The Real Story

Some people have asked exactly what THE SPIRIT-WEAVER is about; and I’ve tended to deflect those questions because it’s hard for me to focus the whole thing into a single straight answer.  It’s really two stories—one of continent-wide conflict reminiscent of the European conquest of the Americas, and another that is the personal journey of Felora Little Ford, the main character.  The two stories quickly intertwine, and eventually become the very same story.  But now that I’m a bit further along in the writing process, I can finally give a capsule of the story; I wrote this as the descriptive block for a query letter I intend to send to an agent when the book is finished.  It’s a first draft, written in about ten minutes; I’m sure it’ll be shortened by the time I actually make use of it.  I wanted to do a couple different things with it: first, summarize the story; but I also wanted to emphasize the variation of the Journey of the Hero that’s at the heart of the book, and Felora’s complicated relationship with the MacGuffin, the Spirit-Weaver; it’s dark and edges more toward THOMAS COVENANT than anything else (though Fel never becomes the outright villain that Covenant does). Well, without further ado, here it is…


Panic-ridden Felora Little Ford’s chance discovery of the Spirit-Weaver twists his boyhood dreams of worldly travel into a nightmare. As Fel quickly discovers, the innocent-looking leather headband harbors unpredictable power, and when years of pent-up rage lead Fel to use it on a bully who humiliates him, he flees with it. But his flight puts him on a collision course with the Wandmen, brutal conquerors who bid to doom the native peoples of Daszeria to a living hell of dispossession and subjugation. Intent on using the Spirit-Weaver to resurrect their long-dead god Shalthumel, the Wandmen relentlessly hunt Fel; but the terror of pursuit and Fel’s own conscience stir within him a secret power that rivals the Spirit-Weaver—an iron will determined to see the Wandmen defeated.

Driven by guilt and desperation to save his overrun homeland, Fel must seek the help of the ancient and mysterious Western Nations, who slew Shalthumel and fended off Wandman aggression a thousand years ago.  But securing their aid is no easy task: bitter rivalry and war have sundered the Western tribes—and, like a storm that no one sees coming, they are the next targets of the twisted Wandman creed of Manifest Destiny. To make the Western Nations stand as one against the Wandmen, Fel must first overcome the demons that have held his soul all his life—and if he fails to conquer himself, the Wandmen will conquer everything.


If anyone wonders, yes, I have a specific agent in mind—and it’s no secret that it’s Russell Galen.  This kind of thing is right up his alley—a big story told on a big canvass, with big consequences.  But that’ll have to wait—there’s no small amount of work left to be done. But in the meantime, if he were to happen across this blog and read this (about as likely as my learning how to fly a 777), I suppose this would amount to me telegraphing him the punch—which could be good or bad, depending on his reaction.  But this blog is for me and a few other interested parties; I have little room in my head to consider anything other than the book right now.


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