Although the series is not set in a specific historical period, I am constantly taking inspiration from history, most specifically the early Middle Ages. One of the best things (for me) about writing fantasy is that you have the freedom to pick and choose any elements from history that inspire you, and then use your own creativity to fill in the gaps. So if I was trying to decide how a particular community behaves, or what they eat or how they dress, I would often look at our own history and then appropriate the findings to best suit the story I wanted to tell.
Landscape and setting are also paramount to world-building. In The Broken Raven, I introduce many new locations including the muck-smeared capital of Ingland, the opulent palace of King Edmund, and the desolate north of Ingland, where a severe food shortage has driven some to cannibalism… Once again, my inspiration for all of these was a mixture of historical research, contemporary landscapes and my own creativity. My hope is that the resulting world feels both magically new and eerily familiar.