Jamuqa and the King of the Dead

The Protagonist Speaks is a blog run by Assaph Mehr, publishing character interviews. This week Jamuqa gets a turn.

Through my novels Against Walls and Imaginary Kings, Jamuqa speaks often about Irle Khan, the King of the Dead. I thought I’d explore this fascination (identification?) of his in my ‘interview’. Because the blog is primarily for fantasy, I chose fantasy-adjacent elements from my historical fiction. I always felt my Mongol epics were fantasy-adjacent, or fit for a fantasy audience.

The hymn to the King of the Dead I adapted from a song found in Oral Epics of Central Asia by Nora K. Chadwick.

Find the interview here:


Image © Rixipix/istock. Snow leopard, used on the cover of Me and Atrocity (Amgalant 2.1)

2 thoughts on “Jamuqa and the King of the Dead

  1. Bryn, this is fantastic! I know you can’t rush how book 3 is written–deadlines = dead lines–and I wish you all the creative energy you need to push through. Patient on the other side. Chris

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