Greetings to all!
My name is J.W.Baccaro, and I thought I would write a little about my new fantasy series "Guardian of the Seventh Realm." (I hope I'm placing this in the proper section).
The first book in the series is "Prophecy of the Guardian." Published by Whiskey Creek Press, it was released in December 2010. The book has been doing quite well, but still, I need to do so much more to spread the word.
First, I'd like to mention that, as far as originality goes, I cannot claim that my story is a brand new distinct, epic tale, beautified with new ideas and dilemmas that would separate it from a thousand other sword and sorcery fantasies. At the same time, what does make my story stand apart from many others (at least from all the fantasy books I have read over the years), are the spiritual elements. The series is not so much about magical powers, mystical creatures, or vexing kingdoms of men, centaurs or dwarves. They're all there, of course, but the theme of the tale revolves around courage, loyalty, right and wrong, banding together in times of darkness, and faith in something larger than we can see. Elements any one of us can relate to in everyday life and times of trial and tribulation.
Now, I'd like to elaborate a bit on the Nasharin Race, a new class of warrior in my series!
Basically, Nasharins are the main focus, and definitely the most exciting out of all the creatures. They are half-wizard/half-human hybrid warriors who love battle and crave energy, thirsting for it much like a vampire thirsts for blood. Nasharins are also feared by the Dark, but because of their untimely origin, and the deed that gave rise to them, they are hated by the Light, considered, "the Accursed Race."
Although what separates a Nasharin from most other creatures is its unique ability of Transformation--what each evolves into, controlled by will: an essence of extravagant power and beautified form most warriors cannot fathom. And at the same time, ironically, this power is used for the good of the earth, a factor those high among the Light often overlook.
In a nutshell, "Prophecy of the Guardian" is about a small group of companions and their race against the Dark to find four ancient wizard crystals of power. As is to be expected, they run into plenty of dangers and challenges.
To elaborate a little more, the story is mainly focused on Darshun Luthais. He is Nasharin, one of the last of his race, hungry for battle and eager to advance his Nasharin skills. At the same time, he is a happy-go-lucky kind of individual; quite in-tune with nature and the simple things of life, especially a good feast! But after witnessing a prophetic vision, and also the tragedy of his closest friend, he comes to learn that he is the fulfillment of an old forgotten prophecy, the Prophecy of the Guardian, the one who is said to bring about salvation to the earth, as it struggles to survive the war launched by Abaddon the Demon Lord, an adversary long thought to be deceased.
After the Earth-Wizard Mazarian reveals the prophecy to Darshun, proclaiming it is spoken about him, Darshun must seek out the four Wizard Crystals of the Elements (sacred weapons of immense power once used by the ancient Guardians of earth). His task is to locate the crystals and destroy them before the ruthless Cullach find them first, only to hand them over to the Demon Lord for global destruction.
But Darshun's true crisis lies against himself in the fact that he is called to be this 'Guardian.' For Darshun not only has to walk the valley of darkness, but according to prophecy, he must surpass many trials, tribulations and tragedies, where if he fails, the world falls, as he had already witnessed in his vision. It is a heavy burden because of the closeness Darshun has to nature, and the inexperience he has to life. In time he begins to despair, growing all the more vulnerable to the evil forces that are longing to drag his soul into darkness.
While Prophecy of the Guardian, as I am sure, is not everyone's 'cup of tea', I have in fact received great feedback from many readers. I'm eager to spread the word further!
"Prophecy of the Guardian" is available in both e-book and paperback at whiskeycreekpress.com and amazon.com
If anyone would like to read the entire first chapter for free, it's available at: http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/b116480/?si=0
P.S. If by chance I have caught an interest in anyone, and you'd like to know more, please visit my website at guardianoftheseventhrealm.com
If you've read this far, thank you very much. :)