Born in 1965, the author grew up on a working cattle ranch in the desert thirty miles from Wickenburg, Arizona, which at that time was exactly the middle of nowhere. Work, cactus and heat were plentiful, forms of recreation were not. The TV got two channels when it wanted to, and only in the evening after someone hand cranked the balky diesel generator to life. All of which meant that his primary form of escape was reading. At 18 he escaped to Tucson where he attended the University of Arizona. A number of fruitless attempts at productive majors followed, none of which stuck. Discovering he liked writing, the author tried journalism two separate times, but had to drop it when he realized that he had no intention of conducting interviews with actual people but preferred simply making them up. After graduating with a degree in Creative Writing in 1989, he backpacked Europe with a friend and caught the travel bug. With no meaningful job prospects, he hitchhiked around the U.S. for a while then went back to school to learn to be a high school English teacher. He got a teaching job right out of school in the middle of the year. The job lasted exactly one semester, or until he received his summer pay and realized he actually had money to continue backpacking. The next stop was Australia, where he hoped to spend six months, working wherever he could, then a few months in New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands. However, his plans changed irrevocably when he met a lovely Swiss woman, Claudia, in Alice Springs. Undoubtedly swept away by his lack of a job or real future, she agreed to allow him to follow her back to Switzerland where, a few months later, she gave up her job to continue traveling with him. Over the next couple years they backpacked the U.S., Eastern Europe and Australia/New Zealand, before marrying and settling in the mountains of Colorado, in a small town called Salida. In Colorado they starved and froze, started their own electronics business, and had a couple of sons, Dylan and Daniel. In 2005 they shut the business down and moved back to Tucson. The author is currently working on finishing The Devastation Wars fantasy series and attending graduate school.
Guardians Watch (The Devastation Wars III)by Eric T Knight
Their homeland destroyed and their god dead, the Takare flee to the lowlands. The fiercest warriors Atria has ever known have once again taken up arms, seeking
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Melekath reaches through the cracks in his prison and his poison spreads. Two of the old gods who warred against him are already dead and the others have hidden. Kasai raises an army in his name.
Their homeland destroyed and their god dead, the Takare flee to the lowlands. The fiercest warriors Atria has ever known have once again taken up arms, seeking revenge on the burned ones. But they have drawn Kasai’s attention and if they do not listen to Shakre they will be exterminated.
Meanwhile, in Qarath, Rome learns that Kasai’s army is close to marching. His only chance is a desperate, forced march to catch Kasai’s army in the one spot where his army has a chance against overwhelming odds. But it won’t be enough to be there first. He needs Quyloc to go to the shadow world of the Pente Akka to finish the rendspear, not knowing that a hunter is waiting for Quyloc this time. Now it is up to Rome to save his old friend before the hunter drains him and traps him in the Pente Akka forever.
When Netra was attacked by the eloti on the Plateau, Shorn saw his chance for an honorable death and release from the guilt that clouds his life. But she saved his life and now he is bound to her by a debt he can never repay. He follows her south as she seeks to return to her family. Slowly Shorn begins to see in Netra a cause he can believe in, and perhaps a chance to redeem himself. But death has come to her family and Netra spirals into despair. What she does next will determine the fate of all life.
As the final battle against Kasai’s army looms, none realize how much of their fate is in the hands of one desperate young woman and the decisions she makes.
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