A couple of days ago I wrote a blog about my need to create a name for the fantasy setting of the Sleeping Dragon. Well, a few days later, I have it.

Ladies and gentleman, drumroll please, may I give you… the Manaverse.

What is the Manaverse? Well as the name suggests it’s a universe, but one that runs on mana, where mana is the raw force upon which magic is built. This is not a fantasy world like ours but with magic added in. No, for magic is as fundamental to this universe as physics is to ours.

Our universe runs according to four fundamental forces, gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. Everything in our entire universe is ultimately derived from these, so much so that the physicist Ernest Rutherford was moved to declare that all science was either physics or stamp-collecting, by which he meant that physics revealed the underlying meaning of everything, reducing all other scientific disciplines to mere description and classification.

In the Manaverse, wizards could say much the same thing about the study of magic, for in this world, it is magic, and the fundamental force of mana that it controls which ultimately underpins every single process, natural or artificial, living or inert.

This is a magical world, but not a random or illogical one. It is a world as internally consistent and ultimately knowable as ours, but one whose forces of nature sit on an entirely different set of foundations.

It’s the Manaverse.

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The first book set in the Manaverse, the Sleeping Dragon, will be published in February of next year. It will be followed by the Elven Lands Murders.