The Interesting Story Unfolds after the Great Battle . . . by Rowena Cory Daniells (GUEST POST)

The interesting story unfolds after the Great Battle…
by Rowena Cory Daniells

Most fantasy trilogies end when ‘evil’ is destroyed forever in a physical and/or magical battle. But even after the great battle life goes on and the struggle continues, especially when someone conquers a kingdom.

In the Fall of Fair Isle, the story starts after the great battle. The Ghebite General Tulkhan has captured Imoshen’s stronghold. She must surrender or his army will lay waste to her home and her people. Somehow, she must negotiate the best peace she can while trying to protect her people and her dignity. Coming from a culture which was ruled by the Empress she finds it hard to deal with the conquering Ghebites who believe that women do not have true souls and a man may take as many wives as he can afford.

As for the Ghebite General, like Alexander the Great he set off conquering at nineteen, and has laid claim to most of the known world. Since he is the son of his father’s concubine he can never inherit; his driving motivation is to win his father’s love. Fair Isle is the jewel in the crown and he wants to present it to his father but he does not factor in the resentment of his younger half-brother, heir to the Ghebite throne.

Imoshen is a throwback to her gifted ancestors, a mythic race called the T’En, whose powers gave them an advantage over normal humans. Unfortunately for Imoshen, her parents found their throwback daughter an embarrassment and the secret lore of the original T’En has been lost, forcing her to find her way by trial and error.

When I first read Machiavelli’s The Prince, I was fascinated by the idea that the great battle can win the kingdom, but the war is not won until you win the people. It was this question that I wanted to explore in Fall of Fair Isle.

Even while General Tulkhan and Imoshen are facing the challenge of uniting a conquered kingdom, they also face more intimate challenges. Can the General rise above his culture and learn to respect a woman who happens to be a T’En throwback? Meanwhile Imoshen struggles; the survival of her former-betrothed, Reothe, means she must choose between him and Tulkhan. Reothe needs her help to reclaim their home, and General Tulkhan who needs her help to hold onto Fair Isle.

I hope the reader is swept along by the pace of the story and the moral questions that the characters face.


About the Author

Rowena Cory Daniells is passionate about writing. Her speculative fiction stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including ‘Dreaming DownUnder’ which won World Best Fantasy and ‘Dreaming Again’.

She has supported the writing community by serving on the management committees of two national genre awards, the Queensland Writers Centre, the Brisbane Writers Festival and Fantastic Queensland. She lives by the bay with her husband and has six children. In her spare time she has devoted five years to studying each of these martial arts Tae Kwon Do, Aikido and Iaido, the art of the Samurai Sword.

When she sat down to write The Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin, she set out to write the kind of book that you look forward to after a tough week at work, the kind of book that carries you away. KRK is published by SOLARIS. She is delighted with Clint Langley’s artwork. There is also an ebook and a fifth book.

Her trilogy The Outcast Chronciles was released in 2012, with absolutely fabulous covers by Clint Langley again. It was shortlisted for the Hemming Award in 2013. This award is the exploration of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in Australian speculative fiction.

Rowena also writes para-crime (that’s crime with a paranormal twist). Her para-crime The Price of Fame was released in 2012, from Clan Destine Press.

In 2015 Solaris republished her original trilogy in an omnibus edition, The Fall of Fair Isle.


About the Book

The Fall of Fair Isle
by Rowena Cory Daniells

It has been six hundred years since Imoshen the First, Causare of the T’En, brought her beleaguered people across the seas to Fair Isle. The magical folk mixed with the natives, bringing culture and sophistication, and made the island one of the wealthiest, most powerful nations in the known world.

But all glory is temporary. The Ghebites, savage barbarians from the warm north, have rolled over the mainland, conquering all in their path, and now they have taken Fair Isle. Imoshen, namesake of the first Empress and the last pure-blooded T’En woman, is all that survives of that great heritage. Now, just seventeen years of age, she must offer herself to the Ghebite General, Tulkhan, and do what she can to ensure her survival, and that of her people. One other T’En survives: Reothe, Imoshen’s betrothed, newly returned from adventuring on the high seas. As the T’En warrior foments rebellion against Tulkhan in secret, Imoshen must choose, both as a woman and as a leader, between a past now lost and an uncertain future…

This volume collects Broken Vows, Dark Dreams and Desperate Alliances for the first time.


  1. it is interesting how many female characters are becoming leading heroes in what was before a male genre! Lovely cover!


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