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***** A Cast of Characters in the Conan Vein *****
Kruzurk Makshare the magician is asked by the spirit of Merlin of
Pendragon, his long dead mentor, to destroy another former apprentice, the
villainous Seed of Cerberus. That requires entry into Blackgloom Keep which
can only be entered via sorcery. Kruze realizes he needs help, since he
cannot use sorcery. He chooses Daynin McKinnon, a young displaced
highlander who has just discovered what may be the fabled Scythian Stone in
his grandfather's field.
Kruze uses the stone to gain entry into the fortress, which causes a whole
series of unforeseen and horrific events to unfold for Daynin and his cadre
of friends. The colorful cast of good guys includes the lovely Sabritha who
becomes a love interest for Daynin. There is also the ghost of a giant
resurrected Pictish king named Brude McAlpin, who both helps and hinders
Daynin and Kruzurk in the rest of their adventures.
Assorted bad guys include Saxons, Caledonians and numerous other cutthroats
bent on capturing Daynin for the bounty put on his head and the bounty he
discovered at Blackgloom. Those bounties are the driving force behind all
of the chasing, combat and magical events that occur in the rest of the
book. And there is a LOT of that in this 445 page epic.
This book provides a wealth of historical detail which should set a new
standard for fantasy readers who want more than mere monsters and magic to
whet their imagination. Most romance readers, too, will find plenty of the
'spice' they seek, as will all those fantasy readers who are looking for a
cast of characters in the Conan vein.
Blackgloom is the first book in a five book series. Episode two, THE
REGENTS OF RHUM is in the works. Blackgloom is also being considered for a
movie option. The author is represented by the renowned NY agency, The
Literary Group International and Frank Weimann. Foreign rights inquiries
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"Taking place in Medieval Scotland, this tale of magic, adventure and love
really captured my attention..." -- Fantasybookspot.com, Febuary 2006
"This series opener...originated as an ebook...and is a good choice for
fans of epic-style sagas and Scottish history." -- Library Journal, March 15, 2006
"This terrific medieval fantasy...will elate readers for its fast-paced,
action-thrilled story line starring a strong cast."
-- Harriet Klausner, Amazon's #1 Ranked Reviewer!
"Two thumbs up for a colorful cast of characters, nonstop, rapid-fire
action and compelling storyline!" -- Nancy McCulloch, PRWEB Article, March 20, 2006
THE BLACKGLOOM BOUNTY is fantasy reading for all ages. Harry
Potter is great for younger kids, but when they grow out of it, I want my
books to be their next choice. I want them to be able to read a chapter,
then get online and Google a term or a phrase to learn more about the time
period. Yes, Blackgloom is fantasy. However, it's also a medieval epic with
lots of historical imagery, phrases and geographic locations to make the
storyline credible. In fact, a Hollywood producer recently said it was
like, "Braveheart meets Lord of the Rings."
Every reviewer thus far has lauded the book for the fast, unrelenting
action, interesting characters and multiple plot lines that all lead to a
dramatic (and apparently very satisfying) ending. That's important to
me--to know that people `get' the book--that they understand what motivates
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