I had conceived that the final novel in The Saga of Magiskeep would focus on Jamus' confrontation with the Black Dragon and the need to master the Black River's Magic.
The Black Dragon, Kesel--"Everendings ever be"--had tormented Jamus from the first. Knowing the Magician's potential to be the Rivermaster--master of all Magic--the black tentacles of evil intent had reached for Jamus in the darkness he so feared as a child. As he grew and developed his skills, the Dragon pursued him in nightmares and visits to the Way of Mirrors where Shadows lurked to steal the life of any foolhardy traveler.
The power of his own Will helped Jamus elude the monster's black intent, but Blackwing persisted, commanding Lord Tamor and his army of bloodthirsty Shadows to conquer all of Turan.
Jamus confronts this army in The Wall Between, faces its threat again in White Wind and finally, in the fourth novel of the Saga battles again in Blackwing Rising.
All was well. With the publication of the fourth novel, I thought I was finished. A project I had begun nearly thirty years ago had reached an end.
But then, I realized there was more to the story.
There was one more Dragon--The Fifth Dragon--a creature who had lurked in the background for quite some time. Mentioned and met in the earlier novels, this Dragon was the key to Magic. I knew him well, and also knew he was the final element the Saga needed to truly draw to a close.
And so, I began writing his story. I hope to finish the novel by Spring of this year. Since I know where the story is going, I've already thought of possible cover designs. David Melanson, a super friend from The Halfwittenberg Door is my cover designer. So far we've collaborated on these two ideas. I'm not yet sure which one I'll choose as they offer decidedly different perspectives on the story.
There are more stories of Turan, notably a series I began about adventures in Arcula, the land Jamus visits in The Wall Between. I will eventually publish them in a separate volume, but once the final Dragon flies, The Saga of Magiskeep will be finished.