Even though this last week has been my “break” between books, I have been making some finalizations for Heart of the Sand — specifically character perspectives. As all readers know, the choice of perspectives is incredibly important and ultimately shape how I present the story to you. In Darkness Rising, I had a flurry of perspectives that oft changed within chapters. It was too much, too ambitious (and when I revise the work early next year, it will be the first thing that I fix). Comparitively, in Sea of Storms, I stuck with five perspectives until the epilogue. I picked those characters deliberately as the most important plot characters and / or those who I wanted to develop the most. Some of them were carry overs from Darkness Rising, others never had a perspective, and a new character surfaced. In Heart of the Sand I will keep closer to my Sea of Storms model. I have not yet decided if I will have one, two, or three off perspectives, but I intend to keep the focus on a core set of characters.
Who will we see?
Ah, but before I reveal that, I do want to issue a spoiler warning. I will not be talking about plot from Darkness Rising or Sea of Storms here, but if you are still reading either book, you may want to avert your eyes until your reading is complete. The mere mention of some of these characters may be a spoiler (particularly with my tendency to be a bit bloody).
Still with me? Ok. Here we go
Rafael Azail, Aerona Harkan, Daniel Baccan and Lutessa are four characters that I can confirm will have anywhere from three to five chapters each of perspectives. To my readers this should flag them as major characters for Heart of the Sand. I have three to five conditions because i) prologue and epilogue perspectives may not be those four (or the fifth I am not prepared to announce yet) and ii) I have not yet decided how many characters will receive one, two, or three chapters who are not on that list.
So who are the characters being considered for one-offs? Tristifer Marcanas, Adreyu Marcanas, Stephen Francis, Johnathan Falenir, Aleksander, Amos, Jophiel, and Eldred. None of these names should be a surprise to any readers, and certainly they all will not get a perspective (I am going to stick with prologue + epilogue + 24 chapters). A lot of it right now is deciding if I want you to experience major events in Heart of the Sand from those characters perspectives, and / or if I want to give them focused development before said major events.
I will update again next week when I iron out more details.