Content Advisory Notice
The World of Siliar… where good people come together to overcome the evil of others…
Stories in Siliar are written with readers of all ages in mind. Because of the violence of fantasy war, however, parents and readers need to decide if exposure to those kinds of things is desirable. As the author (Bill Snodgrass), I wrote thinking of myself from my "middle school days." My own sons, when they were that age, read the earliest drafts. I believe that the vast majority of the content is suitable for most typical readers who might tackle a series of this length.
That said, through the years, I was criticized for having the "bad guys" appear to be not-so-bad…
"So, they force the people to hand over some portion of their crops… Isn't that like taxes? They really don't seem that evil."
Responding to this and other criticisms, I began to add implications of more obviously evil behavior. I did so while intentionally leaving out specifics, rather implying what occurred through veiled descriptions and guarded character dialog. Nevertheless, some parents/readers may want to omit those scenes.
Such scenes will, therefore, include a CA- label and will require membership in one of the paid plans. Where such a scene is in an otherwise free book, it will be available through a special "CA" membership requiring a very minimal payment.
Over they years, I struggled with indicating just what the evil actions were while doing so without using graphic, specific language. While trying to make the scenes understandable, I've probably erred on the side of being vague rather than being inappropriate. That said, readers can expect that the content of sections marked CA- include some violation of human rights that would arise from the hearts and minds of evil people who are at liberty to act as they wish.
As an example of how horrific behaviors are addressed, I am including below a paragraph that is arguably an "average" telling of a terrible act of evil violence. It is a reflection on the event by one of the characters, but is in the manner of how such actions are depicted:
Nathan looked at her and nodded. He knew that she had been part of one of the Refusers’ raids that had gone bad, that she had been caught by her ponytail and dragged away to a cottage where Legionnaires took turns doing unthinkable things to her. But he did not know if she had actually told him about it, or if he knew because his interest had triggered his natural magic ability to experience what other people were thinking. Mykeal had told him that the magic triggered easily when the other person partly wanted their thoughts known and because Nathan was interested in them and wanted to understand them better. In any case, Nathan’s mind held vivid images of what had happened to her, and what was, without a doubt, among the most horrible things that could ever happen, short of death.
Some will criticize, claiming the details are too vague. Others will claim that such content is not suitable for some readers. However, this paragraph illustrates how I have handled describing evil actions throughout the Siliar books.
Readers should decide if they want to have access and if so, they will be required to acquire the Content Advisory membership.