I was not able to publish the next book in the Adamadas Chronicles in 2015 but plan to do so in the new year. Book3 is titled Rogan and follows the story of the Redlander, Rogan, whom readers first met in Blue and who also appears in the prologue to North of Himal.
Rogan is one of my favourite characters. A strong man who uses his strength well, he also makes mistakes – but learns from them. He recovers from his hurts, though sometimes his recovery takes a long time.
Rogan’s story begins as he enters his teno anos (teenage years to Earthlings). His parents are gifted, successful people, highly esteemed among their social set, who want Rogan to be as much like them as he can be; they do not expect much of their only child, but hope only that he does well in the course they have chosen for him. Rogan has no intention of burying his talents in their pretentions. As a teno, he rebels cautiously, appreciating their provision for him but impatient to be his own man. His opportunity comes before he expects it; suddenly, at seventeen anos, Rogan must find his own way in life.
Rogan has two talents that help him through many trials. One is the ability to see emanations emitted by precious metals and minerals; the other is the wisdom to choose good friends. His first real friend is an old woodcarver who gifts Rogan with his final work, completed just before his death. At university in The Edj, capital of Redlands, Rogan meets Range deBarq’at and so begins a lifelong friendship that benefits the entire nation. Readers will have met Range in Blue, when Asha and Kanan attend the Decannoal Conference at the Redlands Palace, just before the LastWar.
Rogan also believes that real success lies in helping others to prosper, rather than prospering oneself – this is the real basis of his estrangement from his parents. In this, he and Range are fully at one purpose in their lives. Rogan works his way through university and grows into a decisive man who refuses to compromise his beliefs for the sake of gain or expediency. In so doing, he collects scars, both outwardly and inwardly. Sometimes, these scars result from his one great weakness – in taking his ability to win against all odds for granted, a sort of pride that must be overcome before it kills him.
I will not give a synopsis of the story here; it is better to read the book. There will be new characters to meet, new situations, new trials to overcome, and a few new creatures and inventions. This story continues the theme of giving and sustainable living that seems to have become standard fare in the Chronicles, but more than that it is about friendship and integrity. The Adamadas Chronicles website (adamadas.com) will be updated to add a Rogan page when the book is published, with new illustrations and maps and a synopsis.