NEW RELEASE! - By Ways Unseen
By Ways Unseen
By Daniel Dydek
Publication Date: July 12, 2018
Genre: Epic Fantasy
The Provinces are falling. From the south, the immortal Knights of Galessern raid. From the north, the trees of the Kalen Woods have awoken, and are hungry for their second city. And from the east, Haydren Loren flees a childhood bully whose hate is now fully grown, and capable of murdering his way to becoming the Earl.
Haydren might find safety in the west. Or, he may find himself suddenly forced on a suicidal mission: face and defeat Lasserain, the strongest mage history has ever seen.
His quest is joined by a medley of friends foolish enough to think they might succeed: Geoffrey, a former knight of Rinc Na who betrayed his country and friends, and now seeks forgiveness through this final, desperate act; Sarah, a sorceress who will do anything to prove she is worthy; and Pladt, the famed archer whose only wish is to travel as far and wide as his name.
The God of All only knows the ways they must go - He, and a voice in Haydren’s head that is constantly growing louder.
Insanity. Capture. Death. All roads seem doomed for failure. But they must quickly choose a path, for Lasserain’s full fury is descending, and no one else has been able to stop it.
As they looked at it, Haydren’s torch began to wane. Haydren gazed at the flame as if he had forgotten what torches were, and was trying to determine what was in his hand. Slowly, he bent down and pressed the shaft into the ground. He sat beside it, unable to take his eyes off the flame as it drifted up to the crest of the ball of cloth, now burned dry. The single blue flame held impossibly long upon the horizon as Haydren waited with bated breath. Finally, when he thought it just might defy reality forever, it snuffed out and sank them into total darkness.
Sitting there, Haydren recalled the mastiff of so many years ago; despite what seemed impossible at the time, he recognized now how easily he could fight flesh and blood. Even with a simple gardening implement, he had been able to defend himself against a beast well over his size. But this enemy was intangible, insurmountable; there was nothing for him to attack with his sword, nothing against which to defend with a shield. The creatures hidden by the darkness were not hindered by it; it would not be the creatures, ultimately, that would kill them. But this impossible blindness, unassailable, unfathomable, would be their demise.
“Haydren,” Sarah said, nearby; her fingers found his arm, then to his shoulder, and squeezedgently.
You must lead them out. Look up.
Blinking, Haydren looked up. Unlike ever before, the whisper this time rang from the silence like a tolling bell, the echo overpowering and erasing from remembrance the stroke of its inception. It was as if the words sprang into existence from nothing, beginning before time and existing always as fact - and it spoke to him now beyond a whisper and almost like a voice: a voice with authority and knowledge outside of himself.
Daniel Dydek was born in Raccoon Township, PA, where he dreamed of living out west. So far, he’s made it to Ohio, where he lives with his wife. He began writing at age 8, and never really stopped. After three years with the US Army, he went to get his Bachelor’s degree in English Writing from Geneva College of Beaver Falls PA, and is currently finishing up a Master’s degree in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech. Besides writing, he also enjoys mountain biking, reading, coffee shops, book stores, and Durango Colorado.
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