Elementals of Nordica is unique to the fantasy genre because it does not fall into a mainstream category. Most books written these days don’t, but I’m not kidding when I tell you that you can place the series into five different categories in fantasy.
Yes, four, and we haven’t even gotten to the science fiction, dystopian, and utopian genre bend. Some of you may call this speculative fiction. And I can see many reviewers and authorities in the field coming up with all sorts of weird labels for it. But when I’d first written Elementals of Nordica I had one goal in mind:
I wanted the series to be one of the most unique things ever written. I took a lot of elements, tropes, and other parts of what I liked from certain genres, and discarded what I didn’t like. Or didn’t know about. So, if you’ve come across today’s post but you’re unsure if Elementals of Nordica is for you, keep reading.
Because I’m sharing not just the categories that the series falls into; I’m also sharing how it falls into each.
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Fantasy Genre Category #1: Elemental Magic
Elemental magic hits the number one category in the fantasy genre because it’s most prevalent. But, here’s the catch. I’m talking about more than just magic stemming from the four classical elements of air (wind), water, earth, and fire. You’re getting the Fifth Element, which I refer to as spirit, plus some of what I call the “niche elements” of wood, blood, metal, and vapor (also known as smoke).
If you’re one who loves variety, you will get it in Elementals of Nordica from an elemental magic standpoint. But if you’re a purist who prefers just the four classical elements and perhaps the Fifth Element, then I guess my work is not a good fit.
Elemental magic is also the top magical system in Elementals of Nordica, which I’ll explain throughout both the series and spinoff series within the Elementals Universe. Every bit of magic involved in the Elementals Universe stems from elemental magic, so you’re literally getting a heavy dose off the bat.
And better yet, I leave nothing to chance here. So although our main character, Sion Zona, is a wind wielder, it does not mean I’m neglecting the other elements. Eventually, elementals in all nine elements will get their turn at a POV.
But if you’d like to know more about elemental magic and the nine elements present, join the Readers Republic, download the magnet Chronicles of the Elementals, and in the back of the book, you will find this quick cheat sheet explaining each.
Category #2: Sword and Sorcery
My sword and sorcery portion of the fantasy genre stems straight from elemental magic. And although Elementals of Nordica and each series in the Elementals Universe is set in a modern-day society, sword and sorcery remains at the forefront.
See, when an elemental, an individual who can control the elements that are sometimes referred to in the world’s derogatory term as mutants, reaches level sixty-five in combat, a sword manifests in their hand.
Once a sword manifests, the elemental evolves from being a simple elemental to a sword wielding Elemental Master. Elemental Masters only need to point, wave, and slash their sword to wield their element. No punch, kick, or other body combos required, as is the case of elementals who have yet to reach the level. However, an Elemental Master may continue to use hand combos when they evoke simple maneuvers, given the light energy cost.
However, when an Elemental Master gains a sword, every movement grows stronger. So a simple wind gust doubles in strength when an Elemental Master uses their sword. But if they were to try such a strong gust without a sword, it would make for a higher energy cost. Their advanced moves grow stronger as well, also without an extra energy cost.
Category #3: Epic Fantasy
Although I have set Elementals of Nordica into a modern day society, it still identifies as an epic fantasy. For one, we’re in a different world that in which fantasy remains at the forefront. Therefore, by definition, it fits the epic fantasy moniker.
However, its tropes set this one into the epic category of the fantasy genre. We’re looking at chosen ones whose significance to their world will save humankind. And of course, such a significance only means one thing: A few powerful madmen bent on controlling the masses realize that these protagonists are threats to them and want nothing more than to get rid of them.
If you’re lucky enough to read Chronicles of Rondure, believe it or not, it really outlines the epic fantasy tropes found in Elementals of Nordica. Even if the work does not even take place in the same world. Now, you do not need to read the work to understand the series. But Chronicles of Rondure provides sensational background information on the tropes later found in Wind Wielder and Wind Master.
And funnily enough, such tropes extend over into the World of Rondure, given the scope of our main characters and how they have the power to save not just one, but potentially five worlds.
Category #4: Contemporary Fantasy
Some of you may even call it urban fantasy, but I like to think of Elementals of Nordica as contemporary fantasy.
Because when I think of urban fantasy, I think of a few things – for one, it takes place strictly in urban areas, or mainly in urban areas. And while both of my reader magnets are set in urban areas, they do not deal with magickal creatures or anything like them.
You’re not getting werewolves, vampires, or anything of the sort here. And trope-wise, I see absolutely nothing in Elementals of Nordica as it would relate to urban fantasy.
Therefore, I’ll call it contemporary fantasy with its scientifically-advanced society whose tech outweighs even what we find here on Earth. We’re looking at unmanned tanks that can fire elementals maneuvers, watches that display these cool holograms for texting and facetime, invisible weaponry, supers soldiers, and so much more.
Plus, if you read Elementals of Nordica, you will discover (spoiler alert), that they often find themselves in forests or out in the middle of nowhere. Not exactly an urban fantasy.
Category #5: Military Fantasy
Next to elemental magic, I definitely call Elementals of Nordica a military fantasy. But I placed it at #5 on the list because I feel that I’m saving the best for last.
See, in each of the Five Worlds – which if you join the Readers Republic, you will get a cheat sheet on the Five Worlds when I send you the second reader magnet, Chronicles of Rondure – a superpower imperialist nation loves to pick on smaller nations, colonies, and they even enjoy bullying their allies with their little peace through might narrative.
For example, in Elementals of Nordica, Tamuria is that superpower. Over in the World of Rondure, you’ll discover that Bastille is just as bad as if not worse than Tamuria. Yes, a resistance is building in each work to challenge this superpower.
In Elementals of Nordica, it’s the Free Republic of Nordica. Over in Rondure, it’s a ragtag group of underground dissenters who probably would not have a chance against the big boys if, well, you’ll just have to read Chronicles of Rondure to find out. But I assure you, the 10,000-word novelette is one compelling read.
Especially since I wrote and edited the book within ten days. So if you’re a reader, that particular post may not interest you. But if you’re a fellow author looking to gain insight on how I communicate with my readers via this blog, or if you simply read and liked my books, it’s a pretty good read.
And as I stated earlier in today’s post, you’re also getting a nice dose of genre bending when you read Elementals of Nordica. So expect more than just the fantasy genre when you sit down to read the work. Like I said, you’re getting plenty of science fiction, utopia, and dystopian fiction in this one.
Anyway, I hope you become a reader of Elementals of Nordica and every book that I dish out in the Elementals Universe. Because Elementals of Nordica is just one piece of a much larger pie. Or backlist.
Thanks for reading, and Go Cardinals!