Through Tundra and Into the World Beyond

Ásbjorn and his pack of dark elven hunters and trackers are traversing ever deeper into the north, where they will cross the arctic tundra of Svartálfheimr and over the pass to the plains beyond. From there, their way turns east, until they come upon one of the primordial rivers that flows out of Niflheimr. Only a narrow stone bridge offers them a way into Jötunheimr, the realm of frost giants, where they hope to capture a dragon. But after crossing the perilous bridge into the otherworld, they must first pass through the Iron Wood before they can continue their quest. Will they make it out alive or be hunted down and killed by Fenrir’s kin and the dark sorceress, Angrboða, who rules the Iron Wood?

Excerpt coming soon!

Update: The draft is written! (At least to the point that I intend to share.) This is being written as the new opening to chapter four, and it will leave off on a cliff hanger while I take readers to other parts of the world to catch up with what our other characters have been up to. I will be working on brushing it up this evening, and if everything works out, will try to upload it tomorrow, so stay tuned! 

My next step once this segment is complete, is to begin restructuring everything written so far to be in synch with a more fitting time line. Currently, I have condensed far too much into too short an expanse of time (less than a year, approximately), and that’s never going to work. We don’t want our characters teleporting all over the place or doing time travel! 😉

There is one segment to chapter five, I believe, that I am seriously considering moving to be the opening to book two of the would be series. An opening to book two?! Already!? I must be getting close to completing book one if I’m already making plans for the second and have the opening scene already written and pretty well refined! This is so exciting!!!!

Published by Jessica Urquhart

First off, who am I? My name is Jessica Urquhart. Writing has always been a hobby of mine, which got its start in middle and highschool, when I'd write short stories for the amusement of my friends and classmates. Currently, I'm working on my first book, my one true love of a story I've been saying I would one day write. Well, that day has come. If you'd care to follow my musings on the adventures and hurdles of writing my first fantasy book, then please, read my blog.

33 thoughts on “Through Tundra and Into the World Beyond

    1. Thanks! No, I haven’t read it yet and didn’t hear the best reviews about it by other heathens. How was it? One of the main books I read about Norse mythology is the Poetic Edda, but that’s quite different! Haha!

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      1. That’s interesting. I am thinking of getting it because I know next to nothing about the topic. It might be good for a beginner like myself but I imagine it is somewhat lacking for experts like yourself 🙂

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      2. Oh, I’m far from being an expert! Haha! But learning about a religion and culture from an outsider isn’t the best way to go about it. Know what I mean? Do you know that for many many years, nearly all research into Norse mythology and the respective cultures was done by academics who were neither heathens nor of those cultures? A lot of people in the heathen community are trying to take the reins, to be the experts of their spirituality, rather than let outsiders define and undermine it. I hope I don’t come across like a jerk, because that’s totally not my intention. 😉

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      3. Haha you don’t come across like a jerk at all! You come across as being passionate about such things which is great. There are few things better in life than having something you are passionate about.

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      4. Whew! That’s a relief! I seem to have a tendency to trigger a negative reaction in people when I start talking about topics I am passionate about, especially in writing. 😄

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    1. I hope you will not be disappointed! This particular part of the story is a real challenge to write, but I like how it’s shaping up so far. Each time I read back through it, I find ways to improve.

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      1. Thanks! I’m glad to hear it. But please don’t ever be too shy to say it if you see room for improvement.

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    1. Haha! Epic is good! That’s precisely what I’m going for. 😉 I feel like the dark elves’ travels through the tundra of their world is possibly the most descriptive yet as far as land features go.

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      1. Sometimes that descriptive isolating world just makes the whole scene. I love descriptive text. I’m very visual and it helps create a rich story in my mind. Of course, I struggle mightily in my own writing with getting the balance right. I’m much better at reading. LOL! When I read your chapter when its ready and I go put on wool socks and house shoes, you got it perfect.

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      2. My cousin just confessed to crying over a love scene. I can’t imagine what she would do if she spent some time in the Iron Wood or the frozen tundra. In all seriousness, my cuzz and I are empaths and we feel what we read. So tundra means I gotta have my snuggie shoes handy. 🙂

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      3. I read a book called Druids once, by Morgan Llywellyn (sp?), and I must confess, that I cried when Vercingetorix surrendered so that his people would be spared. I already knew his story from history books about barbarian Europe, but the novel really brought it all to life, and his was a truly noble fight. Whether my writing can have such a powerful effect on people’s emotions is yet to be seen.

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      4. That’s it. That connection doesn’t happen to everyone or from every book. But when it does, it’s powerful and emotional. I do think you can do that to. Many passages in chapters 1-4 that you have uploaded or in the Google drafts have that quality of immersing me in the scene and connecting me with the characters. I assume it will only get better as you hone your skills more and more in the writing of the story. You are definitely the master of this story.

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      5. Not telling! For that you’ll have to wait! Lol! See the update to my post about the dark elves’ journey over the tundra.

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      6. I’ll be watching for it. I just did a write a thon this month but only put out 4 more chapters and ultimately, they are going to need a lot of work but I’ll post them anyway in hopes of some feedback. We’ll see. At least the general story plot is moving forward.

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      7. Wow! That’s impressive! I never manage so much in only a month’s time! I really need to read it. Finding time to read is a challenge lately. I have a book by Bernard Cornwell that I just got, and I’ve only gotten a short ways into it. Normally, I can devour a book in a matter of days! But even though I’m already hooked, time is just too limited!

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      8. I feel you with the time crunch. I have a half dozen unfinished books. I’m ashamed of myself. If you like the adult mermaid story please feel free to jump right in and comment on any thing that works or doesn’t work. It started out as a short 3 chapter short story but several people asked me to keep it going. The first 10 chapters have been professionally edited offline but the original drafts are still up so the horrendous literary gaffs are still there. I have enough material now to get serious about a manuscript. I get into the zone and miss some obvious things so it always helps

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      9. I’d be interested in reading it on docs or whatever you use. Going back through individual posts on WordPress is rather tedious. Not that I’m not willing to attempt it. It just will take me an eternity! Haha!

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