The Tales of Reagul is the story of the sorcerer Sarbonn who is chosen by the "gods" to act as their representative and the planet's protector.
During the dawn of the Roman Empire, a segment of the population is transplanted onto another planet as part of an alien sociological experiment. This planet, Reagul, develops a new history as its people slowly begin to realize they will never return home again.
Sarbonn, gifted with the science of the aliens ("the gods"), discovers they have been abandoned by the aliens, leaving them to forge their own destiny in a lonely corner of the stars.
The first book involves their colonization of this new world, their struggles with survival, greed and the realization that they are not alone. Previous civilizations have been transplanted to this planet before them. And Sarbonn discovers he's not the first sorcerer, and that the previous ones may not be all that welcoming to the new inhabitants.
About the Author
Possibly the greatest translator to ever live, Duane Gundrum can speak 35 words of at least two different languages fluently. When sober, he can walk a straight line and not fall down once. Well, once, but he still thinks he was tripped. Always fascinated by the Greek Trojans, he wonders why they couldn't have gone with a different name instead of stealing USC's mascot for their own. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but don't tell anyone. You know that whole restraining order thing....
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I began this book I was not sure what to expect. The prologue begins with an older man talking to two young boys one evening and moves from there to the story that led the old man and the two boys to be together – the wizard and his students. The story is about a diverse group of people in an area near Rome that encounter a set of difficult circumstances wherever they are at the time of “The Happening” and then find themselves swept to another planet and forced to make lives for themselves. The story tells of difficulties, alliances, friendships, fighting, gods and goddesses, wizards, dragons, coping mechanisms, good and evil and more. At first I had trouble differentiating one group or person from another because there were no definite demarcations to separate one section of the story from the next within any given chapter BUT as I got to know the characters better I had less trouble with this. This is a story that is more than fantasy or science fiction. It provides something to think about when contemplating the “why” of existence, the inexplicable, what is natural and also deals with relationships and other things. I received this as a gift from the LibraryThing member Giveaway program.