“Revelations of a Secret Brotherhood” is the second part of the twelve-part “Obsidian Fire” serial, a superhero style adventure that is heavily inspired (admittedly on the verge of plagiarism at times) by the Arthurian legend of the Sword in the Stone.
The saga is told almost entirely from the point of view of a reluctant sidekick, who must watch as somebody else gets thrust into the role of the hero. Together, the two join forces with the members of an ancient Brotherhood to battle a threat the likes of which the world hasn’t seen since medieval times.
The second episode picks up where the first one left off, with Dirk trying to convince the reluctant head of the Obsidian Brotherhood that he is worthy of the Flaming Sword that he initially rejected. But, the Grand Master isn’t the only one trying to keep the Sword away from the new Flaming Knight. Forces nobody quite understands are determined to take the mystical blade away from Dirk before he even figures out how to use it, and they just might succeed.
For his part, Mark is feeling a little overwhelmed and learning the full meaning of the term “be careful what you wish for”. Unable to go back to the life they’d left behind before going to Scotland to seek out the Sword, Mark and Dirk have no choice but to rely on the mysterious ancient Brotherhood that, even as it reveals some of its secrets, is no easier to trust, let alone understand.
About the Author
Writer and watercolour artist Dwayne James lives in Peterborough, Ontario where he writes and paints as often as he can, that is when he's not spending time with his young daughter, toddler twin boys, and wife Sarah. Dwayne studied archaeology in University, and as a result learned how to write creatively. "The most important skill I learned in University," he says, "was the ability to pretentiously write about myself in the third person." With no formal art training, Dwayne has always preferred the self-guided, experimental approach. In fact, he taught himself how to illustrate archaeological artifacts while completing his Master's degree at Trent University. Said his thesis supervisor at the time: "There might not be much in the way of coherent theoretical content in Dwayne's thesis, but damn, it looks pretty!" After spending close to a decade as a technical communicator at IBM, Dwayne opted to look at their Jan 2009 decision to downsize him as an opportunity to become a stay-at-home Dad for his young twins, and pursue his painting and creative writing whenever they allow him to do so. It is a decision that continues to make him giggle with wild abandon to this very day.
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I read the first one.... Loved it!