Rabe, Spike Y Jones, Christina Stiles, and Lucienne Diver.
Editor: Faith Hunter
Genre: Urban Fantasy
17 Vignettes and Short Stories set in Faith Hunter’s World of Thorn St. Croix
The Rogue Mage story began with the post-apocalyptic novels BLOODRING, SERAPHS, and HOST, when epic battles between Thorn St. Croix and the forces of Darkness were fought. TRIBULATIONS (Rogue Mage Anthology Vol. II) takes place during and after the series timeline. These stories and vignettes, set in Faith Hunter’s Rogue Mage world, are adventures with new characters and old, facing Darkness and an uncertain future.
The relationships between seraphs, kylen, second-unforeseen, mages, seraph-touched, spawn, humans grow deeper, and the battles with dragons and their creatures grow more dangerous. TRIBULATIONS features new short stories from five authors—including Faith Hunter—and vignettes from the Rogue Mage role playing game.
TRIALS and TRIBULATIONS will soon be followed by TRIUMPHANT—the paperback omnibus (both Anthology Volumes I and II in a bound format).
TRIBULATIONS Authors: Faith Hunter, Jean Rabe, Spike Y Jones, Christina Stiles, Lucienne Diver.
Here are my 5 questions as a Word doc.
I’ve got the same thing up on my blog here: http://ken-schrader.com/2016/11/28/release-day-trials-a-rogue-mage-anthology/
And the Website in general: http://ken-schrader.com
What was it like to play in the Rogue Mage world?
It was different in that the world building had already been done. I didn’t have to worry about any of that. Additionally, we each got a copy of the Rogue Mage roleplaying game player’s handbook. It was a file I kept open and referred to constantly and it fleshed out the world even more.
I had the books and the game rules and Faith was only an email away if I had any questions. It was great.
It was also a little frightening.
This is Faith’s world, after all. I found myself asking the same questions over and over: Is this story the best that I can make it? Can I chase the awesome farther? CAN I DO MORE**?
Yes, there was *Zero* external pressure. Yes, we are all just people doing what we love to do, and doing it the best that we know how.
But it still felt like being asked to come up on stage and jam with Blind Guardian.
It pushed me. I have no doubt that the experience has made me a better writer. And I HAD A BLAST!!! I would do this again in a heartbeat.
Was it hard to develop your character within the confines of the Rogue Mage world?
Nope. Not even a little. I had a lot of room to work with.
Tell us about your character.
Elise is a Moon Mage. She draws her power from the light of the moon and, as the moon waxes and wanes, so does her power. She’s sensitive to the light of the sun. It saps her power – to the point where she’s forced to rely on amulets she’s stored power in.
It also hampers her eyesight, but she’s adapted, learned to take care of herself. She enjoys the practice of Savage Chi and won’t shy away from a fight.
She’s also stumbled on a way to quickly draw in the moon’s light and – she’d never admit this to anyone, not even herself – she’s becoming addicted to it.
When your story was finished, how did you feel about your character and the story?
I loved them. Even after a couple of rounds of edits, and who knows how many times I read the story, it never failed to draw me in. In the end, I wanted to spend more time with Elise, Gary, Sonia, Mack, Javier, and, even, Anette.***