Illengond the 3rd and final volume of The Daegmon War is in print! It was published July 30, 2017.
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The Gifted Book 1 of The Daegmon War, is now available at the Vermont Book Shop and other fine independent bookstores.
The Betrayed and Illengond, Books 2 and 3 of The Daegmon War, are now available at the Archway Publishing bookstore.
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ABOUT THE SERIES:
The Daegmon War is a three-volume work of epic fantasy set in the island realm of Gondisle.
The centuries-old war against the Daegmon Lord has been dormant for generations. Knowledge of the Gifts—mystical powers of healing, of shaping, of knowledge, of speech with creatures, and of supernatural strength in battle—has faded into dim folklore. So has knowledge of the ancient enemy.
When a Daegmon suddenly appears out of the old tales, and begins to wreak destruction on the remote villages of Gondisle, the realm is thrown into turmoil--from Elynna's home where the Fisherfolk of the Westwash live, to the Andani villages of Gondisle's highlands where Thimeon's peaceful herding folk dwell, to the cliffside Ceadani people led by Chal-char, to the Great Plains where the huntress Tienna and her people roam the grasslands or fish the Great Lake, to the mining and warring Anghari folk and the village of Cane and Cathros in the far northeast.
In the midst of the loss, heroes of the land, led by a new generation of the Gifted, must arise: the uncertain Elynna thrust into an unwanted role of leadership because of her gift of sensing the presence and even the thoughts of the Daegmons; to the fiery northlander Cane who wields a potent flame; Cane's quieter brother Cathros gifted with his own supernatural strength in battle; the bold and graceful Plainswoman Tienna with her costly gift of healing; and others who shape wood or stone, speak over great distances, taste truth and falsehoood, or read the thoughts of animals. Each gift brings its own strength as well as struggles. All must join together to face the same enemy.
But the Gifted are few, while the enemy is more powerful than they even imagine. The situation grows yet more dire when the king not only refuses to give aid to those who seek it, but proves to be under the influence of the Daegmon Lord’s servants.
And then there are the ungifted, led by the quiet Thimeon.
The Daegmon War is epic fantasy, also called "high fantasy" or "heroic fantasy", with a large cast of characters and an extensively imagined secondary world. The characters are real and compelling, heroic and also fallable. And the land of Gondisle itself, long with its various cultures, seems like a character in its own right.
FROM THE AUTHOR:
I read my first fantasy novels more than forty years ago. I started with The Hobbit and I still consider J.R.R.Tolkien's Middle-earth Legenadarium to be my favorite work of otherworldly fantasy. C.S.Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia and That Hideous Strength, and Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydein were also among my earliest reads, and remain among my favorites. Others of my favorites include the writings of Stephen Lawhead (especially his Arthurian books), Stephen Donaldon's 1st and 2nd Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Ursula LeGuin's original Earthsea Trilogy, Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet, Jeffrey Overtstreet's Auralia Quartet, Patricia McKillips Riddlemast of Hed trilogy, George Macdonald's fantasy novels and fairy tales, and Walter Wangerin Jr's Dun Cow books.
I will leave it up to my readers to determine the extent to which any of these authors have influenced me most.
My interests as a reader, however extend far beyond fantasy. I may read only one new fantasy series a year. I like to read a good, well-writing work of fiction and more of my reading comes from "tradition" novels. I make a point of finding and reading great fiction authors from over the past two hundred years as well as the work of new authors writing in the 21st century.