I put out a call for noblebright or hope punk authors to do a spotlight or guest post! Here’s the initial call and page for this series of noblebright spotlights. If you have any input as a reader, check the post out as well and let me know what you like to see!
Our first spotlight is for D.L. Gardner, an award-winner author and screenwriter who just has to write noblebright, highlighting her fifth novel in The Sword of Cho Nisi series.
Dianne wrote a lovely guest post about…
What Noblebright means to her and in her story, The Keeper.
I had not heard the term noblebright until last year when someone suggested my books fall under that category. Of course, I had to look it up and see that the term means a few different things to other people.
For me, the root words of the term explain it all. Noble, and bright.
The word Noble paints a picture of honor, integrity, courage, and selflessness. It’s a wonderful word. It describes heroes and heroines who stand up for a righteous cause. Noble is to endure against all odds for the common good without faltering.
Bright means just that. As opposed to dark, there is the light of day, a shining end after the battle.
So, a noblebright fantasy novel, to me, explores the fight for good against darkness and comes out triumphant in the end.
The Keeper, the book I wish to bring attention to today, is the fifth novel and a spin off story in the series Sword of Cho Nisi.
The Keeper, which is named after the ancient dragon, is a fast-paced tale of monarchs and ladies – wizards and dragons – and even a teenage boy who join forces against the miscreants of the future and their machines, to fight for the beloved tradition of the elders.
From the north come strangers who have heard of Cho Nisi’s magic which the elders of the island use for protection but which the strangers seek to use for personal gain.
From all over their world, men and women come together to risk their lives against these invaders. Their noble purpose is to protect culture, and an ethnicity that has been robbed of its ability to protect itself.
The story ends with good over evil.
Let me show you an excerpt that gives a hint at noblebright in a story.
Arell, the former king of Cho Nisi who voluntarily stepped down from the throne to hand the governing of the island forever to the elders, goes to the Seer looking for his son who has disappeared.
“Maurice is upset about the stolen magic,” Arell began. A soft murmur of agreement came from the woman.
“Why did he go to Big Rock though? Was he seeking answers?” the Seer asked.
“I assume. He knows it’s where we all go when we need to find answers. He’s been upset about our island losing its magic.”
“As would any king,” she replied. Arell frowned.
“You don’t see Maurice as he truly is, Arell. He has experienced more than most children. In his young years of sickness, Maurice has seen more of the enemy than you have, has fought evil, and has overcome. His battles were as violent as King Barin’s. In many ways, he has already become a man, Arell. He begs for you to see.”
A slight nod came from Arell and then he leaned forward, his eyes looked as if they’d burst like a fountain. This was a woman who knew how to scrounge one’s deepest secrets.
“Please tell me if he’s safe. If he’s alive,” Arell said.
“You answer me, Arell. What did you tell Maurice when he returned from Big Rock?”
Arell paused, studying the Seer as intently as she studied him.
“He wanted to find the goddess and ask her to help us and so I told him the story of Pen Abbiah.”
“What did you tell him about the warrior?”
“I explained about his love for the goddess. I told him how he died.”
“And then what did you tell him?” She sat back, smug, as if she knew what Arell had said.
“I told him that a dragon took him to the Land Beyond.” His voice tapered as he stared at her. “I did tell him that the dragon was The Keeper’s father. Do you think he might have somehow contacted The Keeper?”
The Seer just stared at him, and the silence was so thick, Kairos could hear his own heart pounding. And then a revelation struck the wizard. He gasped.
“Holy idols!” Kairos blurted. Arell and the Seer turned sharply to look at him.
“The gatehouse! The melted doors! The stolen sword!”
The Seer laughed. “I see that your wizard can help you, now, Arell. Go! Find your son. But do not forget your title. Cho Nisi needs a king. Your son needs an inheritance. He is already halfway to the Crown.” The Seer stood and blew out the candle in the window. She left the room through a curtain of seashells. Kairos grabbed Arell’s arm and pulled him out the door.”
The Keeper specifically was written because of my view of the world, and an aching in my heart that I see happen too often in history. This story is, in a sense, an analogy of how the future sometimes invades the past like a thunderstorm wreaking havoc on a quiet farm. Destroying cultures, even entire populations of people who can’t defend themselves. I like to write a happy ending to things like that.
There isn’t a story unless you have conflict. Heroes need to travel through darkness and get beat down. Mine do, as much as might happen in other types of fantasy stories. There’s not triumph without a battle. So even in noblebright stories, you’re going to come across dark times.
As far as dark themes in noblebright stories, I don’t think you can get around them and still have a story. I love looking for a way around the dark. It’s always a challenge getting the good guys out of the abyss, but it helps me grow as an author, and is another reason to outline and plan!
I don’t think I could not write noblebright. It’s my outlook on life and on the world. I know that good is better than evil, and will, in the end, overcome. If I were to believe in a hopeless end, I’m not sure I could go on in this world. I’m a Christian and that’s what my faith is all about really. Good overcomes evil. Life after death.
The ancient magic on the island of Cho Nisi is stolen, its tradition destroyed, and its protective shield ruined. But the destruction doesn’t end with the broken drumbeats, nor the groan of the elders. King Barin is confronted with a vengeful adversary and a new enemy whose weapons far outmaneuver his army’s bows and arrows, swords, and catapults. What have these strangers from the north come for, and will they battle for ownership of not only the kingdom’s future but also its past?
The Keeper is currently on Kickstarter. The Kickstarter project end on August 16th.
And now, D.L. Gardner will tell us a little about herself:
Hi! I’m Dianne Gardner, an award-winning author, and screenwriter. I’ve been writing as D.L. Gardner for a number of years, with over 20 novels, novellas, short stories, and screenplays in my portfolio. Both of my fantasy series The Ian’s Realm Saga and Sword of Cho Nisi have been some of my more popular works and I just recently received a B.R.A.G. Medallion for book 1 of the Sword of Cho Nisi Rise of the Tobian Princess series.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the series of Noblebright spotlights, in contributing your input if you’re a reader, or requesting a spotlight if you’re an author, I again invite you to check out this post. And I encourage you to check out Dianne’s websites and her Kickstarter!
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