Erik Eleodum never wanted to be a hero. Fate had a different plan.
Erik will face danger, deceit, murder, death, evil, and - most terrifyingly - himself to become the hero he was always meant to be
Erik is content farming for his family for the rest of his life, while his brother and cousin can't think of a worse fate. For different reasons, they leave the life they know behind. Soon, their world crashes down around them as they realize it is cruel, brutal, selfish, and violent. Now, they must not only rely on one another, but also on gypsies, thieves, mercenaries, dwarves, and a mage for their survival.
In the end, Erik will face danger, deceit, murder, death, evil, and - most terrifyingly - himself to become the hero he was always meant to be as an ancient evil many thought only a myth resurfaces.
Enter a world readers have compared to the epic fantasies of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, a world of adventure, terror, political intrigue, sorcery, and great heroic deeds. Come face to face with ogres, elves, dwarves, slavers, black mages, ruthless warriors, dragons, evil and fear.
A true hero's journey of faith, friendships, and trials well worth the price of admission!
The first book in this trilogy does a great job of pulling the reader in. The author nicely gives all the background information needed as the story progresses.
What starts as a story of two brothers and a cousin from a farming background who find themselves trying to scratch out a living and exist in a harsh environment rapidly turns. For the first third of the book I kept wondering where the Fantasy was and then like a shadow it slipped into the room and it was as if it had been there all along – very cleverly done.
This is the perfect book to add to your beach bag for summer reading. The characters are fully developed and the story keeps you going. But, put on the sunscreen as you may fall into the story and not realize how much time has passed.
This Book received a Reader’s Favorite Award Winner in Epic Fantasy
This is a fantasy story of depth, filled with a mystical, sprawling world that holds different kingdoms, an area of neutrality, massive forests and all kinds of human-like creatures. The landscape is explained in detail, whether forest or sandy beaches, in a manner that allows the reader to feel present in the scenes. The characters are well developed to the point that the reader forms opinions on who is their favorite and who is the least.
This is an adventurous story of three relatives, two brothers and a cousin, that set out to find their riches in the east for they have heard tales of men who made their fortunes there. The three young men are farmers by birth and skill who have never been outside their homeland but the rumor of great Lords overtaking their family lands and killing or placing in servitude family members provides them with the motivation to leave on their journey.
From the very beginning of the book, the boys experience adventure after adventure, seeing all kinds of new sights, sounds and smells. They encounter a band of Gypsies that provide them with the next best thing to family; they come into contact with Ogres, Dwarfs and Gnomes. But through it all they begin to wonder if this journey is the right way to go or is their heart calling them elsewhere? Do they return home to the farm? Are the three to become wealthy heroes?
I really enjoyed this book and was not surprised at all to find it was the Readers Favorite Award Winner in Epic Fantasy. It is a terrific read that kept me on the edge of my seat.