Spoiler alert for Canellian Eye : Prophecy
The Canellian Eye trilogy, once complete, will explore the slippery nature of destiny. Does it exist at all and, if it does, can it be lost? I received a comment recently that fate and destiny amount to the same thing. I disagree. For me, fate is static – whatever will be, will be. Destiny, on the other hand, requires compliance and action for it to be achieved. Even then it’s a complicated concept. Our ideas on how our destiny should pan out may be entirely false or open to interpretation. This was the dilemma I wanted to explore in Canellian Eye. As we pass through the trilogy, the Prophecy of Erulia becomes a burden, a harsh joke and a beacon of hope to its Chosen ones.
In book one, Prophecy, the seventeen year old Quaylan believes his destiny and identity are one and the same as the Eye of Jehul. This belief is ingrained into his mind for two reasons; he bears a distinctive birthmark and because it’s what he has always been told.
The birthmark is, of course, open to interpretation, but who are we to judge that it is or isn’t a sign from his deity? Granted, it may be a tenuous thing on which to hang an entire life, but in this case it’s understandable as both he and his people face extinction. If there was ever a time for godly intervention, that would be it.
Developing a belief based on what we’re told happens all around us. If something is repeated often enough and over a long period of time, it’s hard to counteract it, unless we become aware that it is untrue. If a child is repeatedly told that they are stupid or ugly, they would tend to believe it.
At the end of Prophecy, I deliberately left what happens to Quaylan open to interpretation:
- There is no Prophecy.
- He was the Eye and lost his destiny (and by default, his people’s) due to his actions.
- He was never the Eye.
- He was the Eye and his savage destiny unfolded exactly to plan.
Although all are disturbing, perhaps it’s the last that’s most frightening. Is true destiny necessarily heading to a pleasant life? Cometh the hour, cometh the man or so the saying goes. It is interesting that the origins of that saying are also uncertain.
Live it like it matters (even if it hurts)