For my first post on this blog about my fantasy series, The Binding of the Blade, I wanted to take a moment to explain the title. For those who haven’t read any of the books, I’ll try not to give too much away. For those who have, this is probably stating the obvious, but I have gathered from various comments posted on my series website, www.bindingoftheblade.com, that there are a number of readers who still are unclear on the purpose of the title.
The prologue to Beyond the Summerland, the first book, tells a story from Kirthanin’s past, about the first forging of weaponry. This event is a crucial element in a larger act of rebellion which sends the world spiraling into warfare and division. The making of weapons, then, is an inciting moment for the tragic decline of a world that loses the peace & harmony it once had and for which it was intended. The continued use of weapons, for whatever purpose, is a symbol of a world broken, that awaits the day when they will no longer be necessary, even for noble purposes.
This then, is the binding of the blade. From the moment they were first made until the time when they will be unmade, the fate of the world and the people who live therein has been bound to the weapons they wield. The world is bound, enslaved even, to the blades they cannot escape, until the binding itself can be broken. This deliverance from the binding is something the world was meant to long for, but it is possible that even among the faithful, there are some who have learned to love their blades too much…
To go further, though, would be to risk giving too much away about the climax of the story. If you’ve been reading the series, the answers to all riddles will soon appear when the last book, All My Holy Mountain is released this spring. If you haven’t been reading, I invite you to Kirthanin to enjoy the adventure.
The story I’ve tried to tell, in short, is a reflection based on the longing we are all supposed to have, for a time when the world will be made new and the implements of war that are necessary in the meantime for the maintenance of peace and administration of justice will be necessary no more. So, in the end, the story is a bit of a paradox. It is a story of war and conflict, but a story which carries with it a deeply held longing for the end of war and the resolving of all conflict. Read it, and when you’ve finished the last book, tell me if you think it works.