Requiem of the Fallen Part I: Light Of Mantra
by G.H. Starks
In the land of Potieth the spells and portents of a dark past haunt a young warrior of the Mantran Elite named Ralir Nomrai and his beautiful young wife Kathryn. Jasupha Paraes, the old magician, Ralir’s mentor, knowing his young charge’s strange prescient dreams, has realized that Ralir might have heard the ghosts singing the Requiem of the Fallen. Part one of G. H. Starks’ other wordly epic (subtitled the Light of Mantra) rises like a thrilling dream that gives readers goosebumps of the familiar and the magical will-o’-the-wisp for the duration of its pages.
The requiem is a song of lamentation sung by the ghosts of the fallen multitudes and their ill-starred kings who lived during the First Age of Men. Only Jasupha and a few scribes know the full details of the ancient story – and it is said that their ghosts and the ghosts of their enemies live on and that the fallen multitudes’ cries will end only when the ancient kingdoms rise again. Jasupha warns Ralir that it was the kings’ choosing power over family that doomed them and that he should have addressed his premonitions of Kathryn’s death by posting a guard of his men for her. The youngest captain of the Mantran elite is, however, full of doubts, and therefore follows the soldier’s call to duty – he has also been dreaming of the death of King Liander Jahtal’s young heir in the metropolis of Mantra Prime.
Combat fills this excellently-wrought book – combat that reigns on the highest realm of the spiritual and comes down to physical reality in lightning and thunder struck clouds, where Ralir’s destiny and the destiny of an entire world awaits. A savior is foretold, an instrument of the great god Vala himself – a man who walks as the ancients do – whose flesh and blood hears the call of ancestors long past, a mystical warrior whose talents are the stuff of legend…
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