KING’S WARRIOR READ ALONG: Prologue

Good evening, and welcome to the first installment of my King’s Warrior Read Along! For those of you just joining us, we will be reading through my first book, King’s Warrior, together for the month of December. I will be writing a post each day about the chapter we are reading, and will conclude the festivities on December 23rd. Feel free to read along with us. If you don’t have time to read along, please know that you are still welcome to make comments and ask questions! I love hearing from you, dear Reader!

Well, let’s get started, shall we? Gracious sakes alive, it has been a long time since I read this book. Truly, I do not know if I have ever just read this book for fun. As an author, you spend so much time drafting, writing, re-writing, editing and so on and so forth, that it often feels like you never get to just sit down and enjoy the thing you’ve created.

The last time I just enjoyed this story was during that first draft in the summer between my Freshman and Sophomore years of college. I would hand-write pages furiously all day, in every spare moment allotted to me, and then I would go home from my job at the local waterpark and spend the afternoon typing those words into my computer, editing them, revising a little, and then printing them out so my Daddy would have the daily 10 pages to read out loud to the entire family after dinner. What a summer!

Of course, since that very first draft, this story has changed and been polished and edited and almost entirely re-written, so I’m pretty sure that I haven’t just sat and read the book in its current form… ever. So I’m very much looking forward to that this month.

Looking briefly at the dedication and acknowledgements, you can see right off the bat that this story, this series, is all about my family. I wrote it for them. I wrote it with them. Getting these books to publication has been a team effort, and without their encouragement, ideas, and support, these books would not exist.

On to the prologue! It’s the very last thing I wrote for this book, actually. The original did not have a prologue until after I had written the epilogue. And to be completely truthful, I wrote the prologue out of spite. I had discovered while I was away at college that my dad often skipped the prologues of books, thinking them unimportant or uninteresting… so I wrote one just so that he would HAVE to read one!

As it was the last thing I wrote, however, it is the one thing that is the least changed of the entire book. What you have in your hands is almost exactly the same as the original draft!

I love both of these scenes. I love how it introduces you to the dragons of this world right off the bat. I wanted my dragons to be mighty, to be powerful, to be fearsome. I did not want tame dragons. But I did want dragons who could be good, if they wanted to. You won’t meet any evil dragons until book 4, but I wanted my dragons to be more like the ones you meet in Dealing with Dragons than the one you meet in The Hobbit. My dragons have a stricter, harsher, more violent culture than that of mankind, of course, but they are capable of great nobility and honor as well. I wanted to show the juxtaposition of these two mighty kings: one man, one dragon, and how they are both strong in their own ways, and how they come to respect one another and understand one another because of their common responsibilities to their respective peoples.

I also wanted to introduce the concept of the Fang Blade in the opening of the book. Where did it come from? What was its history? It plays such an important role throughout the series, I wanted to introduce it straight-away.

This series doesn’t make a big deal about dates, but I do have a very involved time-line that I referred to constantly as I was writing the books. This scene takes place in the year 7184, while the rest of the story takes place in the seventy-eighth century, more than 600 years after the reign of King Llian.

Well, that’s all for today. I am looking forward to tomorrow! If you have any questions about the prologue, please remember to leave them in the comments so I can answer them in later posts!

~ jenelle

8 Comments

Deborah O'Carroll

I started reading it! *cue applause and cheers from the crowd* I’m so excited about this read-along because it’s going to actually get me to get around to reading this. ^_^ (And the book of the giveaway arrived in the mail–thanks so much Jenelle!!–and eeee it’s so awesome to actually hold it! :D) This is going to be fascinating to read your thoughts on the story as I read the story itself, I’m so looking forward to it, even if I might not always have thoughts to share myself…

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jenelle

Welcome! Yay!!! I’m glad to have company on this adventure.

I’m glad it got there in time! I love real books so much. I have not yet given in to the e-reader craze… I just can’t bring myself to do it. Love that smell of paper and the feel of the pages as they turn. (But I do understand the convenience factor of the e-reader).

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Jack

It was fun getting to read all of the behind the scenes things. Also I adore the fact your dad read the book to your family every night as you wrote it.

I am so glad I came to your blog today! I forgot about the read along but wanted to join in. I’ve wanted to read this one again since finishing Second Son. This will be fun!

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Abbey

Yay, I’m so excited for this read along! I finally ordered Second Son and will be able to start reading it right after King’s Warrior.

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whimsywriter3

I was able to hold back from starting the book today, and I was checking your blog all day waiting for the first post. Hooray for the start of the read along!

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jenelle

Welcome, everyone! I’m so excited about this whole read-along thing! I’ll be posting on or around 4:30pm EDT each day. Thanks for joining me!

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Kendra E. Ardnek

I like your dragons. They’re fun. So’s the sword.

I wish my dad was as involved in my writing … but for me, it’s my mom. She doesn’t read it aloud to the family, but she will sit down and discuss anything I need to discuss, that sort of thing.

One comment though. A lot of authors include discussion questions at the end of their posts when they do read-alongs, and I quite enjoy them. So … just a suggestion? You don’t have to if you can’t find the brainpower (it’s hard, I know from experience) but it can really up the reader involvement.

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