In a land that has known peace for centuries, an ancient enemy is stirring again. A forgotten prophecy leads a young druid to the only man who can save Solandeus. As the time approaches when the armor will again be needed, an unlikely and untested group of heroes sets out on a quest that will decide the fate of the realm.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have been an avid reader for many years. While reading an indie book that was bestseller, I decided that I could do the same thing and within 4 weeks my first book was done.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I created characters that I could relate with and as their world expanded, new characters practically created themselves.
Persephonie knelt in the corner and carefully removed the Bracers of Righteous Might from the satchel slung over her shoulder. In the dim moonlight, she carefully placed the bracers on top of the equipment stacked on the floor. The room was silent other than the faint sound of deep, steady breathing coming from the bed. She listened intently for any changes, but knew her Druid senses would detect them before her ears would.
As she placed the second bracer on top of the equipment, she sensed a change in the young man sleeping in the room. Without hesitation, Persephonie bolted for the window and dove through, with apparent disregard for her own well-being. She reached frantically for the rope hanging from the roof and grabbed on for dear life. The rope slowed her fall and she was able to get her feet under her as she swung wildly away from the building. The rope burned her hands as she slid down it, but it helped her land on her feet.
As soon as her feet hit the ground, Persephonie flipped the rope, freeing the hook that secured it to the roof of The Roaring Dragon Inn. She caught the hook as it fell, and ran for the corner of the building, barely rounding it before a young man looked out the window from which she had just leapt.
Once out of sight, Persephonie leaned against the building, catching her breath. With one of her rope-burned hands, she reached into her satchel and took out the piece of paper she had planned to leave with the bracers. She couldn’t read it in the moonlight, but the words were etched into her mind.
“In the year of our Lord 1200, on the darkest of nights, a child will be born into the house of kings. Anointed with the Armor of God, he will be the salvation of Solandeus.”
It was the prophecy she had found when she was sixteen years old, and after three years of searching, she had finally found the young man mentioned in the prophecy: Mathias Octavia Vanderwal. She had added the words “you are the Chosen One” to the scrap of paper, and intended to leave it with the bracers to help Mat, as she learned he was called. She thought briefly how much easier this would be if she weren’t forbidden to have any contact with him.
Her plan when she left the Druid community a year ago was to find all the pieces of the Armor of God, then deliver them secretly to Mat. Unfortunately, she encountered one dead end after another in her search. After finally finding the bracers, she decided her best chance was to get them to Mat and let him fulfill the prophecy. The Chosen One certainly would know what needed to be done, wouldn’t he?
After delivering the bracers, she was more convinced than ever that she was doing the right thing. As she walked back to the stable and hayloft she currently called home, she reflected on what she knew about Mat. He was the third son of the Duke of Rolling Rock and nephew to the king of Solandeus. He had left home after his seventeenth birthday two weeks ago, and she had followed him to Danton. He appeared to be on a stalled journey of self-discovery. What she didn’t know was how he had sensed her presence. She knew she had been completely silent, and she had been using her Druid ability to deepen his sleep.
As she walked, the rush wore off and weariness started to set in. By the time she reached the stable and climbed into the loft, she could barely keep her eyes open. She fell asleep vowing to continue her efforts to help Mat on his quest, yet wondering how she could do so without making direct contact.
David J. VanBergen Jr. is a life-long science fiction and fantasy book fan. After reading those books for 30+ years, he jumped into being an author with both feet. His first fantasy book published on his 40th Birthday in 2013 and there are many more books on the horizon.
David has been inspired by some of the largest traditional science fiction and fantasy authors as well as some of the up and coming indie authors. His books are fast paced and easy reading for sci-fi & fantasy readers of all ages.
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