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Advent of Darkness
by Gary Caplan   


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· Clues of Chaos
· The Return of the Ancient Ones
· Talcon Star City


Category: 

Fantasy

Publisher:  CreateSpace ISBN-10:  1470079135 Type:  Fiction
Pages: 

490

Copyright:  May 6th 2013 ISBN-13:  9781470079130


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Advent of Darkness

When John Gideon is transported to the extraordinary world of Illúmaril, he’ll soon discover that his entire existence has been leading up to the shocking destiny he’ll soon fulfill.

Advent of Darkness won 2014 Indie Excellence Finalist Award in Fantasy.  Finalist 2014 International Book Awards in Fiction-Fantasy.
 NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement
Award Winner in Fantasy for 2013.


When veteran and archaeologist John Gideon is transported from Earth by a tall, strange man clothed in ornate red robes, he soon finds himself a stranger in a different world. Unbeknownst to him, the world of Illúmaril is the birthplace of his ancestors and where he truly belongs. Meeting the archmaster wizard Ragan, John is taken under the wizard's wing as a ward and student and begins his journey of exploring this strange new world.

From gnomes, elves, and menfolk to surprising new creatures, John is soon befriended by all, as he reestablishes his connection to his ancestor's home world and begins to learn the truth. Hidden on Earth as a child, John's true importance is only beginning to reveal itself as this foreign world becomes home. With his world turned upside down, John continues to learn about his past and more importantly, of the vital destiny that he has to fulfill.

Advent of Darkness is the first book in the epic new fantasy series, The Chronicles of Illúmaril. Styled after the timeless Lord of the Rings series, this sweeping novel is packed with action and adventure that will instantly hook science-fiction and fantasy fans everywhere. Sword and sorcery at its finest, this excellent story will take readers on an amazing journey through intense conflict and an awe-inspiring new world. With its huge scope and thrilling adventure, this is one novel that deserves a place in every reader's collection.

Following John Gideon and his adventures while trying to find his place in society, as well as his destiny, Advent of Darkness takes readers to the wonderful new world of Illúmaril. Embracing all sides of the conflict, the novel uniquely uses epic voices to describe what's happening across the landscape while still using John Gideon as the main character and tool for describing his and his companions' points of view. Utilizing dramatic fantasy and exhilarating action and adventure, this thrilling sword and sorcery novel sets a new standard for epic fantasy.

  




