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Chronicles of Caledon; Sword of Souls
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The Sword of Souls is the first book of the mystifying Chronicles of Caledon. The book introduces the reader to the Caledon world (Caledon Prime) and a brief history of the planet,and how it came to be up to present time is briefly written in the introduction. However, you must read into the book where there are dark passages that clues the reader into more of the rich history adding to the ominous ambience of the series. The book also introduces the people and kingdoms of this distant world as well as setting the stage in a powerfully rich and dynamic saga. The Sword of Souls, named after the very powerful translation of "Talquardez-Solstas" from the language of its mysterious maker that men will literally be driven to madness by their own lusts for power. The Sword of Souls launches just after the fall of the Ramadan tribes by the merciless red bearded Tarvas who invade sparing only the women and the young children in their brutal endeavors of destruction. The book also introduces the main character of the book, a young orphan called Lithius. Lithius manages to miraculously escape from the bondage of the Tarvas warriors and journey down through the Catanbar Mountains down through the highlands along the Thunder River. The young boy travels through the Southern Steppes of his very homeland beforeentering the kingdom of Gwarvarik through the aid of a Najarian Druid in the form of a great black wolf who befriends the young boy. Together, the two enter the Forbidden Temples of Adajahara where the druidic wolf departs the young boy, leaving him in the charge of a small flock of sheep. In Adajahara, Lithius recovers the very powerful weapon, the Sword of Souls, and many secrets of both the sword and the region around him. Alone, he begins to uncover the dark secrets and the historical horrid violence of the past. Young Lithius begins to master the sword and begins to wield it strength only to realize that there are others who will literally kill to obtain it. Lithius realizes through events that he is not alone, that his escape from the Tarvas bondage and the discovery of the sword has all been "arranged" through the architect of his destiny. Lithius then travels to the dark isle of Draccus on where he grows to become a man and formidable sorcerer-warrior sent to go after the evil tyrannical Pitah (Draccian for King) Morderra-Atrauis, a being more supernatural than not. Morderra-Atrauis has a few dark secrets himself and comes to know about Lithius and his intentions. The stage is set, the battle between the two sorcerers begins, and Draccus is thrown into a civil war. The Sword of Souls is nothing more than an amazing introduction to an incredible world of sorcery, magic, and high adventure that literally kicks off the Chronicles of Caledon and a must for anyone entering this realm of reading entertainment of spectacular blend of both the Fantasy and Sci-Fi genre!