Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light. Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power….
Gewey followed behind Lee as quietly as he could. They had only walked a few yards when they heard the yells and curses of the bandit camp. The glow of the bandits’ fire became brighter as they approached. Gewey could smell the stench of unwashed bodies, mingling with scorched, burnt meat. When they got close enough, Gewey could make out six bandits, each with a long knife at their side. A few bedrolls were cast carelessly about, and a single bandit guarded six horses tied off several yards from the fire. The rest were gathered around what appeared to be a young woman. She was on her knees, gagged and bound, with her wrists tied behind her back. A man that seemed to be their leader was squatting in front of her, while the rest passed a large jug of wine around, laughing hideously.
“Well, well, well, me lovely,” the bandit leader chuckled.
“Look what ‘ave we ‘ear lads. Thought you could sneak up on ol’Durst, did ya?”
The elf glared defiantly at the bandit leader.
“Oy!!! Ain’t she a tough one?” a heavyset bandit joked. “I think she’s sweet on ya, cap’n.”
“Well, lads,” said the leader, flashing an evil grin. “I am quite the ladies’ man, after all.”
This brought gales of harsh laughter from the rest of the band. The leader stood up and grabbed the jug, draining it dry.
“Stay here,” whispered Lee, and silently moved around the camp to where the horses were being kept. With the lone guard’s attention focused on the elf, he neither noticed Lee’s approach, nor his knife, until it had plunged into the back his neck. Before the first guard hit the ground, Lee had already drawn his sword and was rushing in on the rest of the group. Gewey had never seen someone move so fast. He killed two more bandits before the others noticed he was there. The leader managed to unsheathe his long knife and lunge clumsily at Lee. Lee easily dodged the blow and sent the man tumbling to the ground. The two remaining bandits tried to flee, but Lee quickly caught up to them and ran both of them through.
The bandit leader got to his feet. “I’ll not go alone!” he screamed, bolting towards the elf with his knife in hand.
Realizing Lee was too far away to do anything, Gewey sprung to his feet, rushing headlong toward the bandit leader. Gewey tackled the bandit, just before he was able to plunge his knife into the elf’s chest, and sent the two of them crashing to the ground. The bandit landed on top, pinning Gewey. The boy feared for his life as the bandit began to hack at him maniacally. He instinctively lifted his arms to defend himself, and felt pain shoot through his body as the knife found flesh. He could see blood splatter as one final blow struck home, deep in his chest. It was then that Lee reached them, thrusting his sword through the bandit leader’s back. Lee ran to Gewey’s side as the man gasped and fell to the ground.
“Fool,” he cursed as he tore open Gewey’s shirt. Blood poured from the gaping wounds covering his arms and chest. “I told you to stay put.”
“I’m sorry Lee,” he said weakly. “I guess I’m not much of a hero.”
Lee smiled. “Nonsense. Your father would have been very proud of you.”
Reviews From Amazon.com:
I have a love/hate relationship with fantasy novels. Once in a while I stumble upon one that will blow my mind away. This is the case with The Godling Chronicles : The Sword of Truth. I knew from the first pages that it would be my kind of fantasy read, one I don’t get totally lost and overwhelmed with a different world and its own language. There’s no need for a special glossary with this one!
Before going any further, I have to mention that the book is the work of a father and son collaboration. It’s safe to say they make an excellent team. Kudos to them!
The book has everything you expect in fantasy : a quest, Gods, elves, danger and of course an unlikely hero. Gewey has always taken care of himself and the farm his father left him after his death. Now he must go on a journey to save the world from the Dark Knight who has stolen the Sword of Truth. Along the way Gewey puts his newly discovered destiny and powers to use but a hero is never alone on his quest. Friends will accompany him on his adventure while enemies are not far behind. Amongst the danger and battles, love will find its way to Gewey and bound his spirit with the one of an unlikely partner. He has his hands full! Oh and did I mention the war and hate between elves and humans? It’s far from being an uneventful read!
With characters you’re able to connect with and just enough description to paint your very own picture, this first book in the Godling Chronicles series is an entertaining and suspenseful read by a very imaginative author. It left me pleasantly surprised and eagerly anticipating the second book. It even left me wanting to read more fantasy (The Lord of the Rings trilogy is next to me wanting to be read for the first time). The Godling Chronicles promises to be an exciting series for younger readers as well as adults. I encourage you to pick up this book even though it’s not your typical read. Like me you might end up enjoying the ride.
Bio: Brian D. Anderson was born in 1971, and grew up in the small town of Spanish Fort, AL.. He attended Fairhope High, then later Springhill College where his love for fantasy grew into a lifelong obsession. His hobbies include chess, history, and spending time with his son.
Jonathan Anderson was was born in March of 2003. His creative spirit became evident by the age of three when he told his first original story. In 2010 he came up with the concept for The Godling Chronicles, that grew into an exciting collaboration between father and son. Jonathan enjoys sports, chess, music, games, and of course, telling stories.