The Master Race
Hitler? Germany? Concentration camps? A superior race? Experimentation? Extermination? A dark time back in the early decades of the 20th century?
Like me, you might have studied the rise and fall of Hitler's Regime at high school or university. The images, recounts and documentaries aren't exactly warm or fuzzy, and they certainly leave an impression on you. But, as a writer, some of the events and concepts of Hitler's grand plans make the mind tick over, imagining what if...
What if Hitler's idea of establishing a Master Race had succeeded? How would it have shaped our world history? What sort of place would be the world today? Would there be a caste system? Slavery? Ideologies developed around the superiority of certain genetic traits? Laws forbidding the mixing of races?
The mind boggles, doesn't it?
One of the questions I get asked a LOT is where do you come up with ideas for your stories. Well, history tends to be a good starting point, and to be honest, much of the time I don't realise where the inspiration comes from until after I've written the book. The subconscious is a wonderful thing. It can absorb a photo, an event, a fact, or even a phrase or lyric can and mull it over for days or even years.
I'm now up to book #3 in my Light Blade fantasy romance series, and I'm only now beginning to recognise and understanding that some of my plot lines reflect events from human history, specifically the time of Hitler.
The idea of a master race starts in VENGEANCE BORN and arcs through into ALLIANCE FORGED and ALLEGIANCE SWORN. A lot of my world building links to this concept - there are humans, a race of demons known as the Na'Reish, and a hybrid race of half-human, half-demons called the Na'Chi. Both human and demon histories regale their own race as being superior to the other, and both are at war to prove the point. They also can't stand the thought of a hybrid race, of their bloodlines being tainted, so laws and actions have been instituted to ensure any such offspring are terminated, then over the decades the possibility of their existence relegated to the shadowy realm of mythology.
But, as with any society, what happens when ideologies break down or beliefs are challenged? Or better yet, proven wrong?
In VENGEANCE BORN (Bk#1), secrets about the origins of human and demon history were uncovered, and the fallout of hundreds of years of corruption, lies and misinformation alters that history and defies perceptions. ALLIANCE FORGED (Bk#2) propels the characters into a time of conflict and instability where everyone - humans, Na'Reish demons and the Na'Chi - struggle to come to terms with the need to change and what it means for their survival.
What comes to mind when you hear those words?
Varian and Kymora, the Na'Chi hero and human heroine, spearhead this life altering change as they try to navigate the dangerous path of melding two races together, to forge an alliance against the much stronger Na'Reish - the demons who would see the humans enslaved and the Na'Chi exterminated. But their efforts are hampered by those who rebel against the change.
This is the backdrop behind the story and woven into it are Varian and Kymora's personal trials and their romance. Our hero seeks a haven for the Na'Chi but fears the humans will never be able to put aside their mixed blood prejudice, a belief reinforced as he struggles to control his darker half-demon personality. In her role as high priestess, and armed with the truth, Kymora fights to unite their two races while helping Varian to accept his dual nature.
So, will a master race triumph in ALLIANCE FORGED? Well, I can't tell you, not without spoiling the whole storyline - sorry! :-) Until you can get your hands on a copy of the book and find out, here's the back cover blurb of ALLIANCE FORGED, just to whet your appetite:
(Book #2 of the Light Blade series)
There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not purebred is virtually powerless. Until a blind priestess lays claim to a half-breed warrior, body and soul…
Hunted and marked for death by Na’Reish demons for their half-blood heritage, the Na’Chi are searching for a new home—something an alliance offered by the human leader could provide. With both races divided by prejudice, when Light Blade rebels brutally attack the Na’Chi, the alliance seems doomed to fail.
Varian, leader of the Na’Chi, a hybrid race of gifted warriors, is cursed with the darker impulses of his demon heritage. Controlling the part of himself that craves the high of the battle is a struggle he’s afraid he’ll lose—until he meets Kymora Tayn, a priestess driven to serve her deity. While he’s unwilling to trust anyone outside his people, he finds himself drawn to Kymora’s strength and passionate nature, and discovers she has the power to calm the darkness inside him.
When the Na’Reish raid human territory for blood-slaves and kickstart a war, the key to the survival of both races—Na’Chi and human— is an alliance. However, when Kymora is kidnapped, pitting human against human, Varian realizes he must embrace his darker half, not only to save the alliance…but also the woman he loves.
If you'd like to know more about Varian an Kymora, you can visit my website to read an excerpt (http://www.kyliegriffin.com/AF_Excerpt.html).
Kylie Griffin’s obsession with all things paranormal/fantasy started at an early age, when she used to imagine the jacaranda tree in her front yard was a spaceship used to defend the world from invading enemies. Writing stories seemed a natural extension to her childhood adventures.
Today, she’s a primary school teacher sharing her love for the written word with young children. In her spare time, she writes and reads all things paranormal.
Kylie lives in a small rural village in outback New South Wales, Australia, where she volunteers in a number of emergency service organizations in her local community. Visit her website at www.kyliegriffin.com
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