A young girl. A diabolical gargoyle. A sacrifice to save the world. A smart young girl is unwillingly thrust into a frantic quest to save mysterious people and bizarre creatures from a deadly foe, determined to destroy everything--and everyone--she cares about. Thirteen-year-old Danielle had never thought of herself as adventurous until, alone, she must face two enormous gargoyles, Ercen and Kimar, and decide whether she trusts them. Was she kidnapped--as all the evidence indicates--or rescued from doom, like they say? Can she believe their assertion that she has a power to save the entire world from a diabolical gargoyle and his minions? How can a simple girl break the monstrous power of the key to the enemy's ghastly temple, crafted from the very soul of a broken, elderly woman? Danielle's epic journey will captivate readers as she confronts powerful threats, and finds perplexing friends along her dangerous path. With the help of a gargoyle names Lohxnahr, Danielle struggles against forces beyond her worst terrors. She must dig deep to find enough courage and resilience to challenge the rogue gargoyle commander of the renegade army, bent on seizing control of the human race. Full of wonder, suspense and adventure, this novel is a fun, page-turning fantasy that also asks serious questions about the true meaning of love, faith and friendship.
Brandon King is an award-winning author living in SW Idaho, not far from epic rock formations that find their way into his stories. While his stories are straight-up fantasy he, like favorite authors J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, infuses his novels with allegory for perceptive readers.
He intends The Gargoyle Chronicles to be a seven book series. With Books 1 and 2 published, and Books 3-5 nearing completion, his fans have many characters—human and otherwise—to love. Or fear.
Find him at brandonkingauthor.com and facebook.com/brandonkingauthor/
As some areas in the world are "opening up" after many weeks of self-imposed (mostly) sheltering-in-place as a way to combat the COVID virus, my hope is that new we see new cultural habits being formed. Habits that focus less on technology and more on living simply. Impulses that are more gracious than reactive. Ways of engaging with each other that are not "distancing." Efforts to bring people together rather than push them away. And especially the intentional rejection of tribalism. If that comes to happen, even a little, perhaps there's a silver lining in this global catastrophe. Stay safe. Read books. I'd love to know what you think of this one! ;-) #fantasy #adventure #kids #youngadult #pandemic #simpleliving #habits #culture
The Quest for the Temple Key
The Wheelens felt out of place, certainly, if not even “out of time,” staying with the Skulstads for a few days. Peter enjoyed rising while it was still dark to help Johann with his chores. Some of the farm animals were in dire shape upon their return and needed urgent attention. But they had gotten them cared for in time. For her part, Amy felt like she was on a special research assignment, tasked with immersion, learning as much as possible about northern European agricultural-based living in the nineteenth century. The simplicity was breathtakingly inviting to her. There was nothing easy about helping Heidi run a farm without electricity, combustion-based equipment or running water. Without the added distractions of radio and television, the focus was so narrowly—and appropriately—on family, it was easy to embrace even while accepting the hardships of living that came with it. Johann and Heidi welcomed the help and deepening friendships.