Rendaraia is a realm where nature, magic, and civilization have long lived in harmony. Its five Great Nations stood for centuries as strongholds of culture, magic, science, and military strength. When, one by one, the Nations falleach destroyed in a day, with no time for word or warningthe intrepid scholar Jan’Ka’Zian sets out to record a complex network of intertwined cultures on the edge of oblivion. From mighty airships powered by bioluminescent microorganisms to a city of gleaming towers built around colossal trees, the Great Nations of Rendaraia are rendered as part of a fully realized fantasy world as complex and inventive as those of Tolkien and Lewis. Jayel Draco’s gorgeous illustrations present a vivid picture of elaborate cityscapes and mountain vistas, vast sky- and seafaring fleets, and fantastic flora and fauna.
While epic in its own right, Jan’Ka’Zian’s tragic story is just one small thread in a larger universe of Children of Gaia, in which the destruction of the Great Nations is an early sign that Rendaraia is under attack from brutal and mysterious invaders from a land called Terra, an imperial society driven by its own rapacious needs and the demands of its politically divided home. As war rages, hundreds of cultures of wildly varying technologies, traditions, and species fight to preserve their way of life. But Rendaraia and Terra are linked more deeply than anyone had ever imagined...
About the Author
Jayel Draco is a multimedia visual artist from New York City. The world of Children of Gaia (COG) is the result of his decades-long collaboration with fellow artist Chris Covelli, which began shortly after they first met in seventh-grade social studies class in 1994. Since then, the desire to bring COG to life has guided his career as an artist, fueling his dedication to honing his creative skills. In 2003, he earned his BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, later branching out into animation, costume and prop design, photomanipulation, motion graphics, and VFX. During his time as a freelance artist, Jayel’s fashion designs have been featured at trade shows including Project and Pool, and his animation work has appeared in Marvel’s Astonishing X-Men at MarvelFest New York City and in Wagner’s Die Walküre at the New York Metropolitan Opera. For several years he worked under the close tutelage of renowned comic book artist Neal Adams. In 2014, Jayel teamed up with writer Lynsey G to found Oneshi Press, an independent publishing company dedicated to bringing immersive graphic storytelling projects to life. Today, Jayel lives and works in Missoula, Montana, where he can generally be found living in harmony with the wildlife, enjoying a beer from a local microbrew, and immersed in his artwork.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite The Great Nations of Rendaraia is a scholastic account of the five great nations and their mysterious downfall. The first part briefly documents the history of Arilyness, Lithicus, Mithera, Danrock, and Noda. Each of these nations concentrates on a particular field of learning, from the spiritual knowledge of Mithera, to the architects of Danrock. This specialisation is only possible due to the Hodgeskeen, a nomadic nation that ties the five together through the trade opportunities and transport their air ships provide. One day the Hodgeskeen arrive at the capital of Mithera and find it in ruins, with no survivors and no clues as to who or what toppled the nation. The Great Nations fall one after the other, but nobody knows how until it’s too late. This book is a visual feast filled with detailed maps and stunning illustrations by author Jayel Draco. The narrative focuses more on the culture and origins of the great nations than the story of what happened to them, but this fits the book’s presentation as a scholar’s effort to preserve history. I love that the author included homosexual relationships and non-binary gendered characters. Rendaraia is one of the most fantastical worlds I’ve ever encountered. The only drawback I found is that the names of people and places are a little difficult to remember. The Great Nations of Rendaraia is the sort of book you tuck away with the most treasured novels in your library, removing it from the shelf every now and then simply to admire it.