FANTASY SCI-FI ADVENTURE EPIC DRAMA FAMILY MYSTERY POLITICAL ROMANCE SUSPENSE/THRILLER YOUNG ADULT WAR HORROR
Richard J Blanco
After 13 years of peace between the ancient Concord and Fehr families, rumors of war in the East prompt the king to send his son on a quest of honor, but the king’s long-buried past threatens to explode a fragile balance.
Tainted by lies and deception, Prince Nathaniel sides against his father and falls in league with a dangerous clan of witches who promise to help him secure the throne – provided he kills his illegitimate half-brother.What unfurls is a royal family drama on an epic scale.
After a family war with mystical technology, forbidden magic, and hidden mysteries of time-travelers, the hero of Stormheilm, Daniel Fehr, the father of the antagonist, sacrifices himself to save the human race and create peace in his realm along with the Child of Prophecy.
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Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Quest,Tragedy,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth
Plot - Other Elements
Twist,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message
Mature Audience Themes
Main Character Details
Name: Daniel Fehr
Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Empathetic,Gracious,Educated,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Sophisticated,Secretive,Skillful,Visionary,Selfless,Patriotic,Masculine,Modest
Additional Character Details
Name: Nathaniel Fehr
Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Confident,Criminal,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Flexible,Greedy,Gracious,Heartthrob,Educated,Insecure,Sophisticated,Skillful,Outspoken,Power Hungry,Villainous,Aspiring
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Crazy,Criminal,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Educated,Leader,Unapologetic,Secretive,Seductive,Visionary,Outspoken,Power Hungry,Villainous,Masculine,Badass
Additional Character Details
Name: Herold Grindar
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Visionary,Skillful,Outspoken,Selfless,Religious,Obedient,Modest
Daniel Fehr was born into royalty. Raised in an era where technology and magic are banned and taught a strict family code and leadership skills to govern the four kingdoms against emerging threats. All of that changed when a peasant girl stole his heart when he was 15. A relationship that is still active in his adult life and became a destructive secret that led to his downfall. Now as the current King of Stormheilm and in a morganatic marriage. The past has come back in the form of a coup d'état by his first son Nathaniel Fehr and an entourage of maniacal witches. What made the noble prince take the path of retribution to claim his throne? A secretive truth revealed by the devious witches leader, Sha: A half-brother from his father’s love affair. A treasonous act that has tainted the Fehr royal bloodline and caused a family war with mystical technology, forbidden magic, and hidden mysteries of time-travelers who have come to protect Daniel’s illegitimate newborn, The Child of Prophecy. The havoc waiting to be unleashed by Nathaniel and the harbinger of death, Sha, who lured him into a much bigger conquest to find the child--Daniel must not only protect his kingdom, his wife, and his first love. But stop the reemergence of corrupting magic that destroyed human civilization before. The judges and reviews of my story say it all.
After 13 years of peace between the realms, a group of wizards will emerge to destroy the king, bringing an old kept secret to light. The prince is taken by the witches' promises and turns against his own father and people.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: FAIR
Accuracy of Book Profile
It does, but the author could add more characters to the profile. And remove a duplication, as Daniel's character appears twice. Sha, as the leader of witches, could also be inserted as an antagonist.
Draw of Story
The author's writing style is fluid and entertaining. Right away, we already understand some rules of the magic universe and some characters' personalities. This introduction makes reading more enjoyable and gives us enough tools to follow the story.
The story has many twists that keep us engaged, but at a certain point, when the characters are all face to face, the subject is Daniel's betrayal of the kingdom and the rules. This part, at least in dialogue, could be reduced. We already know the son believes the father is guilty of everything. So, this repetition of sentences and people asking why Nathaniel is doing such a terrible thing ends up stagnating the narrative.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
Despite the mythology behind witchcraft, the fantasy of a kingdom with time travelers, and restricted technologies, the hook is the forbidden love between two people. Through social command, the king's extra conjugal romance ends up bringing destruction to the kingdom. Love is the basis for the formation of a family and also the basis for the destruction of these people.
Fiction and fantasy fans could be interested in this story. And with love as the central theme and universal subject, it could attract a larger audience.
The narrative has enough beats and twists for a more complex plot. Just improving the central theme narrative of the forbidden love, making it more delicate and compelling, could increase the potential for awards.
Similar Films/TV Series
GAME OF THRONES: DISPUTES BETWEEN KINGDOMS, BETRAYALS, A BASTARD CHILD WITH THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD, TIME TRAVEL, AND WITCHCRAFT ARE THE COMMON ELEMENTS IN BOTH PLOTS.
What’s New About the Story
As seen earlier, the proximity to Game of Thrones shows that the picks aren't 100% original, but they do exist. The mix of advanced technology in a period environment makes the plot seem more original.
The characters are well designed. We know very well who is on which side. However, thankfully, the characters are not Manichean. Nobody in this plot is totally bad or good. Everyone has flaws and attitudes with initially positive intentions. This makes the whole narrative more complex.
Uniqueness of Story
It's not a rare gem because many of the elements seen here have already been inserted into previous audiovisual products. The idea of the bastard child who has the power to change things isn't new either. But the author manages to unite different characteristics of fantasy films into a narrative in a coherent way.
Film: Studio, Streaming TV Series: Cable, Network, Streaming
Despite some problems, especially in very expository dialogue, the narrative is entertaining and attention-grabbing. The fantasy universe created is exciting and transports us to a new environment and time. The characters are also well built. Right away, we know the intentions of each one, so plot twists are not in charge of unrevealed intentions but guaranteed by the own plot. The characters also bring complexity because everyone believes they are doing the right thing. Nathaniel believes he is entitled to the throne when he discovers his father's betrayal. Daniel thinks he did the right thing because he found his true love. Sha believes in being on the right side. Everyone there has flaws and thinks they're doing the right thing, so the complexity of each character elevates the plot. The story introduces many elements of the fantasy universe, such as time travelers, wizards, dark magic, and a chosen child who needs protection. However, these elements are inserted gradually and smoothly. Despite the excessive amount of features, everything seems to match in some way. The central and universal theme of love is an interesting hook to attract an audience that wouldn't be attracted exclusively by the fantastic setting of distant realms. Overall, it's a story with lots of twists and many narrative lines and subplots that work well together. It would need to be overall polished and have dialogue and some narrative choices improved, but in general, it's good source material.