Saranthium

THE WORLD OF SARANTHIUM

The Twins of Saranthium Book One: Awakening,  Book Two: Betrayal,  Book Three: Redemption – currently still in production
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Welcome to the world of Saranthium, a place of flying serpents, forgotten gods, myth and magic.
Book 1: Awakening
For two thousand years the serpents of Salmut and their riders have kept the lands of Saranthium safe, but the pact between human and serpent is failing.   
An orphan, thief and survivor,  Shaan works in the serpents yards and her dreams are filled with visions of blood and death.  Meanwhile, in the deserts, a young man named Tallis defends his clan against rogue serpents, driving them off with supernatural  force.  Drawn together, Shaan and Tallis become ensnared in the resurrection of an ancient conflict, but on whose side that of the serpents or the people?  
Book 2: Betrayal
Azoth – the fallen god – has enslaved the people and amassed an army of human-serpent warriors. The Four Lost Gods have awoken and begin to exert their terrible control over the people of Saranthium . As Tallis struggles to control the mighty power within him and Shaan  tries to resist the pull of Azoth they are challenged on every side. Victory may be possible but only through a devastating act of betrayal.
Book 3: Redemption

Saranthium is enslaved by the power of The Four and the people’s only hope lies with the twins, but Shaan is trapped in the Void, and Tallis can no longer find the serpents. To save his sister, Tallis must capture the Prophet’s Ring from the stronghold of the gods, but to do that he may have to lay his life at their feet. While Shaan embarks on an odyssey  through the Void with only a bitter and defeated Azoth at her side. Tasked by the Guides with discovering Ogia’s Shore, Shaan must fight to find her way for if she fails she will be trapped and all hope will be lost.

AVAILABILITY ….
For a while the Twins first two books have not been available in English -which is why two of the covers you see above are the German versions – however, they are now  be published in English as Ebooks, with Book 1, Awakening available now from most online ebook sites.  Book 2, Betrayal, is scheduled for August 2014 and Book 3, Redemption, for early 2015 (date to be announced).
The first two books are also still available in German both as paperbacks or ebook.

Prophet's Scrolls

Tales of the resurrection…. The Propet’s Scrolls.

The land of Saranthium took many years and countless hours of fun and frustration to unearth. I say unearth because it has often seemed to me that it is as real a place as any I have visited, as are the people who populate its cities and deserts. At times, when writing, I was sure I was merely recounting the history of a place that existed somewhere just beyond the corner of my eye, the reach of my breath, and that if I turned my head quickly enough I would see Shaan or Tallis disappearing around some tantalisingly distant corner.
These two maps are much better editions of the original pencil sketches I made to help illustrate my world and keep track of the characters moving within it. Thank you to artist Darian Causby of Highway 51 Design Works who made them into something publishable and legible to other people.

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