Fantasy & Sci-Fi Fans: I actually would rather have people enjoy my stories than make money. That is why I write. Therefore, you can get "The High Duties of Pacia," "A Princess of Fae," and "Jesika's Angel" all for 'reader sets the price.' Naturally, I would love reviews but you have no obligation to write one if you don't want to. - When he was a child, Bob Craton’s teachers often remarked (not always favorably) about his day-dreaming. He spent much of his time lost in his own imagination, often creating elaborate elementary school tall-tales, and the habit never went away as he grew up. Coming of age in the 1960s filled his head with dreams of saving the world and having a career in academia. Then the real world closed in. With a family to support, he took a job at the corporate grindstone, just temporarily until he could get back to grad school and earn the PhD he desired. Somehow ‘temporarily’ turned into thirty-three years of stress and boredom but he kept entertaining himself by creating stories inside his head. Interestingly (well, he hopes it’s interesting anyway), his best ideas came to him while he was stuck in rush-hour traffic during his daily commute. At age fifty-seven, he retired early (a euphemism for ‘got laid off) and had time to put his tales on ‘paper’ (an ancient product now replaced by digital electronics). The ideas in his head were all visual, like scenes from a movie, and as he began writing, he learned to translate visual into verbal and improve his skills. Or at least, that’s what he says. He admits that sometimes minor characters – or some who weren’t included in the original plan at all – demand attention. Frequently, he agrees with them and expands their roles. Many people believe he is bonkers for believing that fictional characters talk to him, but he calls it creativity and remains unrepentant.
And the Young Shall Lead You Home: Part III of The High Duties of Paciaby Bob Craton
This is volume III of a trilogy. Those who have already read parts I and II know where the plot now stands, but those who haven’t will find this volume confusing.• **For millennia, the gentle people of Pàçia relied on those who filled the positions of High Duty to guide them on the path to harmony and tranquility. Ages ago, seven High Duties
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This is volume III of a trilogy. Those who have already read parts I and II know where the plot now stands, but those who haven’t will find this volume confusing.• **For millennia, the gentle people of Pàçia relied on those who filled the positions of High Duty to guide them on the path to harmony and tranquility. Ages ago, seven High Duties were known but now only three still exist: the High Protector, a person whose persuasiveness was vital to keeping the peace; the Benevola, a woman who cared for and comforted the people; and the Keeper, a man who protected all from danger. Knowledge of the other four Duties was lost before recorded history began. Then twelve years ago, disaster struck. An army led by powerful mysterious men called the Zafiri attacked the beautiful city Abbelôn in the center of Pàçia. The High Protector and Benevola died trying to save their people, and the Keeper was severely injured and lost all of his memory.
Now four remarkable people are united. Breyon, the Keeper, recovers his tragic memories and resumes his Duty. Two youngsters join him, and despite their youth, they are clearly meant to fulfill two of the Duties. When Alisánder was born, everyone realized he was destined to be the next High Protector, something which had never happened before. Many believe Caelia is a legendary heroine reborn in a time of crisis; she is the only possible choice to become the Benevola. Most important of all is Graice, the young woman whose power to use 'effect' exceeds any ever known. When found as a newborn, the only survivor of a shipwreck, she wore just an amulet around her neck. Now her strength, ability, and that amulet reveal her true identity. She is the Pacifica, one of the lost High Duties and the most important of them all.
All across the land, Pàçian exiles awake with a compulsion to return home. These refugees fled their homeland after the fall of Abbelôn and have lived in exile scattered almost everywhere. They begin seemingly hopeless journeys, helped by strangers. Destiny awaits them on the High Road to Abbelôn.
Elsewhere, war comes to Anglio, a small city populated with ordinary people. Aided by new ‘inventions’ created by two master arms-builders, the Anglions defy the odds and fend off an attack by the massive Zafiri army. In Zigor, the leaders of the Zafiri continue to scheme against each other. Their mistrust and hostility distract their attention from the prosecution of their war; but we know they have a terrible plan for Abbelôn.
Deep in the caverns of Annâles-Scientia, researchers have activated a device left behind by the Anziên people, a civilization which reached unimaginable levels of achievement until it crashed 3,500 years earlier. Called the Conspectus Crystal, this device spews out data at a phenomenal rate, but most of it is incomprehensible despite efforts to decipher it by Escol (Caelia’s father) and others. When they stumble across a way to make the Crystal itself translate the Anziên language into modern speech, their success rate increases exponentially. Escol finds the secret of the dreaded Énigmàtta Gate, a door sealed shut during Anziên days which has been the source of terrifying folklore ever since. Something behind it can help them, he realizes – something which will increase the strength of the High Duties.
Graice, Alisánder, Caelia, and Breyon must ride to Abbelôn and compel the Zafiri and their minions to leave; but they must abide by the traditions of Pàçia and their own deeply held beliefs. They cannot use force or violence against anyone, not even the Zafiri. The Four still believe that if they free Abbelôn they will save the entire world. It’s true – and they do.
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I took a bit of a break before I read this final installment in Bob Craton's The High Duties of Pacia Trilogy, but I had absolutely no problem getting back into the story. The author does a good job of reminding the reader of past events, so that at no point did I have to stop and think back on the background of a particular development. Since this is the conclusion of the story started in part 1 of the trilogy, I really don't want to give away any spoilers. Let me just say the the ending was incredibly satisfying and brought together all the different threads of this multi-point-of-view story. The characters all exhibited logical and satisfying change and growth, and right now I feel as though I really got to know some new people, not just fictional characters. As I've said in my reviews of the previous books in the trilogy, the world is impeccably constructed and very well described. I did not have a single instance of being taken out of the story because of over-description, or too little of it. All in all, I would highly recommend this trilogy to all fans of the epic fantasy genre. And due to the way this story is laid out and presented, I'm sure that even those new to reading fantasy will find this a very enjoyable tale.