The Quest for a Title

I’ve been struggling to try and come up with a title for my sequel to Kensei. The general theme of the sequel is about family expectations. Or, at least, that’s what I’m trying for. Who you want to be versus who your parents (or grandparents, or whatever) want you to be. A lot of family legacies come up for Jamie and other characters.

Mixed into this is that my villain is an Italian WW2 supervillain brought into the present. I worked with an Italian friend to develop the character, and tied the villain into the Italian Futurist movement, which later had connections to the Italian Fascist movement. Especially since there’s an element of breaking away from the past. So I thought I might also tie into that.

Some titles I cribbed from the Futurist Manifesto include:

  • Sing the Love of Danger
  • The Love of Danger
  • The Cure for the World
  • Demolish Museums
  • Useless Admiration of the Past
  • Our Insolent Challenge

 

From looking at quotes about ancestors and inheritance, I turned up, The Violence of Our Ancestors. And then I had also jotted down Heir Apparent and Heir Unapparent, both of which have been used many times.

Thoughts? Alternatives? I appreciate any help I can get, especially from friends that have been beta readers.

1 thought on “The Quest for a Title

  1. Murray

    Giri is the Japanese for “Duty” which would fit “Family Expectations”
    Zoku no Giri would be duty to family or tribe.

    How about “Legacies”,
    “In the Eyes of our Forefathers/Ancestors”
    “Unto the third Generation” (The sins of the fathers are visited unto the children…)
    “Tripping on Guilt”
    “Hand me Downs”
    “Hungry Ghosts”
    I like “Kensei: Legacies”

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