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The release of Kinley MacGregor's new book,
Sword of Darkness, marks her entree into the world of paranormal, so RT Kinley's alter ego, author Sherrilyn Kenyon,
to interview MacGregor about
her new tale.
SK: For the last seven years, you've written about pirates and medievals, but with Sword of Darkness you've veered a little off course. Care to enlighten us about this project?
KM: I wouldn't say off course, I've just headed in a direction that I've wanted to go for many years. I actually started Sword of Darkness a number of years ago. At that time, I was working on a dissertation about courtly love being derived more from Celtic lore than from Arabic love poetry, as most historians would argue.
As I was researching the original tales of Arthur -- not just the courtly tales of Cretien de Troyes or Malory or the Gogynfeirdd, but also the more obscure tales such as Preideu Annwfyn and Elegy for Geraint -- an idea started. What if that magical world of Arthur had really existed? What if we only had part of the story? What if Camelot still existed? No longer in the hands of Arthur or his knights, but in the hands of Morgen and her court, who are determined to reconstruct the Round Table and use it for evil? It would be the ultimate good vs. evil tale.
SK: How do you see this differing from the original tales of Arthur, or from other stories written?
KM: In my world, Avalon and Camelot both exist "behind the veil." It's a term used for them repeatedly in medieval literature. To me that veil is an alternate universe where time doesn't flow the way it does here. They can come and go into our world and into their own. Therefore, time travel is possible. In my world, Arthur is missing and assumed dead. Many of the knights, such as Lancelot, are dead as well. There is a new Merlin, this one female, who oversees a court of the Lords (and some of them are women who hate that term) of Avalon -- the champions of good. Morgen oversees le Cercle du Damne -- the champions
of evil. They are both questing to reclaim the 13 sacred objects that Arthur used to rule Britain and the merlins who control them. The first book, Sword of Darkness, is about Kerrigan, the king of Camelot, who captures Seren the merlin for the Loom of Caswallan.
SK: Do you feel this is a big departure from your previous books?
KM: Not really. I mean, you have the same dark,
tortured heroes and the same kind of humor. The
only difference is the introduction of paranormal elements. But if you believe in the spirit of medieval
literature, the spirit of the Arthurian legend, then
I don't see this as a departure at all but rather an expansion.
SK: How do you think your fans will react?
KM: I'm hoping they'll be as thrilled with this as I am. This really was a book of my heart. It was something that I had to write. It grabbed hold of me and wouldn't let me go until I had it down on paper. And I think I can say with some degree of certainty that your fans will probably like it a lot too.
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