Excerpt

With his heart suddenly leaping into his throat, Gideon quickly lay down on the horn and slammed down hard on the brakes. He steered the wheel to the right. The Mustang's tires screeched to a reluctant halt.
The man stood on the road, motionless, as if he did not realize he had been only a few seconds away from being roadkill, and looked at the car.
No, not at the car.
At me!
The engine rumbled idly as Gideon and the man looked at each other.
Was the man crazy? He was wearing some kind of robe, like a fancy housecoat. Red, he thought. He had a tightly cropped black beard and blue-gray eyes.
Piercing eyes. No fear in them.
Lucid, sane, determined.
Clearing his mind, Gideon leaned out the window and opened his mouth to speak, but the strange man in the road spoke first. His voice was clear and strong, though halted and strained, as if English was not his first language.
"John…Gid…eon."
It was not a question but rather a confirmation. Gideon stiffened warily at hearing his own name from this stranger's lips.
Thunder and lightning crashed overhead. Rain began to pour down from the sky in torrents. The storm had decided to break.
"Who?" he began.
"They…come…for you!" the man continued; his steady gaze seemed to grow even harder. "They have breached…the barrier, and they…have found…your scent. You are…in great danger!"
Gideon opened the door at this and began to step out of the car. He was shaken but resolute. He was going to find out who this person was and how he knew his name.
"Who the hell are you, man? Do you realize I nearly ran you over? What are you, stoned? And what the hell's all this about? 'They'? Who's they?" he asked in a voice loud enough to be heard over the storm.
Instead of responding, the man cocked his head as if listening to the storm. Rain dripped off his upturned face in torrents.
"They…are…near…Very…close now. You must go, John Gideon! Now!"
"Who is coming, mister?" shouted Gideon, his voice now raised in frustrated anger, as well as in an attempt to be heard over the storm.
The man returned his gaze to Gideon.
"Gorghuan!" the man shouted. "Run, you fool! Get back in your…car and drive! Now!"
"Who or what is a gorghuan?" asked Gideon.
The tall man stared at Gideon wildly for a second and then composed himself and said in a low, matter-of-fact voice, "Something you do not want to meet on a lonely road at night."
Gideon realized that the man's English had gotten much better in the past minute or so, but then he heard something over the storm that sent a shiver down his spine.
It sounded like an unnatural baying howl.
He shuddered. This whole thing was seriously beginning to creep him out. The man again cocked his head, listening to the storm.
Did he hear that weird noise too?
As he looked at the wet, darkened road behind Gideon, the man's face slumped in defeat, and he said, "It is too late. They are here."
Gideon turned to look behind him and froze in terror at what he saw rushing toward him.
In the distance, he could make out three large four-legged black shapes running at full speed toward him. The faint huffing, growling sound coming from them was similar to that of a large predatory cat or dog. Their eyes burned with a red light, piercing the rainy darkness like infernal headlights.
"Holy shit!"
He turned back to the man. However, as he did so, he saw a strange light beginning to radiate from him, a pulsing light that streamed with rainbow hues. The man's expression turned from hardened determination to surprise and disbelief.
"No! Emissaries of the ancient enemy! I cannot help you now," he said as the light from his body began to fade. "This spellweave has been interrupted. I will try to retrieve you farther on down the road."
And with that, he was gone.
The monstrous dog-things were now only seconds away from the car bumper. Without thinking, he leaped back into the car, floored the clutch, and threw the stick shift into second. The car lurched forward as he leaned hard on the accelerator. The rear tires spun wildly, smoking and screeching as they tried to latch on to the slick road surface. The car fishtailed left and then right. Something slammed into the back of the car, and there was the sound of metal being ripped free somewhere as the car shot forward. He looked back in the rearview mirror and saw one of the receding creatures grappling with what looked like his rear bumper in its jaws. However, the other two were still in hard pursuit, their massive legs pistoning like a freight train. And they are gaining on me!

Professional Reviews
The US Review of Books
The US Review of Books

Advent of Darkness
by Gary Caplan
CreateSpace
reviewed by Caroline Blaha-Black

"Long ago, when this world was young, after the Eternals creating the multiverse, the Erradans returned to the key world of Illumaril. Then the lords of Errada were united. They created many of the beasts and races that still exist on this world, and when it was their time, the Erradans awoke those first races of Illumaril from their sleep."

John Gideon, an archeology student from Earth, has an encounter with a robed stranger while returning home one evening and is unwillingly transported to Illumaril, a world totally different from Earth, where magic reigns supreme. In utter disbelief, he meets other creatures and races there, such as elves, dwarves, ancient wizards and mages, and many others. Helped by a Tauri wizard called Ragan, the robed stranger who met Gideon on Earth, Ragan teaches Gideon all he needs to know about this new world, and the role he will eventually play in defeating the ancient enemy, Dormas, along with leagues of dark elves, the Valharri, and their evil cohorts. Gideon and Ragan, with their dwarf friends and elves Gil, Glade, and Cordlyer, embark on a journey and have many adventures, like battling the evil Unlife in the Misty Marshes, on their way to the healing pools of Tetherin, where Gideon needs to heal his injuries. He eventually finds out that he has elven origins, and that an unnamed elf woman sent him to the orphanage on Earth when he was a baby.

The book is brilliantly written and runs in the vein of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. There are many references in the text to Tolkien's stories, and the adventures of Gideon, the wizard, the elves, and the dwarfs seem to take a similar approach to the hero's journey in The Hobbit. Here and there, the author intersperses the text with simple, black and white illustrations of the characters. This book is not to be read in one sitting, and similarly to Tolkien's books, it is a complex adventure with many characters and key players. There is a small dose of humor, that usually comes from Gideon himself, as he tries to get his footing in this new world and develop a budding romance with Laurelin Leaflock, an elven lady knight of the Order of the Horn. This is a great book for lovers of Tolkien, fantasy books, and great adventures.



Reader Reviews for "Advent of Darkness"


Reviewed by kevin peter (Reader) 9/27/2014
Sword of Order – A review of the novel ‘Advent of Darkness’

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions” - Albert Einstein

Storytelling is a much envied skill, a story well told can make us laugh and weep, we become one with the characters and it can change even everyday moments into those of epic proportions.

