The second of the two last minute additions to the series. Well, not really last minute, but they were added after I began writing and publishing. Legends of Windemere: The Mercenary Prince was designed for a few reasons. The biggest one was to give Delvin Cunningham a focus book, which he didn’t have yet. His milder personality kept allowing the stronger ones to steal the spotlight. I also got to set up more with the Nyx/Trinity rivalry and deal with Stephen Kernaghan properly. Tied up a lot of potential loose ends in here, so the songs had to hit several marks.
This was a really weird one that I ran into from time to time. The music itself had this sense of mysticism to me, but the words make me think of the Nyx/Trinity/Stephen events in this book. There is a lot of jockeying and reversal of power between the three as their storyline reaches its finale. With Stephen, he’s all about power and control, so him losing it was a big part of his downfall.
The song is ‘Bloody Tears’ and it’s from the Castlevania video game series. I wanted to find the battle in the Netflix series where they used it, but they only have pieces of it. I was torn between this one and ‘Vampire Killer’. Why? Because this book is where the Dawn Fangs make their true debut. A group of evil ones showed up in earlier volumes, but this time Mab Winthrop the Dark Mistress got involved. You get a taste of what War of Nytefall will entail, so this was kind of like an introduction to my next series.
Had to give Delvin Cunningham a song at some point since it’s really his book. That mild personality keeps making him come in second or third. It also made it hard to pick something. It took me a few days to remember this song. The lyrics work for his overall story arc and the tone fits his demeanor. He does really want to be a hero and thinks along these lines, so it works. (Also, Spider-Man, so an added bonus.)