Truth Unearthed

Truth Unearthed

by Eric Sparks

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Almost three thousand years ago, Bälech, The One, united all the Men of Lugon under his benevolent and powerful rule, and thus The Dawn, his global empire, was founded. Arun and Baran are best friends and Academy roommates from the opposite ends of The Dawn's social spectrum. Born a Yeoman, Arun is set to graduate and become a Keeper of the Chronicle. Baran, his roommate and a favored son of the Court, picked the chronicling specialization to breeze into the military, hoping to join the Wardens – the elite fighting force and personal guard for the Sons of Bälech for 2700 years. To graduate, they must complete a task showing mastery of their subject, and Arun chose to search for artifacts in The Dawn's birthplace, The Ruins of Lacris. But some know of forgotten secrets that they wish to remain forever buried in obscurity. Much to their surprise, an old Warden is assigned to be their guide and protector. The two friends soon find themselves in the crossfire of a war they knew little about, with both sides having designs on their fate. In discovering a new world, these two friends must fight to keep, or perhaps discover, their own destiny when all others seek to manipulate them for their own ends, whether well-intentioned or not.

Athaz, with the blessing of his wife Lilleth, joined the military to escape the poverty of the Yeomanry. Originally a foot soldier meant to die on the front lines, his prowess kept him alive and earned the respect even of the officers. Athaz had a moment of wavering faith to his empire as a young man, only to unexpectedly be promoted to becoming a Warden. Though his body is no longer capable of showing age, his heart grew weary of the evils demanded of him long ago – orders he dared not disobey lest his family be destroyed. Yet he still finds himself out of favor with the Son of Bälech, the Emperor's protection removed, and sent on a menial task of guarding two young men as they journey for a Graduate Task.

Vera, the granddaughter of the Elven seer Lady Lyr, inherited her grandmother's natural prowess to wade into the visions and memories of the Sea. After being nearly hunted to extinction 2700 years ago, her people still live in hiding under the ruins of the Dwarven Kingdom of Kelbragh, in their secret stronghold of Menigar. A chance meeting with a young Yeoman boy along with an accompanying vision from the Sea, the young Elf-maiden decides to act in order to free, not only her people, but all Elves, Dwarves, and Men (collectively known as the Savanir) who resist The Dawn since Bälech overthrew them almost three millennia ago.

These people – separated by nation, race, generation, and class – will find themselves in a position to change Lugon for the first time since Bälech established his rule. But who will survive and succeed, and whether the change will be for good, ill, or naught, who can say? But when Truth forgotten is rediscovered, Reality is altered for all.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940161779507
Publisher: Swift and True Media, LLC.
Publication date: 12/15/2018
Series: The Tales of Lugon
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Eric Sparks grew up listening to his father reading the High Fantasy classics by Tolkien and Lewis. He continued to read other Fantasy authors as he grew, such as R.A. Salvatore and Hickman/Weis. In his freshman year of high school, he was required to write and submit a short story for publication. Having never written a story before, he was most surprised when the story was nominated and placed in a national competition and highly praised, both from fellow students and educators. It wasn't long after he decided he wanted to teach high school English, helping students find both the joys and personal growth that comes with reading fiction.

Eric graduated from Union University in 2006 with a BA in English, emphasizing in Literature. Though he eventually decided to end his pursuit of a career in education, he still strongly desired to share the delight of stories with others. It was during his years at Union that he began to experiment with a fantasy world of his own imagining. Though the early attempts were all scrapped, some of the foundational elements survived and were built upon. After throwing away two completed versions of Truth Unearthed, the third revision proved to be worth the early struggles, and he at last feels ready to invite others to Lugon, a place where he endeavors to first and foremost entertain readers, but also uphold his vision articulated in his motto: "In Fantasy, Reality."

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