As the saga of “The Binding of the Blade” wraps up, all roads lead to the Mountain. I have always loved the imagery associated with the holy mountain in Isaiah, and so creating a world where the central geographic feature was “the Holy Mountain” was a lot of fun. For four books the action has raged around the Mountain, with the occasional scene inside it and more than the occasional reference to it, but now the Mountain itself will become the focus of the story.
In the series, the closing of the Mountain to the people of Kirthanin has functioned as a sort of exile from Eden, a sign and symbol of the consequence for disobeying Allfather’s commands in the making and use of weapons. Now that the story is wrapping up, it is time to go back. It is time to open the Mountain that has for so long been closed. It is time to cleanse the Mountain that has for so long been defiled by the blood of the Titans. It is time to break the binding of the blade that has for so long held the men of Kirthanin in its thrall. For behold, Allfather is making all things new.
Perhaps, then, the words of Isaiah 11:9 about the future of this world will also be true of Kirthanin, “And they will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
Yes, the little taskbar tracking progress in the publication of All My Holy Mountain has been moved to 100%. That’s because I have my copies. They were shipped directly to me from the printer, and it is only a matter of time before P&R has theirs and they begin to fill orders.
Soon you will have yours (if you’ve ordered it), and then it will be for you as it is for Benjiah and Aljeron, for Valzaan and Wylla, and for all the rest of our friends in Kirthanin, where all roads lead to the Mountain.