The odyssey of my first ever fantasy novel appears to be finally getting underway again. With a new title in the bag, the query process will soon continue.
It has been over a month since we started the search for a new title, and the 276 we came up with either did quite sound right or were already taken.
Masters of the Firestorm
Blackmailing a Dragon
Memoirs of a Dragon
The Dragon and the Flatlander
A Dragon’s Bargain
The Flatlander Adventure
To be clear, those were the better sounding titles.
A lot of them were variations on the same thing. The hero of the story is a dragon, so my thinking was that should be something to emphasize. Ultimately though, I just couldn’t think of something that sounded creative enough no matter how may times it was altered and changed. A title like Quest of the Dragon would go through several different versions, like Quest of the Wyrm, Quest of the Red Dragon and so forth, but none of them sounded right.
There were also a few attempts to come up with creative ways of describing dragons, like Flamemasters, or an emphasis on the fire itself with Wyrmfire.
There were the typical topographical names that stated place, like Haiden and Tygan. Of course the reader would have no idea what those were before opening the book.
There were some quirky titles like A Dragon’s Guide to Heroics and An Inconvenient Adventure.
By far the most quirky title was a play on words. My lead character’s name, Zhyx, simply means Red. At one point in the story, someone calls him Zhyx the Red. Zhyx responds with “You has as well call me Red The Red.”
Red The Red. It had a decent ring to it, but didn’t rock anyone’s world.
Titles that focused on the MacGuffin overall sounded the best, with titles like The Apocalypse Spire and The Shard of Darkness having a nice ring to them, but once again, they were already taken. Except for the one we ended up settling on, which I am about to present to all of you.
The Shard of Oblivion.
It is fitting. The object is the driving force of the first book, and remains a critical item all throughout the rest of the series. The name has a menacing feel to it most certainly, and oblivion is what will follow should the villains get their hands on it. And just think of the weight that carries. It is a shard, and it is of oblivion! That’s the same thing that goes through your head when you hear a title like Temple of Doom.
Pretty much everyone involved is in agreement that it works, so that is what we are going with barring another better option popping up sometime later on.
In the meantime, the Chapter 3 illustration is moving along nicely. Here is another preview of the picture, which should be wrapping up in the next few weeks. Everyone involved is trying to work out ways to streamline the process of making these, so hopefully we will soon figure out a system to knock out one of them each month.
Hope you all enjoy the picture.
Be sure to let us know what you think of the new title in the comments. Thanks for reading and we will get back to all of you soon.