Where is their life headed? The world seems to be shifting on its axis!
Young Rordan is compelled to leave home and pursue his education as an alchemist. His rambling brother Fikna decides to tag along on the journey.
Kea and her strange posse menace the brothers every step of the way. Mysterious monsters follow in her wake.
Every adventurer needs a helper and Rordan finds it in Borus, a strange creature he befriends as the brothers travel through Selta, to a region where alchemy still flourishes.
En route through Selta Rordan acquires a cryptic map which like a crystal ball changes each time you look at it.
Glenys, an apprentice in alchemy joins the brothers adding her skills in and knowledge of the supernatural. When Rordan gets assigned to Master Beag, perilous connections to the powers of darkness emerge.
Join the adventurers as they confront a hostile world where in a matrix of magic the brothers and their friends struggle to bring consciousness to a world cast in darkness.
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Feb 13, 2013
Take this adventure! I loved reading this story because it not only had action and adventure, but it also had introspection and depth. The dialogue is well-crafted and the characters, especially Rordan (and Borus!) are ones I enjoyed traveling with. This story is immersive and hard to put down! Looking forward to more from this author.
This novel is a coming-of-age story. Our hero is burdened with psychological turmoil, all kinds of awkwardness, and the weight of societal obligations. It is neither fantasy nor science fiction but takes a cue from these and other modern literary traditions. The maddening world that Rordan finds himself in is not an easy one to face; you will have to be patient for answers just like he is. Stylistically, what do you want? It's scary, funny... Paul Tristan Fergus is a master of descriptive prose, and it is a testament to his authorial instincts that he knows that sometimes the decision not to reveal things is the most elegant narrative choice for the sake of both his protagonist and you, the reader.
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