“Setisia” is an unusual and original fantasy/adventure novel. There is very little magic in the realistic world described, and this is a book that may suit those who are not regular readers of fantasy just as much as those who are. The economic life of the world’s inhabitants takes a central role, as it does in all real human societies.
Life in the “Kingdom”, in which most of the story takes place, is dominated by an extensive river system which the people use primarily as their transport infrastructure. The population has a number of sub-cultures. Cultural identity and the way in which different groups interact and intermix is perhaps as important to the story as the economics of the great trading society described.
The book offers readers an escape into an exotic world, and a journey through part of that world with mystery, adventure and romance on the way. The aim is to create a pleasant vacation of the mind.
In numbers, there are 108,000 words and 21 chapters in “Setisia”.
The protagonist, a young hunter and dreamer called Tellimakis, is from a small community existing in complete isolation from the rest of humanity, cut off by distance and the natural barrier of a great mountain range. Aware of his people’s history, he knows that his ancestors escaped from their country on the far side of the mountains during a time of great strife. As Tellimakis approaches adulthood, he is consumed with curiosity as to the fate of the great civilization left behind by his forebears, and sets off for the huge mountains in an attempt to rediscover the ancient Kingdom beyond. He finds many surprises on the way, not least among them, the charming Setisia.
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Robert Salisbury is a wandering citizen of the world who grew up in three countries and has lived and worked in another six. He has done at least twenty different jobs, most of which he did not enjoy at all. The worst was probably digging a cesspit on a site where there had been one previously.
Robert likes reading, writing, cooking, and walking in the countryside. He is currently working on a second novel. He also enjoys writing short stories, limericks and other silly rhymes, plus the occasional poem. He has also recently realized that he doesn’t really like writing about himself in the third person.