An ancient puzzle box.
A Council of Whispers.
…and a clerk.
Discover the 700 year old secret millions died to protect.
My Beloved Ethany,
It has now been forty-seven days since I last saw you and the nights seem to be getting longer and more cold. The wind has a purpose of its own, bitting into flesh and bone without mercy, but I do see the wisdom in this location.
Worry not in my sporadic writing, dear.
Remember how consumed I can get in my studies and work when the topic is truly fascinating to me.
It is a challenge for me to not share with you what is encompassing my every waking moment and I can not divulge too much, but this much I believe it is safe to say. The Hero of the Gem has chosen each of us for a specific reason. Exciting and scary, I know.
My first hypothesis is this: It is possible for a mägo to imprison all darkness using the skills of a Rune Keeper, a master of metallurgy and a Gypsy.
Now I must discover how.
Praying that you are all well and warm. Will write more soon.
All my love,
Now, I really want to know what is Eamon up to.
I read the letter over again. Then again.
I have a time frame. 6000s, the world war against Mahan.
A meeting, a secret location—presumably in north-western Humär during the cold season.
The Hero, Evolu, Kutollum, Gypsy.
What could a mägo, a rune keeper, a blacksmith and a gypsy have in common? I’m really bothered to see the runes come up again. And a keeper this time. It has so little merit that it dampens my enjoyment of this story.
There is something here that I cannot put my finger on yet. I do love a good puzzle.
I wondered if it might be the Demoni Vankil. I mean, the time is right. World events were pretty devastating and the unification of the races resulted in the defeat and capture of Mahan himself…and the use of a device. The darkest secret in history, the coveted mystery of all qualified and amateur historians.
No one actually knows what the Demoni Vankil is. ‘Evil Chain’ is as close an interpretation as anyone has discovered. Every attempt to uncover hints of its existence has trailed off into nothing. Zilch. Nada. There simply has not been anything to go on.
Instead, all we have are the muddy stories told from one generation to another, distorting facts to the point we can’t discern between what’s real and what’s the embellishment of the imagination.
Overview & Preview
I read Prelude to a Hero back in July 2011 but I didn’t realise just how much I missed this series until I began reading this book.
The central character in this story is Hobin Luckyfeller; a gnome who is attempting to piece together an ancient folklore story. He is aided by the letters of a man, Eamon, who was right in the middle of it all. Readers are invited to solve the mystery alonside Hobin as he reads fourteen of these letters. Trust me, you will be surprised by just how many emotions you will feel reading them.
As Hobin says, Eamon will begin to feel like a friend. Reading these letters was my favourite aspect of the book. I felt the hope, love and sometimes despair that Eamon felt.
I’ve fallen in love with this series all over again with ‘Hobin Luckyfeller’s Fieldguide: Demoni Vankil’ and I cannot wait to be pulled into this fantastic world again.
– Goodreads Review
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