Having rescued the young Lyndrian slave, Velladriana, from her vile tormentors, the inexperienced Oslyn cadet, Corwyn, continues on his quest to see her safely to the enchanted stronghold known as Mount Elderstone. The strange attraction that links Corwyn and Velladriana continues to grow, as do the magical powers building within her. Velladriana’s growing abilities make her a target for the dark power of mighty Lord Cartigas. In the shadows of their magical fortresses, Lord Caritgas orders his underling, Ronulen, to build a army that will battle against the world of the living and continue the task of finding the Pride. The one mystical being capable of fulfilling the ancient prophecy that will gain them dominion over the entire world, turning it into a hellish realm of the damned.
Throughout the Known Kingdoms, war looms imminent on the horizon as the kings, queens and nobility scheme and plot for power. Led by the Great Muse herself and her grand Herrod’s Council, the opportunistic Weavers use deceit and political posturing to jockey for position in this landscape of ever-escalating tensions. In the south, Reese, the deadly warrior of the Viper’s Legion, seeks to complete his secretive quest while protecting his newly acquired charges, the brave youngster Dolthaia and the spoiled Crispin Claxis, from the clutches of Maars the Lector and his zealous followers. As they make their way across the southern land, they learn of the developing unrest in the lands of Canodria and Medioc.
In the north, Barbarians threaten with the might of their clans, pulling the mighty kingdoms of Aldara and the dreaded Viper’s Legions into impending conflict.
In the east, the power of the dark scar on the world known as the Great Rift continues to grow as the flow of energy controlling the magical spark on the world of Tarune, known as the Caredon Cycle, reaches its 1000-year peak. In the west, Nightmares made flesh wait in the shadows for their moment to strike.
Joined by the streetwise rogue Eryk, the powerful fighter Rogen and the passionate, fun-loving Harper, Corwyn and Velladriana trek through the perilous reaches of the Nortgard Mountains. Action and adventure abound as this rag-tag band of mavericks battle their way across the windswept north, encountering and narrowly escaping dangerous creatures and perilous situations at every turn.
Swords will slash, shields will splinter, bows will fire and spells will be cast. All this, as the teenage slave girl, Velladriana, struggles to make sense of her growing powers and a destiny that is increasingly spiraling out of her control. She can save the world, or she can destroy it. Would you be able to carry that burden?
This amazing tale of adventure, survival and heroism is book #2: Tides of War from the creative force of authors Charles D. Carpenter and D.W. Jones. This epic fantasy survival story is a coming of age story for teens, young adults and people of all ages. It is filled with unique characters, amazing creatures, heart pounding adventure, laugh-out-loud humor, swords, sorcery and more. The shocking twists, calls to duty and blossoming romance will keep you riveted from the very first page until the very last word.
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