When I was working on the outline for Maelstrom (The Frozen Flame, Book Four), I wanted the story to overlap with the events of my other series, Power Ascending. Having just completed writing Temple Captain, it was easy to tie the stories together as it occurs in the Duchy of Reinwick. This area is featured prominently in the history of Ludwig Altenburg, appearing in both Warrior Knight and the upcoming Warrior Lord books.
As a result, I have an area rich in local history, not only derived from my own history of Eiddenwerthe, but from the events of a previous book. Does that mean you need to read Temple Captain before you read Vortex? Not at all, but you may get more out of it if you do.
One of my intents in writing all my series was to introduce a dynamic world where the actions of individuals have a lasting impact on the world at large. I could have simply written a book and explained the region's entire history. However, I think it’s far more interesting to witness the events as they happen.
Until next time,
Paul Bennett, Writer of Epic Fantasy Stories.