My new arrival this week, comes courtesy of the lovely Francesca, who represents publisher Austin Macauley. Whilst I am not personally a huge reader of fantasy stories, I know that many in my fellow blogging community are devoted followers of the genre. So just for you, here is the chance to get in at the ground level, with the first part of this excellent debut trilogy, written by an impassioned new voice on the scene. And don’t worry, you should have all three books in the series available to you by the end of the year!
ODYSSEY OF THE LAST CALDERIAN
“This is not the way… it is not the answer… they can’t do it, they mustn’t!”
The insular and isolated world of Braak has come to an end. The tragedy and mystery that triggers his journey for vengeance will be completely overshadowed by the catastrophic event that he will witness at the beginning of his quest for justice.
His brief encounter with a stranger will be the catalyst that propels him on an odyssey that will take him across the known world, following a trail left by an ancient, clandestine ‘order’ known only as the Caretakers.
The chase will bring him ever closer to the reason why man’s future and destiny is now in peril, and why the answers and means to end this intended devastation can only be found in the arid and barren lands of Melankurion.
GEORGE JOHN MELLAR
His love of history, particularly that of ancient civilizations, was cultivated through his studies at South East Derbyshire College, which, in turn, motivated him to visit ancient sites all over Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
Before his retirement, George had worked for over twenty years as a correctional officer with the British civil service.
He now lives in Thailand with his wife, Au, where he is devoting most of his time to writing.
DISCOVER THE JOURNEY OF THE ODYSSEY
“My original idea and basic storyline began over thirty years ago when I wrote the first few pages of the manuscript (I still possess these pages).
Family, career, other commitments inevitably prevented me from continuing this venture. My recent retirement to Thailand has finally given me time to write this trilogy, and now books I and II are finished. Book III will be complete by the end of 2019.
I wanted to write a story which although basically a fantasy has a relevance and a direct connection with today’s society. Everything in my story is possible; nothing contained within its concept is far-fetched or too fantastical. For it to make sense and be plausible was essential to the storyline. The ‘fantasy’ lies in the names of the characters and the places visited yet all becomes clear as the story unfolds.”
LISTEN AS GEORGE READS FROM THE BOOK’S PROLOGUE
Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from.