@JoJoBird: Thanks for the kind comment. More will be out on the 22nd. As for my inspirations... I don't expect it to get preachy or heavy-handed, but on a thematic level I'm aiming to weave in some messages about gender, economics, and social equality. On an aesthetic level, I've always loved fantasy or semi-fantasy settings, and I can't pinpoint the origin of that love. This isn't your ordinary medieval fantasy, as should be more or less clear either now or shortly, and I'd say Game of Thrones has been instrumental in guiding the grittiness, though I'm not headed in its direction culturally.
@kosukechan: As above, thank you for the kind words. And the critical ones! Those are far more useful. If it's not a huge drag for you—simple paragraph citations should do the job—would you mind pointing out places that need work? I don't need line-by-line, and I won't ask that of you, but if you happen to be reading, happen to notice a rough place, and happen to make note of it: mucho 'ppreciated!
Thanks again guys. Having you read this means the world to me. I hope that future installments don't disappoint!