Book 1 was originally titled In My Father’s House but after some reflection has been subsequently re-titled as simply House Valerius.

This is where you get your first introduction to the world the series is set in, which is not terribly different from the one most of us live in anyway. The book is narrated in the first-person, with everything being seen through the eyes of my primary character (and my fictional alter-ego, as my wife has occasionally pointed out) Ash Valerian.

Being the first book, a good part of it is taken up with building the world; setting out the history, the internal terminology and laying the groundwork for what is to come, as well as introducing a number of ongoing characters.