To Walk a Darkened Path: The Chronicles of the Shadow Circle, Book 1

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Time passed in relative prosperity of the frontier regions. With few if any real indications of the passing of time. Alas though there were changes that went almost unnoticed. First the druids slowly faded from prominence in society. There were even rumors of a division in their ranks called the shadow circle. A circle of druids who wanted to retain control and status in society or took a stance on a more militant attitude towards the populace and its abuses of nature. They remained just a secretive rumor about ...
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Overview

Time passed in relative prosperity of the frontier regions. With few if any real indications of the passing of time. Alas though there were changes that went almost unnoticed. First the druids slowly faded from prominence in society. There were even rumors of a division in their ranks called the shadow circle. A circle of druids who wanted to retain control and status in society or took a stance on a more militant attitude towards the populace and its abuses of nature. They remained just a secretive rumor about the elusive druids. Now word of an artifact which could achieve their ideals comes to light. The magical circle stones if reassembled would give them this power. They are not the only ones seeking this artifact and its reassembly.
It is on this path that five unlikely adventures would be set. Talasine the druid, a secretive priest of nature. Raveena a sorceress, of fiery hair and demeanor. Raven a swords man, and mysterious mentor. Khonnar the Danean, a youth of fair hair and boisterous youthful attitude. And finally Mahlvakar the ranger, of dark hair and travel wonder. They are a force of nature to be reckoned with, but which force will they side with good or evil. Each side is betting on their good auspices... one will be disappointed.
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Ward and Carver's meandering first installment of a fantasy series includes a large ensemble of warriors and magical animals. The debut co-authors' novel follows a group of adventurers as they seek an ancient magical artifact--the so-called Staff of Amathon--necessary to locate the Circle Stones, which together create Hierophant's Circle. In the distant past, a mysterious entity destroyed the Circle, a font of great power. In order for the group to restore it, they must locate its missing stones. The company includes Raveena, the de facto leader and a skilled fighter capable of casting spells; Raven, a one-eyed warrior, who, like Raveena, is of the Mershai race; the druid and shape-shifter Talasine; and Khonnar, a young, impetuous soldier keen to win glory in battle. The similarity of many characters' names and the sheer number of animal companions the group totes along with it--a veritable menagerie of warhorses, wolves and drakes (small dragons that have an empathic connection with their owners)--may strain readers' memories. Along the way, the heroes meet with any number of travelers and undertake what might be deemed "mini-quests"--clearing a village of the undead, for example. The tale resembles a video game, where the combatant must complete a number of tasks in service of the larger goal. This structure, however, results in a rather stilted read with little urgency. In addition, the narrative focus shifts confusingly: "Talasine sat quietly drinking in every word from her lips. He is listening intently to my every word." The text abounds with basic errors--"Oh, your hurt!"--and missing commas. An action-packed but somewhat muddled tale.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468057935
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/9/2013
  • Pages: 550
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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About the Authors

Martin Carver attended Salisbury university spent time in the Marine Corps. He is a 2nd degree Black belt in Kenpo Karate. He and co author Bruce Ward are avid role playing gamers. He currently works for the Delaware Department of Correction.

Bruce Ward has been a bouncer, heavy machine operator, and truck driver. He has been gaming for thirty years. He decided to challenge his players by changing the rules to challenge his players. This challenge literally gave rise to this world, and why a certain other author will no longer get his hands on royal seals.

We both hope you enjoy this world as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.

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