The Plight of a People: Volume I
by J. W. Barlament
Here is an epic of countless centuries and bloody conflicts that rage through an ancient world of gods and beasts.
Split into three separate stories, each focusing on one man doing his best to fight through the many plights of the Roesanian people, this debut novel is a literary fantasy epic filled with the tales of three great wars. The veteran commander Solinus fights against a great horde of religious zealots to secure his position in a new land in Part I. In Part II, Emperor Aethon fights to keep both his power and his empire secured from the greedy hands of invaders and opportunists alike. Lastly, in Part III, the young King Eulasus begins a rebellion against a tyrannical regime to secure the freedom of the Roesanians once and for all. All three parts tell their own stories, but each one is deeply intertwined with the others to form one overall novel about the desperate struggle of one people to survive despite a myriad of tragedies being hurled at them.
A Word from the Author
No matter the time period in which they existed, the governments of the world have always been raised by those filled with ambition and taken ahold of by those filled with greed. To display the full extent of this and the relationship between the ruler and the ruled in ancient times, I have written this novel. It serves not only as my contribution of entertainment to the literary world, but also as the first of five books to examine the very nature of the institutions that rule over us all. It is but my view on the greatest and most pervasive of all human problems, and likely the greatest tragedy of our societies’ existence.
(J. W. Barlament, October 2017)
The Darkness Returns is the first book of the Lythinall epic fantasy series by Michael D. Nadeau.
An ancient evil is loosed upon the land of Lythinall and a young monk is swept up in a perilous journey across his homeland to try and stop it. A strange power awakens within him, bearing with it prophesy and danger, but he is not alone. He meets the legendary bard Karsis, and travels with the Princess of Everknight to realms that they have only dreamed of. Hidden forces watch them, with bated breath, as this evil could spell the end of everything
A Word from the Author
The Darkness Returns is my first foray into the literary world and it’s a little scary finally doing this . I’ve been reading fantasy/science fiction books and playing Roleplaying games for over thirty years and finally wanted to do something that combined the things I love. Writing and creating worlds/characters. I started in 2011 and got about halfway through when I had to stop to work a second job. We lost the house anyway and had to move in with the in-laws and it wasn’t until 2016 that I started writing again. I created the characters from different aspects of characters I have played over the years and wanted the book to be different than most common fantasy books. I decided on describing the antagonist first, with detail as he wasn’t just a shadow of evil, he was there, real and deadly so the readers know what’s coming before most of the heroes in the book do. I also cut out a lot of the travel descriptions. In the hundreds of books I’ve read over the years I’ve seen tons of description needlessly dragging on (three pages to detail the door they are looking at or the road they traveled on for days) So while it is descriptive, I also cut to other scenes when the heroes (or villains) aren’t really doing anything you need to know about. If something needs mentioning, I can bring it up later in conversation. I have only sold 19 books (and 1 ebook) since June but of the people that have finished it, I have only positive reviews. (including 1 on amazon and two on my facebook page for the book) The only fault is that I couldn’t afford an editor so the punctuation is off here and there. The style I have is different, switching POV with each character so that the reader gets a full gambit of how each character is seeing things or feeling about what is going on, and the whole story is blended with rich sarcasm and antics. I am currently writing book 2 (35k words so far) and have plans for the third book, plus another trilogy set before this series as well as more books set after these books.
(Michael D. Nadeau, August 2017)
The Crown of Yensupov is the third book of The Neuyokkasinian Arc of Empire epic fantasy series by C. Craig Coleman.
At a crucial crossroads in their ongoing quest, Saxthor and his troupe must cross Dreaddrac right under the Dark Lord’s nose! They know if they’re discovered, they’ll have little chance of surviving. The Dark Lord does discover them. He correctly perceives Saxthor and his allies, to be the greatest threat to his coming domination of the world. With his sorcery spinning its darkest web, he releases numerous, if discrete, forces to destroy them in their tracks. But, the race is on… and there are still those crystals to retrieve in the race back to Neuyokkasin.
A Word from the Author
The Dark Lord discovers the real future challenge to his conquest of Powteros. The race is on to seize Saxthor and the jewels before he can return to his kingdom and activate the crown. Under the constant threat of annihilation, intense relationships develop. Political complications and social stress arise. Saxthor matures in his responsibility to confront life’s brutality. Rich or poor, we all face hurdles in life. Success or failure is determined not by money or position, but by how we resolve those challenges and move forward.
(C. Craig Coleman, March 2017)
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Other Books in the Same Series
The Neuyokkasian arc of Empire Series
Book 1 – The Dragon Ring
Book 2 – The Crystal Legacy