First off, as you may or may not have known, The Wolf of the North will be available to buy on 12 October (next Wednesday). It’s taken a bit longer to get to this point than I had planned, but hopefully it will be worth the wait! There’ll be a couple more updates here, including an excerpt, between now and then.
I had a map made for The Wolf of the North, by Robert Altbauer, who also did the Ostenheim city map that you can find here. You can see more of his work over at fantasy-map.net. The map will also be in the release editions of the book, but I wanted to share it here because I love looking at it!
Ok, I had an email recently reminding me about the Ostenheim City Guide that I was planning to do a while back. I have to admit, with all the work that's been going into getting the entire Wolf of the North trilogy put together, I completely forgot about it! I've dug out the old file, and instead of putting it up as a complete booklet - at least initially - I'm going to post instalments of it here on the blog. I'll be getting on to that over the next week or so.
In other news, the first part of The Wolf of the North trilogy will be going off for line edit shortly, as soon as I've made a few slight changes, so things are well on track with that.
Ever since I started imagining Ostenheim, I’ve been scribbling maps on scraps of paper, adding, deleting and altering as the stories developed and the city grew in my mind. I’ve wanted to get a proper map of the city made up for a long time, and now I have. Here it is:
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The map was drawn up by the very talented Robert Altbauer. You can see more of his work at his website. I can’t express how delighted I am with his work – it’s a great experience to finally see the image that’s been in my head for such a long time. We chose a style similar to the Renaissance era city maps from books like Civitates Orbis Terrarum; something that looks like it was created at the time it is set in, rather than a modern map of an old city.
The map will be a great accompaniment to the series of posts about the city that is upcoming, and will make my job of explaining where all the important buildings are a lot easier!
I’ve been playing about with my world map in photoshop for a while, making something large that I can cut bits out of and use to make consistent regional maps for my books. I decided to take that whole outline and make a full world map that contains all the regions that appear in the stories I’ve written about the Middle Sea world.
It only outlines the different countries, not all the individual locations, and even then only very generally. I think it would become too cluttered with the extra detail. Each regional map will be cut out of the template used to make this one to keep everything consistent, and the detail can go in on those. There’s also a lot of terra incognito, that will be updated as and when I write something that fills in the detail for that area. For example, there are a lot more rivers in this world, but I’ve only included those that have appeared in a story, or the world building for a story that I’ve written.
So here it is, the product of several hours playing around with photoshop, The States of the Middle Sea.
For anyone interested in playing about with making their own maps, I would really recommend checking out The Cartographers’ Guild website. A tonne of tips, tutorials, resources and inspiration all just a click away!