Codex Rosmanicus: Twelve Tales of Enchantment Complied by Jaren the Traveller

Codex Rosmanicus: Twelve Tales of Enchantment Complied by Jaren the Traveller

by Bret James Stewart


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Codex Rosmanicus: Twelve Tales of Enchantment Compiled by Jaren the Traveller

The literature of the past fascinates the modern reader. Part of this fascination is the paradox of the time and distance that creates a sense of the alien while remaining relevant in the present. Such literature is both ancient and modern. Some of the most interesting examples of such work can be found in the codices, such as the Exeter Book, that are frequently compilations of anonymous older texts. Codex Rosmanicus ("The Book of Rosman"), as the title implies, is modelled after such works.

The codex is a collection of writings compiled by the fictitious narrator/compiler Jaren the Traveller, a retired bard. The corpus consists of twelve bardic tales. The lines between fiction and reality are nebulous as the book contains personages/settings from the real world as well as those that are fictitious/fantastical. No attempt has been made to separate the two, and the result is a work that could be real but isn't.

In keeping with the feel of an ancient compiled work, the codex contains a mixture of literary forms: poetry, a play (a dramatic tragedy), and short stories. Thematically, they can be divided into the genres of fantasy, dark fantasy, high fantasy, horror, supernatural, and/or magic realism.

This book is populated by the bizarre. A death knight, an Ice Maiden, and a collection of the denizens of faerie lurk within its pages. The text struggles with light and dark, wrong and right, and the sometimes obscure border between fantasy and reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781979491617
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/05/2017
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Bret James Stewart has been in love with fantasy since he was old enough to read.
He is an eclectic writer living in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, where he often indulges his passion for hiking. A Christian Druid, he is active in ministry and would like to praise God for imbuing man with creative imagination.
He is an avid Dungeons and Dragons player and life-long learner. He wears many hats-poet, playwright, author of both fiction and non-fiction, and game designer. He hopes you enjoy the companions' quest as much as he did.
Learn more about him at his websites: author's website. hiking review website for the most popular trails in Western North Carolina. classic fantasy role-playing game site.

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