In this highly anticipated second instalment, Ladon's Guardians, the mesmerising adventure continues from where it left off, delving deeper into the mysteries that unfolded in the first book.


At the heart of this tale lies the enigmatic Ladon, the dragon-child-god entrusted with safeguarding the cosmos. Seeking a pure soul, Ladon chooses Antheia, the second eldest child, to bear his hybrid offspring. This fateful union sets the stage for a transcendent transformation, as the children, accompanied by a loyal wolf and a wise owl, journey beyond Athens, finding themselves in the mystical lands of Ireland.


Meanwhile, a group of academics, armed with a stolen, classified submersible, venture through the enigmatic "Curtain of Time" in search of Ladon's lair. However, the truth behind their mission starts to fray and their leader, Henry, begins to fall apart, leading to deception and betrayal.

 

We spoke with C. A. about the pressure of writing a sequel, her interest in large human themes and how she has evolved her story into a second book – and beyond!

 

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Ladon’s Guardians is a direct sequel to 2022’s Ladon’s Hourdes, picking up exactly where the first book finished. Did you know what was next when you were writing that initial title?

 

Yes, the second book elaborates and widens the initial ideas presented in Ladon’s Hourdes. The first book sets the scenes and the characters, in the second, I begin to drill down into the deeper notions (philosophical and psychological) and the reasons for many of the events in the first book become clear, i.e. why Ladon’s hair is cut daily. By using just enough scientific fact to create doubt, I pull the ‘rug’ of reality out from beneath the reader’s feet.

 

 

Sequels are often very difficult to pull off, as people are expecting a story just as good as the first, but one that expands on and evolves into something new. Were there any worries when you were writing or things you were trying to avoid?

 

No, because I found that I am a ‘pantser’ writer rather than a planner. This is the sense that I don’t know what’s going to happen until I sit down to write. Often, I was just as surprised as the readers will be with certain twists and turns. The main point of the books is to test your commonsense view of reality and present alternatives that could be possible. Characters who you thought you knew, turn out to be different, and some central to the story unexpectedly die out.

The third and final book, Ladon’s Run, is now written and the ending will come as a shock, I guarantee it will be totally unexpected. I didn’t know how the book would end until two months from finishing the writing.

As a philosopher, I began this experiment not knowing if it would work. My wish was to incorporate deep philosophical notions into a style of writing that anyone, regardless of education, could enjoy and understand without having to wade through philosophical jargon.

The question the books address is: If we could travel through time, what would the consequences be?

 

 

This new book is a transformative tale: a tale of children discovering their place in the world, whilst a group of adult academics spiral downward, leading to deception and betrayal. What drew you towards these large human themes?

 

As first and foremost a philosopher, I have grappled with the big questions of existence to find a way to understand what being means as well as infinity, time, eternality and our place in the universe. I have embedded my own understandings throughout the texts as well as ideas from a wide range of philosophers and psychologists from the ancient Greeks to the latest continental philosophies. I add a bibliography to each book for any reader to find the ideas and follow them through at their own leisure. I guess I have always wanted to know more about everything.

 

 

With a mixture of science fiction and fantasy, are there any literary inspirations you can point towards which helped you in your writing – and which may draw fans of those works in too.

 

Yes, I am a fan of many fantasy writers including Raymond E. Feist, Christopher Paolini and David Eddings. I read all kinds of fiction and I have read widely in philosophy, religion and psychology. Some of my favourite classical writers are Geroge Elliot, Thomas Hardy, Patrick White and D. H. Lawrence. I am a Jungian in terms of psychology and Heidegger and Spinoza are two of my constant philosophical companions.

 

 

Finally, if we may ask, where is Ladon’s journey going to next?

 

The third book, Ladon’s Run is now written and is in the stages of revision and proofing I promise you an ending that will shock you. This last book illustrates how far you, the reader, have come because the ideas here have a complexity that was not possible in the first book.

I ask each reader, if you have read all three books, go back now to the prologue to the first book and see if you more easily understand what I have written there.

Finally, my question to you: Do you still think about reality in the same way?

I welcome your comments and questions, so if you would like to converse with me send me a Facebook friend request with the word “Ladon”.

 

 

 

Ladon’s Guardians is available in paperback.