In a world where justice is achieved through careful customs of vengeance, Gundack pursues love and the preservation of his honor.
The desert kren are a nomadic people who believe their customs and mythology show them how to be honorable and thrive. Gundack, a trader and leader of the tribe, seeks revenge for the murder of his wife Talla in the prescribed manner of his people. According to kren custom, he must fulfill a vow of decreed vengeance against Tarr, the ruthless mountain kren responsible for Talla's murder, and complete a pilgrimage to gain the right to marry the fair Eutoebi.
Gundack forms an unlikely alliance with the human Rheemar, who searches for a beloved sister stolen by Tarr. Rheemar's mysterious past holds many secrets, including knowledge that could lead to the end of Tarr's attacks on travellers and villagers and allow Gundack to return to his tribe in time for the Day of Marriages. But Rheemar is often blinded by loyalties that he won't reveal and ambitions that reflect a naive understanding of heroism.
As time grows short and some vows are satisfied, circumstances thrust Gundack into escalating tribal tensions. Only then does he realize that he must confront the oldest of kren beliefs: If vengeance swallows the land, Tharda shall bring a white light to give strength to the least of us, and unbelievers will make heroes arise. But can the least worthy prove themselves to be heroes, and the most worthy at least heroic?
Laurel Anne Hill has written a modern parable about timeless ideals: The pursuit of honor and justice, and the right to love and family. In an era when definitions of terrorism and heroism can seem fickle andwhere honor may be capricious, this debut author gives readers a story of great insight and inspiration.
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About the Author
Laurel's close brushes with death, love of family, respect for honor and belief in a higher power influence her writing and life. She is currently at work on a novel set in early California. She also hopes to write again about Gundack, Rheemar, and the desert kren of Thard.
What People are Saying About This
"Heroes Arise provides a fascinating journey into an alien culture, one more open and honorable than our own-although like ours in its capacity for violence. As I read, I was reminded of classic tales by Leigh Brackett and C. L. Moore, yet the story has a modern sensibility and depth of characterization. A promising debut for Laurel Anne Hill."--(Madeline Howard, Author of The Hidden Star)
"A richly detailed world, fascinating characters, and a stirring quest all make for an auspicious debut from and exciting new talent."--(Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids)
"I adore this book . . . Hill has a gritty, vibrant writing style that cuts its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life. I heartily recommend Heroes Arise."--(Laura LeHew, Award-winning poet)
"In Heroes Arise, Hill has created a rich, fully-realized fantasy world with a wonderfully textured background-mythology, history, tribal customs-and then stripped it of all pretense to give the reader a sleek, fast-paced adventure story."--(Michael D. Pederson, Publisher/Editor, Nth Degree)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Laurel Anne Hill's language is both exquisite and sharp. In HEROES ARISE, she transported me to distant time, space, and culture, yet the emotional impact hit home. A gripping adventure with a twist." Teresa LeYung Ryan, author of Love Made of Heart http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/