Part of writing fantasy is finding or coming up with fantasy words and names. You want something that looks out of this world, yet won’t make the reader stumble. I am more of the camp that believes less is better. I don’t want my readers pausing every couple paragraphs trying to figure out what that word is, or remember who that was because the name is so different, or needing a glossary at the end of the book for every creature, species, or person. I want it simple.
That being said, I still have creative or ancient words in my books. Recently I had someone ask me how to pronounce some of them. I told this person part of the magic of reading is you get to pronounce it the way you want to. However, I know some people like to know how the author pronounces it (even I am curious sometimes as to how the author would say that word).
So here is a short guide to some of the places, people, and races in the Follower of the Word series. Enjoy!
Nierne- Scribe from Thyra. Near Nee
Avonai- Capital city of the coastal country. A Von Aa (long “a” at end)
Azar- Capital city of Temanin Empire. A Zar
Tala- Ruling family of the Temanin Empire. Tal La
Palancar- Guard family for the rulers of the White City. Palan Car
Thyra- Capital of Kerre. Thy Ra
Kerre- Country to the far west. Cur
Eldarans- Race of people descended from the ancients ones who accompanied the Word to the Lands. El Dare Ans
Shadonae- Race of people of which there is little known, other than they are powerful and violent. Shad Don Aa (long “a”)
Mordra- Beings from the Unseen World. Also known as shadows or shadow wraiths. More Dra
That about covers the main cast of people and places. If there is a person or word I missed and you are curious, feel free to leave it in the comments and I’ll comment back on how I pronounce it 🙂