Cross-Genre Epic Fiction
Voyagers and Kings is a unique vision for fiction – to combine two wonderful genres in one epic telling: Steampunk as we know from Jules Vernes combined with the discovery of new worlds reminiscent of Historical Fantasy featuring the clash of nations as we know from the Crusades.
I grew up with Jules Verne, specifically 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Around The World In 80 days, films like In Search Of The Castaways, books by H.G. Wells like The War Of The Worlds. And of course, the legacy that has been left to us by J.R.R. Tolkien, the Grandmaster of epic fantasy with The Lord Of The Rings and The Silmarillion.
Voyagers and Kings is not fantasy. There are no trolls, no wizards or dragons. What we have is a world very much like our own, but divided in two. Before the advent of sailing craft able to navigate oceans, our own world was divided into regions that existed in ignorance of each other. So it is perhaps, closer to Jules Verne. But with a difference: A world of the Middle Age fight between cultures one side of the world, and the world of Victorian -deprived industrial wastelands on the other. The former featuring epic landscapes taken from the sagas of the Vikings and the Tales of the Ancient Greeks, but brutal as cultures fight for survival. The other offering that stability, but at the price of freedom, people working in miserable conditions in industrial landscapes Dickensian in the feel of repression of dreams of better lives.
So what could happen if the one world discovered the other?