Spring is the season of rebirth and new beginnings. Winter’s white blanket melts away, and the slumbering earth awakens. Tender shoots spring from roots thought long dead, emerging shyly at first and then, emboldened by the warming sun and nourishing soil, they burst forth with vibrant life.
Castle of Blood, final book of the Dark Lords of Epthelion saga, begins in the spring. Between the rocky spires atop a forbidding peak stands a beautiful castle of purest rose quartz, erected by a demon for his chosen one, a person he will endow with the Black Arts but carefully mold to his will. So whisper the superstitious Rauths of Barren-Fel. Hans Ogilvie rides to investigate, filled with dread, for he fears he knows the Chosen One’s identity. The castle, if it exists, portends Hans’ death and Epthelion’s ruin.
When Hans does not return, Arganian mystic Arris Marchant rides to find him. Initially, his brother, Davon, accompanies him; but a series of visions draw Davon to aid the beleaguered woodsmen of San-Leyon. On their separate quests they battle shapeshifters, black magic, and an ancient evil they cannot kill. And when Davon is later captured, Arris must somehow destroy this evil without killing his brother.
Throughout the story the demon’s allure draws even the most honorable of men to himself. A beautiful ruler seeks to obliterate her own people and reinstitutes the gory rites of human sacrifice. A tribal leader’s attempt to utilize a fearsome beast to evict raiders who stole their land ensnares him in a grisly contract he cannot break–and by his slightest misguided thought he murders his loved ones. A stalwart warrior suffers a ghastly curse. Only the demon’s destruction can free them–if Arris can accomplish this.
I loved creating this mystical tale with its exotic setting and colorful characters. The last leg of this journey is complete. I have now embarked on a new journey into paranormal realms, which proves every bit as intriguing as the Dark Lords of Epthelion. I love sharing my worlds. You can catch a glimpse of them here.
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