Most high school grads hold a world of opportunity in their hands. Will and Morgan hold the fate of two worlds.
Since his mother’s tragic accident, Will has been a loner. And for good reason: he claims to see strange creatures emerging from the forest near his home. Ostracism is a way of life until he meets Morgan, a fencing champion with everything going for her—except a dark family secret.
In pursuit of answers, these unlikely friends enter the forest and discover a magical kingdom threatened by a powerful enemy. When a young sage reveals their true identities, Will and Morgan join a small but courageous resistance on a quest to save the Fourwinds.
Can friendship and hope stop the swelling tide of destruction from breaching the portal into our world?
Across the Fourwinds is the first book of the Maidstone Chronicles, a page-turning YA fantasy series. If you enjoy escaping to magical worlds, swashbuckling action, and homespun heroes, you’re in for an exciting adventure with this epic tale by Shane Trusz and Darryl Frayne.
Buy a copy today and start your journey…Across the Fourwinds.
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About the Author
For as long as I can remember, I've had the soul of a gypsy. Having lived in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, and Haiti, I seem most comfortable when there's change brewing on the horizon. My adventure into the world of writing began just as my life was coming to an end, or at least it seemed that way for a time. When I was 15, I was diagnosed with Recurrent Idiopathic Pericarditis. Overnight, I went from a typical teenager with great parents, growing up in Cochrane—snowboarding, mountain biking, and playing any sport with a ball—to being laid up in bed for weeks at a time in terrible pain. Living in the deep north, we were 8 hours away from an MRI machine and for a while, things didn't look so good as doctors struggled to figure out what was happening, and why. The pericarditis would come back a few times a year throughout my teenage years and for a while, I lost my way. I remember being rushed via air ambulance to Toronto and my Ante Linda had sent along a book for me, The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks. I wasn't a reader back then, and when I finally succumbed to the boredom (imagine being in a bed for weeks in a world before the Internet), I finally cracked the cover and my world was forever changed. Life doesn't always end up the way we think it should, but isn't that part of the ride? Hard lessons are sometimes necessary to prepare us for the next big adventure as we journey towards leaving this world a little better off than when we arrived. After finishing the original Shannara Trilogy, I started writing. I can't remember when exactly I started, but I do remember having a plethora of ideas as I tended to do a lot of daydreaming, especially in school. I spent years writing books that will never see the light of day as I cut my teeth learning this new craft. To this day, if I don't get my ideas down on paper regularly, I feel out-of-sorts. My greatest challenge as a writer stemmed from the fact that I loved to write massive stories, and conversely, struggled to no end with the countless tiny details of flushing out something great. Shortly after moving back to Canada from Haiti, I reconnected with an old friend, Darryl Frayne. I knew Darryl was just about the complete opposite of me, in that he loves to mine the gems found beneath the extra words that don't belong on the page. He works down in the weeds, pruning and clipping and shredding and planting and changing the paths as required to develop great story. The magic that unfolded was...well, I suppose you can be the judge. In the in-betweens, I married my high school crush back in 1998. Joy has added all manner of color to my life and to this day, makes life an absolute thrill ride. When our son came along in 2004, well, I love viewing the world through his animated features and cannot wait to see how he is going to leave the world better off than when he arrived.
I was born in Ontario, Canada and have lived in various places in Ontario as well as brief stints as a post-secondary student in Wisconsin, Missouri, and British Columbia. After university, I married my best friend and we settled in Langley, BC. I never imagined we would stay in Langley for long, but here we are, decades later. And I love it. I've worked in the graphics industry since university to help pay the bills and raise two amazing sons. But my love of research and writing has never faded. It led me to pursue an M.A. at Regent College in Vancouver (2007) and to write numerous articles online. As far as I can remember, my journey into writing began when I was about 11 or 12 years old. I had always enjoyed stories, so I experimented with some comic-book style writing. I would draw my characters in small boxes, complete with talking bubbles for dialogue! My favorite books growing up include The Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings. As an adult, some of my favorite fiction writers include Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, and more recently, Michael J. Sullivan. I also have an affinity for YA stories with believable, endearing characters created by authors like J.K. Rowling, Kate DiCamillo, Rick Riordan, and Suzanne Collins. I could list so many others; there are far too many wonderful stories to read! I am grateful for my timely meeting, subsequent friendship, and working relationship with Shane Trusz. He has a great gift for storytelling, conceiving grand adventures, and passionately spreading the word about our books. Although we are different in many ways, I am constantly surprised at—and thankful for—the way our gifts unite to form unique, enjoyable stories.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite In The Maidstone Chronicles Book One: Across the Fourwinds by Shane Trusz and Darryl Frayne, readers are introduced to Will Owens, a teenager with a strange gift of seeing dark creatures emerging from the Arden Forest, which is near his house at #25 Nineteenth Avenue where his parents once lived. He first starts noticing these creatures after his mother’s death and he tries searching the internet to identify these humanoid creatures. He names them Lessers and, just like the mystery of the Lessers, his dreams also baffle him. People in the town of Cochrane avoid him and think he is a lunatic, especially after his stint at the psychiatric facility in North Bay. Ostracized by everyone, Will Owens has become a recluse, but he finds a friend in Morgan Finley. Together they venture into the Arden Forest where they enter the magical realm of the Fourwinds to discover that an evil in the Maidstone Tower is threatening to destroy not only Fourwinds, but also the town of Cochrane! It is a compelling story of friendship, courage, and faith and will keep readers glued to the pages until the very end. The authors weave a story of mystery and fantasy with memorable scenes and characters that will remain etched in the memories of readers. Be it Callum Sage, Will Owens, Morgan Finley, Bremer, or the Lessers; every character in the story is strong and they complement the plot nicely. The elements of darkness, mystery and curiosity that linger in the plot as the story progresses make it an entertaining read. The detailed descriptions make the story vivid and I cannot wait to read Book Two!
I finished the book! What started as a bathtub reading, migrated to the kitchen table and living room couch, as I couldn't put it down. And I don't read fantasy! (Okay, I did read the Hobbit years ago.) But I just never got into any of the many authors of fantasy literature. But the characters caught me, plus the action, the descriptions and the plot! I am now holding my breath until book two comes out. . . . . gasp! Okay, not a good idea. Keep up the great work!!!