by Khalid Uddin
I drew inspiration from several cultures to build my world. The main continent, Ashur, is made up of seven nations and a few other subcultures, though they exist similar to the way our own world works. Some nations’ cultures are alike while others starkly contrast. Some nations have been split because of civil war. Ethnicities work the same way – they can differ greatly from one side of a border to the other, or they can have certain resemblances. For instance, the Mireyans are a mix of British, and southern American, with physical Korean features. The Cerysians have Filipino skin tones, but their culture draws from England, and then the Markosi have influences from Greece and Japan.
That being said, much of Ashur is under the belief that they are the only continent in the world, despite numerous clues to the contrary. That’s part of what makes my world different. The landscape of the world has been directly altered by magic associated with the messengers of their god, the Orijin. Thousands of years before this story takes place, Ashur was part of a much bigger land mass, but one man “drowned” the world by surrounding Ashur with oceans. By the time my story opens, most people don’t even think there’s anything else out there.
Another distinguishing feature is that most of the wild creatures in my world are original. I love the idea of dragons, centaurs, and other mythical creatures, but I wanted to try something new. Most of the stories that captivate me are those that use imagination in creating their beasts. I think that makes the story more fun because it’s up to you as the reader to decide exactly what it looks like. In this book, most of the beasts play a secondary role because of the focus on where characters were geographically. However, in the second book, the creatures will play a huge role. And the world building will be more substantial, because the world will literally get bigger.
When his head is not stuck in the fantasy world, Khalid spends his free time with his wife Jen and adorable one year-old daughter, Emme, who have both been incredibly generous with giving him time to write and finish his novel. He makes a living with literature, being a high school English teacher in New Jersey.
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Khalid's Newest Release: Rise of the Red Harbinger
Baltaszar: An untried lad from a hidden village. He must find the House of Darian to learn how to use his mysterious powers.
Marshall: The last of a race of warriors slaughtered by Jahmash’s army. Will the other Descendants help him avenge his family and his race?
Prince Garrison: He spent years following his father, the king’s orders to kill all who bear the mark of Darian—even though he bears it himself. Can the other Descendants accept him? Or will they kill him?
Time is running short for the Descendants. Hunted by the people they are supposed to protect, can they save Ashur from its greatest threat: The Red Harbinger?
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