The Sword Of Magnaby Chris Hattingh
The Sword of Magna is an epic fantasy tale that takes place during the Second Age of Magnatus, an earthlike planet in a distant solar system. The story starts out with the hero, Chryslan, searching for his incorrigible pet whipple, Barkly. In his search, the young dwelfling inadvertently stumbles across the golden tip of an
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THE SWORD OF MAGNA
The Sword of Magna is an epic fantasy tale that takes place during the Second Age of Magnatus, an earthlike planet in a distant solar system. The story starts out with the hero, Chryslan, searching for his incorrigible pet whipple, Barkly. In his search, the young dwelfling inadvertently stumbles across the golden tip of an ancient sylvanian sword, complete with exquisite engravings. This discovery would attract some unwanted attention, and come to change his life forever. He is unwittingly drawn in to a sinister plot by the dagons to seize Axphalia for their own.
Along the way he loses his pet whipple, two of his childhood friends, his edelite slave, three of his father’s four treadlings, and a great number of his new acquaintances. In the course of his travels he befriends a few of the orchnids, and meets the forest nymphs, the dagons, the felonians, two of the mirror people, and one of the swamp folk. He is captured and tortured by the brutal dagons who leave him for dead, attacked by a fearsome sea serpent on the Eternal Lake, and swept away by a mighty subterranean river. He is also the one who at last must wield the reforged sword and stand face to face with the mighty Ildecor at the climax of the story, as foretold by a prophecy written in the ancient lore books.
The Sword Of Magna is also a tale of unrequited love. Chryslan falls for Heidi, an orchnid girl who he meets in Gracefield after someone steals his sword tip. All the way through his struggles he is sustained by the thought of her, but when he returns to her side after defeating the invaders, she tells him that she is in love with someone else, and that they are soon to be married.
At the end of the story, the Third Age of Magnatus commences, heralding a season of peace and prosperity.
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This unique story, which reminds one of J.R. R. Tolkien, is about a young dwelfling who lives in the small treetop village of Oakfield. The life there is simple, and none of the inhabitants venture very far away from home, except for the bi-weekly trip to the market. The young dwelfling’s name is Chryslan, who early one morning stumbles across the golden tip of an ancient sylvanian sword. He does not know that it is the tip of the sword of Magna or even that it has special powers. He only knows that it is very old and valuable. After making the mistake of showing off his find at the local market, the sword tip is stolen from his shoulder bag the very same night, as he sleeps. While at the market, he heard a report of two orchnid girls who had found the hilt of a similar sword. With his father’s blessing he and some friends set off the next morning in search of his missing sword tip (along with four of his father’s talking treadlings - which on Earth could pass for giant horses, except for the single bright red eye which shines from the center of their foreheads at night). With his pet whipple tagging along he starts on his epic adventure, where he meets and befriends many of the strange and mystical creatures who inhabit Magnatus. Accompanied by his friends, Chryslan goes from the hunter to the hunted as evil forces seek him out. Can he find the missing pieces of the sword before all of Axphalia is completely devoured by these evil forces? Riding along with Chryslan is a real adventure to be enjoyed. A must read for those who love great fantasy adventure. Richard Nance, author of The Hidden World Chronicles.
I am so glad that I had the chance to review Chris' book, The Sword Of Magna. Not only did it fascinate me from page one, but it kept me interested till the very end. Chris has a very effective writing style that creates the perfect balance between traditional and modern story writing. His wording is brilliant as well, and you don't need to read this book with a dictionary beside you. The story begins with the discovery of two mysterious artifacts - the hilt and tip of a golden sword. When both pieces of the sword suddenly get stolen (in two separate incidents), it's up to Chryslan and his friends to find them again. Their quest draws them unsuspectingly into a sinister plot by the ruthless dagons to seize Axphalia for their own. The forest nymphs tell Chryslan of an ancient prophecy about a young dwelfling man who is supposed to wield the magical Sword Of Magna and defeat the treacherous dagons, but first he must find the two missing pieces and reforge the sword. Along the way he nearly drowns in the mighty Disappearing River, gets attacked by a fearsome sea serpent, gets taken captive by the brutal dagons and finally must face the terrifying Ildecor with the white-hot, freshly reforged sword burning his hand. I have to add though, while this book had me enthralled in its fantasy, there are some indications of romance as well. The love story within this book unfolds during Chryslan's journey when he meets Heidi, a beautiful young orchnid girl. She steals his heart from the start, but will he be able to express his feelings to her in time? Or does fate have something different in mind when it comes to love? If you're a fan of Lord of the Rings, this book will definitely be worth your time. It's an epic fantasy with lots of surprises and unexpected twists. Packed with adventure, fun, suspense and unusual creatures, this book will take you to another world where fantasy has no boundaries and every day's dull reality doesn't exist.