Today it’s my great pleasure to host awesome fantasy author, P.H. Solomon who’s currently out there on THE LOST BOW tour. Today we’re in the Lands of Denaria – take it away P.H.!
Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real.
Athson has seen things that aren’t there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, he’s not sure it’s real. But the trolls that soon pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what’s worse, these raiders serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu, who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic Withling, Hastra, but Athson isn’t always sure what’s real and who his enemies are. With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson must face not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons behind his tragic past.
The Bow of Destiny is, at its heart, an adventure quest to find a special bow. Where is it? Who has it? Why is truly special? Is the main character meant to possess it and, if so, to what end?
Few people know anything certain about the bow. The Lost Bow Tour leads you on the path to begin finding out all the secrets that lie in The Bow of Destiny. The world of Denaria is open to everyone to begin discovering answers to the questions and enjoy the adventure of this fantasy quest.
Lands of Denaria
Now that we’ve literally reached rock-bottom we can pause for another talk. Well, actually, let’s not pause just yet since there some trolls around over there by that fire. Let’s move on over to the actual Neath and talk while we walk.
We skulk through the shadows and through a crack in the side of the Well of the Trolls and make our way along a rough passage. With a bit of light, you can see there are all kinds of precious stones glistening in the rough rock to either side.
We’re really in the middle of nowhere and deep underground. But all the characters in the book are from different places in Denaria. Athson’s fellow travelers alone are from four different people groups representing five or six different lands and that doesn’t cover everyone.
For instance, Athson is from a small village southeast of the Forest of Auguron. The place is in ruins since he was orphaned and he’s the only survivor. He was found wandering in the forest by the elves who took him in and raised him in the city of Auguron (the forest and the city are almost synonymous).
Gweld is an elf from Auguron. The forest dominates much of the region west of the Drelkhaz Mountains. The Auguron Oaks, found mostly around the city are prized for their long life and the unusual leaves which turn golden in the Autumn before they fall. The elves of Auguron live in houses set in the mightiest of the Auguron Oaks while foreign traders live on the ground where much of the trade in the city is carried out. There are elves that live east of the Drelkhaz Mountains in the Oronoun Forest but they do not come into this tale. However, Gweld is originally from Oronoun Forest though he’s lived for a long time in Auguron.
Then there’s Limbreth who’s from the Kingdom of Grendon far to the south of Auguron. She’s gotten into the adventure by following Hastra who was visiting Grendon. Limbreth’s true identity is a bit murky since she doesn’t talk much about herself. So Grendon remains a bit of a mystery, like Limbreth, for as long as she holds onto her secrets.
Ralda is a giant from the far western grasslands. It’s mostly grass but the giants really get around with some of them trading with the Ganturan Empire far to the west beyond their homeland. Along the way, the giants roam many wilderness areas including a few mountain ranges and lake lands that don’t come into this series. Ralda has come east for his own reasons but they are good ones.
Makwi and Tordug hail from the dwarven kingdom of Chokkra which is in (under mostly) the Drelkhaz Mountains beyond the eastern reaches of Auguron and the Troll Heaths. Chokkra fell to an assault of Corgren’s trolls and a surprise attack from the eastern trade partners, Rok. Since then the surviving refugees of Chokkra wander many lands as traders, settling in different places like the city of Auguron and even a few still live in the Drelkhaz mountains in scattered settlements that resist both the trolls and Rok. There are other dwarven nations in Denaria including the Coal Mountains far to the southeast and Rust (pronounced like roost) where the Drelkhaz and Sigoth mountain ranges meet in the north.
Then there’s Hastra who’s originally from the far east coast and the city of Last Landing. While this city doesn’t come into The Bow of Hart Saga, it is an important trade city situated in a bay where a major river empties into the Endless Ocean. Hastra has been a wanderer in service to Eloch since she was young and even moreso since the order of the Withlings was largely destroyed (read What Is Needed for more details – see the link below to receive it free).
Then there’s Corgren, a wizard from Rok. Corgren has a violent history and much of his motivation is over Rok and some personal grievances with the land of Hart which borders Rok on the south around Hart Lake. It’s there that many years earlier Corgren entered the service of the dragon Magdronu, hoping to gain power for Rok and his vengeance for his wrongs. I hope to write another story about these events as a prequel but Corgren’s beginning story can be found in Trading Knives which is actually set in the broad lands of Hart.
That’s all for today! Thanks taking the step into geography of Denaria and The Bow of Destiny. Oh, watch your step down here – again there’s no safety gear. And remember, not all the pools of water are actually good for drinking. See you tomorrow where we’ll take another exciting ride but bring something you don’t mind getting wet.
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About the Author
P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.
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