Cerah Passel, a beautiful sixteen-year-old girl, wants to dance and flirt with the young suitors vying for her hand. Instead, she must leave behind everything she knows to save her world from the greatest evil that it has ever seen.
Cerah, (pronounced Sara) is the middle child of a family of ten siblings, raised in poverty. In spite of their poor upbringing, the Passel's have learned to carve out a living for themselves, and Cerah found happiness in the nights she spent dancing until the wee hours with young men who come from several neighborhoods, just for the opportunity to spend a few moments with her.
All that changed on her fifteenth birthday, when her father sent her to be the keeper of her family's pod of agorrah, a large bovine animal with an odor so foul that they must be kept far from populated areas. A Dark Clock opens with her mourning her fate, as she settles in for another lonely night on the distant mountain side, from which she watches sadly the lights of her city being lit.
The journey Cerah must take brings her from her city to the island home of the wizard race, (thought almost universally to be mythological), and then to the frozen Antarctic region of Quadar, where Surok has been magically bound for a thousand years in an icy lair.
About the Author
He returned to New York City to attend Fordham University (having been told it was a basketball powerhouse) before transferring to the State University of New York at Potsdam (having been told it was located in the tropics), from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History.
Varengo loves to read (favorite authors include Craig A. Hart, Erik Therme, M.L. Williams and an up-and-comer named Ernie Heming-something-or-other), listen to music (when he writes, it's usually jazz - the rest of the time it's Tazmanian flute concertos), and walk along forested trails with his wife Kim and their dog Tanner. He lives in Baldwinsville, NY, a suburb of Syracuse, known for its picturesque setting and its friendly people. (Don't ask anyone there about him though. They have been instructed to disavow any knowledge of his activities). He has two adult children (again - the whole disavowing thing... so don't even try asking THEM).
To date, he has published two books, Welcome Home, a collection of short fiction, and A Dark Clock, the first book in the fantasy series The Tale of Cerah of Quadar.