The Warriors, Heroes,and Demons Series

Warriors, Heroes, and Demons is a fantasy series which contains three novel as of February 2018. There are more stories about some of the characters and the world which will be written. The series is a coming of age story.

‘The time when a person becomes an adult,’ is a broad definition of the term, coming of age. Another is, ‘the attainment of prominence, respectability, recognition, or maturity.’ Many novels have depicted the process. A few of the better known are; A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson. Goodbye Columbus, by Philip Roth, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend, and The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. The term was first used in the year 1729, but has the meaning changed since then? I think it has changed for me.

For many years my understanding of coming of age meant becoming an adult leaving your teen years behind, but I now think it involves a longer period. Ask yourself when you became an adult. I’m sure it wasn’t the day you reached the age of majority. When I was researching this information, I came across a comment about The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole which stated it would appeal to boys of the 15-16 year age, or men of 30 or 40. Coming of age is more than ageing from teen to young adult. Maturity has to considered, and maturity is not a number.

When I published, My Father’s Swords, the first novel in my Warriors, Heroes, and Demons series, I called it a coming of age story, but although it fits the popular definition of the term, it is not the complete story because that took three novels to tell. The three Warriors, Heroes, and Demons novels encompasses the complete coming of age story.

My Father’s Swords recounts the story from childhood to teen years. Bray is eight when the story starts and eighteen when it ends. Ran is two years his senior. Mearisdeana never reveals her age, but she is in that range.

Travellers, the second book in the series, follows Bray, Ran, and Mearisdeana through their young adult years. It tells the stories of the personal turmoil, the internal struggles, of that period. Love is found and lost, identity is questioned; who am I, what am I, where do I belong? The road through the young adult years is intense, arduous, and often filled with violence and pain.

In Confluence of Swords, the third book of the series, the characters continue their growth as they face the trials life throws at them and work to overcome decision made and actions taken in their youth. Adulthood is within sight. Responsibility is accepted. The end of the road is near in more ways than one as they come of age.

Of course all this takes place in a fantasy world where faeries exist. When I say faeries I don't mean the Disney or Peter Pan type of creature. I mean hob, brownies, far darrigs, gnomes, goblins, and selkies ect. The fey creatures popular in tales from Europe and the United Kingdom. And of course there are dragons.