THE SILENT WAR
Set in a world still wounded from a supernatural cataclysm a millennium ago, The Silent War trilogy is essentially my take on the "youngster discovers they have special powers and a special purpose" trope so typical of fantasy. It's my chance to do what I LIKE about that trope, and to sidestep what I DISLIKE about it. Heroine Katja isn't the Ultimate Chosen One Come to Destroy Evil Forever; she is merely the latest soldier in a very old conflict. The heart of the story is her coming into her own as a badass warrior, and finding her place in the world.
THE GOLDEN THRONE
Essentially a high fantasy series set in space, The Golden Throne came as a great surprise to myself. I took part in a little short story competition online, where the theme was "space opera". I had a very limited word count to work with, and I thought about how I could give a feeling of grandness within it. I decided to write the very end of a years-long war of succession, with the perspective character throwing out lots of references to exotic places, people, institutions, and dramatic events that had led to this final moment. And having made all those references, I suddenly couldn't just walk away. I decided to flesh the setting out properly, and cover the war itself, and The War of the Usurper now stands as my proudest work.
The rest of the series takes place a generation later, and focuses on new characters in a more traditional three-part tale. But they build on what was established in TWotU, and some old faces make appearances.