Today we have Pavarti K Tyler joining us for a guest post talking about the war going on between the Sualwets and Erdlanders in her book, Two Moons of Sera. If you haven't read this book yet, you're missing out. So right after you're done reading this awesome blog and taking the stellar quiz below, jump over and grab this book! You will not be disappointed.
Also, I want to thank Pavarti for taking time out of her busy schedule to write up this post, you're awesome, your book was great and I can't wait to read volume 3! Thank you so much!
War – What’s it Really Good For? – by Pavarti K Tyler
Conflict is at the heart of every good story. A love triangle, a misunderstanding, an argument, no matter what it is, the conflict is what gives us something to sink our teeth into when we read. We take sides (Team Jacob!), we feel the tension and fear and desperation of the characters as we read, hoping for resolution. And what better conflict that a real live, bonifide war?
The Illiad is the most memorable story in history, not because Paris and Helen lived happily ever after behind the fortress wall of Troy but because Ulysses, Agamemnon, Achilles and Menelaus all fought for the honor and reputation of their people. Hector was respected across the battle lines for his fearless courage in the face of nearly certain death. Its War that shows what a people are truly made of. War makes hero and shames the losers. Who remembers the names of the Trojans? I bet I’m the only one. You know why? They didn’t win.
In my serial novel Two Moons of Sera (Vol 1 is available now on Amazon and Vol 2 will be released in March) the main story is set on a world where the two dominant races are at war. The Sualwet, a waterborne race which can came on land is battling the earth dominant species, the Erdlanders.
Sualwet and Erdlanders are genetically related but that’s as far as it goes. It has been a millennia since the two species were close enough to interbreed and as their evolution has continued it has made the specialization of each species pronounced.
The Sualwet live beneath the water. They have evolved to breath through their skin, absorbing oxygen directly. With no body hair and webbed feet the Sualwet live in a tight community bound together by responsibility and mutual benefit more than emotion. Barely recognizable as human, the Sualwet have wide, dilated black eyes and have not had a live birth in 300 years. Until Sera that is.
The Erdlanders on the other hand are a deeply social species, almost pack driven in their need to have a community and mate. Despite their social community the Erdlanders are having fewer and fewer children. In an effort to continue their race The Counsel has set up camps where the young and fertile are kept until they Match and procreate. This has lead to highly specialized jobs, creating a class system where the most fertile and intelligent rule over everyone else.
In their effort to find a solution to the decreasing population the Erdlanders have been experimenting of Sualwet prisoners, attempting to solve the genetic link that allows the Sualwet to breed but not them. For generations the Erdlanders and Sualwet have fought. The Sualwet tactics are precise and cruel, leading to the deaths of thousands of Erdlanders.
This is the backgrop for SeraFay’s life. Ostracized by her mother’s Sualwet family due to her inability to stay below the surface for more than a few hours at a time and the hair growing upon her head, SeraFay and her mother live in a small cove, undiscovered by both species. The war is a distant thought as Sera grows up, something she reads about in books her mother is able to salvage for her from the sea. Nothing but bedtime stories her mother tells her, she can’t imagine the kind of devastation war can cause: until it lands on her small beach.
So which are you? Erdlander or Sualwet? What side of the war will you fight on?