Plight of the Tivinel


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Because most of the action in Plight of the Tivinel takes place either in Europe or off-world, I'm departing from my tradition of personally touring the sites and instead presenting a mix of my own photos along with others that inspired the story's characters and settings.


The Ruined Castle in the Blue Mountains National Park, near where fourteen-year-old Peter became lost while bushwalking.


Peter was such a sweet boy but with a terrible sadness at his core. I hope


Barefoot Boulevard in Avalon, Sydney. My thanks to Paul Goodall for showing me this.


The beach at Avalon that became one of Peter's favourite teenage haunts.


The abbey in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, France, where Joel and Loraine strike trouble on their walk along the Paths of Saint James.


The Triangulum Galaxy, one of the Milky Way's nearer neighbours and home of the Meridian empire (photo by ESO ( [CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons).


What the volcanic world of Ignus might look like.


This drawing by Martin Davey inspired the setting for my ruined Tivinel temple on Huntress, though at eighteen, Joel probably isn't holding a teddy bear when he visits it.


The London sculpture Boy With A Dolphin, by David Wynne, inspired the Old Pasha's encounter with the Black Dolphin as well as his name.


The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, the destination of pilgrims walking the Paths of Saint James.


Saint James himself in the Portico de la Gloria of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.


Secured beneath the cathedral's altar is the silver reliquary reputedly holding the remains of Saint James.