This is what author Gary Caplan sets out to do with his novel, ‘Advent of Darkness’, the first book in the ‘The Chronicles of Illúmaril’ series of fantasy fiction. And for this he has created one of the most intricately original and fascinating fantasy world that you will ever see. One day John Gideon, a war veteran finds himself taken away from his home into a different world, a world full of magic and illusions, science fiction and the reality of war. This new world, Illúmaril is said to be that of his ancestors and he soon learns that in spite of the many mythical creatures that inhabits this new world, it mirrors his old home in many ways. And when evil forces threaten to disrupt peace, he must seek help from the wizards like Ragan and a host of others to discover not only his true lineage but also his destiny as the saviour of this new land.

What Gary does nicely from time to time is to layer the main story with subtle commentary on the state of affairs of our ‘real’ world in relation to the made up one. The author is at his lyrical best when he describes the various mythical creatures and the numerous battle scenes. Even though there are a lot of characters and places and hence a whole lot of names, as you get into the story you will realize that you needn’t memorize the name of each and every person to really enjoy the story as the languid and free flowing writing keeps you thoroughly entertained.

Highlights worth mentioning are the excellent prologue, which very neatly captures the reader’s attention and you will be hooked on for the rest of the book. The book also comes with a trove of supporting materials, the original maps and illustrations are a nice touch and further heighten the fantasy experience for the reader. There is also this portion in the end which is shown as Gideon’s journal entries, explaining in detail various information and basically serving as a reference tool for fans wanting to know more about this fantasy world, this is pure ingenuity at its best and will be a haven for the obsessed. John Gideon’s journey to discover his power and his coming to terms with his fate is nicely done and is written with such mastery and skill that it is bound to have your rapt attention throughout.

Like the author himself has mentioned in the beginning of the book, the author’s friend Basil Varian deserves special mention for coming up with a lot of ‘exotic’ character names along with the author. Advent of Darkness has deep, intelligent characters, who are accompanied by smart and innovative writing and use of language. This novel shows that it can stand on its own in this genre and is the perfect example of a modern epic fantasy. The grand battle scene at the very end is the perfect finale you could have hoped for until you pick up the second book in the series, ‘Return of the Ancient Ones’.
Reviewed by Gary Caplan 11/19/2013
The US Review of Books

Advent of Darkness
by Gary Caplan
CreateSpace
reviewed by Caroline Blaha-Black

"Long ago, when this world was young, after the Eternals creating the multiverse, the Erradans returned to the key world of Illumaril. Then the lords of Errada were united. They created many of the beasts and races that still exist on this world, and when it was their time, the Erradans awoke those first races of Illumaril from their sleep."

John Gideon, an archeology student from Earth, has an encounter with a robed stranger while returning home one evening and is unwillingly transported to Illumaril, a world totally different from Earth, where magic reigns supreme. In utter disbelief, he meets other creatures and races there, such as elves, dwarves, ancient wizards and mages, and many others. Helped by a Tauri wizard called Ragan, the robed stranger who met Gideon on Earth, Ragan teaches Gideon all he needs to know about this new world, and the role he will eventually play in defeating the ancient enemy, Dormas, along with leagues of dark elves, the Valharri, and their evil cohorts. Gideon and Ragan, with their dwarf friends and elves Gil, Glade, and Cordlyer, embark on a journey and have many adventures, like battling the evil Unlife in the Misty Marshes, on their way to the healing pools of Tetherin, where Gideon needs to heal his injuries. He eventually finds out that he has elven origins, and that an unnamed elf woman sent him to the orphanage on Earth when he was a baby.

The book is brilliantly written and runs in the vein of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. There are many references in the text to Tolkien's stories, and the adventures of Gideon, the wizard, the elves, and the dwarfs seem to take a similar approach to the hero's journey in The Hobbit. Here and there, the author intersperses the text with simple, black and white illustrations of the characters. This book is not to be read in one sitting, and similarly to Tolkien's books, it is a complex adventure with many characters and key players. There is a small dose of humor, that usually comes from Gideon himself, as he tries to get his footing in this new world and develop a budding romance with Laurelin Leaflock, an elven lady knight of the Order of the Horn. This is a great book for lovers of Tolkien, fantasy books, and great adventures.

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