One of the many things that I took as influences when writing The Kanta Chronicles was TV. As I’ve previously said, my influences are a wide array of trivia, entertainment, history, religions, mythologies and the works of other writers. So it should come as no surprise that a crucial aspect of the story came from my obsession with TV. In particular, the concept of Reckonings came from the eighth episode of season three of the fantastic BBC show Merlin called The Eye of the Phoenix. And if anyone has ever watched this episode, they will know how blatantly I took the concept and rituals of Reckonings from it. But one thing that I didn’t take from the episode is how the Reckonings of the three male Kantas seen in the book were instrumental in how their time as King was perceived. Leo, Pan’s father, was a king respected and renowned for his ability to speak to people from different points of view; something he honed during his year spent in silence studying people in three different countries across Bolfodier. Pan, whose rule (while not completely shown in the book) was one remembered by his subjects and contemporaries for his great base of knowledge in nearly all aspects of his world; a knowledge base that was greatly aggregated by his finding and hoarding of the Valin Twins’ library and the books contained within. And Shade, whose rule is highly influenced by righting the wrongs committed in the past and shedding new light on taboo topics, had a Reckoning that forced him to confront wrongs committed nearly thirteen thousand years ago and attempt to begin the (inter)national healing needed.
And these connections are not on accident (retroactively introduced, but no accident). The Reckoning of any Brarian prince is meant to be seen as a forging of the prince into the king he will become. In the exposition about the Reckoning dumped at the start of the third part of the book, it states that failing in accomplishing the goal of the quest chosen is not an option. And that’s because should a prince fail, it means he will fail the kingdom; failing to complete one’s Reckoning shows that you are not (for lack of a better term) man enough to rule, and that immaturity proves that the prince that fails is unworthy of the crown.