BOOK ONE of the Vitalis Chronicles Trilogy
In the aftermath of the Continental Wars, young Ardin Vitalis' family is murdered by his own nation's army in a plot to undo a woman known only as the Witch. Furious, he strikes out for revenge, but is thrust into events that will change his world forever. Suddenly he finds himself driven to save the Witch's beautiful daughter from the nations, Magi, and King of the Shades who seek to destroy her. Should he survive that, his struggle with the dark powers he has been given still threatens to consume him. Ardin must choose to sacrifice his own freedom and flee enemies that are not his own, or allow events to unfold to the detriment of the planet.
The Vitalis Chronicles Trilogy:
Book One: White Shores
Book Two: Tomb of the Relequim
Book Three: Steps of Krakador (unreleased)
About the Author
I mean honestly, that’s why I write. I do it because there’s a part of me that yearns for something more than what I can see; what is available to me on a daily basis. I want to be a part of a grand adventure where I’m the hero and just make it through by the skin of my teeth. The real-life situations where that happens are never so glorious as to provide the kind of satisfaction my stories can.
And so I write. Isn’t that why we read? To escape, to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and see the world through their eyes? We’re all looking to live vicariously through someone else (except for the rare few among us who might actually be content with life). Perhaps we just like to be entertained, but there’s something much deeper and more real in a good book than simple entertainment. We extend ourselves into and through the words to become something greater than we already were. Good books can change us.
I don’t know that my own work is good enough to change people, but I know it was good enough to change me.
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Love this book! Somewhere between the sci-fi and fantasy genres. Swanson has an amazing gift for storytelling. The descriptions of characters and locations are realistic and intriguing.