Sunday, March 24, 2013

"Etchings of Power," by Terry C. Simpson

"Entertaining!" "Well told." "Vivid!" So say readers of this well-thought-out epic fantasy from Terry C. Simpson. 466 pages, and $2.99 today.

Etchings of Power (Aegis of the Gods Book 1), by Terry C. Simpson

"The Magic System within the books is an interesting one, as the Matii (Mages, kind of) draw essences from all things, metal, stone, light, darkness, earth etc. and expel it through various spells and have to then replenish the essences over time or by killing to absorb more essences. Rynes' power lies within his tattoos, which work in their own unique way. These characters accentuate a full-bodied plot that clearly took a long time contemplating to ensure that it reached its potential. The plot twists and turns to keep you guessing and then at the end throws even more at you that are unexpected shocking and truly brilliant. I would love to describe more about the characters, plot and the way that they just draw you in, but I fear that if I say to much more I will give away spoilers, robbing you of the chance to discover this world and its characters for yourself." -- Amazon reviewer

A legendary killer without a memory, a gifted student who has lost his way, a vengeful assassin on an impossible mission, an old mentor whose only wish is to save her people. Kingdoms separate them but their fates are intertwined.

The opening stanza in a new epic fantasy series that delves into the themes of war, corruptible power, love, betrayal, and absolution in the world of Denestia.

Ryne Waldron, a living legend at the edge of madness is haunted by a murderous past and the voices of his power that whisper in his head. Hunted, he strives to defend a village he swore to protect. But his enemies might be closer than he could ever suspect.

Ancel Dorn, a gifted student, struggles with rejection and must accept who he is or perish to the creatures that stalk him and his parents. When he discovers he's targeted for death by beings that seemed to have stepped from the history of an ancient war, his only choice is to flee.

Irmina Nagel, Ancel's former lover, and an assassin sent to find Ryne, is mired in her quest for revenge on Ancel's parents, and must set aside her emotions or fail her final test. What she discovers may not only change her life but the world as a whole.

Caught between warring nations, vengeful leaders, magic and steel, myth and men, the fate of millions hang in the balance. Who can unite the kingdoms against a common threat? Who shall bring the power that drives the world to heel? Who will walk the knife's edge of harmony? If none can, then Denestia is doomed.

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Meet the Author

Talking to the characters I imagine has become an intriguing experience especially when they disagree with me. - Terry Simpson.

Terry grew up on the tiny Caribbean island of Barbados. He always had a love of writing for as long as he can remember.

Somehow, he grew to love fantasy more than any other although his early days were spent reading his father's books from Louis L'amour's westerns to Don Pendleton's Executioner series.

When Terry moved to New York in 1986 to live with his mother, his love for books developed into him reading and loving fantasy authors such as Robert Jordan, Jim Butcher, Terry Goodkind , Brandon Sanderson, George RR Martin, Brian Lumley, Laura K Hamilton and quite a few others.

Terry began building the world for what is now called the Aegis of the Gods series in 2001. At first, it was just a hobby because of his love for fantasy and the written word. Slowly, it became a part of his life. Finally, in 2010, Terry decided to sit down and pen the first book based in his world.

When he isn't writing, Terry enjoys reading, movies, gaming (especially MMORPGS), working out, watching sports, and playing with his beautiful daughter Kai.

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