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A land forged from the fires of strife, blood of heroes, and touch of the gods.
Where deeds of great valor, vile evils, and blazing passions intertwine
to shape the course of elven and human history within.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

OK, one last post for the weekend.
Where do the Ardwellian Chronicles come from? I've carried these stories in my head for neary 30 years and finally, in 2005, I began to set down the tales of Ardwel.  Today, nearly five years later, I find myself in the final edit of my third novel, and the fourth one underway.  With notes and outlines and character studies, not to mention the novels themselves, I've written probably a million words since starting this journey, and it's nowhere near complete.
The Ardwellian Chronicles are not stories of treasure hunting or hack-and-slash adventures. They are the saga of the land itself, the families who carved their way to greatness, or quietly left their marks upon the land in more subtle ways.
You will meet the elves, Sheynon Calidriil and his brother Ysilrod, their kinswoman Lethra, and others of the land such as Galandria Telveperen, matriarch of the greatest elven House. The humans are varied; Shiva Lahai and his son Thalion, the priestess Kaanan, Remo, Corwyn, and the warrior-woman Audrey Vincent, Champion-in-the-making. Heck, you might even see a dwarf or two in there somewhere.
But the important thing is this; these are tales of high adventure, but more, of people. Exceptional people, certainly, but people with strengths and weaknesses of their own, some accepted, others denied, and some, of course, simply ignored. And this is what makes them the characters they are; because of these qualities, and sometimes in spite of them, they preserve.
And the villains; oh yes, they're in there, too. The Overlord, Seferel Eledaur, the dark elf priestess Archane, the daemon Therisal the Damned, and more lurking in the shadows.
Throughout the Chronicles you will find one overriding theme; that of Good vs. Evil, both in their many forms. In my stories actions taken have consequences; every victory comes with sacrifice; every evil vanquished only brings another in its place. There is love, romance, trust, and betrayal, shattered hearts and shattered dreams. But through it all is Hope and a stirring Faith, though tested at every turn.
So take a look at the first book Secret Fire, and as the tag-line says:

Let me tell you the story as it truly was...
Happy reading.

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