Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Guess the Plot
Forging the Soul Blade
1. Life in a smithy has advantages for a nineteenth century orphan - principally warmth. But when a temperamental goblin secretly forges the Soul Blade, warmth becomes the least of Jack's problems.
2. Trent of Lockney uses his magical soul blade to take on a troll intent on subjugating all of Ardmore. But can Trent also defeat the troll's ally--the dragon known as . . . Chromax!?
3. The only thing Archibald Hwang lacks to finish his masterpiece is the souls of a thousand kittens--but one precocious nine-year-old stands in his way.
4. Lucifer reflects on his life while waiting at the crossroads to buy the final soul he needs for the weapon with which he can conquer the universe.
5. When souls go missing from the Underworld, Hades sends his apprentice, Artelleus, to investigate. What he discovers is a weapon that could control the realms of life and death--unless he can prevent its emerging from the fire.
6. Antoine Mitchell, heir to the faltering Soul-Glo dynasty, discovers an ancient map in his murdered father's library. Now he must race against time and rival hair-product companies to locate the secret Soul Smithy and to reforge the mythical hair-pick, Soul Blade!
Dear Evil Editor:
Sometimes the most common people can become uncommon heros. [Sometimes they can even spell "heroes."] Forging the Soul Blade, my 95,000 word novel, reveals how three common people discover what it takes to be uncommon heros.
Forging the Soul Blade tells the story of how Trent of Lockney and Pender Smithson learn how to be good soldiers and how Steven, a journeyman smith, forges the sword which will become legendary in Trent's hands: the Soul Blade. Trent and Pender journey across Ardmore, [on the Soooouul Train,] learning what it means to selflessly serve the common good. Pender seeks his true calling in life through serving in the army, learning that old memories may hold the key to a new destiny. [You make the book sound like an instruction manual on being a good soldier and making swords. Readers don't want to watch people "learning" so much as "doing." Get to the exciting stuff.] Trent will survive a terrible accidental wounding [Didn't his mother tell him never to run while holding a soul blade?] only to find that his heart now belongs to the woman who saves his life. [With the soul Band-aid.] Steven strives to become a master smith, learning how to sing magic into the metal he forges. Together, they work to outwit Gray Mountain, the troll chief bent on subjugating all the races of Ardmore. The trolls are aided by Chromax, a vast and cunning dragon [Now we're getting somewhere. Trolls. A dragon. Creatures no ordinary sword can touch, but fortunately, Trent of Lockney has . . . The Sooooooouul Blade!] whose name has been whispered fearfully for generations.
I have been writing fantasy stories for around 20 years now. Forging the Soul Blade is my first attempt to publish a novel. It is meant to be the opening chapter in a series. I already have some of the second as yet untitled book [Forging the Soul Axe?] written, as well as some notes that will carry the series forward for several more books. May I send you the manuscript?
Dear Evil Editor:
Sometimes the most common people can become uncommon heroes. Forging the Soul Blade, my 95,000-word fantasy novel, is the story of three men: Trent of Lockney and Pender Smithson, soldiers of Ardmore; and Steven, the journeyman smith who forges the sword that will become legendary in Trent's hands: the Soul Blade. Together, they must defeat Gray Mountain, the troll chief bent on subjugating all the races of Ardmore.
But the trolls have a fearsome ally: Chromax, a cunning dragon whose name has been whispered in terror for generations. As Ardmore's defenses prove no match for Chromax and Gray Mountain's armies, and the trolls threaten to overrun the kingdom, it falls upon Trent, Pender and Steven to outwit the enemy. Can the magic of the Soul Blade succeed where Ardmore's armies cannot?
I have been writing fantasy stories for around 20 years now. Forging the Soul Blade is my first attempt to publish a novel. It is meant as the opening chapter in a series, the second book of which is well underway. May I send you the manuscript?
If there's anything else you want to work in, there's still some room. But make it something more interesting than education.
Maybe Steven should have a last name, so he doesn't feel inferior to Pender. It sounds like Trent of Lockney, and his sidekick Steven.