Fantasy novels of previous decades often included elves, dwarves, orcs, or goblins, but today, most authors limit themselves to human characters. So, why does my series have gnomes and their savage, deformed counterparts, the breghlin? Because non-human characters are fun!
Gnomes have human-like desires and motivations, but certain aspects of their world and culture make them unique. The breghlin, bred by Sheamathan to be her servant race, are ugly, crude, and have few morals, and they don't always think like gnomes much less like humans. Many readers enjoy them more than the gnomes and root for them as they evolve into beings with a conscience who want to better themselves.
I had planned to include more than three books in the Gem Power series, but the focus of the story changes at the end of book three, so it makes more sense to create a spinoff series.
In the Gem Powers Series, human main characters try to free the gnomes from an oppressive ruler and help them become self-governing. This story is best told by humans. In the Gem Lore Series, gnomes face new struggles and unimagined adventures as they try to rebuild their lives. Not only is this story best told by gnomes, the majority can't be told by humans. Explaining why would be a spoiler for anyone who hasn't completed the first series, so I'll leave it at that.
If you've enjoyed this series so far, I hope you'll spread the word. I try to make my stories light-hearted and uplifting, but they address serious themes as well. We can often learn valuable things about our own humanity through the eyes of non-human characters.