Woman of Honor is set in a medieval fantasy world. It originally started as a historical novel, and I did a fair amount of research as far as weapons, training, female knights, etc. But once Aislinn's dead brother wanted a speaking role, the novel turned fantasy. I kept the historical pieces tucked within the novel but the fantasy aspect opened up a whole new world for my story.
The Kingdom of Arnhem. Medieval. A large castle with a market place inside its stone walls. Many surrounding villages that fall within the kingdom's lines. Arnhem is separated from Speica by a river. Whereas Arnhem has bountiful, fertile land, Specia is a hot desert where nothing lives. By living in the desert for generations, the Speicans have a reddish tint to their skin, almost as if their skin appears constantly sunburned. The close proximity of the two neighboring nations causes a lot of friction and tension that flares up and settles down from time to time and serves as a point of conflict in the second half of Woman of Honor and will be revisited throughout the series.
This world that I created has many fantasy creatures despite its realistic medieval setting. There are dragons and even a wingless griffin. Many more creature will have roles in later novels. When reading Woman of Honor, you are transported to the Middle Ages, where good and noble magic is used by monks and the dead sometimes find a voice in visions.
Setting is not only location, but also time. Woman of Honor begins in 1155 AD and ends 14 years later. The rest of the series will not cover such a long span of time as quickly as this one, namely because Woman of Honor is Aislinn's tale, her journey to knighthood, and her training, a coming-of-age story that needed that length of time to come to fruition.
Woman of Honor is a blend of history and fantasy and its setting plays a key role in the novel. If you could write a history/fantasy blend novel, what setting would you choose?
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