My first published novel, The Blackguard, is about 60,000 words long. I’m going to try and explain it in ten sentences.
Props to Diotima’s Ladder for this idea.
The Blackguard is about oppressed minorities getting run over by the march of modernity, except here those minorities are white supremacists who practice Chinese-style foot-binding, East African-style scarification and Native American-style warrior shamanism.
The Blackguard is the forces of imperialism, represented by a young engineer with no use for “slave morality” and a willingness to trade happiness for glory.
The Blackguard is the bright side of losing your heritage.
The Blackguard is the dark side of losing your heritage.
The Blackguard is trying to bring the ubermensch into the world, succeeding and then really wishing you hadn’t.
The Blackguard is race treason as heroism, pity as disgrace and rebellion as the only means of escape.
The Blackguard is wondering if bad intentions matter when they lead to good consequences.
The Blackguard is deciding whether your identity is something you’ve chosen or something that fell on you when you were born.
The Blackguard is overcoming the heat of revenge with the chill of calculation.
The Blackguard is the triumph of the things we make ourselves over the things we’re made from.
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