Today, I am a guest over at Ralene Burke’s blog! Writer’s love to read, and we have our favorites. We would like nothing more than to create for others what our favorite reads do for us. But sometimes we get discouraged thinking we could never write like that. The truth is, we can’t. And when I realized and accepted that I couldn’t write like that, it was freeing! Head on over to read more about: Be the Best You.
Finally, we will begin the ABC series of Nälu. If you have any questions, please, feel free to ask! So without further ado, let’s dive in.
Arashel is a land of snow, ice, and mountains. Rugged beauty and harsh climates. Home to a hardy and passionate people. The Northern Haruzo, feline shape shifters who resemble our snow leopards. The king’s city perches amid the highest peaks of the Kha Vaaro Mountains and boasts the finest warhorses in current history, although the Saryehmor elves would disagree. Speed, they would say, should not be sacrificed for size.
In Secrets Kept, we meet Nevin Lazar, Guardian and ambassador to Arashel, and only hear about his homeland, but in the upcoming short story, A Princess No More, we will get to visit. Nagid the Fierce reigns as king along with his queen, and he is bent on reestablishing the old ways like his father before him.
The people of Arashel are suspicious of outsiders and have every reason to be. During Nälu’s darkest years, the Haruzo were seen as nothing more than a beast to be hunted; their pelt a prize to be won and hung on walls or worn across shoulders. After the fall of Lord Stygian, the Desert Haruzo embraced the Guardians and the new world, but the reclusive Northern Haruzo became a greater target for hunters.
Throughout the years, various kings tried to accept the Guardians and their teachings, but their suspicions held them captive. They could do without the eastern commerce and their noisy political debates. So like the highland dwarves, they withdrew from the Alliance, looking only to their own borders. Except there was one problem. The perimeter formed Arashel’s boundary to the north and thus making them responsible for the Manoa stone and the griffon guarding it. More on that later! So in years to come, the consecutive kings had to maintain a working relationship with the Guardians and the highland dwarves. Other then that, they have kept to themselves, but who is to say how all that will change as decisions are made and the story unfolds.