The image on the right is the cover for my fantasy short story, The Peace of Elias. I used dot for this one as I wanted it to have a dream-like feel and I’m sick of sharpening pencils. The Peace of Elias is my first fantasy fiction short story and should be available for free on Amazon for five days from Monday 11 June.
So many fantasies are about great warriors, kings and queens, gods, demons – things of great power and significance – which is great, that’s I what I like to see in a fantasy. I wrote this story because I wanted to write a fantasy story from the point of view of someone who was “insignificant”; an ordinary man with no power, no strength, no courage.
Elias is a poverty-stricken farmer living on a ridge over-looking the town of Arc-Stone in far Western Temeria with his only surviving relative, his giant mute son, Zia. Living on the fringes of society, their dilapidated farmstead sits high on the ridge next a dark, tangled forest, reputed to be haunted and shunned by the people of Arc-Stone. Elias and Zia are regarded by the townsfolk with a mixture of fear and pity.
When they stumble across the unconscious form of Cyrus, an arrogant young noble, he accuses them of robbery and plots their deaths. But Cyrus underestimates the power of the bond between Elias and his son, and what Zia has been doing in the forest…